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Asia (all)

This page lists all reports that for Asia including those that involve other countries too.
Click here for a list of reports that involve only Asia.
All descriptions are in English, unless otherwise noted.

Tours (continued)

Around the world by bike
by David Piper, tour started 2008, submitted 27 June 2008

A collection of tours that will eventually link up as a global circumnavigation. Fast riding with little luggage.

Touring the world with Warren Music and Baba Spokie.
by Warren Music, tour started 2008, submitted 25 June 2008

Come see the adventures of Warren Music and Baba Spokie. Our website shows tours we have done in Asia and North / Central America. on bicycle. We have commentary, gear/kit analysis and recommendations and everything a bicycle tourist would like to read about.

Buffalo and Yaks everywhere in the streets of Manali
A ride from Kashgar, Western China to Lhasa, Tibet.
by Peter Quaife, tour started July 2007, submitted 18 June 2008
Asia: Tibet, China

A solo, unsupported and mostly illegal ride from Kashgar in Western China to Lhasa in Tibet along the infamous highway 219. There's already detailed practical information about this tough route available, but nothing I could find which described in detail what the route was like to ride and had lots of big pictures.

This is probably one of the toughest routes in the world a bike tourist could do. The road is terrible, there are long stretches without food or water, much of it is at extreme altitude (5400m max with several weeks over 5000m), many rivers have no bridge and much of the ride is technically illegal.

The reward is astonishing scenery, amazing culture and a sense of utter isolation.

See all 5 reports by Peter Quaife

The last few km of the Kirgizjangal Pass, Xinjiang, China.
The continuous bicycle touring story since 2002 + no plans to stop
by Tim E Cindle Travis, tour started 2002, submitted 9 June 2008

We are Tim and Cindie Travis.

We left our Arizona, USA home back in March ( 2002), and have been traveling by bicycle throughout the world. We have peddled through Arizona, Mexico, Central and South America. Our future plans include Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, Russia, Canada, and the USA. Our plans will take us the next several years to complete.

Visit our popular web site that is updated frequently as we travel. You will enjoy thousands of pictures, our daily journal, and the online discussion.

Tibet & Peru by bike; crossing the Himalaya and Andes when you are fifty plus
by Pieter Parmentier, tour started September 2005, submitted 15 April 2008
language: en, nl

Cycling in Tibet is hard. Why would someone who considers himself to be a quiet normal family man go cycling in such a country. Or more precisely, why would anyone go cycling there at all.

Most people do not know much about Tibet other than that it is rather high up and far away, and so it is. We knew more about this 'roof of the world' than most before we went, but fortunately not everything. But let's start at the beginning; who are we and why did we want to go to Tibet in the first place!

Tour de South Korea
by Conrad Philipp, tour started September 2005, submitted 31 March 2008
language: en, de, fr

a great report about south korea. i visit the country 2005 for a one month bike trip. the weather was hot, the people friendly...

See all 17 reports by Conrad Philipp

octopus at the east cost
de carabanchel a pekin en bicicleta
by david barrionuevo, tour started June 2008, submitted 12 March 2008
language: es

Un viaje en bicicleta siguiendo los paises que rodean el mar mediterraneo, hasta turquia, y paso de georgia y azerbayan saltando el mar caspio a kajhastan y desde alli hasta los juegos olimpicos de pekin 08, atravesando uzbekistan, kyrsjystan y china desde el oeste hacia el este, un viaje de 6 meses de duracion que acaba de comenzar y se puede seguir en la pagina web www.carabancheltobeijing08.com un viaje en solitario recorriendo la antigua ruta de la seda y como fin unos juegos olimpicos, que viento nos empuje en nuestras pedaladas!

Bicycle World Tour
by Eric Wehrheim, tour started June 2005, submitted 18 January 2008
language: en, de, sp, ko

This is our second big trip with bicycle. It just started 1998 from Germany over Africa up to Asia with the destination South Korea (2000). Now, again on the road, we are travelling by bicycle in South America. We are since 06/2005 again on the road.

Dies ist nun schon unsere zweite grosse Radtour. Es begann 1998 in Deutschland mit dem Weg nach Suedkorea und einem Abstecher in Afrika. Nun, seit 06/2005, sind wir mit unseren Raedern in Suedamerika unterwegs.

See all 2 reports by Eric Wehrheim

Mun Suk & Eric with her bicycles
Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Thailand
by Amanda Ligato, tour started April 2007, submitted 25 October 2007
Asia: Thailand

Here are the day-by-day detailed route notes of the ten day, 248 mile, 398 kilometer ride from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Thailand.

