In two weeks I am starting my trip in bangkok and then my plan is go to the north (chiang mai), then laos, cambodia and head back to bangkok (circular way).
If I have enough time, I will add malasia as well.
I have three months to complete this pursuit, does it seems long?
Wanted to know where should I buy a bicycle there, must seen highlights, some trip ideas, and so on.
Is Laos or Cambodia better for cycling than Thai?
I'm about to start the same route. How was your experience? Any particular tip you would share? Where are you in your travels?
I'm in Phnom Penh right now.
I am doing the loop clockwise, I started cycling in Ayutthaya (BKK is busy and crowd!) and went towards north: Chiang Mai - Pai - Chiang Rai and Mae Salong.
Then crossed Laos border. Took a slow boat along Mekong from Huai Xuai to Luang Prabang (2 days). Then cycling to Vang Vieng, Vientiane and south to 4 thousand islands. Cycled south parallel to Mekong River is an off-road, very interesting.
At the moment I have done 2700km :)
Btw, I'm preparing a website/blog and update my trails in Wikiloc, I will send the links as soon as I got it.
North Thai and North Laos are difficult as there are heaps of steep roads and mountain passes. But awesome landscapes.
Thai: almost all paved/surfaced and better roads.
From Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai easy and not impressing landscapes, maybe you could skip.
Laos from Vientiane to south is flat or almost.
Cambodia: so far so easy, flat terrain too, doing averages km of 120 daily.
For me, better Laos & Cambodia as roads are worst and more authentic, less developped.
If I had to do it again, I definitely would spend more time in the north.
I'm cycling a mtb 29', so hard to find tires. Depending on what you are looking for, better road bike or mix race mix mtb.
Not sure if doing the loop anti-clockwise is better, cycling up along the Mekong means steady rise.
No worries to ask me.
Go for it, you won't regret it!!!
Thanks for the update Xavi. Useful info!
there is a very good shop: http://www.probike.co.th