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Cycling is fast, active and adventurous—one of the best ways to explore a new place. In Asia, it keeps you on the ground through sweeping landscapes and myriad cultures, from the quiet back roads of Cambodia lined with rain forest to China's mountainous Silk Road. Here are the top reasons why you should book a cycling holiday in Asia.
History from every angle
With a bike, you can dodge crowds and discover the best of a country’s history at your own pace. How better to sneak up on Angkor Wat than on two wheels? Our Cambodia Heritage tour lets you gaze upon the Khmer architecture adorning the temples, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site at your leisure and take time out off-bike to cruise across Tonle Sap lake. Cycling might just be the leading way to see the focal points of Japan beyond the usual tourist trail as well, from the rice terraces of Shiroyone Senmaida to the world’s largest Buddha at TÅdai-ji.
An up-close-and-personal view
Many Asian countries are relatively traffic-free outside of the big cities, so the roads you’ll encounter as you criss-cross the land will likely be tranquil and quiet. Steep winding routes, like those along Jaipur’s Serpentine Road and the Há» Chí Minh trail in Vietnam, give you unrivalled bird’s-eye views across bustling cities and historically fascinating areas. Cycling through the Himalayan region is a spectacular experience, giving you access to trails that other vehicles can’t reach and, with them, awe-inspiring panoramas of the mountain range.
If you do decide to dip into Asia’s vast metropolises, like Bangkok, Beijing and Singapore, you’ll find plenty of safe bike paths that run between the main tourist attractions. Drivers tend to be well aware of cyclists and used to navigating the roads alongside them.
From one place to another
The beauty of such a varied continent is that you can start your journey on the beach and, by the time you've cycled for just a few hours, find yourself in the wilderness. Our Road Biking from Bangkok to Phuket tour will guide you along the sun-kissed coast and into the jungles of beautiful Thailand, stopping at the seaside town of Hua Hin and famous resort of Phuket en route. You can traverse Vietnam by bike too, cycling along National Highway 1 to take in the uphill climb at Háº£i Vân Pass, forested mountainsides and clusters of rural villages, all with the South China Sea glistening in the distance.
Dining on the move
Lucky for you, Asia is the home of street food. On a cycling tour, you’ll be able to pick up the very best in quick meals and snacks for pennies as you stumble upon them on your trip. Think steaming ramen in Japan, nourishing phá» in Vietnam and filling panipuri in India. You can even push your senses to the limit with the famously strong-smelling durian fruit, varieties of which can be found in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
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