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Top 5 Bike Tours for Foodies in Asia

Lirene CilliersBy Lirene Cilliers   Posted 20th Feb 2024

Warning: Reading this may awaken your dormant wanderlust and a glutinous desire to taste Asian flavors you never knew existed. 

So, you live for the thrill of meandering down new roads on your bike. You have the spirit of an explorer with an insatiable love for food. Sound like you? Well, hold onto your helmet—it’s time to combine your passions in a symphony of scenery and savory. 

Let's take a spin through what's on the menu of these Top 7 Bike Tours for Foodies in Asia—all poised to make their mark in the lineup of the best foodie vacations of 2024.

On your mark, get set, sushi! Japan: a land where the wisdom of the ancients still echoes in the whispering bamboo groves, stoic castles, tranquil Shinto shrines, and Buddhist monasteries. This is the world you'll be pedaling through on our Stunning Shikoku bike Tour. But let's put the brakes on any ideas that this is just about sightseeing—oh no, this jaunt is often described as a 'food tour on bikes'. Buckle up; your taste buds are in for a wild ride! 

Here's a taste of what awaits you on this incredible journey: 

  • Say hello to the world-famous Shimanami Kaido route across the Seto Inland Sea. The incredible views will make you forget you're actually exercising! 
  • Delve into the essence of Japan by exploring some of the best temples along Shikoku’s historic temple pilgrimage. Each step is like immersing yourself in centuries of spirituality. 
  • Channel your inner artisan as you create traditional washi paper in Yusuhara with a world-renowned artist. Who knew there was such depth to papermaking? 
  • Embrace the warmth of Japanese hospitality in small, traditional inns and natural spring retreats. You'll be leaving with more than just memories, but a newfound sense of appreciation for the culture. 
  • Take a break from all that pedaling and enjoy the efficiency of Japan’s train system (including the lightning-fast Shinkansen bullet train!). Sometimes it's OK to cheat a little. 
  • Toast to your amazing adventure with a sake tasting session, discovering its rich history over dinner. Kampai!

And, of course, the food is a highlight on its own. Here are the top three iconic dishes you simply must try (with a few accompanying drinks to wash them down, of course): 

  • Sushi: Yes, it's a cliché choice, but also an imperative one! You have not truly tried Sushi until you have tried it in Japan. There's nothing like savoring freshly caught fish elegantly draped over perfectly tangy-sweet sushi rice. Pair this with a cold Asahi beer, and you've got yourself a meal fit for an emperor (or at least, a really happy bike tourer).


  • Ramen: The quintessential comfort food, a steaming bowl of ramen is a symphony of flavors and textures—slurpy wheat noodles dancing in a savory broth that's been simmered to perfection, garnished with tender slices of meat or tofu. Round off your ramen experience with a cup of warm sake, perfect for those cool nights. 
  • Okonomiyaki: Think of this as the love child of a pancake and a pizza. Okonomiyaki is a heavenly savory griddle cake loaded with the chef's signature blend of ingredients. It's an adventure on a plate! A Japanese soda, like the delightfully unique Ramune, would be the ideal fizzy refresher to accompany your Okonomiyaki experience. 

Taiwan Bike, Walk, and Dumplings 

Having trouble deciding whether you were more of a bike, walk, or dumpling person? Well, in Taiwan, we say, "Why choose?" Rolling hills, steamy dumplings, invigorating hikes, soothing hot springs—and did we mention dumplings?! 

Welcome to the Taiwan Bike, Walk, and Dumplings Tour as we explore the jaw-dropping diversity of Southern Taiwan, both in its scenery and on the plate! 

Here's a little teaser of what this tour is serving up: 

  • Rise up early to try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding on the serene lotus lake. Yes, we purposefully left out a proficiency level because falling in is half the fun! 
  • Kayak in the clear, blue waters of Jialeshui 
  • For those with a rock-solid spirit of adventure (get it?), hike through Kenting National Park's coral formations and caves. 
  • Unwind at Sizhongxi Hot Springs. 
  • Visit the Japanese Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium. 
  • Relish the juicy satisfaction of Taiwan's iconic dumplings, and couple this with a guided tour of Cijin Island. Spoiler alert: with views that make for a sweet dessert! 

