Riders' Travel Reviews
The trip was very enjoyable for a short tour of the Bangkok Jungle and floating gardens. The guide was friendly and helpful. The scenery was great and a nice ride even though we were told it was the hottest day of the year. If you have the time, I definitely recommend taking the ride.
Randall A. - April 2013
The days were well paced and the whole tour covered an excellent variety of sites - from the various temples through the lovely opportunity to see how life is in rural Cambodia by cycling past the houses, farms, etc.
The lunch options were very good with tasty food and good non-meat options .
Our guides, were both excellent and added to our experience.
Scott and Anni Stoddart - May 2013
I appreciate the tour and I already recommended it to some friends.
Dr. Philippe Giraud - May 2013
Thanks for the wonderful tour I've enjoyed every minute - thanks for all the wonderful views during the tour friendly tour guides and lovely People we Met.
Klaus schaffranietz - May 2013
Our guide, made this trip VERY interesting with his knowledge of history of the area and his creativity with activities. Great Job!
Tim and Elaine Smith - April 2013
A great tour. Guide was a super asset. One of the best I've ever had.
Open menu and whatever we wanted at every meal
As always, booking team was superb.
Herbert kavet - April 2013
This trip was brilliant! I thoroughly enjoyed it and loved getting out into the countryside and away from the usual hustle and bustle of Vietnam.
The home stays were excellent in terms of quality of accommodation as well as food.
Joanna Tinlin - April 2013
I was pleasantly suprised how quiet the road were after the traffic we had seen the week before in Pattaya and Bangkok.
It was good cycling in a few different areas and road qualities.
Wendy Culshaw - April 2013
Excellent trip, cannot fault it. Guide was super.
Lucy Sanderson - April 2013
Well organised, great scenery, good cultural experience at home-stay and lastly accommodation at the Mai Chau resort was unbeatable.
Ernest Yoong - April 2013
Enjoyed the local content,coconut factories,villages etc. Also temples, the cycling content could have been more, but what we did was good.
The guide and driver were great,friendly,helpful,and knowledgable,we enjoyed our day and would definitley look at other trips when back in Asia
Dave Ryder - April 2013
I got exactly what I wanted - a good training ride as preparation for a race in Australia, while on business in South East Asia. Many thanks to Guide for keeping a great tempo and riding a few extra kilometers in addition to the normal route
Kennet Melin - April 2013
Another good tour provided by Spice Roads, intimate local knowledge is invaluable and makes the tour very worth it.
L Johnson - April 2013
Guide was AMAZING! We had a neat group of 7 people, and I think he met the needs of us all. His knowledge about the temples was great, but more interesting by far was his willingness to share about Cambodia over the last 35 years, his own and his family's life experiences, and the realities of living in Cambodia. Highlights were the stop at the Palm / Rice factory, the trip out to the floating village and the cycling on the first day- shady and quiet. I'm already creating a wish list for my next trip.
Lorna Murray - April 2013
I really enjoyed my afternoon ride around Bangkachao. The guide shared information about the area along the way and answered my questions too.
I loved resting and cooling down in the shade by the lake in the park and feeding the fish.
Overall, it was a great tour and a terrific guide. I have already recommended it to my friends who have recently moved to Bangkok.
Fiona Menichelli - April 2013
Loved the whole tour! Our guide was excellent! We loved the mix of old and new sights and will recommend this tour to friends who are new to Chiang Mai.
Chompis Purdy - April 2013
Guides were excellent. Their viewpoints, were refreshing, and added much to my knowledge of Vietnam.
The itinerary was a good mixture of historical sites and leisure activities. The accommodations overall were excellent.
Overall, I found Vietnam to be a fascinating country. People were great. With the itinerary we got a good cross section of Vietnam itself in the nearly three weeks we were there. This is my fourth Spice Roads trip!
Bill Benson - March 2013
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour; it provided a view of Bangkok that is not always visible to the tourist.
Nonie Carr - April 2013
Thank you for a great tour of Ayutthaya. Joe was excellent with his knowledge of the area and it's history.
Everything was organised to a very high standard. Again a great trip and I will definitely recommend you to others.
Peter Kelly - March 2013
The tour is a perfect way to see a slice of Bangkok. This is my second time on the same tour. My friends were amazed by the countryside, just as I had been last year. Thank you!
Kate Hoole - March 2013
I absolutely loved this trip. I am floating on air and thrilled that I did it. Our guides were excellent in sharing their perceptions, history and personal anecdotes about the countries.
Ellen Fader - March 2013
The cycling was great, beautiful environment with hardly any traffic. The temple stops were just enough, one more would have been way too much (you can get a bit "templed-out" in Thailand...) The food at the restaurant was great, and something for every liking/preferences (worked out fine with two vegetarians in our group). Both the guide and the driver were nice and friendly, and the guide's english was good.
If we had more time, we would probably have done another bike tour!
Kari-Elise - March 2013
Overall very good tour.
Tour guides did an excellent job.
Food was delicious.
Don't have any complaints!
Ian Gartley - March 2013
We were glad that we could easily customize our tour to the number of days we wanted.
Guide was not only a great cyclist, he is also very passionate about Thailand's history and heritage and it shows. We loved learning about the culture and local food and customs. He was very polite and courteous.
The driver was very attentive to us and went out of his way to please us. He would always ensure our bikes would be in tiptop condition before the rides, and his driving was safe and quick, to the point that we felt comfortable enough to sleep during the longer drives.
It was also a trip for our taste buds. We really enjoyed Thai food, particularly the spicier plates.
Rodrigo Rosales-List - February 2013
Enjoyed Everything! The riding, the guide, the driver, the different types of accommodations, the food, the terrain... will definitely do another
one again! It was the best honeymoon adventure ever!
Carmela Patricia Serina-Pearson - February 2013
This cycling tour was outstanding for the route and beautiful scenery, the support we received from excellent guide, interesting places to visit along the way, and high quality lodging and meals. We highly recommend it as a fantastic way to see beautiful Kerala!
It was getting hot in early March, so the best time for the tour would likely be Dec and Jan.
Kristina Isberg & Peter Fenczik - February 2013
The trip was absolutely amazing! Everyday was packed with great cycling, amazing food, and many cultural experiences!! We will definitely be doing another tour in the future!
Driver & Guide were exceptional! They were very knowledgeable, exceedingly kind, and amazingly supportive. Their food choices were excellent as well! They both never stopped smiling.
I am a doctor in the USA. I did have a fall. Our Guide had a great medical kit. He did a wonderful job cleaning my wounds. I couldn't have done it better myself!
Jess Holzam - February 2013
Loved the Guide! he was great, couldn't be better.very pleasant and funny. a very enjoyable person to be around. Food was very good. Guide introduced us to several new fruits that were very tasty. accomodations were nicer than i expected and found all a nice pleasant relief after a days ride. the hardest part was saying good-bye. loved getting out in the countryside. probably the highlight of our trip.
Janice Condit and Ed Benett - February 2013
I really enjoyed this ride! Thank you.
Sharon Kelly - February 2013
A good mix of tarmac and off road, and the scenery was stunning! Guide was great to ride with me on the downhill sections as he knew I was inexperienced, when we went through busy towns guide made sure we were always together and safe. Any bike issues were promptly responded to.
The driver was excellent and kept a good distance from the last rider so they didn't have their ride spoilt by the noise of the idling truck.
the size of the group was perfect - we had plenty of room to be hot and sweaty in the bus after a ride.
already thinking about which Spice Rods trip to do next...!!
Karen Hayward - February 2013
Great trip. Has inspired me to buy a bicycle.
Mitch - February 2013
Excellent tour. Saw parts of Bangkok I would never have seen before. Weh, our guide was wonderful, pleasant, and knowledgable. Keep up the good work. Tom
Tom Johnson - February 2013
The trip was extremely enjoyable and the guide was excellent. It was a great balance of historic sites and country-side biking. A lovely way to spend a weekend!
Jennifer Poulson-Phan - February 2013
The trip was excellent in every way. We enjoyed it thoroughly. I would definitely book another tour with Spice Roads. :o)
Sally Cochrane - February 2013
I really enjoyed this bike trip our guide Woody and our drivers were so wonderful thank you for a great experience in Thailand
Gail Vandelist - February 2013
We were sent all of the necessary information in a well organized timely manner.
Our driver and guide were great. Very friendly, communicated well, had a fun sense of humor.
The hotels were lovely the distances were just right and there were plenty of stops. We really like being able to order food rather than having to eat buffets. It was the perfect blend.
The bikes were perfect for the road conditions.
Wendy West - January 2013
The guides were the highlight of the trip! They were accommodating, easy to understand, pleasant and helpful! The trip was an amazing trip through the countryside and it was a pleasure to be on it!
Sarah Gierow - February 2013
Bottle and Charlie are an awesome duo. Good sense of humor, very knowledgeable about terrain, cultural points, agriculture and biking. We felt well cared for. All were very helpful. Among the best help and service of any bike tour (and we do a lot).
In general, Thai drivers are very good and more courteous than those in the States. Road surfaces were generally better than the US- surprising good, in fact.
Excellent eating and some flexibility. We got them to take us to a street market for one supper- very fine experience in addition to the usual large spread at the hotels and restaurants.
Fred & Marian Shaw - February 2013
In each country the quality of all the guides and drivers was fabulous. They were excellent problem solvers and strived at each turn to accommodate the needs of each and every one of the riders.
