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Asia (local)

This page lists all reports that for Asia only that do not involve other countries.
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Tours (continued)

Shang Hai --> Padang, West Sumatra - 8000 KM in 3 Months
by Ali G, tour started April 2009, submitted 12 September 2009

A solo cycling journey from Shanghai, China to Padang, West Sumatra During the spring/summer of 2009 I determined to cycle departing from my pre-war apartment in Shanghai and to continue as far as I could in the three months time I had from April 11th until July 11th. 8000 eventful Kilometers later I finally reached Padang, West Sumatra.

Aside from only one ferry ride connecting Penang, Malaysia to the Port of Belawan, North Sumatra the whole trip was by bicycle. During the trip I encountered fierce rains and winds, steep climbs and endless mountains, roads that went from pavement to mud and rocks, monkeys jumping down from the trees, snakes the length of baseball bats, lizards the size of big cats, Hmong Guerillas with AK47's on a misty mountain pass. I experienced the kindness of strangers as well as the indecency of others. I pushed my middle-aged body to the limit and achieved a personal record in northern Thailand by cycling 263 kilometers non-stop in one truly eventful day of fast and hard riding.

It is difficult for the pictures I shot of myself (with my outdated 5 mega-pixel camera's auto shoot feature) to capture the true essence of this journey. They can't capture the nearly 2000 kilometers of continuous climbs from western Guangxi through North/Central Laos and the often steep ascents, fierce winds and heavy rains encountered there. The lonely days of riding up and up and the anguish felt after reaching a pass and realizing there are only more mountains to cross in the horizon. Nor can they capture the lighting fast descents on winding mountain roads with hair pin turns, where I have mastered the act of riding without my hands, singing and strumming along to the thumping tunes on my ipod. Pictures can't capture the restless nights sleeping alone in the jungle, in a bamboo hut open to all the elements, the night creatures taunting and wailing out load as if in mocking and the loud claps of thunder that drown out the sound of the jungle creatures. Pictures can't capture the struggle of lifting a fully loaded touring bike and hand carrying it over mud and rock slides which persist kilometer after kilometer during the rainy seasons in China's western regions. Pictures cant capture the taunting calls of 'hello mister' or 'tourist' by the locals in all of Sumatra or the endearing smiles on faces of Laotian children as I ride by, they can't capture the maddening and often dangerous traffic in parts of China and Sumatra and the disregard of truck drivers and other motor vehicles for the lone cyclist on the rode and they can't capture the army of bugs at dusk flying into my face, eyes and clothes, pelting me as if hail from the skies above. [...]

Shanti Shanti - The Lonely Cyclist in India and Nepal
by Erik Nomden, tour started September 2008, submitted 28 February 2009
Asia: India, Nepal

The Old Jaipur Road is closed so we are forced to take the New Jaipur Road, which is an extraordinary busy highway. Luckily there is a service road which is much quieter. Cyclists, carriages with oxes and lots of walking people with loads of all kinds of luggage on their backs or on their heads: it is the really slow traffic that makes use of the two lane service road. In fact we are the fastest traffic on the service road. The highway itself is used by cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, scooters and taxis and has got a minimum of six lanes on both sides. I have never seen so much traffic in one view angle. Still the traffic does not look like a complete mess. There are no dangerous situations.

Our first kilometers in Delhi are but the first of an overload of experiences on our India - Nepal journey. We will be cycling two weeks in Rajasthan, then we will go by bus and train to Varanasi from where we will be cycling to Nepal to explore the Nepal Himalayas.

See all 19 reports by Erik Nomden

Friends on the way in Rajasthan
Wintering in the Middle East
by Igor Kovse, tour started January 2009, submitted 19 January 2009
Asia: Jordan, Israel

Early in the morning, when assembling the bike I couldn't tighten the right pedal all the way into the crank. I took a closer look and discovered few scraps of aluminum in the crank thread. Oh my God! I ruined the crank! It seemed the tour was over before it begun.

See all 17 reports by Igor Kovse

Dead Sea
Granny Gear
by Tanya and Kelly, tour started November 2008, submitted 19 November 2008
Asia: India

The idea of freedom and not working is appealing to everyone. Tanya and I have quit our jobs and have left the country (our home, Canada) for a year. We are going to be riding our bicycles through many countries. Moving along at a slow pace, emerging ourselves in the culture. The only goal is to have a good time, not deal with schedules, or due dates and see a part of the world that has always intrigued us.