See all 2 reports by Amanda Ligato

The Route
Bangkok to Phuket
by Amanda Ligato, tour started April 2007, submitted 25 October 2007
Asia: Thailand

Here are the day-by-day detailed route notes of the thirteen day ride from Bangkok to Phuket in Thailand.

See all 2 reports by Amanda Ligato

The Route
Cycling around Asia and Australia
by Linda Spadolini, tour started May 2004, submitted 24 October 2007
language: en, it

In May 2004, after having worked for 18 months in China, I decided to hit the road to fulfill my dream of a lifetime: to travel extensively in Asia and Oceania without the pressure of time and the necessity of airplane travel. My idea was to travel mostly overland and give myself enough time to get to know faraway countries and different cultures by living as close as possible to the local realities.

Having met Fred during my last months in China and finding his ``RTW by bicycle'' a very stimulating way of traveling, I planned my journey in such a way as to be able to join him in the Philippines and spend 6 months on the road with him. The experience was a success and when Fred took the road to Europe from India, I decided to continue traveling by bicycle on my own in South-East Asia and finally Australia.

See all 3 reports by Linda Spadolini

Cycling on the beach in Kerala, India
Planète.d - 2 French, a tandem, and a camera around the world
by Delphine Million & Damien Artero, tour started April 2006, submitted 21 October 2007
language: en, es, de, fr

Planète D. is our volunteering and filming world tour on the tandem bike. It's that simple.

We cycle.
We film, edit and share videos.
We volunteer for NGOs.

D1 and D2 on Buzzz
Pennyfarthing world tour
by Joff Summerfield, tour started May 2006, submitted 12 September 2007

A world tour on a rather odd bicycle.

Dove Lake, Tasmania
Round the World and other Tours
by Helen Cooney, tour started 2007, submitted 18 August 2007

Read about my adventures by bicycle around the world,taking in Europe, the Near East, India, South East Asia, Australasia, and the USA on Route 66.

For something a little less ambitious, I have prepared details of a three-week tour of the beautiful landscapes of central Portugal.

Or if you prefer a central base and some day rides, read about my routes on the Spanish island of Mallorca - a cyclist's paradise, with warm weather, flat hinterland, stunning mountain climbs, and huge ice-creams!

the Sinai desert, Egypt
Central Japan (Kanto & Kansai)
by Ewa Zawadzka & Bartek Zdanowicz, submitted 14 August 2007
Asia: Japan

The information that you will find on these pages is about cycling in central Japan and wild camping in the country. There are seperate links to different rides in Kanto, Kansai as well as Chuetsu regions with travelogues and photos. The main page contains also travelogues and pictures from bike rides in Ontario, Canada as well as a 6 month trip across Mediterranean Europe.

Mt. Fuji during the typhoon #17 during a bike trip in Kanto region in 2003.
Across Mediterranean Europe (2005)
by Bartek Zdanowicz and Ewa Zawadzka, tour started June 2005, submitted 8 August 2007

The page contains travelogues and pictures from a number of bike trips across Europe, Ontario (Canada) as well as Kansai and Kanto regions of Japan. The trip across European continent has entries written from the road and together with photos it provides the description of the trip day by day. The trips across Japan give a lot of information about local areas (places to camp, onsens, roads, what to see, etc.) as well as many photos. There is also some general information on cycling, wild camping and hiking in Japan. Hope it will help.

Cabo de Gata, Andalucia, Spain
Paris Peking 2007 Carfree - Celebrating Better Mobility
by Daniel N. Lang, tour started April 2007, submitted 24 July 2007
language: en, de

As a rider of the Beijing to Paris 2007 Carfree rallye to celebrate better, carfree mobility (see www.beijingtoparis.com), I am riding in the opposite direction from Paris to Beijing.

I try to get in contact with local cycling culture as much as I can and to spread peace over the world!

The bike I am undertaking this tour with is a recumbent touring bike equipped with high quality components. So far (end of July 07) I haven't had a single technical defect!

See all 2 reports by Daniel N. Lang

Chambord castle in France (beginning of the tour)
Comm'on Life in Eurasia: 2 years of challenge and cultural discovery
by ELena Chernyshova and Gael de Crevoisier, tour started August 2006, submitted 18 July 2007
language: fr, ru, en

We are performing a 2 years (theoretically) trip around Eurasia. During the trip, we are performing a photo documentation for ICOMOS, an expert organization of UNESCO about cultural heritage. The database created will be available on the website.

