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
If you are looking for a great cycling experience definitely consider the Mongolian trip with its wonderful scenery, animals and warm hearted people. This trip is well organized with delicious food, interesting routes, wonderful camping sites and of course as David is the tour leader, a great many laughs.
Shona Bailey. Shanghai. on Mongolia
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
The highest praise I can offer is that the next time I am seeking a cycling 'adventure' my first point of contact will be Painted Roads. Forget the large tour operators for your next cycle tour - choose Painted Roads and you won't have any regrets. Your biggest problem will be deciding which one of the fantastic sounding tours you will take.......good luck!
Nicholas Croll on Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh Trail
We cycled through some amazing parts of Vietnam. I'm sure parts you wouldn't normally get to see on a bus tour. The people are so friendly and excited to see some people from a different country, albeit briefly as we cruise past. but as we cycled through each town/village, cries of "hello" "hello" greeted us and even the odd high-5. All the kids would run onto the streets to get a glimpse of the tourists, wondering who was visiting their distant world. It was very humbling and we felt like movie stars. They don't have a lot but you wouldn't know it based on the big smiles and waves that came our way. An experience hard to describe and impossible to capture in a photo.
David Sulivan on Vietnam - Mekong Delta Region
NE Vietnam, following North Thailand and Yunnan, was my third trip with Painted Roads this year. Once again the trip exceeded my expectations with both the challenging but achievable and rewarding climbs together with the fantastic scenery probably resulting in it being the memorable tour to date.
Arthur Brittenden on Vietnam - Northeast
`I came to Vietnam for a bike tour with no expectations and without reading the brochure on where were going. I just wanted to experience Vietnam. Funny thing really... I had the best time ever. The tour was so well organised I couldn't tell I was on tour - everything just happened like clockwork. The guide (Phong), the mechanic (Lee), the driver (Mr Sa) and the leader (David) were also having fun and the bunch of us just reached out and connected with a very happy race of people, living life simply. Cycling is fast enough to cover some country but slow enough to feel the emotions of people we pass - and be touched by them. If you want a meaningful life experience, consider cycling with David and Painted Roads.....but don't wait too long. I'm booking China, Thailand South and North West Vietnam and bringing a buddy or two.
Paul Glennon on Vietnam - Mekong Delta Region
A brilliant trip with David again and we look forward to more.
Anne and Peter Barry on Vietnam - Mekong Delta Region
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
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