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Bamboo Road

Bamboo Road

Bamboo Road

Revel in South-East Asia’s unique cultures, mysterious temples, renowned cuisine and endless charm

RIDERS AND STAFF

Maxime Dionne

Leader

Taipei to Singapore

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Maxime Dionne

Leader
Taipei to Singapore

Canada

"Travelling, moving, waking up every day in a new place means I have a thousand memories of different homes all around the world."

I used to work in an office developing softwares in Quebec City and one day I decided to quit that lifestyle. Being able to take only a trip or two per year wasn’t enough anymore—I needed to travel full time. In 2013, I bought a bicycle (that's right, I only had one from Canadian Tire at the time, but I quickly concluded a Surly LHT would better fit my needs) and went on my first bike tour, solo, starting from home and riding through Canada, the US, and Haiti. A year later, I was in Vancouver looking for a job and someone told me about TDA and their recruitment ad for Australia. I applied, bought an airline ticket to meet TDA in Adelaide, and the following month I was enjoying my new outdoor office from the saddle of my bike!

An incredible country I've cycled through is Haiti. The scenery is stunning and every 100 kilometres is an adventure, but best of all is the local folklore. I have many stories about this mysterious country and one of my favourites is about the werewolf living on the island. The Haitian werewolf is a shape-shifter able to impersonate any animal. It transforms at night—any night, even if there's no moon—and is always looking to feast on human flesh. The only way to avoid an assured death at this creature’s hands is to sleep in a house with a roof. I like to bush camp while cycling and Haiti was no different. I would sleep out in my sleeping bag in the mountains or on the beach, sometimes in my tent, sometimes under the stars. Every night the locals would warn me about the werewolf, genuinely worried I’d be eaten as I slept. Some invited me into their homes, and once a group of five friends volunteer to check on me every hour of the night. People were surprised every morning I woke up alive and some started to believe the werewolf didn't have an appetite for strangers.

There are a few reasons I like to travel so much: for one thing, I always want to have new adventures and face new challenges. And I love discovering new things—food, stories, places, people, cultures … you name it! With TDA, any and everything can happen—we’re constantly exploring the globe and we introduce fresh tours every year. As you can imagine, scouting and leading tours fulfill my desire for the new to perfection.

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Rider

Hanoi to Singapore

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Rider
Hanoi to Singapore

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David Ross

Rider

Taipei to Singapore

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David Ross

Rider
Taipei to Singapore

Canada

I am 66 and semi retired. Have enjoyed bike trips on the great divide over a few years and this year in France and Spain.

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Bill Talbot

Rider

Taipei to Singapore

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Bill Talbot

Rider
Taipei to Singapore

Canada

Never Know what to say in theses things. But there is over a year to figure that out. So no rush. This will be my second Tour? Expedition? Adventure? with TDA. I did the inaugural Dooms Day tour in 2012 (Costa Rica to Belize) and managed to survive that on not exactly the right bike. So I thought I would try again on the Bamboo road. There is not nearly as much climbing, right Mike? Any ways ,totally can't wait to get back to Asia and on a bike too and meeting fellow riders.

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Rider

Hong Kong to Hanoi

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Rider
Hong Kong to Hanoi

United States

60 year old retired MD, married 36 years, well traveled, two prior trips to China, 2 adult children

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Jim Harrison

Rider

Taipei to Singapore

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Jim Harrison

Rider
Taipei to Singapore

United States

I am a 64 year old experienced with long distance, 1-3 month solo touring in the US and Europe. I have also traveled in SE Asia without bicycle. I am looking forward to joining others on this exploration of a fascinating part of the planet in a fashion - bicycling- well suited to learning and enjoying whatever we encounter. I also look forward to time with fellow bicyclists and crew as we share experiences. I live in western Oregon, USA.

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Rider

Taipei to Taipei

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Rider
Taipei to Taipei

Canada

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Brian Hoeniger

Rider

Bangkok to Singapore

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Brian Hoeniger

Rider
Bangkok to Singapore

Canada

“There are few experiences in life that compare to riding my bike through beautiful landscapes in faraway lands.”