My initial reaction to the first leg was that the biking was a bit tougher than I thought it would be but by day two everyone seemed to settle in and as a group we seemed to gain confidence. And each day got better and better. Even the long days were immensely gratifying.
The hotels for the most part far exceeded my expectations.
Anon - January 2013
My first cycling tour and it was excellent. The guide was very knowledgeable and very good at providing all local information. The spots we visited were excellent.
Veronica McCann - February 2013
Overall the trip exceeded our expectations. The biking was great, the accommodations and food were better than expected, the guides did an excellent job and we got to experience life in Vietnam and Cambodia from close-up.
Jack Brooymans - February 2013
Our guide was Excellent. The overall trip was excellent and I will recommend your company to my friends.
Greg Newton - January 2013
It was an unbelievable experience overall; I miss the cycling now that I'm home.
Franklyn Hull - January 2013
it was all excellent!
Carrie Sammut - February 2013
We enjoyed the challenge of the hard cycle on the first day. Cycling round Bagan and visiting temples with no tourists was so memorable. We loved the variety of food and it was great to be taken to the restaurants that served typical local food.
Vicki Hinde - February 2013
Overall the tour was very well run, especially the Thai part of the trip. That is not to say that the Laos part was less, it was just different. Guides were extremely professional and looked after everyone in the group well. The drivers were fantastic. Our guide in Laos was also very kind and professional.
Ollie Marron - February 2013
Especially enjoyed cycling through the winding narrow streets, the temple, and the flower market.
Tim & Jill Rowe - January 2013
The guides provided insight into the country, history, culture, and economy. There were very knowledgeable, capable, and enjoyable to be with. Constantly impressed as to the focus on food and water safety. Very impressed at attention to detail. Excellent food based on what was available where we were.
Frank Lord & Suzanne Hopgood - January 2013
Very easy to book & excellent communication & support from the Spice Roads Team. All support during the trip was excellent. Bikes were better than expected. Couldn't find any fault with anything
An excellent first trip with Spice Roads & a great way to see Thailand. Impeccable service from Ant & team. I will be recommending & returning. Thank you
Fiona Brompton - January 2013
The guide and driver were first rate. the variety of accommodations was great. The variety of activities was fun! the countryside was beautiful. It was nice to have a pool at every place we stayed. We ate a lot and the guide helped us make good choices to try new things.
Teri & Cable - January 2013
This way of travelling and seeing three countries was fantastic. Spice Roads does a great job of organizing everything. It all ran smoothly! We have recommended Spice Roads to others!! I can't think of any improvements really. Dealing with the large group we had went very well!!
Linda & Tony Bonise - January 2013
The staff on the trip made the trip perfect. We liked the more rural places and roads. The food was perfect
Christensen - January 2013
Overall the guides and support were excellent. The itinerary was educational. hotels were excellent, and the food was good. The willingness of the guides to discuss their homelands was essential and very interesting. Visitors really want to be educated about life in the countries toured as well as just to see the landscape.
Lew Cocke - January 2013
We had a terrific time. it exceeded our expectations. Guides were first rate people who helped add to the fun. We feel like we saw a lot and were able to see so many different sights.
Cable & Teri - January 2013
Our guide was extremely knowledgable about all the thai religion/history and was able to convey his knowledge in fluent english. Even better he could answer all our questions.
MIke & Catherine Mears - January 2013
Our guide adjusted the rides to suit our abilities and added more riding Km to the tour which suited us all as experienced Spice Roads customers.
The rides were challenging but not too long so we were able to finish each day in time to use the hotel pools etc
Rob Simpson - January 2013
I found the trip very enjoyable and it was good to slow down the cycling and stop for the cultural breaks. Guide was very good at this and had a good connection with the local people.
Maggi Smith - January 2013
Guide was fantastic in ensuring that we all had a great, safe cycling experience and had the opportunity to enjoy all the great food available. Driver was always very happy and managed all the bikes without us realising it. Very good food and ample provided. The accommodation was upmarket and better than I had expected.
Maggi Smith - January 2013
The guides were all very good!! Professional, friendly, helpful and informative. A great route, we really learned a lot.
R B Olver - January 2013
Wow...really great. Exceeded expectations! Way to go!
Really appreciated the updates and the information provided about trip plans.
Enjoyed the quieter roads and stops along the way where the guide pointed out cultural experiences. Guides and Drivers were superb.
Becky Bolander - January 2013
Any time I had a question regarding the trip I received an immediate and helpful reply. This gave me great confidence that the trip would be a success. Given that we travelled in three countries, all of our 6 major guides were excellent. The changeovers were very smooth. Itinerary seemed just right for this trip.
This was very important. I was the only vegetarian in the group. I was ALWAYS well provided for; it was clear that the guides always took this into consideration. This is my 5th major cycling trip and my vegetarian needs were never handled so well as was on this trip.
The organization and execution of the trip was superb--couldn't ask for better. I was surprised at the consistent high quality of the accommodation. I can't think of anything to improve upon.
Robert Unger - January 2013
Our Spiceroads trip in Sri Lanka was just fabulous! Someone asked me the other day was there anything you would have changed and I couldn’t think of a thing. Our guide honestly couldn’t have been better. The accommodation – it was really luxurious and amazing value for money. I continue to be really impressed with Spiceroads and the consistent quality of your tours as well as the ease of organising for us the travellers.
Thanks for an amazing holiday, the only thing left to do is decide where to next!
Kelly O'Dea - December 2012
We love local food and Bottle ensured we had a fabulous variety of dishes to share. He has excellent knowledge of both his country and how to pace and suited the trip to meet our needs. The driver Willom was friendly, provided delicious fruit snacks,organised our luggage and was a safe and alert driver- all good
Trish Whitaker - January 2013
The whole team was great - extremely customer focused and helpful. Our National Guide was clearly a strong leader who ensured the team worked well together He was clearly passionate about his country and this shone through. Nothing was ever a problem and they often anticipated our needs. It was great to arrive at a nice hotel after a hard days biking, especially with a pool! Wonderful food and very generous portions
Gail Kettle - December 2012
The guide driver were excellent and a credit to your company. The "off road" sections were the most enjoyable and the spa location as a finishing point is a great idea
Richard Laidler - January 2013
Just loved this trip. Number one is having local guides who are great at their job! The route in Sri Lanka was great, lots of variety, some challenges and always thought given to choosing light traffic roads.
Alison O'Dea - December 2012
I enjoyed the whole experience very much and would definitely use Spice Roads again if I ever do another of these trips.
Barbara Kerr-Shaw - December 2012
Guides and drivers were A1! They made our trip very special with their local knowledge, professionalism and friendliness.
Heather Malone - January 2013
This is one of the best tours heading from Bangkok. I really liked the hills and the visits to farms and rubber plantations. The guide and the overall support was great as always.
Daniel Maxin - December 2012
We loved the boat ride out of the floating markets. So nice to see another part of the country. It was a fantastic experience!
Alastair - December 2012
This was my favorite of the 3 tours I have taken with SpiceRoads! I will continue to take tours with SpiceRoads while I am in Asia.
Kate Billings - January 2013
The tour was more than I expected, it was great to bike in the area located on the other side of the Chao Phraya.
Ralf Lofstrom - January 2013
Loved the lunch!
Loved the temple with the trees over it.
Just had a great time all round. Kids loved riding their own bike too and they had the choice of tag-along too. Now booking my wife's father on the same trip. Actually the floating market was the least interesting : ) The rest of tour was much more fun!
Adrian Illingworth - January 2013
We got to ride the backroads, through villages and fishing towns, seeing parts of the country that I doubt many visitors get to see. This was fantastic.
Andrew Prentice - December 2012
My favourite part of this trip was cycling through the tea plantations - they were wonderful.
Clare Makepeace - December 2012
The tour was excellent. Fun, interesting, tough. Some of the places we went through were spectacular. The backwaters and the trip on them was unforgettable. The scenery, food and people were a joy. The guides and driver were faultless.
Richard Stokoe - December 2012
I loved cycling through the villages and off road through the temples.
Jacqui Lennon - December 2012
It was a pleasure to discover Cambodia off the beaten track, the villages, the people and the beautiful scenery.
Chris Grossick - December 2012
Riding distances were great. I was pleased there were some challenging days.
Ryan Moran - December 2012
it was just perfect!! driver, guides, bikes etc. We had a lot of fun and were very impressed. We will recommend you and come back again.
Roswitha - December 2012
We both liked the tour because cycling was the means of transport from one point of interest to another and not an end in itself. We learnt a lot, saw a lot and had fun. A fabulous experience.
Jennifer Sutton - January 2013
Fabulous guides and drivers in Thailand and Cambodia including the temples guide. Everyone was completely accommodating and friendly. Great senses of humor and consideration for the individual. Always concerned for our safety as well as our enjoyment of the tour. Superb!!
Sara Frey - December 2012
It was an incredible experience which I would like to do again.
Jeremy Jackson - December 2012
The guides were knowledgeable and lots of fun!
Jay Jackson - December 2012
Great cycling trip!
Kasper Nielsen - December 2012
The trip was amazing our guide was well informed showed pride and passion for his country. Took great care in making sure that we where well looked after.
Steve Watson - December 2012
Loved the food, the guides, the challenge of the rides. Enjoyed very much the sightseeing and the insight into the local culture.
