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Golden Buddha Ride 2023

Golden Buddha Ride 2023

Golden Buddha Ride 2023

A two-wheeled journey through Vietnam, Laos and Thailand ending in Bangkok - home of the famed Golden Buddha

RIDERS AND STAFF

Coby Werlin

Content Creator

Saigon to Bangkok

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Coby Werlin

Content Creator
Saigon to Bangkok

United States

I have been a Content Creator with TDA since 2019 and have loved every second of it! Cycling, photographing, video-ing, and traveling -- what could be better? I'm so excited to explore Korea & Japan this spring with you all! Due to the 2 Journey to the East's going on, I will be spending half of the tour with each group of riders to capture everyone's journey.

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Jim Harrison

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Jim Harrison

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

United States

I am a 68 year old retired family physician experienced with long distance, 1-3 month solo touring in the US and western Europe. I joined a great group to do the Bamboo Road in 2019. I have also traveled in SE Asia without a bicycle. I am looking forward to joining others on both the Odyssey and then on the Golden Buddha for further exploration of a fascinating parts 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, married 41 years to a lovely and loveable non-cyclist who doesn't mind that I do trips like this.

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Peter Cox

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Peter Cox

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

Canada

Retired Paediatric Critical Care MD; Worked with MSF and other NGOs since then. Rode Cairo to Cape Town 2019

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Marie-Josée Vasseur

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Marie-Josée Vasseur

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

Canada

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Elaine Cox

Rider

Saigon to Vientiane

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Elaine Cox

Rider
Saigon to Vientiane

Canada

Born and raised in Canada I travelled to parts of Africa while working as a nurse in Saudi Arabia. Since marrying a South African (Pete) I have been lucky enough to make a number of trips to South Africa to visit family, cycle (we did the Cape Argus in 2018) and see a bit of the country and beyond. I am looking forward to exploring Africa on my bike!

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Peter Clark Ryan

Rider

Saigon to Chiang Mai

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Peter Clark Ryan

Rider
Saigon to Chiang Mai

Australia

I am a keen cyclist who particularly likes endurance riding. Having previously lived in Malaysia in the 70s and having done a little humanitarian work in Laos, I’m looking forward to experiencing Asia again from a different perspective. It will be a lot hotter than France & Italy and I expect the hills will be just as hard.

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Paul Paridaen

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Paul Paridaen

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

Canada

I am 65 yrs old. My spouse Bonnie and I did the last half of the TDA in 2008 and my son Matthew and I did the first half of the TDA in 2011. I love exploring our beautiful world from the seat of a bicycle. I was hoping to do the Silk Road this year, and I am very excited about the Trans- Caucasus this August.

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Raul Costa

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Raul Costa

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

Portugal

I’m Raul from Lisbon, Portugal. After an intense and fulfilling career in banking, I’ve retired in 2022 in order to enjoy life at a slower pace. Cycling different regions of the world is part of that plan. The Golden Buddha Ride is my first TDA tour. However cycling has been my main hobby since 2008. I’m looking forward to meeting all fellow riders.

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Anthony Rock

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Anthony Rock

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

United States

I'm a Canadian-American and split my time between urban urban life Brooklyn, NY and on the Northumberland Strait in Atlantic Canada. The Golden Buddha will be my 5th ride with TDA.

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David. ODonnell.

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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David. ODonnell.

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

United Kingdom

53yrs old, from Manchester UK. TDA tour no 4. Looking forward to Africa. C U all soon. Cheers. David.

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Francine Plante

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Francine Plante

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

Canada

ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ! On n’est pas à la plage...

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Brigitte Oelert

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Brigitte Oelert

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

Germany

I am married to Jürgen Willrodt and our first vacation 30 years ago was a bike tour through France. After our kids were grown, Jürgen convinced me to ride the Ruta Maya in Central America in 2015. It was my first TDA tour, which was tough but absolutely fantastic! The following year I cycled part of the Trans-Oceania Tour - from Auckland to Queenstown and in 2019 the first 4 weeks of the Trans-Himalaya Tour. Now I'm looking forward to cycling in Korea and Japan, to meet some friends and to eat the delicious food.

