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Skedaddle Twaddle about our trips in Asia

Explore inspiring India by bike

Alongside popular European destinations by bike, we also offer long haul cycling experiences in exotic locations too…

Rajasthan, India: A region famed for its sublime desert scenery, opulent palaces, forts and ornate temples. Curious to find out more? Here are our top 3 experiences to enjoy during our compelling Palaces and Lakes of Rajasthan tour:

1. Pedalling through fascinating scenery
Our journey takes place predominantly on flat plains, making this an accessible tour for most. Along the way you’ll encounter landscapes and culture typical of the region, including: temples, vibrantly dressed locals and possibly even a camel too…

2. Free day exploring Jodhpur 
Dubbed the ‘Blue City’ this mesmerising place is packed full of amazing things to see, making it an ideal midway pit-stop en route. Alongside the mighty Medhrangarh Fort, which dominates the skyline, the city is famed for its markets and bazaars in the old town – perfect for shopping for souvenirs!

3. A fitting way to finish your journey
Complete with fairytale-like palaces and timeless temples, Udaipur city is a fitting end to your journey through the region of Rajasthan. Combine this with its magical lakeside setting, this really is a feast for the eyes…and the soul.

Feeling inspired? Click here to take a closer look at our Rajasthan journey by bike.

Spotlight on: South East Asia

South East Asia offers a plethora of sights, sounds and superb cycling experiences, which ensure this destination is one of the most exciting to explore on two wheels! If swapping your daily routine for Asian cuisine has you jumping for joy, you might want to check out our range of trips here…

Trip: Mountains and Coast, Vietnam
We say: A journey of immense contrasts awaits you in one of Asia’s most dynamic country’s. Whether navigating iconic bustling cities by bike or cruising past rural rice paddies, this journey will offer impressive daily adventures that promise to stimulate the senses.

Trip: Bagan and Beyond, Burma
We say: A window into another world can certainly be expected in South East Asia but for a peek into the past, this is the trip for you! Cyclists here can expect to greet an ancient way of life, where wondrous temples, monks and more temples await your wandering wheels.

Trip: Hidden Treasures of Laos, Laos
We say: If ethereal landscapes are a must for your ride, landlocked Laos can serve these up in abundance! Here, quiet rural roads are accompanied by plenty of breathtaking scenery, from stunning limestone peaks to vivid azure waterfalls…

Staff Pick: Biking in Burma

Forget the spiritual home of cycling (sorry, France!) and say hello to the spiritual land of Burma, a destination where temples greet you at every turn. Having packed our head honcho, Andrew Straw, off to explore by bike last year, here are a few of his unexpected discoveries en route

1. The legend behind the impressive Pindaya caves
With 8,000 Buddha statues stashed within its limestone walls, jumping off your saddle at Pindaya is a must! Locals claim this is named after a monster spider attempted to trap seven princesses within. A prince then shot dead the spider claiming “pingu-ya” (the spider is dead) and so the cave was aptly named.

2. Diamond mangos are the tastiest
A native fruit of South East Asia, this juicy treat has become a big part of culture in Burma. With over 100 varieties, you’ve many to try but my favourite has to be the diamond mangos, known locally as Sein Ta Lone, it’s a great refreshment post-ride.

3. I’ve heard of Blue Nun the dreadful 80’s white wine, but never pink nuns
300,000 Buddhist monks call Burma home and 20,000 of these are females dressed all in pink, rather than the classic orange robes that you may be more familiar with. These friendly souls are usually very happy to chat to travellers passing through!

by Andrew Straw
(Co-Founder & Cycling Adventure Product Manager)

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Looking for an adventure elsewhere? 
For more cycling in South East Asia we recommend checking out our holiday in Laos, a journey which sees you cycling through bamboo forests and breathtaking karst scenery.