The tour was better than I had anticipated. The brochure pretty much explained what we were in for, but it was just so interesting. Some of the paths were quite narrow, some of the bridges were 'interesting' to cross and some of the roads were quite rough but the bikes we had hired were perfect. The weather, well you couldn't have asked for anything better, cloudy most days with a few showers which actually were quite welcome to cool us down. Everything ran so smoothly, just like the traffic, it just flowed. Seeing the countryside away from the cities and the people who were just so excited to see us 'westerners' was great. Definitely would recommend this tour, it was TERRIFIC!
Angela Rayner on Vietnam - Mekong Delta Region
Although some days were quite challenging the support and enthusiasm from David and phong always kept us in good spirits. Their great sense of humour and kindness made it an extremely enjoyable trip for the whole group.
Lynne Yates - Manchester on Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh Trail
The NE Vietnam tour was everything I imagined it would be, and more. You can forgive having to cycle up a few steep hills every now and then as you are subsequently exposed to some of the most stunning and breathtaking panoramic scenery in one of the more remote and undocumented parts of the world, being continuously welcomed by friendly locals along the way and eating delicious Vietnamese cuisine everyday. David’s experience as a tour leader made the trip very enjoyable, not to mention Phong’s timeless sense of humour. All in all, an unforgettable trip which I would thoroughly recommend.
Priyen Shah 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
What I find his most important asset is that all participants get the impression that David is personally looking out for them and that his bottom line is not foremost in his thoughts, giving the result that accommodation, meals, snacks and hire bikes are probably the best you will find on any Asian tour. I encourage anybody who is thinking about going on a cycling tour where PaintedRoads has a presence to first make contact with David before deciding on a specific company - you will not be disappointed.
Arthur Brittenden on Tri Nations. Vietnam-Laos-Thailand
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
I found the Central Vietnam Tour to be hugely enjoyable. It was a delightful journey following the Ho Chi Minh Trail as it winds its way through some incredibly varied scenery. For the most part the cycling is on very quiet back-roads which undulate gently with the occasional short climb – overall an altogether easier challenge than the more mountainous North Vietnam routes. Even the longer 100k plus stages were managed with relative ease, by all of the group, with everyone finishing with a smile on their faces. As ever the organisation, support and encouragement were first-rate, and I thoroughly recommend this tour for anyone wishing to see a different aspect of Vietnam and its warm and friendly people. Thanks for a memorable experience (again!)
Nigel, UK on Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh Trail
Our first cycle tour with Painted Roads was an amazing experience and one we will cherish forever. The NE Vietnam trip showed us a part of the world that we never thought we would see. We were immersed the ethnic minority groups and their culture, stunning scenery, delicious food and good accommodation throughout the trip. The organisation was outstanding, David and Phong were caring and considerate, making this trip a delight to be part of, and their ongoing banter added much laughter and fun. And the "undulating rides" something we thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks for the great experience Painted Roads.
Pam & Gerry Vaughan on Vietnam - Northeast
The experience that David has with cycling tours truly exhibits with his leadership and organisational skills. Everything from accommodation, navigation, food and refreshments is well catered for. His knowledge of the road/track travelled is inspiring. His team of Echo, Cathy (accommodation, food, guide and mental support) and Lee mechanic/driver, really know their environment. Yunnan has it all, hills, mountains and cobbles. So many tours where to next? Thanks again for a fantastic journey.
Deb, Bribie Island Australia. on China - Yunnan
If I can think of a negative I will write again.. Bloody fine tour..
Mike Albrecht on Thailand - South