The inaugural Tri Nations tour appealed to me as it traverses three distant lands, combining adventure and mystique. And so for me it became my third Painted Roads tour. I find David Walker's tours so different in that his personal attention covers all the things you expect whilst also helping you take care of all the little things you forgot to bring This tour gives a taste of it all..from cycling in the high country and magical scenery with buddies for far afield that soon become friends..to super downhills, and snacks by a cool shady stream. The tour has hills, and more hills, but it also has long stretches of flat passing though remote villages where people's lives can be seen and experienced, cooking, working, and even rice whiskey distillation in the back shed. The tour is relaxed, but the attention to detail behind the scenes on this tour makes it all work like clockwork, just turn up, cycle, and have a fabulous time - and of course a cold beer always greets a weary traveller come day’s end...the David Walker way, you’ll just love it...I did."
Paul Glennon on Tri Nations. Vietnam-Laos-Thailand
Not often that a tour genuinely exceeds all expectations – this one most certainly did ! The route was a constant delight in terms of changing spectacular scenery, and it was a rare opportunity to see a totally unspoilt region of Vietnam. The overall organisation of the tour, and the role played by leaders and support was great, but sufficiently light touch. No hesitation at all in recommending anyone who to do something a little different from the norm.
Nigel Fielden on Vietnam - Northeast
Travelling through no man's land, our tour guide David, and Phong our local guide who handled the local language and interpretation through the many hamlets, gave us total peace of mind where very few tourist would tread.
Michael Papworth on Vietnam - Mekong Delta Region
What a good decision it turned out to be; What a great company Painted Roads was to deal with. From my first general enquiry through to booking the tour, David Walker (Painted Roads) made every step just so easy. Nothing was too much trouble. David’s and his trusty teams easy / professional style and absolute attention to our every need and whim leading up to and during our tour was faultless.
Peter Dearle on Vietnam - Mekong Delta Region
We thoroughly enjoyed the Yunnan. The local people were really friendly and the scenery was superb. Cathy, the very accomplished cycling guide and the two drivers, both called Li, and our tour guide David of course, made us feel that they could cope with any eventuality. Echo looked after our every need. We also enjoyed the company of our fellow travellers, together with the crew, and had lots of laughs along the way, whilst staying in comfortable, attractive and friendly accommodation. We would definitely recommend this tour.
Pat & Keith Green on China - Yunnan
A wonderful tour with jaw-dropping scenery, welcoming locals and cracking food, all led by a tremendously accomplished tour leader and guide, in David and Phong, who manage to make all of the important details seem effortless whilst at the same time being an endless source of conviviality.
Andrew Gameson on Vietnam - Northeast
I very much enjoyed my first cycling holiday with Painted Roads, I’m sure there will be others. David was a fantastic tour leader and looked after everyone splendidly. The scenery was amazing and there was a good balance of relaxing time and cycling.
Caroline Reading on Thailand - South
I thought this was a superb tour through a fascinating region, brilliantly led by David and Phong. Both clearly love what they do and this translates into an exceptional level of service. The tour itself is full of surprises, diverse ethnic villages, the awesome rocky plateau and the beauty of the rice terraces. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would recommend it to anyone who thinks they have “done” South East Asia.
Chris Parson on Vietnam - Northeast
Yet another fabulous cycling holiday, our fourth with Painted Roads to date, thank you David. Loved Taiwan to bits. For those who enjoy a challenge, it is a great cycling venue. The group gelled well together, which is always a big help.
Peter Barry - Norfolk, UK on Taiwan
The inaugural Painted Roads tour of the Mekong Delta provided an enthralling insight into the people, agriculture and commerce of this fascinating region of South Vietnam. The route had clearly been well researched, and it made the most of the intricate network of tracks, trails and byways which threaded their way alongside the canals and backwaters of the Delta. The stars of the tour were undoubtedly the local people (who made us feel very welcome indeed), my fellow travellers (I couldn’t have wished to ride with a nicer bunch of folks) . . . . and the Mekong River itself – a vibrant, diverse, intriguing, colourful, beating heart to the region.
Tony Tapp on Vietnam - Mekong Delta Region