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
We had such a fantastic adventure and we regret not doing this sooner in life. It's easy to see why you have regulars like Arthur keep returning trip after trip; year after year.
David Sulivan on Vietnam - Mekong Delta Region
If I can think of a negative I will write again.. Bloody fine tour..
Mike Albrecht on Thailand - South
The tour delivered just what was promised! An escape from the UK Autumn to great weather, white sandy beaches and a chance to see the Thailand bypassed by so many tourists. I’ve been lucky enough to go on several cycle holidays, and I can without any hesitation say that David ‘Walks’ Walker is the best tour guide I’ve come across. He just makes sure that everything works – the group wanted for nothing and whilst out on the road he cruised effortlessly up and down the group making sure each of us was OK. This was my second tour with David, and it certainly won’t be my last!
Mark Hoskins on Thailand - South
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
It truly is about the journey and not the destination on your tours with everyday providing spectacular scenery, cultural exposure, friendship and just plain good fun amongst a few, sometimes tired, cyclists. The accommodation and food were top shelf, as it was on my previous tour, and Echo and Cathy did a wonderful job of ensuring we had the opportunity to taste our way through this area of China. Yunnan provided some dramatic landscapes that I am pleased I was there to see and I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who thinks that maybe they could climb a hill or two. You may find yourself climbing a mountain or two, but that all comes with the service and support of David, Echo, Cathy and Lee.
Jan - Bribie Island, QLD on China - Yunnan
There are something like 8 million tourists that go to Viet Nam each year. The whole time we were on the ride we did not see another tourist/foreigner. That is something! David is a great host who really looks after you and his support staff ensure the beers are on ice when the ride is finished after a long hot day in the saddle. Fantastic! Special mention to the support staff of Phong, Lee and Hew? who were very friendly, efficient and provided excellent service after a day riding. All in all a great ride & highly recommended.
Tony, Australia on Vietnam - Mekong Delta Region
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 overwhelming hospitality of the Mongolians was matched by David, Echo and the local team and considering the remote locations of our camps the food was incredible. This being my second trip with Painted Roads my expectations were high and both Mongolia and the guys more than exceeded them.
Keith - UK on Mongolia
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