Bonnie Richmond - December 2012
The biking was wonderful and we saw sights that we never would have been able to see on any other kind of tour. And we were thankful to have your sturdy and reliable mountain bikes! The food was absolutely wonderful (one of the many highlights of our trip). Meals were varied and plentiful and Binh took great care in making sure the food was prepared in a way that would be good for we “westerners”. We enjoyed a great variety of eating establishments from the local family run places to high end fine dining. It was all fabulous!
Bonnie and Steve - December 2012
This trip was brilliant. I loved riding along the coast, cycling the ancient cities, Kandy, the tea plantations, the villages, the markets, the elephant safari...well balanced and just enough time at each place, and plenty of time to stop and be in contact with the local population.
Marlon - November 2012
Thoroughly enjoyable Bike Tour . The riding was amazing, the food was very enjoyable and did it's best to cater for all at the table. The Lao Guide (Joi) and his team were absolutely wonderful. They had very good awareness of our groups needs and no request was ever ignored or too hard to accommodate.
Spice Roads proved that they were a professional and well run organisation and I was thankfull that we had chosen a Spice Roads tour!
Stuart Calver - December 2012
Nee, our Tour Gude for the Bangkok Jungle Trip was first class and provided us with a lot of interesting information. The afternoon ride was easy paced and very enjoyable. When we return to Thailand (or another country) a Spice Roads cycle tour will be on the top of our agenda - next time we intend to look a couple of days tour. Thanks very much.
John & Suzanne Hicks - November 2012
The driver was helpful whenever he was with us and the most perfect part of a good team.
We complement you on a slick organization and will recommend SpiceRoads to all our interested friends.
Thank you for a most enjoyable experience which commence "awesome" Vietnam.
Karl - December 2012
An ecxellent service! Thank you for all!!! We'll recommend you!!
Stephanie Koller - November 2012
Very interesting route through fascinating countryside. Good to stay for short break in Mandalay. Cultural locations were great.
Anonymous - November 2012
You run a first class operation. I have enjoyed riding with Spice Roads. I have done day trips, 4 day trips, and 14 day trips and have enjoyed them all. Your guides and drivers have been first class. I would recommend Spice Roads to anyone. I look forward to my next ride which is the River of Kings.
David Mills - December 2012
Nok, our guide, was great and knew so much that every stop was interesting. We could ask him anything and he generally knew the answer we enjoyed his sense of humour, the quality of the overnight stops and the fruit stops. In particular Huai Khum resort was so beautiful. It really exceeded our expectations. Keep going there!
Chiang Dao caves was fantastic as was the boat on the Mae Kok river. It was the little things like stopping at a place where they charcoaled sticky rice and shaking the rice in the fields which we could try that really enhanced the cultural learning on the trip. We never felt pressurised to move on and we could take our time on each stop.
Andrew and Angelica Malins - December 2012
Loved the route and this trip exceeded our expections. It was wonderful riding thru the villages. We brought toothbrushed and dental floss with us and gave these out to the village children.
Our guide K K was very experienced as a bike tour leader. Our driver Mimi was so friendly and attentive.
Patti and Len Butler - November 2012
China had great climbs on little travelled roads - wonderful for me. We were very well cared for. The drivers were excellent. KK, is a keen and expert birdwatching guide.
Charlie Ferrell - October 2012
We recently completed our tour from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai with Win and Mr. Sak and cannot say enough good things about both of these individuals and the tour. They regularly went above and beyond to ensure we were having a great experience. This ranged from learning my wife's preference for water instead of coke, driving out to the market to pick up our preferred vegetable for dinner so the hotel could cook it and changing the route to one that more suited my wife and my abilities. Mr. Sak also drove very defensively in protecting the rear rider (my wife) from oncoming traffic and we are very appreciative of this.
The tour certainly exceeded our expectations and we look forward to returning for another tour.
Mark Tan - December 2012
We enjoyed this tour very much, I would say it exceeded our expectations. We were hoping for a quiet reprieve from the big city of Bangkok and that is exactly what we got. Our guide, Bottle, was lovely. Friendly and professional, very safety conscious, and struck an appropriate balance between being attentive but giving us personal space. Of course it is the small things that make memories and we appreciate that he knows the local culture and stories, it added some flavour to the trip.
Norm and Valerie Person - December 2012
We loved both our guide and our driver. Win was an excellent guide - off road he was the king but we managed to get him on the tarmac! Mr S was awesome, his manner and his timeliness was just perfect - we loved him!
Food was one of the highlights of this tour - it was awesome - Win and Mr S introduced us to some weird fish dish and northern sausages - both totally delicious. Also all the snacks provided were fantastic - I am now in love with mangostein and longkong (sp?)
We had such a good time!
Jo John - December 2012
Can not fault Win or Mr Sak, superb team. Worked well together and felt part of our tour. Both added to experience with cycling, culture and cuisine experiences. After doing a previous SpiceRoads tour this one really made me appreciate the role of the driver who really added to the trip opposes to being just on 'support'
Excellent advice and recommendations frm Win and Mr Sak. Can not fault Win or Mr Sak, superb team. We love Spice Roads!
Clive - November 2012
Both Bottle and Sanit made every effort to ensure that we all had a good time. We were taken very good care of and the choice of food ordered was excellent and tailored to the individual requirements of cyclists in the group.
Brian Merfield - November 2012
I am writing to congratulate the company and specially the guides of our trip to Chiang -Mai, Ant and Sit. The trip was breathtaking!!!!!!!!
And they were wonderfull people. From planning to the execution they were flawless, but they went beyond and became our friends.
Thank you very much for the wonderfull experience!!
Renato - November 2012
Our guides-Mr. Noom, Mr. Tony-and our drivers, Mr. Dam and Mr. Sak were really wonderful. We felt very well taken care the whole trip.
Anonymous - November 2012
Great itinary and route - loved every minute of it.
Bottle was a really good guide and a very strong rider.
My wife and I really enjoyed the trip - it was really well organised and guided and the type of riding was just what I was looking for.
Would do it again in a flash.
Bob Annells - November 2012
It was an excellent way to see Vietnam from the ground up. I'm sure wee have a far more intimate acquaintance with the country than we would have got on a standard tour.
Ruth - November 2012
I found Tao very patience, and kind hearted. We were a small group which got on very well which was fantastic. Thank you for an enjoyable mini holiday. I hope in the future to do more with you but I shall need to learn how to cycle up hills!
Chrisite Hammer - November 2012
It was an excellent trip which we enjoyed and was excellently run by Tao and Tao the driver. Tao was very patient with all our requests for photo stops.
The group meals and locations were excellently arranged by Tao with a variety of Thai food. Fruit stops were just what we needed and the route taken was interesting showing rural life.
Andrew and Angelica Malins - November 2012
The teams in Vietnam and Thailand were outstanding - great knowledge, history, well organised - would definitely want to do a tour with these guides again.
We had a great team and the vietnam guides really set the scene and were well organised.
Anonymous - November 2012
The trip was excellent! Will definitely do it again and recommend it.
The guides were professional and very nice
Koen Van Duyse - November 2012
My wife and I really enjoyed the trip as it was the first time we had attempted something of this nature. We enjoyed the interaction with the people we met along the way and the country is beautiful.
Dennis Farrell - November 2012
The trip was outstanding.
Tuan, Dan and Ngia were all wonderful. The Bus driver Tuan in the last few days and Hop (?) the mechanic were also great, but we spent very little time with them. I feel I have made friends with Tuan and Dan, and would love them to take another trip I am involved in. Their knowledge of the country, the history, politics, and culture was excellent.
Tuan is an outstanding guide, and Dan was excellent, especially for his first long trip away. We could not have been in better hands - nothing was too much trouble for them and they both went above and beyond their duties for us. I would also like to make a special mention for Usa in your office who was outstanding with her communication and assistance and patience prior to the trip.
I will definitely book again with Spiceroads - this was one of the best experiences of my life and I am very keen to do more of it!
Mandy Rhook - November 2012
Excellent day, really enjoyed it, the guide was good and would definately recommend it to others.
Jenny Mark Rose - November 2012
We enjoyed these days so much and will never forget this journey! Thanks for a very good tour organisation and special thanks to Natt and Aum which are the best guides in Asia !
Petra & Stefan - November 2012
The guide was very good and really tried to make our trip the best.
Ana lucia sassaki - November 2012
The trip was very well organized and had the right pace. We enjoyed all our guides and the support staff (bus driver & assistant in both Yangon and Bagan to Heho, and truck driver and mechanic) were all excellent and lots of fun.
We enjoyed the stops at tea houses and more authentic Myanmar and Shan restaurants. The rest stops were excellent - good snack food and drinks, and plenty of wet towels and water were always available. Thank you!
Wendy Carter - November 2012
An excellent trip!
Anonymous - October 2012
The guide man was excellent; we'd had him before and he's great. That's what made me book again.
Steve Caulfield - November 2012
Our guide during our bike tour, Mr. Khong Thanh Binh, was excellent, a dedicated and caring professional who is a real credit to your company. And the driver we had for the first part of the tour, the Saigon-based driver was truly outstanding - such a sweet, caring, friendly, smiling man who did everything he possibly could to make sure we enjoyed our tour.
And later, in Siem Reap, we had a one-day tour of Ankor Wat etc. Our tour guide during this part of our journey was a young man who's first name is Soo-one. He too was an excellent, very caring guide, who worked so hard to give us a great experience.