This is the journal of our travels.

the Title of the blog
Bike Travel - Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos & Vietnam
by Ronald Xie, tour started 2008, submitted 10 November 2008

See all 2 reports by Ronald Xie

Bike - Thailand
by Ronald Xie, tour started 2008, submitted 9 November 2008

People often ask why with budget airlines making travel so inexpensive I still plan on making a bike trip to Thailand. They say the journey may be physically demanding at my age (56) and dangerous as I would ride from Tumpat, Kelantan Malaysia right into the three hot spots in southern Thailand.

The southernmost provinces of Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani have been terrorized by regular attacks since early 2004, when a separatist movement flared after a lull of more than two decades.

Attacks generally take the form of drive-by shootings and small-scale bombings intended to frighten Buddhist residents into leaving the area. Suspected insurgents mainly target people seen as collaborating with the government, including soldiers, police, informants and civilians.

See all 2 reports by Ronald Xie

Dushanbe to Delhi, going lightweight
by Igor Kovse, tour started July 2008, submitted 20 August 2008

In the middle of the day I took refuge in the grove at the edge of the rice field. A couple of Pakistanis stopped their political debate, turned over to me and asked:

``What is the reason for your trip to Pakistan?''

``A mistake'', I replied.

See all 17 reports by Igor Kovse

On the Pamir Highway
Mit Fahrrad am Mekong entlang
by Janos Kertesz, tour started December 2006, submitted 26 July 2008
Asia: Thailand
language: en, de

Nachdem wir einige Tage in Bangkok verbracht haben, sind wir mit dem Zug nach Norden gefahren, wo wir von Nong Khai bis Sukhothai 580 km radelten. Anschließend haben wir Chiang Mai und Ayuthaya besucht.

See all 18 reports by Janos Kertesz

Winterreise in Thailand, Kambodscha und China
by Janos Kertesz, tour started March 2008, submitted 24 July 2008
language: de, en

Diese ist ein Bericht über eine dreimonatige Reise in den Ländern Thailand, Kambodscha und China, die wir zwischen Dezember 2007 und März 2008 gemacht haben.

See all 18 reports by Janos Kertesz

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.
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
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
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.
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

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 17 reports by Igor Kovse

Rhotang La
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

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!
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 19 reports by Erik Nomden

Dhankar Monastery, Spiti Valley, Indian Himalayas
The Israel Ride - Biking the Holy Land
by Yoram Asidon, tour started May 2006, submitted 19 March 2006
Asia: Israel

[Commercial tour operator, plus general information.]

A unique and special tour crossing Israel hot spots. 2 weeks of travel (that are devided to 3 sectional rides) in which we will meet people, ethnic foods, culture, amazing historic sites and much more.

Cycling in South-East Asia
by Per Löwdin, tour started 2001, submitted 21 February 2006

Photo albums and brief travelogues from two bicycle trips in South-East Asia in 2001 and 2002, repectively. The trip 2001 started in Singapore and took us through Malaysia, Thailand, Viet Nam and Lao. The journey in 2002 started in Chiang Mai, took us through Northern Lao, Isan, and Cambodia.

See all 8 reports by Per Löwdin

Biking in the Himalaya
by Per Löwdin and Elisabeth Löwdin, tour started July 1999, submitted 21 February 2006
Asia: India

Travelogue of a 2700 km journey in Himalachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Nubra and Rupshu. The route was consistently on altitudes higher than 3000 metres, crossing Lachalung La 5065 m, Taglang La 5360 m, Khardong La 5603 m, Chang La 5519 m, Kiagar La 5000+ m, and Polakongka La 5115 m. Some of the passes were passed twice, as it was not possible to do a loop.

Cycling info pages

Bicycle traveling in Israel
by Alex Raisberg, , submitted 29 December 2005
Asia: Israel
language: hbr

If you are travelling in Israel, and you like cycling, you should do it around the Sea of Galilees. Here you will find a combination of road trails that will bring you to some holy places, like Kefar Nahum and Beit Tzaida. You will also will find lots of beautiful off-road trails in the nature resorts at the north side of the Kinneret lake, were you will cycle in banana, mango, lichee, and many other kinds of plantations. You can ride beside the Jordan river at its wild areas.

In Drachim Bagolan you can find very good mountain bikes that you'll enjoy riding on. We will help you with information, maps and any other assistance that will make your tour easy and safe.

Beit Zaida - Jordan River

Organizations and clubs

PinoyMTBiker Community Forum
, submitted 31 August 2008

PinoyMTBiker Mountain Biking Community: covering any mountain bike topic, Info, News, Events, Pictures, Forum, Travel, Gear Reviews, Community, Fun Rides, Bike Commuting, Make Friends. The site focus on the Philippines, but welcomes cyclists from all over the world.

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