Cycling Southeast Asia

Dragon closeupSoutheast Asia is one of the world’s most popular cycle touring destinations.

It’s got a warm climate, friendly people and cheap living. Despite the relatively low cost, there’s a range of options to suit everyone, from the ultra-budget traveller to someone who likes a more developed tourist infrastructure with better hotels and restaurants.

Are you wondering…

  • What the traffic is like?
  • Which country to choose?
  • Whether or not to bring a tent?
  • If you need a water filter?
  • What about cooking gear?
  • Do you need rabies injections?
  • Is malaria medication necessary?
  • What to wear for the climate and culture?
  • How to put your bike on a bus or train?
  • What it’s like during the rainy season?
  • Where to find bike shops?
  • On your bike you can explore everything from ancient treasures like Angkor Wat in Cambodia to beautiful beaches in the south of Thailand and the mountains of northern Laos. Everything from bustling cities to tea plantations are yours to discover in Malaysia.

    If you’re really adventurous, get off the beaten path by riding over the mountains through barely visited H’mong villages in Laos or on the dirt roads that run alongside the Mekong River in Cambodia, offering a fascinating insight into rural life.

    Wherever you go, traffic is generally light and very courteous. In Thailand and Malaysia, the roads are in near perfect condition but even in Cambodia and Laos the main routes are paved. And unlike many countries, visas are available on arrival or easy to obtain once you’re in the region.

    More information on individual countries can be found on the pages for Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos.

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    8 Responses to “Cycling Southeast Asia”

    1. James Holden says:

      Hi, I have been recommended to visit your website and so far it is quite concise and extremely helpful. I amsure I will spend many hours here in time to come. Keep up the good work, Regards, James

    2. Sam says:


      My partner and I are currently heading towards SE Asia from China and would love to cycle in Myanmar and preferably to cross over by land into Myanmar and out into Thailand. It would appear that this is not possible and in order to get in with a bike, we will have to fly in and fly out. Does anyone have any news to the contrary or any tips in general about touring in Myanmar?

      Many thanks


    3. Paul says:

      Can’t wait to get there later this year, it’s one of the best stages of my trip. I’ve read so much about it from other cyclists. Never been there. Can’t wait. Be great if I could cycle into and out of Burma though, maybe it will open up soon.

    4. Katie says:

      Im thinking about bike touring parts of SE Asia this fall and was wondering is it safe for a female on her own? I understand it probably makes the trip more expensive as I wouldn’t be splitting rooms or food.

    5. Carolina says:

      I would like to know if there is like a bike group I can join, since I am a girl traveling by my own. Riding Southeast Asia would be great. I have a friend in Vietnam who can give us shelter.

      • mike says:

        I am arriving in Saigon Feb 1st 2014, stay a few weeks(Saigon) and plan on riding over to Bangkok, through Cambodia ….no time frame. Currently In Nicaragua the last 2 years and have great desire to see SE Asia. Also looking for groups or other riders of same time frame,same area of travel. Any Group pages for SE Asia? I hosted riders riding the Pan- American highway(pan-am riders google groups) at my house the last year. great experience Mike

      • Breige says:

        Hi Caroline’, I am just wondering did you ever find a cycle group? I am in a similar situation and will be travelling by myself . Thanks!

    6. Micah says:

      South East Asia is truly one of the best cycling destinations in the world. The stunning mountains, sparkling coastlines, misty valleys, ancient historic sites, some of the world’s best foods and the people’s unsurpassed hospitality keep us coming back for more.

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