The tour fully met our expectations. We have travelled extensively, and our tour with Spiceroads was among the best vacations we have taken. Once again, kudos to Binh, to the drivers during our bike tour, and to the guides Spiceroads provided during the Cambodia and Laos parts of our trip.
Earle McVicar - October 2012
I really enjoyed our guide, Binh. He was professional, very knowledgable about history, culture and the people. I enjoyed his humour and incite into the workings of the country and the life of the people as a result. He knew all a out the farming techniques and even took the time one day to show me peanuts growing! He was kind, considerate and adjusted the itinerary as needed to suit the nature and abilities of the group. I have taught many Vietnamese students so I personally found his accent understandable for the most part. Our drivers were kind and courteous and expert.
Jeanine McVicar - October 2012
Thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip and amazing. Thanks! Can't wait to do another one!
Kerry Towers - November 2012
Win and Mr. Sak were so helpful all the time. We felt extremely cared. We had a really good time cycling with them. It was a great pleasure.
Stephanie - November 2012
We learned a lot more about Thailand and enjoyed a pirvate tour with our guide and driver very much!
Barbara and Roger Herren - November 2012
The guide, Wi, was thoughtful and knowledgeable. He answered our numerous questions and bought us some wonderful snacks. I was delighted with the back roads he took on the way back to town.
Ellen Guerin - November 2012
The part of Bangkok taken to was a surprise which made the trip totally enjoyable.
Raelene - November 2012
Aum was a very friendly and safe tour guide and I would gladly recommend him and SpiceRoads for future rides.
Charles - November 2012
Guide was good fun and good English. Good engagement with Laos way of doing things.
Clive Davies - October 2012
Good day out, not too difficult, would make me want to do again
Anonymous - November 2012
Excellent Chinatown tour, I had taken this before and this time I felt it was better. Thank you for finally replacing your bicycles with simpler style, and more comfortable seats. We visiting some very crowded areas, which I loved, and we walked the bicycles there. But I really did enjoy the trip.
Ray Lopez - November 2012
We really enjoyed the tour - our favorite of the three tours we did while in Thailand
Anonymous - November 2012
Safety first watching traffic and dehydration for every guest. The guides allowed every guest to travel as fast or slow when it was safe to do so. Drivers knew 1st aid for guest and mechanics of cycle to keep the group moving easily.
Drivers made all rest stops a 5 star experience with fruit, snacks, drinks with presentation and style. The breaks were well timed and refreshing. Stopping in "old town" for ice coffee on way to Khaolak was enjoyable.
Excellent health maintenance and emergency service from the spice roads team.
Aum's dinner selections were excellent with variety and thoughtfulness for all clients. Local restaurants and very tasty food.
The guides and drivers allowed our group to feel like a part of Thailand. They are each a valuable asset to spice roads.
Jeff Olver - October 2012
The guides were superb. Food was superb. Accommodations were great. Service was wonderful. I will be back!!!
I cannot say enough good things about the drivers and the guides. Mr. Aum was incredibly pleasant and so very knowledgeable about everything asked of him. We felt safe always, and well taken care of. The drivers were great and the roadside assistance was immediate. I enjoyed the company of every one involved!
The guides did an excellent job of keeping us informed as to what to expect. When we went through any busy towns the guides and drivers were very good at ensuring our safety. The rest stops were well planned to coincide with toilets. Thanks for that!
laurel konschuh - October 2012
Arichart was a very good guide! Very professional!
Ben Sykes - November 2012
Very well organized and well lead by our tour-guide nicknamed "View". We liked all parts of the biking - tour including the trip back through the busy and poorer part of Bangkok -which we would have never seen if our guide hadn't us taken there. Thanks.
Urs Straumann - November 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed our bike tour around Ayutthaya. Our tour was definitely one of the highlights of our time in Thailand and a unique way of experiencing the surrounding country side and culture. Our booking was very last minute and we are extremely grateful to the staff at spice roads, particularly Penchudee, for accommodating our request and organising our tour.
Our tour would not have been as enjoyable or memorable without our amazing tour guide Nee and our driver Rin. She had a wealth of knowledge about the history behind the places we visited and taught us so much about the history and culture of not only the sites we visited but Thailand in general.
In terms of biking, the tour is relatively easy. You ride mainly along flat back roads so fitness level and biking skill is not much of an issue. The biggest challenge for people on this tour would be the heat, however there are plenty of refreshment stops so we did not find this to be much of a bother. In addition, the tour has a support van so that in the event that heat did become an issue there is always the option of keeping the driver company in the air conditioned van until the next rest spot.
Overall, we would highly recommend this tour and spice roads in general. We were very impressed with the quality of service in booking our tour as well as our guide and driver. We had such a great experience we are already looking forward to booking our next tour with spice roads based on Nee's recommendation.
Felicity and Tom - November 2012
The driver was very friendly, also the guide.
Markus & Doris Heini - November 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed the trip, it was a great way to see parts of Bangkok which tourists do not normally visit.
Anonymous - November 2012
Burmese guide very good in pointing out potential dangers. I thought his care and attention was excellent.
David Gunn - October 2012
We had a great time, our guide Sampath was very good and tried at all times to please us.
Cheryl & Graeme Casey - October 2012
Wonderful trip - excellent experience. Will hopefully be back to do another tour soon!
Anonymous - October 2012
Excellent food the entire tour. I'm missing it already.
Being my second Spice Roads tour I enjoyed every minute of it. And I am already trying to plan for my next Spice Roads tour.
Mr Aum and Mr Rin definitely made the tour more enjoyable as I feel without them it would not have been the same. Both are very professional and provided a great easy friendly service to myself and the other riders. I will hope to have them guide me on my next tour.
Kim Seldon - October 2012
Guides were excellent, support team very helpful and teamwork was excellent. The cultural & historical information from Chan was first class and aimed at our interests. A really first class tour enjoyed by all in a beautiful country.
Simon Ashton - October 2012
Guides are the strength of the tour - nice, interesting to talk to. It was a pleasure to ride with them.
Anonymous - October 2012
I enjoyed every aspect of the trip as it offered plenty of variety, but the boat ride at the end rounded it off perfectly. The guide and driver made a brilliant team and ensured that everyone had an enjoyable time.
Mark Blaszczynski - October 2012
The trip was well organized and I cannot fault the content as there was plenty of variety, with lovely parks, villages and country roads providing a break from all the historic sites. The guide was informative and went out of his way to make sure that we enjoyed the trip, supported by the driver who ensured successful teamwork. I will certainly book other trips whenever I am in the region.
Mark Blaszczynski - October 2012
All the guides were very good. The whole trip was excellent and well organised. I would definitely recommend you to other people and will ride with you again.
Sandra Ince - October 2012
Very nice trip..........a must in Bangkok!!!
andrea & roman - October 2012
Very good food and the guide pick very good restaurants!
Jan Oldervoll - October 2012
All guides and drivers, Jens, Melanie, Gumbe and Ayan were all excellent, friendly and made the cycling and trip fun!
John Petler - October 2012
Charming Lao a stand-out. Loved the Ancient in Luang Prabang. Sapa hotel breakfasts were great as was the hotel itself.
Loved day 2 - for combination of challenge and culture. I found the distances tough - but as expected for 4 chilies! The ferry across new dam was brilliant - even though the 'roads' on the other side were a challenge!
The tour guides worked well with the bikes.
Felicity - October 2012
Really enjoyed it. Our guide, Kien, tried to make sure all went smoothly, and as one of the slower riders he made sure we were ok. Joy (Laos) was excellent.
Restaurants and menu's were fabulous. Really a highlight of the trip, having great food at the end of the day, and great variety too.
Susan - October 2012
Excellent quiet trails. Guide was very good and looked after the group very well.
Anonymous - October 2012
I really enjoyed the whole trip it was more than I expected and it is very hard to fault the guide and driver as their concern for our safety and welfare and that we had the right food source for such a ride was more the excellent.
The professionalism and friendliness and knowledge of the guide and driver was excellent and they were extremely concerned about our safety both on and off the road always keeping a watchful eye on the group.
Paul murray - October 2012
The guide and the driver were good fun and professional.
Anonymous - October 2012
We had a fantastic trip cycling across Bhutan. Sonam, Prakash and Harka were great guides and knowledgeable bicycle mechanics.
Robert Kieckhefer - October 2012
It was wonderful. Ant is a perfect guide, we can’t recommend him highly enough ! He is not only an excellent guide but he is also a wonderful person. You are lucky to have him on board.
Mr Wat was also excellent as a backup, providing us with fruit and cold drinks and generally being extremely helpful and friendly.
We will be booking a tour again with Spiceroads!
Sarah - October 2012
Thank you so much for the night ride! Panya was an excellent guide. Very calm. He was very easy to follow, always signalling what he was going to do far enough in advance so that those of us following knew exactly what to do.
I'll recommend this to others. It was delightful to ride a route I'd never be able to follow on my own in the city. Kat mentioned that it really helped calm the tense feeling she's had on Bangkok's streets.
Willie Weir - October 2012
Enjoyed seeing the countryside and cycling through villages, visiting the guides house, taking a detour onto an island on the Red River where we were up close to the islanders working their fields and living a basic existence.
Sharon Platts - October 2012
Really well run tour. I have recently completed a European bike tour and this was is equal in all regards.
Special note on booking agent Natwarang (who I asked many questions and was excellent) driver and guide (Woody), they were very attentive, had excellent English and great knowledge of the area and more than happy to accommodate my requests for some additional cycling - really top notch work.
