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Navigating Hot Springs in Japan

By Norman

Onsen or “hot springs” have been enjoyed in Japan for thousands of years. The range starts with the sento, or bathhouse, which is a simple and cheap place with mostly reheated water. Locals without baths in their own homes bathe…

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Best Bike Tours for Casual or First-Time Riders in 2021

By Christie

Sometimes the cycling mood calls for low-key effort and the ability to slow down and appreciate your surroundings. In other cases, it may be your first bike tour or you are still building the confidence to move from beginner rider…

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6 Reasons to Cycle Taiwan in 2021

By Tot and Simon

Less than 500km long and only 150km wide, Taiwan is the definition of small but beautiful. This tear-drop shaped gem in the Pacific is packed with surprises encompassing everything from neon-clad 24-hour cities to East Asia’s highest mountain, the world’s…

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Top Active Tour Destinations for 2021

By Christie

With what could best be described as a disastrous year for travel almost behind us, and with the glimpse of borders gradually opening again on the horizon, 2021 offers a tempting range of options for scouting your next active adventure.…

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Making Smiles with Pizza in Japan

By Christie

Norman heads our tour ground operations in Japan, having been based there for 26 years. Like many of us during the pandemic, he’s dealt with the challenges of quarantine and travel restrictions, which resulted in far less travelers and much…

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Thai Red Curry with Chicken Tulips - Recipe

By Ging

This easy to prepare and delicious Thai Red Curry recipe hails from Ging, our guest support and operations team member in Thailand.  As a Thai national she has many years of experience cooking curries and shares her knowledge here. She…

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How to Greet in 10 Asian Countries

By Christie

Being able to greet people in other cultures, specifically Asian cultures, raises your chances of a great first impression. The experience can be amazing or it can be awkward. Should you bow, kiss, shake hands, hug, clap, come close, stay…

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Top 5 Historical Sites in Sri Lanka

By Christie

The top 5 historical sites in Sri Lanka exist as a result of being steeped in a history of constant fluctuation. Positioned in the path of hundreds of ancient trade routes, Sri Lanka has seen a tremendous variety of traffic…

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Our Favorite Asian-Inspired Drink Recipes

By Christie

Quarantine, rain, self-reward ... there are endless reasons to experiment at home in the liquor cabinet! Let us add an Asian flair to your possibilities. Lightening the day, these interesting favorites hail from our teams on the ground in various…

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Cycling Vietnam Self-Guided: a Personal Account

By Sharon & Robin

Sharon and Robin went on a 13-day long Self-guided ride of the Coast of Vietnam and the Mekong Delta. Their account of the adventure surpassed our expectations completely, and we are proud to share this in-depth, personal account at cycling…

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Top Tour Moments

By Christie

Adventures bring out the magic in life. Facing challenges together, exploring new cultures, the big and small moments reminding us how precious it is. Briefly, time stops and we take in the funny, the crazy, the touching — grateful for…

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7 Books That Inspired Us to Travel

By Christie

An excellent book can take us on some incredible adventures. Our imaginations surpass even what today's advanced cinematic technologies can offer. Sometimes, this leaves a longing to experience another culture, a break in the norms, a tactile adventure in real…

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Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Recipe

By Thang Quyet

Thang brings us one of the most coveted dishes in Vietnam — Caramelized Pork. This is comfort food Asian style!  As a long-time guide of Grasshopper tours through the Mekong Delta and other parts of the country, he experiences a…

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(Video) Tips on Cycling Through Sand

By Christie

At some point in time, most cyclists come across the occasional daunting stretch of sand. In areas around the ancient temples of Cambodia, Thailand, and Bagan, sandy patches are especially common. Whether encountered while traveling the world or in local…

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Authentic Taiwanese Beef Noodles Recipe

By Tot and Simon

Presenting this authentic version of the popular Taiwanese beef noodle soup recipe is our Taiwan leadership, Tot & Simon. They fell in love with the country in 2003 and have been sharing it with our Grasshopper Adventures guests for 14…

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Sri Lankan Crab Curry Recipe

By Vinoli

A fan of crab and the complex earthy flavors of curry? Look no further as Vinoli, our operations manager in Sri Lanka, has put together this amazing recipe for Sri Lankan Crab Curry and included tips to make it as…

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7 Unique Fruits & Vegetables you’ll only find in Southeast Asia

By Christie

Alongside unique customs, languages, and crafts, new places mean new foods! In Southeast Asia, the variety of strange-looking and surprise-tasting fruits and vegetables surely exceeds this article space. Let’s just grab a few for starters and discover 7 unique fruits…

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5 unique animals you can find in Cambodia

By Claire Wyatt

The Kingdom of Wonder has a rich fauna and flora, which attracts nature lovers from all over the world. This list of 5 unique animals you can find in Cambodia is just the tip of the iceberg. