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
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 Khangai Mountains
We thoroughly enjoyed our second Southern Thailand tour . David and Natt our leaders managed our mixed group of age and ability to ensure that everyone had a good experience and could enjoy the holiday to the full. The backup crew of Gor and Ton were invaluable in their support, without the food and drink van we would have expired in the heat!
Mary & David Turrell on Thailand Bespoke. QQ22/1
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
Having David as tour leader and the actual person who cycled the whole itinerary beforehand, makes the biggest difference to other touring companies. Even more, he and his team were ALWAYS at the disposal, even for the pettiest demands, and each and everyone one was solved on time and completely. The tour itself is maybe not for those who lately neglected their fitness (although the support vehicle is always at our disposal!) but cycling through - for foreigners - seldom seen Vietnam backwaters is most rewarding feeling.
Ivan Šikić on Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh Trail
I highly recommend doing the NE Vietnam tour as the scenery is probably some of the most remarkable backdrops one will ever have a chance to see when cycling. One needs to see it in person to appreciate all its beauty, local culture and culinary cuisine. What a great experience
Wally Dumont - Canada on Vietnam - Northeast. The 'Eighteen Special
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
Due mainly to my personal circumstances this is the second time that I have participated on the Yunnan tour in 12 months. Of course I would not have contemplated repeating my Yunnan experience if I did not consider that it was the best of the 10 tours that I have been on over the last 5 years. If anything I would say the 2016 tour was even more enjoyable than my 2015 experience. From the routes, tea breaks, accommodation, food, scenery, guides and drivers I did not hear one word of criticism from anybody in the group. This success is based on the personality, efficiency and dedication of the leader, David Walker and his template should be followed by all tour leaders.
Arthur Brittenden on China - Yunnan
A wonderful trip and a fantastic way to get a glimpse into the lives of the local peoples whilst enjoying great cycling amongst the most stunning scenery imaginable. Expertly run by David whose inexhaustible supply of good humour, energy and beer, in conjunction with his local team, meant even the toughest days were superb fun.
Phil Hurcom on Vietnam - Northeast
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 South to North