This was the first time I have "googled" a holiday package with no prior knowledge of Spice Roads - I definitely lucked out in selecting such a great tour company.
David Wakeman - October 2012
We had a great day out on the bikes. The two guys with us were both fabulous and went out of their way to make it an enjoyable experience.
Will happily recommend SpiceRoads to others.
Sue and Ian - October 2012
The guide was engaged and it was a pleasure riding with him.
Henrik - October 2012
Really enjoyed this tour (Historic Ayutthaya) travelling along quiet country roads, past rice paddys and through little villages. I was a little apprehensive about riding in the heat, this was not a problem as we were cooled as we rode along. The bikes were great, the countryside interesting and the tour in general fantastic.
Our guide was very helpful and spoke very good English. Collected from our hotel on time. In general a great tour. Would recommend this tour.
Angela - October 2012
Excellent guide -- very enjoyable trip.
Paul Deemer - October 2012
Thinles was a fabulous guide. Extremely energetic, knowledgeable and enjoyable.
mary - September 2012
A huge thank you to our two guides, Win and Num! Both were marvelous and very patient. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Karla Wieting - September 2012
A very good day trip that I would certainly do again, the two guides were fantastic and the food was amazing. A good cycle trip
Greg - September 2012
I really enjoyed the trip. The itinerary is very good with some beautiful scenery to be seen. The staff were exceptional in how they supported us throughtut the trip. The food was very good - varied and fresh. I really appreciated their efforts to provide lots of different foods because actually, a lot of the food in mongolia tastes the same!
Thanks again for your time and efforts organising such an enjoyable trip. I look forward to my next spice roads cycling adventure!
Joanna Tinlin - July 2012
What an amazing way to see parts of the city we would never have seen on our own. Our guide was friendly, patient and willing to share his great historic and geographic knowledge. He shared his cultural knowledge and was, as we found the huge majority of Thai people, gentle and welcoming. We met up with another tour and spent 8 days touring through Bangkok and south east Thailand and we suggested that a cycle tour such as yours would be a great addition to anyone's visit to Bangkok.
Thank you SpiceRoads for one of our favorite aspects of our holiday.
Helen Shellard - July 2012
Excellent service from staff - very freindly and prompt with responses.
Ant was excellent with safety and cultural and local knowledge. Mt Sit was also excellent with service, food and maintenance of bikes. We really felt safer than riding bikes in Adelaide Australia.
Bikes were of a good quality and well maintaiained during trip. Ant signals were very clear and contributed to a safe trip. Mr Sit driving also provided good coverage when needed.
All food was excellent and gave a good mix of local fruit and produce.
A good variety across the board. Always clean and good service. The various locations add to the fun and experience of the trip.
Julie and I would sincerely wish to thank Spice tours (Ant and Mr Sit) for a woderfull holiday and experience. We have no hestitation in recommending Spice tours to our friends.
Graham Cummings - July 2012
Both guide and driver were excellent. They were charming, helpful and knowledgeable. Guide set a suitable pace for our group and altered the daily distances slightly to ensure that riding was always a pleasure and never overtaxing.
Highlight was eating in local restaurants and the stops at coffee shops etc, such a treat to be taken out by a local and sampling true Burmese food
Food, company and friendliness of the driver and guide a highlight. As was the care that had been taken to select a route that was endlessly interesting and included the must see sights.
Ann Parker - July 2012
What a great introduction to Bangkok and Thailand! Your guide was friendly, knowledgable and most helpful. The tour was one of the highlights of our holiday and we would love to do more with SpiceRoads. We have and will recommend Spice Roads to all our friends. Thank You!
Helen Shellard - July 2012
The Laos guide Ms Phaphaysone was excellent. She was keen, kept the bikes spotless, looked after us wonderfully.
The tour was a great experience. It enabled us to see the country and get to know the people and we were well away from the mass of tourists.
Roger Naylor - July 2012
We booked the "Chiang Mai city by night tour" a day before. Upon artival we learned we were the only two, so could enjoy a private tour with the guide. A suitable (size) bicycle was handed, as well as protective headgear and safety lights. The tour itself was very nice, riding on the left took some getting used to, but the guide was clear in his instructions all the time. This was truly a tour with a different eye on vibrant Chiang Mai and we learned a lot about the less touristic side of town... If you're into biking and want to get to know this lovely city from another view, it's a must do!
Leon Paul Tuartel - July 2012
I had a fantastic time on the floating market today; Yo and Tong are great tour guides, and they made sure we were safe and enjoyed ourselves!
Jess - July 2012
Nguyen Anh Co (Anko) did a fine job as our guide and Dahm was a great driver and cheerfuly helped out with the bikes and the water refills. The accommodation was great and the food was plentiful and tasty with a good mix of vegetarian and meat. Anko certainly knows the area very well and was able to take us to some lovely restaurants. We also liked his knowledge of the history of the area. We also enjoyed visiting his home for a brief stop and meeting his lovely children and wife. We loved the journeys through the villages and the fact we were staying off busy roads.
Mike Weakley - July 2012
Top crew! Every member of the crew did an exceptional job!
I dealt with Suwalee. She was fabulous and her responses were prompt. Very impressive!
The food was fabulous!!!! I so miss the divine selection of Sri Lankan curries.
I have to admit, it was bliss to arrive at a gorgeous place after a big day riding and feeling hot, dirty and sweaty. Having gorgeous swimming pools and spas was fantastic.
Megan Hassett - July 2012
Thank you for the first adventure. We had a perfect time and a great guide!
Dr. Michael Pack - July 2012
A most enjoyable and informative trip. Our excellent guide made all the difference.
Vu was fantastic!! Mr anh was great also.
Anonymous - July 2012
A wonderful trip - Loved the food, really enjoyed the variety of countryside we saw, our guide Vu was absolutely wonderful and went way above and beyond what was expected
Anonymous - July 2012
Our guide Vu was fantastic, he made the trip exceed expectations and went out of his way to make sure we had a fabulous time. Food, driver and accommodation were also great.
Anonymous - July 2012
The whole trip was fantastic Nhoi and Rin were great tour guide and driver, it was filled with more then what we expected. The bonus was we were the only 2 on the tour that made a great difference, extra personalized. Our praises go to Nhoi and Rin. We are very happy, thanks guys we had an awesome trip!!!
Jaana and Mark - July 2012
We were very impressed by the quality of all of the guides and our primary driver. In particular our primary guide was a wonderful instructor and companion, both well versed in Myanmar's history and culture and attentive to our preferences and needs. Our primary driver kept a watchful eye on our safety and well being and was always sure to provide us with drinks and food for our frequent rest stops and always kept the van clean and tidy.
Roy and Roz tucker - July 2012
Absolutely fantastic. Every attention to detail was considered. Excellent!!
The route met all our expectations and was physically and culturally fulfilling. We were particularly impressed with the food provision on route. Our guide always ordered a nice balanced menu allowing us to taste a huge variety of local dishes.
Our guide and driver were outstanding and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would recommend it to friends and colleagues.
Nicola Page - July 2012
I was really impressed with operations and the itinerary. I loved it!
Every staff member was brilliant at their jobs and put 110% into service. They were very well co-ordinated, caring, considerate, safety conscious and involved. Chan is an excellent National guide with a natural style. He is warm, personable and thoroughly knowledgeable. Kasun the head cycling guide is not just an incredible cyclist but a great guide, always making sure people were happy with the cycling pace and keeping the group together. Big thanks to Neil who acted as the “sweep” guide at the back of the group which is where I mostly was. He was so kind, kept me motivated and passed on some excellent cycling tips. The two staff working the trucks (who’s names I can’t recall- sorry!) were excellent also. They co-ordinated the vehicles and kept every one snacked up and well watered.
Congratulations to Spice Roads on a world class cycling trip!
Mandy Kearsley - July 2012
Just a real thanks for and excellent trip with Ant at the floating markets. Your company were well organised and efficient before and during the day trip. Ant was exceptional as was the driver. Ant the guide was supreme we enjoyed every minute with him. We felt safe, informed and most importantly you all exceeded our expectations. Will book direct next time. Would love to do a long trip with your company. Couldn't fault any part of the day. We work on the service industry and are tough clients.......you performed. Superb!!!
John Dinsdale - July 2012
Guide was amazing and made the trip very easy and enjoyable! The driver was helpful and very brave with this understanding of local traffic / road conditions.
Lauren Gannon - June 2012
The cycling was great, very flat and not too challenging. The bikes were great and the maintenance of them by our guide and driver was great.
Our driver was always helpful when it came to making sure we had enough water for the ride, enough cold drinks in ice for when we stopped and enough snacks (and good variety)
Thanks to Chamrong and Mr Taun for a great couple of weeks in Cambodia
Renee Brogan - June 2012
This trip was a wonderful way to experience the culture and people of this beautiful country. The scenery was breathtaking and our guide Chandra was very knowledgeable of the geography and history of the country. Chandra's care and attention to our needs was first rate. We were very well looked after. The food was amazing, and our cook Songram made sure my dietary needs were catered for at all main meals. We ate local cuisine and enjoyed the fresh produce bought along the route. Our driver was very professional and drove carefully on some fairly scary roads. We have a life time of incredible memories from out trip and I look forward to the time when I can book another cycle tour in Asia.
Thanks for an amazing experience. I loved all aspects of this tour and will definitely recommend your company to my cycling friends.