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Paul Lombard

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Paul Lombard

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

South Africa

I am a retired infrastructure consultant with a passion for SEA

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Omar Francone

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Omar Francone

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

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Steve Rogers

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Steve Rogers

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

United States

I'm an active cyclist, always seeking new adventures. I lived/worked in SE Asia for 15 years and can't wait to finally cycle this special part of the world with TDA Global Cycling. Having thoroughly enjoyed the 2018 Pub Ride and 2019 Orient Express tour, I now look forward to the 2023 Golden Buddha Trip. Let's ride - 'eat, drink and be merry' - all the way!

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Uwe Rydzek

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Uwe Rydzek

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

Germany

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Frank Wichlo

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Frank Wichlo

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

Canada

I have done 4 TDA trips and I plan to keep doing them as long as I am able, or the money runs out.

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Jonathan Klein

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Jonathan Klein

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

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Lloyd Ypma

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Lloyd Ypma

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

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Grant Mcintosh

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Grant Mcintosh

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

New Zealand

Hi im a 64 yearold Farmer from Christchurch New Zealand. Enjoy cycling NZ cycle trails and have completed to Escape Adventures tours to Madagaser and China.Looking forward to the journey and challenge TDA cycle tour will bring.

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John Hemmen

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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John Hemmen

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

United States

I have been an avid cyclist all my life and have done many tours on both road and mountain bikes. Cycling is simply the best way to travel through country, for it lends itself to a relaxed and visceral connection to the land and its people. I am a retired Emergency Physician and have done the Trans Europa, Odyssey, Pub Ride, and NAE tours previously with TDA.

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john tarrant

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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john tarrant

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

United States

I’m a 64 year old guy. Done most of the racing disciplines in the earlier days. Mostly solo traveling and bikepacking for the last few years. I decided it’s really not safe to travel alone anymore. Also looking for comraderie and friendship with like minded folks. I’m mostly a retired business owner from California.

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Sabine Hoffmann

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Sabine Hoffmann

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

Germany

My husband and I live in Berlin and Italy with - sometimes - our two kids, who live actually in London and the US. We like to do sports of any kind and decided to do this bicycle trip for having fun, learn more about Italy and some nature experience. I don`t like social media, which does not mean that I am not a social person.

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Kevin Hall

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Kevin Hall

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

Australia

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David Ross

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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David Ross

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

Canada

I am 70 and semi-retired. Had a great trip with TDA Taiwan to Singapore before covid

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Michael Doucet

Rider

Saigon to Vientiane

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Michael Doucet

Rider
Saigon to Vientiane

Canada

This will be my second TDA tour, having done the Bangkok - Singapore portion of Bamboo Road. Looking forward to the adventure with my brother Paul and all the riders.

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Paul Doucet

Rider

Saigon to Vientiane

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Paul Doucet

Rider
Saigon to Vientiane

Canada

I look forward to meeting my fellow travellers/cyclists and sharing this trip with my younger brother Michael. This will be our second TDA trip together.

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Karen Bolton

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Karen Bolton

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

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Alexandra Ruch

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Alexandra Ruch

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

Germany

After having cycled the Tour d`Afrique 2018 and Hippie Trail & Canada 2019, I am Looking Forward to another Cycling Adventure, this time in Westafrica.

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Yvonne Waalewijn

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Yvonne Waalewijn

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

Netherlands

Nationality: Dutch Gender: Female Occupation: retired/dive instructor Passions:diving, biking, travelling the world and looking forward to another adventure

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Anne Thompson

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Anne Thompson

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

United States

Looking forward to this trip!

