Having just completed the Painted Roads North-East Vietnam cycle trip in December 2016, I would like to thank David and Phong for an incredible cycling adventure. The incomparable scenery, the superb local food and the friendly people we met on the way made this a trip to remember. David ensures that everyone has a great time both on the bicycle with his well planned route and relaxing with a beer afterwards. The food provided for all meals and the important tea breaks on the journey was excellent. David and Phong ensure that all the little details are well managed and the trip worked like clockwork. This is my second trip with Painted Roads and I will be returning for more cycling adventures with David
David Morrison - NZ on Vietnam - Northeast. The 'Eighteen Special
If you think China is busy, noisy, polluted and overcrowded then think again. This bike tour explores a beautiful and varied landscape taking you through areas which are still rural and undeveloped. Each day is different, and the roads are unbelievably deserted for the most part. Spectacular descents and interesting winding climbs provide for some great vistas. The tour organisation, leadership and back-up was first rate, and the food immeasurably better than most ‘Chinatown’ fare.
Nigel Fielden on China - Yunnan
Thank you for a great trip - it more than exceeded my expectations by quite a long way and I really enjoyed Sri Lanka. I think in terms of a relaxing cycling holiday its by far the best trip I’ve done – I think the mix of some challenging cycling days with the luxury hotels was pitched just right. I really wouldn’t change too much the next time it runs. See you in a hotel bar somewhere soon!
Keith Evans on Sri Lanka
Very happy to have participated to the Northern Thailand tour, I had a great time. A bicycle is such an ideal way to discover a country! The scenery was stunning, far away from the beaten tracks, the weather great, the food excellent, the members of the group all lovely people. The Northern Thailand tour was the third cycling tour which I did with David as tour leader. And again David proved his excellent skills. Dedicated and very concerned about our wellbeing: faster, or a slower cyclist as I am, he shows that he has a heart for all of us, and that is what makes the difference to other cycling tours. The local guide Natt and driver Gor did also their outmost to make us feel as real VIPs!
Lieve, Belgium on Thailand - North
Thanks again to David, Echo and Lee for looking after us so well. Clean comfortable hotels with friendly staff, lots of unique beautiful scenery. I especially enjoyed the off the beaten track routes through the small friendly villages.
Pat Green - UK on China - South
To say that I found the Tri-Nations tour the most challenging, but at the same the most enjoyable and satisfying of my twelve cycling tours to date is an understatement. I could continue in this testimonial by comparing the routes, culture, fantastic scenery, atmosphere and cycling through all three countries, but that would not emphasise what makes a PaintedRoads tour superior to all other tours. That superiority is simply the presence on all tours of David, who by living permanently in Asia is alert to all possible route and accommodation changes and can make alternative arrangements seamlessly.
Arthur Brittenden. on Tri Nations. Vietnam-Laos-Thailand
David Walker is an exceptional bicycle tour leader because he does not leave anyone behind ... every person who goes on one of his tours can be confident that he is constantly looking out for their well-being, enjoyment, and safety, from the extreme endurance riders in the front to the slowest, more casual riders in the back.
Lisa Valentine on Vietnam - Northeast
This was my first bike tour, even though there were some challenging ascents along the way, it was thoroughly enjoyable, the memories of this trip will stay with me for a long time. The group was professionally led by David and Jos, forever close at hand, and with the backup team everything ran ever so smoothly, in a word “faultless”. Thank you David and Echo for the most memorable trip and hope to see you again in the very near future.
Nick Fielden on China - Yunnan
The Mekong Delta tour more than lived up to expectations. It was a well planned and organised trip with marvellous variety of scenery, villages and towns and waterways typical of that part of the world and a chance to rub shoulders with some wonderful people. David's leadership was exemplary with with client needs and safety always a priority. He and his team led a diverse group of cyclists with great aplomb and humour and made the tour a unique experience in a unique part of the world. Painted Roads are to be congratulated.
Paul Amos on Vietnam - Mekong Delta Region
Have had a wonderful time cycling in central Vietnam in places not usually visited by tourists. Passed through some charming villages , greeted by many friendly smiling faces. Travelled on roads with almost no traffic with some stunning views.
Andy Yates - Manchester on Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh Trail