We wish with this project to perform some challenging cycling, linking with useful actions.

Our website relates our diary and we are putting plenty of photos and comments (and lots of other fields are going to come, such as advices, technical data...).

Elena on bike, -12C Kazakstan, December 2006
wish tour (world bicycle tour) photos and stories from a bicycle tour around the world
by Rick Gunn, tour started July 2007, submitted 8 July 2007

Welcome to the Wish Tour!

Below you will find the photos and journal from a two-year, 20,000-mile bicycle journey around the world.

Starting in July 2005, this journal will take readers across the United States, Europe, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan, China, Tibet, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.

The journey began more than 20 years ago, as the seeds of a dream to circumnavigate the globe were cultivated from a deeply personal and painful experience.

[Absolutely stunning pictures.]

Mal & Lee's Cycling Diaries
by Mal & Lee, tour started October 2006, submitted 3 May 2007

Mal & Lee on a world recumbent cycle tour of the world.

Just completed a cross continent tour of Australia and circumnavigation of Tasmania.... Off to the UK now :-)

90 miles dead straight road.... total desolation and isolation
Newlyweds Cycle the World!
by Sarah Erck and James Welle, tour started January 2007, submitted 22 April 2007

We are Sarah Erck and James Welle, two 27 year old ex-Microsoft employees who decided to get married, quit our jobs, sell all of our material possessions, and travel around the world on our bicycles for one year...or more!

It all began innocently enough in 2005 when Sarah's mom gave James the book Miles from Nowhere on his birthday. Sarah, being the bookworm that she is, read the book immediately and fell in love with the idea of riding a bicycle around the world. James was a little more reluctant at first; he was an avid cyclist but was worried about quitting his job and spending a lot of money on a trip like this. Sarah persisted and in the end she was able to convice James to take the plunge and in September of 2006 they decided to officially do the trip after James finished his work on Windows Vista. The fall of 2006 was spent furiously planning and preparing for our departure date of January 2007!

Turkey, from Istanbul to the Georgian border
by Blanche, submitted 5 March 2007
Europe, Asia: Turkey
language: en, nl

In the summers of 2004 and 2005 we cycled the Turkish Black Sea coast all the way from Istanbul to the Georgian border. On my webspace you'll find a description of the route and the pictures of the trip from 2005 to tell the story. Enjoy!

See all 14 reports by Blanche

What a Wonderful World Tour 2006-2012
by Aaldrik Mulder and Sonya Spry, tour started August 2006, submitted 4 March 2007

Having sold all our belongings; paid all our debts; having said goodbye to all our friends, we will be looking forward to a five year cycling adventure. It will take us around the world and through five continents.

During our travels we'll keep you up-to-date via this site with travel stories via our diary; photos in our slide show; and we will even try to put some film in as well.

Pechon Spain, September 2006 - rest day
Amsterdam to Vladivostok: A bicycle ride across Eurasia
by Mike Vermeulen, tour started March 2007, submitted 9 February 2007

A trip planned in 2007 to cycle across Eurasia. Follow along as Mike discovers Russia by bicycle. Departure from Amsterdam at end of March. Plan is to ride the first month to St Petersburg and then for five months cycling across Russia including the new section of road across Siberia.

See all 4 reports by Mike Vermeulen

BikeRussia
London to Beijing by bicycle
by Dave Wilson, tour started January 2006, submitted 23 January 2007

A travelogue from an 8 month, 16,000km bike tour from London to Beijing via the ancient silk roads.

Cycling Home From Siberia
by Rob Lilwall, tour started 2006, submitted 23 January 2007

A 40,000 km. 3 year ride through 30 countries, from far eastern Russia (Siberia) in winter, to London England, via Australia. Trying to cover the whole route by bicycle and boat only. I have encountered plenty of good times and a few tough ones, noteably in Siberia (camping at minus forty), Papua New Guinea (pushing my bike down a beach as no roads) and Tibet (in winter).

In Siberia (2004)
Inner Asia Expedition
by Nathan Rutman, Alex Tilson, Doug Sage, tour started May 1995, submitted 8 January 2007

12 countries, 12,000 kilometers, five men and five bikes. This is the story of a remarkable bicycle journey across Asia nearly entirely by bicycle. At the time, we believed it to be geographically and politically, the most diverse summer ride the planet had to offer.

The website contains hundreds of high resolution photographs, extensive journals of each country and much advice on gear, immunizations, maps, routes and visas.