Susanne Perey - June 2012
We enjoyed a great variety of local foods, some upmarket, and some quite basic.
The standard of roads travelled were as expected, some great, some potholed, muddy and rough. It was a great mix. Plenty of attention was paid to having enough water/food/regroup stops. We tended to stop around every 20k or one hour or so, which was just right.
Big tick for - Chamrong's enthusiasm and bike knowledge, quality of accommodation, mix of cycling and sightseeing, riding on country backroads, having cold drinks and food at hand, great food.
Kerryn Harvey - June 2012
Having been on tour with Spiceroads previously I knew we would be well looked after and wasn't disappointed with the Floating Market trip either, even though it was a day trip. Esso did a great job as our guide. The distance of cycling was good considering the itinerary and the various things we experienced. Definitely tour again with Spiceroads.
Lynne Mathias - June 2012
Friendly, courteous and efficient staff. Really enjoyed the experience.
Kris Chirapongse - June 2012
I dreaded going in cycling tour booked by my sister Lynne mathias (a Spice Roads fan). I am NOT a cyclist by any stretch - but thoroughly enjoyed the day. Content, distances, difficulty,rest stops were all perfect as was the food. Would definitely do another Spice Roads tour again and would highly recommend.
Louise Mathias - June 2012
Our guide was fantastic. Great attitude and fun to be with. Loved it and would recommend it.
Paul Buchanan - May 2012
Loved the route. A good challenge, and very satisfying. It was everything I expected of a 4 out of 5 graded trip.
It was a fantastic trip that I'd recommend to anyone with cycle touring experience. I'm pleased I did the extra mountain training for it here in New Zealand, that preparation made it that much more enjoyable.
The variety of experience and fitness of our group of seven was well catered for by the guides.
It was a stunning way to see and interact with the local people and their land, with lots of good interpretation from the guides.
Arrangements and care of us while travelling was excellent. Particularly impressed with our guides from Active Travel - Jah, Ken & Xiao Wan
The food was a real highlight. Fantastic variety. Jah found out our preferences as a group, then took care of everything from there. He also advised well on rest days when we found our own meals.
Kathy Reilly - May 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and eager to pick another trip soon. I absolutely loved Yunnan Discovery!
Andrea Roensberg - May 2012
Suwalee was a huge help with putting this trip together. She took a lot of time with us, answered all questions and replied promptly. She even helped us book a cabin at Doi Inthanon National Park when I was unable to book it from the United States. The excellent first impression we had of Spice Roads was from Suwalee. We had looked at other tour companies, but none replied as fast to questions than Suwalee. Our first dealings with Suwalee helped us to pick Spice Roads. Thank you Suwalee for your help.
Woody and Mr Suwat by far exceeded our expectations. Very professional with consistently good humour and patience. At no time did we feel that our enjoyment, comfort, as well as learning about this beautiful country was not their first priority. Could not conceive of a better pair of hosts as an introduction to Thailand.
So pleased that we booked this tour at the beginning of our trip, as so much that we learned from Woody was invaluable for the rest of our journey. Woody's attention to detail was outstanding. We would be riding and he would stop and show us the leaves from the plant that the spice in our meal came from. Woody was always pointing out different plants, insects, or helping to save some toads from imminent danger, or popping into a shop or factory to show us around. If Woody saw something interesting, we would stop and check it out. His radar was always on full throttle, finding the most interesting subjects in the most unexpected places. It was this kind of "nontourbook" information that really made this trip special and had us saying, "There is no way that we would ever have had the opportunity to see this part of Thailand if it were not for Woody and Suwat." When we stopped at a Wat, Woody had the info, and we had the questions. Woody truly provided us with a phenomenal introductory education to Thailand.
Suwat was so accommodating and cheerful. Really pleasant addition to the troupe. A great driver and never far away, like when we were getting our many record breaking flats. Once again, good humor and patience were never absent. Driving in Thailand is a lot different then the US, and Suwat was a safe, professional driver. Watching Suwat drive helped me later on in our journey when I needed to get behind the wheel. I need to comment on the van. Very clean, comfortable, great sound system, and the A/C was great! The van really added that first class touch.
Probably could go on and on, but it should suffice to say that Woody and Suwat were pivitol in making this bike tour a very well rounded, fun and educational trip. Could not have wanted for anything more. It was a honor for us to meet Woody and Suwat as guides on our tour.
Our philosophy when traveling is that anything that we see is new and exciting and anything we do not, will not be missed.
The rest stops we had the opportunity to sample durian, sticky rice in bamboo and other seasonal fruits. And the lunches provided us with opportunities to try local specialties.
We found the level of cultural content fascinating and the defining factor in choosing this route. We have nothing similar to the sites we saw on this tour in the US and were excited by every ruin and Wat. Heritage Tour? Would have been disappointed if there was less. Every Wat had something different to offer - and Woody unfailingly would flesh out the experience with his seemingly infinite knowledge.
Given the description of an emphasis on local food, countryside and historical sites - we certainly were not disappointed.
The rooms were great. They differed from each other, but all were clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. Each hotel seemed to portray the area we were in at that time. All were lovely in their own way. We were greeted each time with fresh juice and courtesy. Though Woody obviously took care of the checking in and out processes, they were virtually invisible to us. The accommodations were an all around pleasant experience.
Suwalee was our first contact with your company and she did a great job. Woody and Suwat are great guides, you are very fortunate to have them as employees. The van we were in was really nice. The bikes were great, I wish my bike shifted so well. The hotels were great. The food was really a big part of the trip and not one meal was less than great. The Wats and the heritage of Thailand was very well covered by this trip. The Elephant park was more than we expected. Jeanne's birthday was made very special with dinner and the band singing happy birthday, but to me the most special part of Jeanne's birthday was giving food to the monks. Woody really did something that made her birthday seem small. The idea of giving food to others in such away in a land that is not ours was touching. So simple and so giving. To me that morning is the highlight of our trip.
George McCook - May 2012
I would highly recommend Spice Roads tour to anyone. As far as lodging, the first night was fair and the second night was superb. A great combination. The bikes were in excellent condition. After going on a 3 day tour I am ready to go on a longer tour. Food was excellent. Nice touch having ice cold water, cold fruit and wet napkins to refresh ourselves. Top of the line and fairly priced.
Ali - June 2012
The day to day arrangements went like clock work. We were all very impressed and will be booking for next year and recommending.
Vicki Hinde - May 2012
I enjoyed the new adventure each day. The guides, food and biking were exceptional.
RICHARD JONES - May 2012
I was very happy with the route and itinerary!
Leonard Karp - May 2012
Loved the trip. Your guide is great!
Lee - May 2012
Very good cycling trip, value for money, tour guide & driver excellent, would highly recommend it!!
Niall & Christine O' Connell - May 2012
We chose the easy 25km day ride as an introduction to cycling while on holiday and have fallen in love with the idea of doing something more challenging. Our guide was very informative of the area and would (and have) highly recommended the experience.
Theresa & Darren Lymbery - April 2012
The use of local guides was outstanding and added to the enjoyment of the trip. Both our drivers, Jess and Eric were excellent. April did a great job of logistics and although Allan is obviously learning his trade, we really appreciated his extra efforts to ensure our trip was a good one.
The Boutique Hotel, the Hidden Valley Springs Resort, and the Oriental Hotel were excellent accomodations.
We enjoyed the food and the choices of restaurants made by our guides.
We really enjoyed our guide in Lucbon, "Funk" who not only showed us some great biking trails but also took the effort to give us a walking tour of his town and tell us about its history and traditions.
Clay Wertheimer - April 2012
I just wanted to let you know how pleased we were with the BKK countryside trip on Saturday. In spite of the heat we had a great day, and everything was impeccably organised and executed by our 2 guides and drivers.
Thank you very much indeed.
Jen - April 2012
Our "leader", Panya was a very good guide - helpful and friendly. The route was exciting and the tour was really well-planned.
We hope to be back in Thailand next year, when we would like to do the tour again, or another one.
Su and Philip Laureston - April 2012
We, two friends, were the only ones who booked the tour and had the greatest time! The guide took wonderful care of us, considered all our needs and wishes (including walking the first 1.5 km along the canal because the track was too narrow for my friend) and took breaks whenever we needed. He was very knowledgable and pointed out a lot of interesting details. The bikes were very good condition; the food served in a restaurant for lunch was delicious. The tour of the country side takes you outside of Bangkok, through rice fields, to a bat colony, to an orchid farm and to Buddhist Wonderland - be surprised! The entire trip can be quite exhausting if it is very hot, but you have the choice to jump back into the airconditioned van anytime, which is very convenient. Overall: Highly recommended!
Anonymous - April 2012
I've been to Bangkok many times and this half-day of cycling showed me the city from a completely new angle. The day far exceeded my expectations and Panya was an exceptional guide - I've recommended this tour, and particularly Panya as a guide, to all of my friends!
Leila - April 2012
We had an absolutely wonderful trip which we will remember forever!! Thank you and we will be writing up our fantastic tour in Trip Advisor letting everyone know about your amazing company!!
Debbie Rogers - April 2012
The trailer bike was good, and our daughter found it most enjoyable!
Boyd Briese - April 2012
A fabulous tour, and our guides went out of their way to make the tour the best it could be, especially as we were travelling with young children. The food was great, and there was plenty of it. In reality, we really didn't need that much. (I don't think I lost any weight on the trip!).
