Seeing a new country on a bike is one of the most beautiful experiences you can ever have! A cycling tour will help you connect with the place in ways you cannot imagine. It is a thrilling way of exploring places and living a new lifestyle. Your mind is peaceful, and you are also contributing to the environment by not emitting CO2.
So it does not matter what purpose you have while going on a cycling tour in Southeast Asia, what matters is how you go and where you go. So here are the six best places you can visit on a cycle, in Southeast Asia.
1. Silk Road, China
Silk Road is one of the most popular network routes that were established during the Chinese Han Dynasty. (206BC – 220AD) This was when silk traders traveled to and from different parts of Asia. These routes connect East and West Asia and also extend to parts of Europe. These ancient routes have become popular roads for a cycling tour today. If you are looking for a challenging cycling trip, you should definitely ride along the Silk Road.
Silk Road has three main routes in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region: the northern course that covers the Tianshan Mountains, Hami, Yining, and Urumqi; the central route which takes you westward to the southern foot of the Tianshan Mountains and the southern way, which takes you around the Kunlun Mountains, Hetian, Yichang, Shache, and Kashgar. All of these routes offer a beautiful view of the untouched parts of China.
2. Qinghai Lake, China
If you want to go on a cycling tour for 4-7 days, Qinghai Lake in China is the place to visit. This route runs over 220 miles, clockwise from Heimahe Town, ending at Huangyuan County. This is a lovely alkaline lake that changes colors depending on the seasons or time of the day. It stands in the culturally Tibetan area of China and is a sacred lake for Tibetan people.
These roads have excellent maintenance due to the Qinghai Lake International Cycling Race, which takes place every year since 2002. This road is comfortable if you cycle at a steady pace and the best months to go on a cycling tour are July and August. The asphalt road is a smooth and excellent surface and is hence comfortable for long rides.
3. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
If you want to explore the minor and unpopular wonders of Cambodia, go on a cycling tour to the Angkor Wat temple complex. Angkor stands in the northern Siem Reap province of Cambodia and is one of the most significant sites in its history. Some of the most popular temples are Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm Wat (featured in the film- Tomb Rider with Angelina Jolie). However, some lesser known temples offer a great sight, and you can easily ride to them on a cycle. These are Baksei Chamkrong, Banteay Srei, Preah Ko and the 10th Century East Mebon structure.
4. Himalayas, Bhutan
Situated next to Tibet and along the eastern foothills of the Himalayas, Bhutan is a small country that boasts of beautiful scenery and untouched wildlife. It might be small in size but offers a great view of dramatic mountains and is yet to be fully discovered by tourism. A journey through the Himalayas will give you peace of mind and a new spirit of exploration within you.
These Himalayan mountains reach as high as 29,029 ft. in height and runs up to 1500 miles in length. It also spans five countries: India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, and China. Going on a cycling tour is the best way to explore the mountain range and its surroundings. This ride is very challenging since you have to climb upwards, but there are plenty of paved roads which make it easy for the cyclist. Breathtaking views will greet you along your journey.
5. East Coast Park, Singapore
This is one of the most accessible cycling routes for people who are just beginning to cycle around. It combines the convenience of the city with a coastal scenery. This is a straightforward and simple cycling route where you can bike about freely since the roads are plain and smooth. The East Coast Park and Coastal road are meant for leisure and relaxation, just like your cycling approach.
You can begin your tour at the East Coast Park which is a lovely man-made beach and ride along the coastal stretch. You will find similar cyclists while you do so. There will be no rough or uneven terrain here. You can end your journey at the Changi Village, where you will find many food stalls to satisfy your hunger. 4-5 hours of cycling ending at this village is a match made in heaven!
6. Serpentine Road and Jaipur, India
Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’ is situated in North India and has earned this name because of its lime plastered buildings built across the city that reflect a deep pink color in bright daylight. It was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727 and is one of the distinctively planned cities. This city is overlooked by the Nag Tibba Mountain and offers a stunning view from every part.
You can begin your cycling tour with the Serpentine Road which is steady, going right into the mountains. From the top, you will get to surrender yourself to the best and most amusing views of the city. You can also ride through the colorful bazaars and go for some sightseeing of the architectural beauty like the Albert Hall Museum, the Water Palace, the Maharajah’s cenotaphs, and the beautiful Marble Carvers’ District.
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