Doug Sage and Alex Tilson at Khunjerab Pass bordering China, Pakistan
Radfahren in Thailand: Along the Mekong and to Sukhothai
by Suzanne Gibson, tour started December 2006, submitted 1 January 2007
Asia: Thailand
language: en, de

This was our first go at cycling in Asia. Our route along the Mekong and to Sukhothai was an excellent choice for a short bike trip in Thailand - villages, beautiful scenery, good roads and little traffic. We loved it. We also spent some time in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Ayuthaya.

See all 25 reports by Suzanne Gibson

Cycling in Turkey and Bulgaria
by Nick Cowan, tour started August 2006, submitted 1 January 2007

THE PLAN: My bags are packed, i've got a new bike (long story, best told over beer...) and i'm heading to the airport tonight. My plan for the trip is as follows:

Istanbul --> Bucharest --> Odesa --> Kiev

Each leg of the trip is about 600 km long and will take me about a week (at a stately pace). I'll try to send an email from each city. I'm hoping to take a train back to Istanbul and spend my last week checking out the sights there.

THE REALITY: Spent the bulk of the trip in Turkey, due to its inhabitants' incredible generosity and friendliness, as well as the dismal roads and driving in the Balkans.

See all 3 reports by Nick Cowan

Round the World by Bike - 60 countries. 5 continents. 4 years. 46,000 miles
by Alastair Humphreys, tour started 2002, submitted 10 December 2006

The author is selling a book on his tour around the world, but has made several chapters available for free, in PDF format. Espcially the chapters on Ethiopia and Siberia are fascinating to read and among the best stories found on Trento Bike. This is true adventure. Here are two short paragraphs:

  • Ethiopia How can two sides of one village be so different? One hundred metres from Sudan and I had left behind Islam and North Africa and was into the continent's heart. The buildings, people and attitudes all felt different. The red dirt road was busy with pedestrians. Barefoot people and donkeys easily outnumbered the few fume-spewing, rattling vehicles. Women walked shaded beneath golf umbrellas, a strange sight in the African sun. Men bore a stout staff across their shoulders, their hands hooked over like wings. In Sudan the ladies flowed in colourful loose robes and men with bushy moustaches glided around in white galibayahs. In Ethiopia the men wore tight little shorts and tattered T-shirts, repaired many times, with a blanket draped over their willowy shoulders.

  • Siberia We rode on and on through a frigid emptiness of low hills white with snow or black leafless woods. The white road ahead on the wooded hillsides stood out like a photo negative. The horizon's high mountains looked enticing and I felt happy to be here, to be at the ends of the earth with my bicycle. ``I'm out here a thousand miles from my home, walking a road other men have gone down. I'm seeing a world of people and things,'' sang Dylan in my headphones.

Also check out the expedition advice.

world map with tour route
Our trip around the world - we are now in Cambodia
by Benoit Cote et Genevieve Fortin, tour started 2006, submitted 1 November 2006
language: en, fr

We are now in Cambodia, after 10 months of cycling thru New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand. Our site is bilingual.

Our web site is about the trip that we are now realizing. We have gone across the world to go back to Canada. We already crossed 5 different countries in 10 months. We will keep biking for around 2 more years. The subject treated by the web page is mostly about our trip (story, pictures, organisation) but we added a lot of other stuff like recipes, rock climbing, and small articles. We are French-Canadian, so our web site is belingual.

This is the road to get to Siam Reap from Thailand
Lightweight on Delhi - Manali - Leh - Kargil - Srinagar
by Igor Kovse, tour started August 2006, submitted 23 October 2006
Asia: India

I've cycled over a number of passes these few weeks, but if I will remember one, then it will be Zoji La. It stands between Alpine-like valleys near Sonamarg and more rugged mountain ranges of upper Kashmir. The road is cut into a steep mountain slope and it seems it's a one-way road. As a cyclist I was allowed to go in the wrong dirrection. Before that, going up to the summit, I had a sur-realistic encounter with incredible number of trucks (at least 200) that were descending the pass practicaly bumper-to-bumber. With dirt road and the headwind it ment cycling in constant dust and exhaust fumes. By the time all the trucks passed I was as white as a baker after a night's shift.

See all 16 reports by Igor Kovse

Rhotang La
A bicycle tour from Switzerland to South Africa
by Herve, tour started September 2004, submitted 19 October 2006

I decide to leave Switzerland and cycle until Tibet. The road decide for me and I finally arrive one and an half year later in Cape Town, South Africa. This is a journey dedicated to freedom, people and nature. This tour may continue to South America but I'm still working as a tour guide in Namibia to get money for the next destinations.