Now, prepare your taste buds for a sensational ride as we delve into Taiwan's culinary treasures. Here are the top three dishes you simply can't miss: 

  • Dumplings: Have we mentioned this already? Each one is a bite-sized parcel of joy, with an assortment of fillings wrapped delicately in a thin, tender dough. Wash it all down with the not-so-creatively named “Taiwan Beer” for maximum authenticity. 
  • Beef Noodle Soup: deceptively simple in its name, but a true flavor powerhouse! Imagine tender chunks of braised beef, handmade noodles, and greens nestling in a rich, deeply flavored broth. A cup of invigorating oolong tea would be the perfect balance for this hearty dish.


  • Oyster Omelette: It's street food like this that'll make you never want to leave. Juicy, local oysters are tossed into an egg batter with leafy greens and then fried until lightly golden. Pair this with Taiwan’s refreshing iced fruit tea, and well, it's OK if you never want to come back home.


Cycling fanatics, history buffs, and food enthusiasts, lend us your ears (or eyes, in this case)! Behold the vibrant colors, enticing aromas, and captivating sounds of Vietnam in a way that most travelers only dream about.  

On this Vietnam Essentials Bike Tour, you'll pedal your way through the river town of Cai, the lush Mekong Delta, and the enchanting town of Hoi An. 
Here are just some of the special moments that await on this journey:

  • Cycle leisurely through the small paths and villages of the Mekong Delta, each one more charming than the last. 
  • Conquer the achievable challenge of the Hai Van Pass, then triumphantly cruise into the postcard-perfect Hoi An. 
  • Dine in a family home, because nothing compares with the magic of home-cooked Vietnamese cuisine. Spoiler: There's more to it than just Pho. 
  • Marvel at three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 
  • Experience the real floating markets, where you mingle with locals, not crowds of tourists.

The adventure doesn't stop there! Vietnam is almost as famous for its cuisine as it is for its stunning landscapes. Here are the top three Vietnamese dishes you absolutely must try: 

  • Pho: A cliché? Maybe. Worthy of it? Absolutely! A steaming bowl of pho is Vietnam in a bowl—diverse, vibrant, and comforting. Paired with Vietnamese iced coffee, known as Cà phê sữa đá, this is indeed a breakfast of champions. 
  • Banh Xeo: Unravel layers of deliciousness as you bite into these crispy, savory crepes stuffed with pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts. Dipped in Nuoc Cham, a sweet and tangy sauce, it's a sensory delight. Freshen up your palate with a cold Bia (Beer) Hanoi, because, hey, you're biking a lot! 

  • Bun Cha: This lesser-known but must-try dish hailing from Hanoi comes with grilled pork and rice noodles. Combine with herbs for a fresh kick and a sublime balance of flavors that's bound to bring an excited "mmm" to your lips. Pair it with a delightful cup of lotus tea for an authentically Vietnamese experience. 

Would any world food list be complete without the mention of Thailand? 

Imagine pedaling along the picturesque Gulf of Thailand, leaving behind the bustling city of Bangkok, for a journey down the Gulf of Thailand to the tropical utopia of Phuket. Now, blend that with a tasting tour of tantalizing Southern Thai cuisine. 

  • Here's a taste of what's in store for you: 
  • Glide along sandy beaches and tranquil roads. 
  • Enjoy some time out of the saddle exploring Khao Sok National Park on foot and by kayak. Warning: Your jaw may drop at the sight of the exceptional wildlife and verdant landscape. 
  • Dig your toes into the sand at Ban Krut while relishing fresh crab, plucked straight from the ocean. Remember to wear your bib; this could get messy! 
  • Take a breather in Hua Hin, a charming resort town. 
  • Bike, hike, and boat your way to Phraya Nakhon Cave, a hidden gem that’s well off the beaten track. 
  • Sip exquisite Thai wine straight from the source and chat with the local sommelier, who'll unravel the vine-to-bottle story for you.