Tania Briese - April 2012
We had a fantastic trip which left 13 March. Our guide Thai had excellent english and was able to answer any and many questions. We could not have asked for anyone better. He provided us with so much information and had such fantastic local knowledge. He chose the food well for what he thought we may like. Our driver was a very gentle lovely man. His english was not as good but that did not matter as he was not our guide and he tried hard. We were grateful to see him at the refreshment breaks and he always provided us with icy cold water and snacks.
The cycling trip was the highlight of our 2 week stay in Vietnam and I would certainly look to do a similar trip again. I have been cycling for several years at a low level of about 30km per week, but my cousin was not a cyclist but trained well for the 5 weeks prior to leaving and managed well.
Yvonne Fleay - March 2012
The guide Num was a really good mechanic for the bike, we had a broken chain and a broken wheel and he was in short time able to manage everything and to repair. Really fantastic.
Sonja - April 2012
Thai & Chau our vietnamese guides were both amazing.....and the bus & truck drivers. They truly looked after us on our trip & we were sad to leave them after only 4 days. Wonderful guides who taught us so much about vietnam, the history & culture. Wayne & Mr Polo in Cambodia were also very good.
All bikes provided were amazing....the trek series are fantastic bikes, much better than my one at home, so i was glad i decided to rent, rather than bring my own! Gears were great & easy to change and bikes looked brand new in cambodia.
Most food was of a high standard. Loved the vietnamese food.
Always plenty of food on offer and never once left feeling hungry!
Bre McEnery - March 2012
Enjoyed the cycling and the food!
Gordon Dunn - April 2012
The food was delicious! The guides (Noi) were very friendly and helpful.
Briese - April 2012
We found the guide (Hai) to be excellent. Even when the trip took a downturn due to illness, he appeared to be trying hard to make it enjoyable for us.
The drivers were also all very good, and we especially enjoyed the first driver (phuk?) who was very attentive.
The routes were enjoyable and had quite a bit of variation in them.
Our guide altered the route when road construction made an alternate route more appealing.
Doug & Alison Chernoff - March 2012
I really enjoyed the tour, nice way to see Thailand, great ride, great guide and people, perfect service before also. Will definitely consider another tour with Spiceroads!
Ellen Genetello - April 2012
I booked the cycling trip mainly for my daughter and she enjoyed it immensely. Thank you so much to our guide, Natty, he was excellent!
Velle - April 2012
My girlfriend and I had a fantastic time. We had heard great things about Spice Roads from friends and this was our first trip. I doubt it will be our last. Bottle and Yo made the trip extremely memorable with their knowledge and kindness!
Olaf Lakin - April 2012
The hotel on the first night was fantastic, food on the whole trip was great, as well as our guides Yo and Bottle.
Joan Pinder - April 2012
The bike i rode was in good condition. A damaged tyre that i did not notice was replaced imediately by the guide who noticed it. And most importantly the brakes worked very well something that does not always work on other bikes hired in Laos!
The driver was doing so much behind the scene work that we didn't see and i felt it needed to be raised with others on the tour. Some of our group rode in the car and were greatly impressed by the the work he was doing by staying in contact with guides on the bikes and by covering the riding group that spread out over several kilometers. The guides on the bike's were great as interacted with the riders constantly.
todd nicholas - March 2012
Lunch on the first day of riding was the best first food in Laos!I It was a great tour and I am very keen to do another next year. The two guides and driver were a great team and worked well together to ensure everyone's needs were met.
Debbie Senior - March 2012
Guides English was satisfactory. both the driver and guide where excellent, keen to serve. The snacks along the way were great. the heavy (curry) lunches got a little challenging. Guides were great and flexible, offering other food options.
Mary Mohun - March 2012
The tour in general was well done with very good support and the guides were also very good. This was my 6th Spice Roads tour that I have signed up for and will probably do another one this year. Thanks.
Jeff Schwarck - March 2012
Our guides were over the top - Thai and Chou in Vietnam and especially Polo in Cambodia.
Bede Campbell - March 2012
The experience of cycling in rural Thailand was fantastic. The highlights were the daily fresh fruits, interactions with local people and sampling fares at the street stalls and visiting the markets. We enjoyed visiting the gardens at the Royal Palace on the mountain at Chiang Mai which were not on the itinerary.
John & Carole Lee - March 2012
Nice trip, good guides, well arranged.
trudy van der hoeven - April 2012
A brilliant trip for a starter - we are now thinking of another longer one for next year.
Paul Littler - March 2012
Aum and Ant are superb guides and lovely people. Rim is a great and thoughtful driver. These people made the tour!!
I am temted to do the same trip again. My waist shrunk by 5 cm!!!
Roger Jinkinson - March 2012
The tour was outstanding. Your staff, Heng and Ohm were accommodating in every way and deserve recognition for their excellent efforts. Heng had strong general knowledge of all the sights. We recieved and the outstanding approach of these two men. We'd ask for them again!
Andrew Prince - March 2012
An excellent, well-chosen itinerary; I loved the variety and the fact that we didn't ride on major roads. I loved the 30 km and 13 km downhills and we certainly had some spectacular views. My husband and I had already traveled in Vietnam by bus from north to south and it was so much more interesting to visit many places by bicycle.
I think our group really appreciated being the only ones on the boat on Halong Bay. That made it possible for us to really relax and not worry about our belongings. That was really terrific.
Lastly, I'd like to say again how excellent Hai, our guide, was. He really helped make our trip an unforgettable experience and did his best to help us all when we were sick.
Claudia Rock - March 2012
I really enjoyed the cycling and the trip to the town with the coffins underneath the houses.
Tim Fox - March 2012
Win was just a wonderful guide who explained everything beautifully, assisted where ever possible, kept us safe and provided a wonderful travelling guide. He took my partners peanut allergy very seriously and always made us feel so safe on the roads, we loved the way he could slightly change plans without any fuss if we decided to go see something that was happening along the way. Our driver was so safe and always there at our rest stops ready with cold towels, food and drinks...and a lovely smile. We were very lucky to have a trainee guide, Tony, along with us on this personal tour. Tony had wonderful English and was keen to learn. We are sure with a little time and experience on the road as a tour guide he will prove a great team member. Win just made our experience something that we will remember forever and if the chance comes along again we will be taking another spice roads tour!! I also loved the way that Win was so encouraging as I felt some of the hills pretty tough for me, he allowed me to walk the bike up some and waited patiently at the top for a break and rest. well done to everyone at Spice roads who made this such a wonderful and joyful trip!!!
Debbie Rogers - April 2012
Tony and Pong were very responsive to our individual cycling interests & needs. Since my husband & I were the only ones on the tour, they added more kms, back roads, and climbs for our enjoyment. Tony was consistently enthusiastic & reliable. Pong (driver) was too - he was also incredibly knowledgeable of the roads & trails in the area and was able to help Tony design a more suitable route for us
Kara - April 2012
Great trip. Wonderful scenery including historical WWII sites. We rode through farming communities along the mountains that separate Burma/Thailand.
Paul Keller - March 2012
Here's a blog about our Lanna Countryside tour!
Jess - March 2012
Overall it was a great week: the group got on well the SpiceRoads staff were very attentive and it was great to be out on the bikes
Roger Metcalf - March 2012
It was a great trip with great guides, hotels and food. Itinerary was well planned and sensible. Cycling breaks were timed perfectly and always with cold drinks and great food.
Emma Fielder - March 2012
It was a perfect trip for me. Great rides, very professional guides, cool company, tasty food, very nice accommodation, a.s.o.
Samuel Menti - March 2012
I enjoyed all of this trip. Overall I felt our trip was great and our guide Sampath excellent.
Chris Rooney - February 2012
Our guide picked the restaurants and food. I was delighted with his choices, giving us local flavor and atmosphere.
Kenneth Larsen - March 2012
I always felt safe knowing a guide was looking after me and the sag wagon was behind me.
Nora Cheng - March 2012
Philippines roads are very crowded. So the fact that we rode on single track and on dirt roads was excellent choice.
Whale shark swimming was great extra curricular activity.
Doug Johnson - February 2012
Loved attitude of all guides they all enjoyed there jobs and worked hard to please under all conditions, kind of people who you can enjoy your time with, keeping trip on back roads and odd spots make a trip memorable
Joseph D'Angelo - February 2012
The trip was exceptionally rich in culture...my favorite memory of the trip and my primary purpose for travel. I appreciated the local color of the daily life. It was a very interesting world.
Linda Hayek - February 2012
The trip as a whole was very enjoyable. The organization and transport was excellent. It was a great way to see the country. Thanks very much for a good travel experience.
Mark - February 2012
We enjoyed the whole trip. Both teams were very professional (Thai and Lao).
Roger and Claudine - February 2012
We had the most fantastic time cycling Southern Thailand's Beaches. Everything was really great, accommodation, food and our wonderful guides Ant and Aum ( Aum was one of our guides on our River of Kings cycle in 2009) so was a lovely surprise to see him again. Our 3 drivers were also great and worked hard in making sure we were enjoying our fruit and snacks plus being excellent drivers on route.
The trip exceeded our expectations and look forward to cycling with you in the future.
Eric and Helen - February 2012
The itinerary was very accurate and the routes were very enjoyable. We enjoy biking and visiting a country from a bike seat. Some days were long and some short but the experience was very good. We don't bike fast but we bike long days, which is perfect for the road conditions in Viet Nam.