Have a look on my cold stage in Turkey, nice time in Syria, amazing Sudanese crossing, wild Tanzanian experience, pure Namibia, etc... I hope you will enjoy and feel free to contact me.

The Totally Knackered Tour - Across Europe and Central Asia
by Tim and Rowena Barnes, tour started March 2006, submitted 26 September 2006

In March of 2006 we set out to cycle from the UK to Tibet. We didn't quite make it but had a great adventure cycling across Europe in one of the wettest winters on record and then through the wilds of Central Asia. The site includes lots of images from Tajikistan one of the really countries for cycling.

Summit of the Khaburabot Pass Tajikistan
LADAKH: avventure sulla strada tra Manali e Leh
by Ambrogio D'Adda, tour started May 2003, submitted 26 August 2006
Asia: India
language: it

Questa volta dobbiamo ringraziare la perseveranza e la volonta` di Pierangelo che ci ha spinti e motivati nell'affrontare questa avventura.

Erano circa due anni che ci provava ed anche se non abbiamo fatto proprio quello che si era programmato all'inizio, siamo stati sul passo carrozzabile piu' alto del mondo (forse) ed abbiamo scorazzato per dieci giorni tra le montagne piu` alte del nostro globo.

See all 5 reports by Ambrogio D'Adda

Bicycle World Tour
by Eric Wehrheim, tour started June 2005, submitted 23 August 2006
language: de, en, es, kr

Bicycle world tour part II from Mun Suk and Eric Wehrheim. Actual tour in South and maybe Central America. Open end. On the homepage you will find also some information and fotos from our bicycle-world-tour part I who was from Germany to South Corea by crossing Africa.

If the link to our homepage doesn´t work well (sometimes in South America this happend to me) please go to http://aventurero.cjb.cc. It´s the same page only on another server.

See all 2 reports by Eric Wehrheim

Hanoi and Highway 1 from Hue to Saigon
by David Foster, tour started December 1997, submitted 5 July 2006
Asia: Vietnam

We felt that we were prepared for our trip to Vietnam. We had read lots of guide books, stories of the wars and the peace and novels by Graham Greene and Marguerite Duras. Lesley had spent a year trying to come to grips with some of the intricacies of the Vietnamese language and its pronunciation. We had talked to other people who had cycled in Vietnam. We didn't expect to be surprised. The immigration police lived up to their reputation for being rude and abrupt but everyone else was so friendly and helpful that it was almost embarrassing. Only a relatively short time earlier our country had been involved in a bloody war with these people and they were welcoming us with open arms. It took us by surprise.

See all 13 reports by David Foster

L'altro Nepal
by Zork e Percy, tour started 2002, submitted 3 May 2006
Asia: Nepal
language: it

Un viaggio incredibile tra le montagne e l'India, per conoscere veramente l'anima di questo stato, per assaporarne appieno la gente e i meravigliosi paesaggi ogni giorno nuovi.

Percy fa a gara con i local!
Vienna to Istanbul (1800km in 10.5 days)
by Simon, tour started May 2004, submitted 1 May 2006

I can't really remember how we came up with the idea. It wasn't like, 'Hey, let's cycle from Europe to Asia.' It was an accumulation of small and different snippets of information via the Internet, certain other events and I suppose fate, that all slowly came together to give us our planned destination 'ISTANBUL'.

One thing was definite, the good old faithful Blue Danube River played it's usual important role in the idea, which was to safely guide us, not all of the way, but at least a part of it.

See all 4 reports by Simon

Tour Vienna-Istanbul = Green  Tour Donaueschingen-Vienna = Red
The Wheel of Life
by Erik Nomden, tour started August 2005, submitted 24 April 2006
Asia: India

``What road? There is no road. Just stones and rocks and rivers flowing over what is supposed to be the road. You cannot cycle there. Still there are some who try.

I do not know how, but they do. But it is impossible.'' An old English traveller tells about the road from Keylong to the Baralacha La. ``But I do not want to discourage you.''

We have cycled six weeks in the Indian Himalayas through Sikh, Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist country. We had to cross some of the highest cols of the world (5.000 m plus) to reach the stunning Ladakh, Nubra, Lahaul & Spiti valleys.

See all 17 reports by Erik Nomden

Dhankar Monastery, Spiti Valley, Indian Himalayas

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