You didn't think we'd leave you without a culinary map of Southern Thailand, did you? These three local dishes are must-try gastronomic delights: 

  • Massaman Curry: Sure, you've heard of it! But be prepared—this isn't your ordinary curry. Heat (tongue tingling, not eye watering) meets sweetness in this Southern Thai classic, which features succulent meat slow cooked in a tantalizing blend of spices, coconut milk, peanuts, and potatoes. For an authentic experience, pair it with a chilled Chang beer or a refreshing glass of Thai iced tea. 

  • Crab Curry with Wild Betel Leaves: Celebrated for its robust Southern Thai spiciness, this dish presents an exciting confusion of satisfying flavors. The crab meat's sweetness marries perfectly with spicy curry, while the wild betel leaves infuse a distinct, heady aroma. It's a must-try for curry and seafood lovers. 
  • Pad Thai: No list is complete without a mention of the iconic Pad Thai. With each delicious bite, savor a nuanced balance of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors. Complement your Pad Thai with a thirst-quenching Singha beer to toast your biking prowess.


Sri Lanka Bike, Hike, and Safari 

This tour is an eclectic mix of experiences that will set your heart racing and your taste buds salivating! From historical fortresses and fascinating wildlife to enchanting train rides and panoramic hikes, this tour is all about exploring the best of what Sri Lanka has to offer. 

Here are some of the highlights you can look forward to: 

  • Take an exhilarating whitewater rafting course in Kitulgala. 
  • Get your walking shoes on and hike up Little Adam's Peak for stunning tea plantation vistas. 
  • Board the iconic Blue Train from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy, known far and wide as one of the world's most scenic train rides. 
  • Cyclist's heaven awaits as you pedal through the peaceful Sigiriya countryside. Fancy a bit of history while burning off those delicious Sri Lankan curries? The UNESCO World Heritage Site,
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress, will do just the trick. 
  • Get captivated by the ancient mysteries of Dambulla's caves. 
  • Partake in a thrilling jeep safari in Wilpattu National Park—catch a glimpse of marvelous wildlife in its natural habitat, all while making 'woah' your favorite new word. 
  • Hike to 'the top of the world' at Pidurangala for a magical sunrise that promises to be nothing short of breathtaking. 

And, of course, no tour is complete without immersing yourself in the country’s culinary culture. Let me introduce you to three must-try Sri Lankan dishes: 

  • Hoppers: Tuck into these golden discs of glory—Hoppers! This breakfast rockstar is a perfect marriage of crispy edges and an angel-soft center—a bowl-shaped pancake that wafts "Good morning" with every bite. Wash it all down with a mellow coconut Ceylon tea. 
  • Fish Ambul Thiyal: Venture off the beaten path (but not too far) with this tangy, taste-sensation bomb—Fish Ambul Thiyal. Revel in the drama of fish chunks marinated in goraka (a sour fruit) and spices that'll shimmy their way down your gullet. Pair it with a glass of fresh lime soda. 

  • Kottu: Streetside charm in platefuls, Kottu is a crowd-pleaser. Thinly sliced flatbread (roti), meat, vegetables, and robust spices all jumble together to bring you a plate that's every bit as fun as it's noisy to make. Get yourself a glass of chilled Nelli crush to bring a refreshing tang to every hot bite! 

The Final Gear Shift Towards Your Asian Foodventure 

And there you have it—the inside scoop on the top 5 bike tours for foodies in Asia. Excited much? We surely are! 

This list only scrapes the surface of the vast treasures these destinations hold. Each destination and each tour is embroidered with its own unique blend of landscapes, culture, history, and food.
This journey of multi-terrain biking and over-the-top flavor indulgence is designed to awaken every inch of your wanderlust. 

Ready to kick up some dirt and savor some lip-smacking delicacies? Let’s wiggle into those biking shorts, fasten our helmets, and set off on an adventure that promises an intoxicating mix of tastes and tales! 

If the idea of blending adventure, culture, and food on two wheels captivates you, reach out to our team. They love to talk travel!

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