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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 at Bangkok's famed Golden Buddha

RIDERS AND STAFF

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 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 this further 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, 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 Ventiane

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Elaine Cox

Rider
Saigon to Ventiane

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 Bangkok

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Peter Clark Ryan

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

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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Ellen Kurland

Rider

Saigon to Ventiane

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Ellen Kurland

Rider
Saigon to Ventiane

United States

After leaving the fire department last year I began working in animal welfare. I love the job but it can be stressful and sad so I am really looking forward to getting out of DC and the US and meeting new people and seeing new sites.

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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

52 yrs old, from Manchester UK. Loved Bamboo Road & Pura Vida so much thought I'd do another See you 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 Italy and of course the Italian cuisine.

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Lee Taylor

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Lee Taylor

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

United States

I am retired in Tucson, Arizona, married, and have been a bicycle tourist for the last 25 years or so. I road bike, mountain bike, and try to get in a tour each year. I have toured South America, Vietnam, Singapore to Thailand, Japan. At home rode the Great Divide Trail and Northern Tier among others. Normally I tour with friends self supported. The last three years I have done two supported tours. Did the last section of the North American Epic in December 2019. I am 73 years old.

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Lori McCarney

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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Lori McCarney

Rider
Saigon to Bangkok

United States

I just finished the TDA Orient Express and had a great time with great people. I liked it so much, I'm signing up another TDA tour!

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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 72 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. So excited to have a tour we can do in 2021. After missing touring in 2020 after many years of TDA tours I am so excited to be doing one again! Have plenty on the list for the future including NA Epic and Bamboo Road

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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 Ventiane

Peter Clark Ryan

Rider

Saigon to Bangkok

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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 VENTIANE
  • VIENTIANE TO CHIANG MAI
  • CHIANG MAI TO BANGKOK
  • OCT 22 TO DEC 10
  • OCT 22 TO NOV 4
  • NOV 6 TO NOV 14
  • NOV 16 TO NOV 30
  • DEC 3 TO DEC 10
  • USD 13900
  • USD 5300
  • USD 3500
  • USD 5600
  • USD 3300
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • FULL TOUR
    • GOLDEN BUDDHA RIDE
    • SAIGON TO BANGKOK
    • OCT 22 TO DEC 10
    • 13900 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 1
    • GOOD MORNING VIETNAM
    • SAIGON TO HUE
    • Oct 22 - Nov 4
    • 5300 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 2
    • THE MIGHTY MEKONG
    • HUE TO VENTIANE
    • Nov 6 - Nov 14
    • 3500 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 3
    • OVER THE HILLS & FAR AWAY
    • VIENTIANE TO CHIANG MAI
    • Nov 16 - Nov 30
    • 5600 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 4
    • THE THREE KINGDOMS
    • CHIANG MAI TO BANGKOK
    • Dec 3 - Dec 10
    • 3300 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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