The circumstances that led to me becoming TDAs accountant date back almost 35 years. In 1985, after studying Africa in University, my then girlfriend and now wife were hired by Henry Gold, to work for CPAR, a small humanitarian NGO he was leading at the time, on a medical famine relief project in Ethiopia. I spent 12 years with CPAR before becoming Executive Director (and Accountant) for a sports non-profit - the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA). In mid-2007, I convinced Henry, who had founded TDA in 2002, that I was the numbers oriented guy to do the job. Today I work for TDA about 70% of the time while also serving as PDGA International Director.

I've also been a TDA client 7 times now and these journeys have all had their magical moments. Spinning through Iran - pinch me, I'm dreaming!, across Turkey - where east meets west, down Chile's remote Carretera Austral, and into the canyonlands of the American southwest, to name a few. Completing the Tour d'Afrique and winning a couple of race stages is another. Eating super fresh Octopus ceviche and a massive Shrimp cocktail in the town of San Felipe while scouting Baja California. And of course, meeting TDAs amazing clients from around the world and the "salt of the earth" local people along the way.

On a macro level, TDA is a spirited little company that seizes the day and refuses to accept the words "no can do". This anything is possible attitude enables TDA to provide intrepid travel experiences of a lifetime from the best seat in the house - your bicycle, and people like you and me to break through their personal barriers.

On a micro level, toiling as company accountant is way more entertaining and challenging, transacting as we do in a myriad of major and obscure currencies, than most positions in the seemingly humdrum field of financial management.

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Walli Pagniello

Rider

Taipei to Taipei

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Walli Pagniello

Rider
Taipei to Taipei

Canada

Hooked on biking with TdA - the best company!!!! My first tour was in 2009 Vienna to Istanbul, on the Orient Express, 2011 Toronto to St. John's, part of initial North American Epic, and 2012 St. Petersburg to Venice, the Amber Route, part of Trans Europa. 2013 I did the amazing Bamboo Road tour. My riding style is slow but steady, need the force to be with me uphill but let her roll downhill! Completed 100-mile day in Cambodia 2016 New Zealand To my "unknown" fellow riders: Please let us get to know you by completing your profile! It's not easy to meet so many at once and remember your names.

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Maxime Dionne

Leader

Taipei to Singapore

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Maxime Dionne

Leader
Taipei to Singapore

Canada

"Travelling, moving, waking up every day in a new place means I have a thousand memories of different homes all around the world."

I used to work in an office developing softwares in Quebec City and one day I decided to quit that lifestyle. Being able to take only a trip or two per year wasn’t enough anymore—I needed to travel full time. In 2013, I bought a bicycle (that's right, I only had one from Canadian Tire at the time, but I quickly concluded a Surly LHT would better fit my needs) and went on my first bike tour, solo, starting from home and riding through Canada, the US, and Haiti. A year later, I was in Vancouver looking for a job and someone told me about TDA and their recruitment ad for Australia. I applied, bought an airline ticket to meet TDA in Adelaide, and the following month I was enjoying my new outdoor office from the saddle of my bike!

An incredible country I've cycled through is Haiti. The scenery is stunning and every 100 kilometres is an adventure, but best of all is the local folklore. I have many stories about this mysterious country and one of my favourites is about the werewolf living on the island. The Haitian werewolf is a shape-shifter able to impersonate any animal. It transforms at night—any night, even if there's no moon—and is always looking to feast on human flesh. The only way to avoid an assured death at this creature’s hands is to sleep in a house with a roof. I like to bush camp while cycling and Haiti was no different. I would sleep out in my sleeping bag in the mountains or on the beach, sometimes in my tent, sometimes under the stars. Every night the locals would warn me about the werewolf, genuinely worried I’d be eaten as I slept. Some invited me into their homes, and once a group of five friends volunteer to check on me every hour of the night. People were surprised every morning I woke up alive and some started to believe the werewolf didn't have an appetite for strangers.

There are a few reasons I like to travel so much: for one thing, I always want to have new adventures and face new challenges. And I love discovering new things—food, stories, places, people, cultures … you name it! With TDA, any and everything can happen—we’re constantly exploring the globe and we introduce fresh tours every year. As you can imagine, scouting and leading tours fulfill my desire for the new to perfection.

