Adventures for a reopening world
After a long drought of international travel and cycling tours, the light at the end of the tunnel is brightening to the degree where finally we can, hopefully, make plans for cycling adventures in Asia.
As soon as possible, whenever we can, we at PaintedRoads will resume running our small group, fun-filled cycling tours in Asia.
I have missed the fun and the company, the cycling and the adventure, and of course, the post-ride beers, with all of my PaintedRoads' friends. The sooner we can get back to it, the better.
Below are the trips we feel are will likely be able to resume soon. This list will hopefully continue to expand until we are back to the way we were.
Please check out the tours below, and please keep an eye on this page and sign up for the PaintedRoads newsletter to keep informed as our trips come back online. And please, do not hesitate to contact me with any queries, comments, or suggestions.
See you soon my friends,
Our Tours in category "Post-Covid Tours"
Exploring The Ancient Kingdom of Thailand’s Beautiful North
Dates: December 2021
This is a much-revised version of our original North Thailand tour. This new, improved tour runs in the opposite direction to the original route, over-nights in 4-new destinations and boasts a much-improved route, with even more minor byways and tracks. Many of the resorts and hotels we use are upgraded, and the rest-day location has changed.
North Thailand is a region for which we have a strong passion, to say the very least. This tour is one of PaintedRoads' original's, and during the time of Covid, it has been juggled and improved to the point of verging on new. The sections repeated from the initial trip are revised to make the climbing less challenging and the route even more enjoyable, whilst the latter part of the route is all new.
Join us for a cycling adventure in a region of mountains and broad fertile valleys, populated by laid-back, friendly people wholly deserving the nation's tourist brochure tagline, "the land of smiles".
Following rural byways, gravel roads and dirt lanes, our journey will take us between two modern cities, via hill-tribe villages, along the banks of the mighty Mekong river, past tea plantations and via a village of Chinese warrior descendants as we explore the ancient Lanna Kingdom.
Total Days: 12 | Cycling Days: 9 | Difficulty: 6/10 | Daily Average: 73km | See more information, dates & prices »
1000 kilometres on the road less travelled - a multi surface adventure tour
Dates: January 2022
Gravel bikes, All Road bikes, Adventure bikes - whatever you wish to call them these bikes are fantastic, and, allowing a brisk pace on road whilst still being supremely capable off-road they open up a wonderful array of possibilities for the adventure-seeking to explore the path less travelled.
A little know secret of Thailand is its astonishing network of unsealed roads. Gravel, grit, dust, and dirt trails spread out across the entire nation like vines, but generally, remain unknown and untraveled by all but the local farmer.
Slowly these roads are being sealed, meaning that quiet rural blacktop byways and concrete lanes link these unsealed gems and provide those with time to explore the opportunity to enjoy a unique adventure and see a Thailand a world away from the tourist land that 99% of tourists experience.
Drawing on a long-held passion for exploring the roads, tracks, and trails less travelled, we have woven a route from Chiang Rai in the country’s far north, to Ayuthaya, the ancient capital less that one hundred kilometres north of the nation’s present capital, Bangkok.
If you enjoy adventure cycling, gravel roads, byways light of traffic, and seeing the side of a country seldom experienced by the vast majority of visitors then this really could be just your sort of tour.
Total Days: 13 | Cycling Days: 10 | Difficulty: 6/10 | Daily Average: 105km | See more information, dates & prices »
Coastal Southern Thailand, Bangkok to Phuket
Dates: January 2022
If you are looking to see the Thailand your friends visit on holiday, if you want the same experience as 99% of Westerners in Thailand, then this cycling holiday is absolutely not for you. If however you are looking to see a Thailand that is still the land of smiles, where Thai people are friendly and interested in why you are travelling through their country, a Thailand of fishermen and farmers and small seaside towns revolving around the laid-back local people, then it is difficult to think of a better way to see the country than cycling south Thailand.
If you wish to truly experience Thailand then this tour could well be for you.
Total Days: 13 | Cycling Days: 10 | Difficulty: 5/10 | Daily Average: 70km | See more information, dates & prices »