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Kevin Fussell

Rider

Chiang Mai to Bangkok

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Kevin Fussell

Rider
Chiang Mai to Bangkok

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Leya Fussell

Rider

Chiang Mai to Bangkok

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Leya Fussell

Rider
Chiang Mai to Bangkok

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Daniel Frye

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Daniel Frye

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

United States

Hello, I'm a retired oceanographer and I've taken up cycle touring as a replacement for running and backpacking, which I'm no longer able to do. My wife and I have done several previous trips with TDA (Orient Express, TransOceania 2014, the South American Epic, and Tour d'Afrique, among others) and we're looking forward to another interesting and challenging experience this year in Australia and New Zealand. Looking forward to meeting all the riders and seeing old friends.

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Juergen Willrodt

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Juergen Willrodt

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

Germany

I am 73 years old and have already participated in 10 TDA tours mainly as a sectional rider. I am married and happy father of three girls (42, 27 and 24) and grandfather of three grandchildren. I am partly retired working now just 1 or 2 days a week which gives me plenty of time to travel. I have studied physics and have a Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics. I have been active in sports all my life and before I started doing cycling tours I have been active in Karate and participated in World Championships 1975 in Los Angeles and 1977 in Tokyo and became European Champion in 1977. You can find more information on my website.

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Shirley Frye

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Shirley Frye

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

United States

Have enjoyed many TDA trips and hope to do many many more. After health issues and Covid, back on the road again. Slower for sure but so looking forward to a part of the world I've never been but hear so many great things about.

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Jim Harrison

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

Peter Cox

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

Marie-Josée Vasseur

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

Elaine Cox

Rider

Saigon to Vientiane

Peter Clark Ryan

Rider

Saigon to Chiang Mai

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“The support from TDA staff is phenomenal. I enjoyed it very much and will definitely do another TDA tour.”

"The TDA team completely exceeded my expectations. The route was stunning, challenging, and fun! I can’t wait for my next tour."

"Get on your bike and do it! SE Asia is a land of contrasts...thanks TDA."

OVERVIEW GOLDEN BUDDHA RIDE 2023


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • SECTION 4
  • GOLDEN BUDDHA RIDE
  • GOOD MORNING VIETNAM
  • THE MIGHTY MEKONG
  • OVER THE HILLS & FAR AWAY
  • THE THREE KINGDOMS
  • SAIGON TO BANGKOK
  • SAIGON TO HUE
  • HUE TO VIENTIANE
  • VIENTIANE TO CHIANG MAI
  • CHIANG MAI TO BANGKOK
  • OCT 29 TO DEC 17
  • OCT 29 TO NOV 11
  • NOV 13 TO NOV 21
  • NOV 23 TO DEC 6
  • DEC 9 TO DEC 17
  • USD 13900
  • USD 5300
  • USD 3500
  • USD 5300
  • USD 3700
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • FULL TOUR
    • GOLDEN BUDDHA RIDE
    • SAIGON TO BANGKOK
    • OCT 29 TO DEC 17
    • 13900 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 1
    • GOOD MORNING VIETNAM
    • SAIGON TO HUE
    • Oct 29 - Nov 11
    • 5300 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 2
    • THE MIGHTY MEKONG
    • HUE TO VIENTIANE
    • Nov 13 - Nov 21
    • 3500 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 3
    • OVER THE HILLS & FAR AWAY
    • VIENTIANE TO CHIANG MAI
    • Nov 23 - Dec 6
    • 5300 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 4
    • THE THREE KINGDOMS
    • CHIANG MAI TO BANGKOK
    • Dec 9 - Dec 17
    • 3700 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE

Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. Prices based on double occupancy at majority of the hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same gender at no additional charge. 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.

Full entry fee payment is due 90 days before the tour start date. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour and is in addition to the entry fee listed above. Registration fee is non-refundable, but may be transferred once, to another tour of your choosing, 90 days or more before the start date of the original tour you have registered for. We recommend registering 4 - 6 months before the tour start date to take full advantage of our pre-tour support and information bulletins, but late registrations are possible when spaces are still available.

Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$400 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). TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details.

 

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