The hotels were very nice. Everything ran very smoothly. Our itinerary dictates very limited time at the hotels and they were clean, efficient places to stay and get cleaned up for anther day.
Hung is a very gifted leader. We gained more respect for his abilities every day. He dealt with every issue with great positive energy and quick smile. Hung's communication skills are very good and he taught us a great deal about Vietnamese culture and history all while serving us watermelon snacks and loading and unloading our bikes and gear...he did it all.
We are very happy with our decision to use Spice Roads.
Rodney West - February 2012
We loved the trip. We consider this one of the best trips we have taken. Our group size 7, was perfect and we have a new appreciation for the people and country of Viet Nam. We hope to do another trip with SpiceRoads and we will definitely recommend SpiceRoads to our friends.
Winifred West - February 2012
We enjoyed the day trip today on "Bangkok Jungle". Our guide, "nee", was great. Very interesting part of Bangkok we never would have seen.
James and Susan Cohn - February 2012
A very knowledgeable tour. Enjoyed the historic sites and also we saw some elephants. Our tour guides and driver were excellent! In all it was an excellent trip for us and thank you so much! Love the foods too.
Tuesday Navarro - February 2012
The trip was exactly as I had hoped. Communication from the staff was excellent. A superb operation!
Susan Coldwell - February 2012
We enjoyed cycling the rural routes, away from the normal tourist
trails, and the opportunity to get a taste of rural life. It was good to have a mix of cycling and some time to enjoy the beautiful places we were staying
for the night; the resorts and beaches themselves.
The guides/drivers adapted the cycle route to avoid the busiest roads,
especially as we were a large group. The food was great. Again, the guide made efforts to accommodate specified requests in terms of spiceyness and hotness, and for clients who liked desserts!
Paul Topping and Andrea Partridge - February 2012
Guide was, as your guides always have been, most pleasant and competent. Very nice little trip to fill our afternoon.
Clive Davies - February 2012
It was a fun trip. Biking through fields was amazing. We made good friends and want to be back soon!
Goegele Hannes - February 2012
The trip exceeded our expectations and we cannot say enough about the job and services that Spice Roads provided. Everything worked out perfectly and we bring home many fond memories of our time in Thailand and Cambodia thanks to you and Spice Roads. Thank you sincerely and we certainly hope to return for another adventure!
Bill & Dawn Kraul - February 2012
The ride was really great.
Simon Myers - February 2012
Thanks for being flexible on giving me a personal tour. I really enjoyed the day and the company en route.
Simon Myers - February 2012
Our guide was fit and took good care of us. The bikes were great. We will recommend it to others.
Sarah & Harris Wilkinson - February 2012
Great bunch of guys, looked after us very well, always concerned with our safety. Much better bikes than we have come across on trips with other companies. Enjoyed it all. Looking forward to the next one.
Cheryl Casey - February 2012
The drivers & guides couldn't have been better. They were all courteous,very polite & nothing was too much trouble for them. The bikes were the best ever. No-one had any major problems. We were given a good sample of every dish. They were all good quality & the variety was interesting. The accommodation was so good compared to the same standard in Australia, we loved them all.This is our 3rd Spice Roads trip & we would definitely do more with your company because of the high standard you provide. Keep up the good work!
Gray G. - February 2012
The website was an accurate description of the tour. Loved the local content and the accommodation was superb.
Gabi Steenkamp - February 2012
Had a great time. Both guides were the best.
Andrew Siebern - February 2012
Fantastic time we had on our trip cycling southern Thailand beaches, the guide and the team were great. It was so good we know we want to travel with you again.
Graeme and Cheryl Casey - February 2012
Excellent trip for the money; the tour guides were excellent as always, very attentive to the need of the clients. Overall, I have a wonderful experience.
Joe Bui - February 2012
Enjoyed the trip down river and the elephant ride. Cycling through the rice paddies and along the river. Excellent fresh food snacks. Driver and guide very attentive.
Mr and Mrs Oliver - February 2012
It was a great trip and we enjoyed the whole experience.The guides were professional, helpful and good company.
Paul Cooke - February 2012
Greg Wilson - February 2012
Tuan was an excellent ambassador for both your company and country. He dealt with all aspect of the tour in a most professional manner never appearing out of his depth.
Jonathan Fleet and Julie Smyth - December 2011
Our guide, Joe Le, was fantastic. He always made an effort to accomodate our wishes.
Brian Levitan - January 2012
We really enjoyed our first cycling trip and plan to book more with Spice Roads.
Barbara and Robbie Sampson - January 2012
The guides were friendly, professional and confidence inspiring.
John Anderson - January 2012
The trip exceeded my expectiations in terms of scenery and the people we met. I have never seen so many beautifully gilded stupas, and I live in Thailand! I'm so glad my introduction to Myanmar was on a bicycle and not on a tour bus: it made the experience for me.
Sara Weaver - January 2012
This was a fantastic trip and we will be back with Spiceroads next year for another cycling holiday in Asia.
Deb Sankey - January 2012
I think we lucked out on finding this company as they were top notch. Very helpful to accommodate any special request.
The riding was excellent for any level of rider, some would push as hard as possible and the guides would do there best to ride with them , some would set there own pace at the back with the very patient sweeper guide. I especially like how the group started to work together drafting each other as a team.
Great job highly recommended and would do another one for sure.
John Leenders - January 2012
Top ten things I enjoyed:
1. Biking small back roads.
2. The small tour group (only 5 people).
3. All of the children shouting "hello" to us.
4. Learning about the local cultures.
5. The support from our drivers- always having snacks and drinks.
6. The insights from our guides.
7. Seeing places at the pace of a bicycle.
8. Visiting anchient temples.
9. The food.
10. Great location for the rest day in Banlung.
Christopher Barnes - January 2012
This was our fifth tour with you and our group loved this ride, our guide was excellent, we will come many more times.
Andrew Rea - January 2012
Nice to get a feel for the real Thailand that lurks behind the more touristy part of the floating market. Good to visit the coconut huskers on this trip.
Rob McDonald - January 2012
I thought that the tour was excellent. Most aspects were well thought out and planned and this made for an excellent trip.
Michael Doherty - January 2012
The whole trip was fantastically planned and executed. The riding was fun, the guides were wonderful, warm and funny, and the accommodation was far better than we would have imagined.
Stephen Sheldon - January 2012
My cycling trip was good and I had a lot of fun. Mr.Woody also a very good guide and the route he took us around is very interesting even for me who is Thai and have lived in Bangkok for most of my life.
Wilawan Prasanatikom - January 2012
I thought our guide was great. I was extremely nervous biking through Hanoi but everything went smoothly and I was pleasantly surprised.
Lauren Keating - January 2012
The tour was led by one of the best Thai riders I met in Thailand. Most of the trails were doubletrack or access roads between villages that eventually connected to towns.The best sections in my opinion were the downhill doubletrack lengths with plenty of cornering and opportunities to clear rocks and ruts with a jump. There was also plenty of flatland between days that offered scenery and low-level climbs over picturesque farmland and forest.The resorts and homestays we rested in were phenomenal. Each night was different, so we had a wide range of experiences.
John Knauss - January 2012
It was a pleasure meeting our cycling guide. He made the trip great. Good job working smoothly as a team of four. Thank you for the great introduction to Thailand.
Leah Fein - January 2012
One of the highlights of the trip was an unexpected turn off the main road, heading in the direction of music and a ceremony. It turned out to be a novitiate ceremony and it was truly an experience of a lifetime.
Bob Hayssen - January 2012
Everything was great! Tao was a very pleasant and attentive guide. Pong was our expert driver that served us with energy snacks and drinks. The accomodation was excellent! Would love another trip with the guides!
Lena och Jonny Broberg - January 2012
I had such a wonderful day and I thought it was very well organised. I was travelling alone and I found it really relaxing and safe. I'm not super fit but I will now be doing more cycling at home as I would like to go on a longer cycling trip next time I go overseas.
Louise Vaggs - January 2012
This was my first overnight trip with SpiceRoads and I am very satisfied. The accommodations were carefully chosen to be both comfortable but different than what tourists usually experience. In particular, the hotel on the canal was really nice. The guide (Yo) and the driver were very helpful and did everything possible to provide a memorable experience.
Daniel Maxin - January 2012
Very nice trip. Enjoyed the historic area and the guide was very knowledgeable.
Daniel Maxin - January 2012
Both Woody and T were excellent guides. They managed the group exceptionally well and catered for the different ability levels. Woody had a great knowledge of history,cultural events and places of interest where we stopped.
Margaret Smith - January 2012
We enjoyed the unplanned stops and contact with the locals, the food was excellent, the guide and the driver were very friendly and great company.
Cannot think of anything to improve the trip, it was most enjoyable.
Victoria & Luis - January 2012
Enjoyed, the people, food and drinks. The riding and professional attitude of the tour leaders, the careful organising every day and attention to detail. Fantastic!
TJ - December 2011
Num was an excellent guide - very professional and couldn't have had better for this, my first cycling trip.
Dave Gove - January 2012
A very enjoyable day which I will recommend to others.
Dave Gove - January 2012
Tap is great guide! Speaks decent English, is easy going and has a great sense of humor!
Bart De Smet - January 2012
Excellent balance of biking, visits and tasting local food.
Chris Grossick - December 2011
Our guide was excellent, helpful and extremely professional at all times.
Clare Makepeace - December 2011