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Rider

Hanoi to Singapore

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Rider
Hanoi to Singapore

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David Ross

Rider

Taipei to Singapore

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David Ross

Rider
Taipei to Singapore

Canada

I am 66 and semi retired. Have enjoyed bike trips on the great divide over a few years and this year in France and Spain.

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Bill Talbot

Rider

Taipei to Singapore

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Bill Talbot

Rider
Taipei to Singapore

Canada

Never Know what to say in theses things. But there is over a year to figure that out. So no rush. This will be my second Tour? Expedition? Adventure? with TDA. I did the inaugural Dooms Day tour in 2012 (Costa Rica to Belize) and managed to survive that on not exactly the right bike. So I thought I would try again on the Bamboo road. There is not nearly as much climbing, right Mike? Any ways ,totally can't wait to get back to Asia and on a bike too and meeting fellow riders.

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peter link

Rider

Hong Kong to Hanoi

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Rider
Hong Kong to Hanoi

United States

60 year old retired MD, married 36 years, well traveled, two prior trips to China, 2 adult children

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“Bamboo Road was my first TDA tour, I went with an open mind, eager to be wowed by the scenery, people, cities, tourist attractions and food. The trip certainly delivered, I had a fantastic time, found some good cycling buddies and made some good friends. I’m already signed up for my next trip!”

“Exhilarating, hot, beautiful, challenging, lots of laughter.”

“…what better way to view the unfolding Asian landscape than from the saddle? By the time you get to sip your first Singapore Sling at the city’s legendary Raffles Bar, you’ll have pedaled through China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia”

OVERVIEW BAMBOO ROAD 2019


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • SECTION 4
  • SECTION 5
  • SECTION 6
  • BAMBOO ROAD
  • TAIWAN COASTAL LOOP
  • MAO & TAO
  • GOLDEN TRIANGLE
  • KHMER EMPIRE
  • THAI ONE ON
  • SINGAPORE SLING
  • TAIPEI TO SINGAPORE
  • TAIPEI TO TAIPEI
  • HONG KONG TO HANOI
  • HANOI TO PHNOM PENH
  • PHNOM PENH TO BANGKOK
  • BANGKOK TO PENANG
  • PENANG TO SINGAPORE
  • SEP 22 TO DEC 15
  • SEP 22 TO OCT 2
  • OCT 5 TO OCT 17
  • OCT 20 TO NOV 5
  • NOV 7 TO NOV 15
  • NOV 18 TO DEC 2
  • DEC 4 TO DEC 15
  • USD 17900
  • USD 3350
  • USD 3600
  • USD 4425
  • USD 2350
  • USD 3750
  • USD 2850
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • FULL TOUR
    • BAMBOO ROAD
    • TAIPEI TO SINGAPORE
    • SEP 22 TO DEC 15
    • 17900 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 1
    • TAIWAN COASTAL LOOP
    • TAIPEI TO TAIPEI
    • Sep 22 - Oct 2
    • 3350 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 2
    • MAO & TAO
    • HONG KONG TO HANOI
    • Oct 5 - Oct 17
    • 3600 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 3
    • GOLDEN TRIANGLE
    • HANOI TO PHNOM PENH
    • Oct 20 - Nov 5
    • 4425 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 4
    • KHMER EMPIRE
    • PHNOM PENH TO BANGKOK
    • Nov 7 - Nov 15
    • 2350 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 5
    • THAI ONE ON
    • BANGKOK TO PENANG
    • Nov 18 - Dec 2
    • 3750 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 6
    • SINGAPORE SLING
    • PENANG TO SINGAPORE
    • Dec 4 - Dec 15
    • 2850 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE

Prices based on double occupancy at hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same gender at no additional charge. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour. This fee is in addition to the entry fee listed above and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$600 if full payment is received 6 months before the start of the tour. Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price). Full tour single supplement is US$4,300. Sectional single supplement prices available upon request.

Full tour riders and those whose sections include both Taiwan Coastal Loop and Mao & Tao must book and pay for their own flights from Taipei to Hong Kong.

TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details. Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee. We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.

 

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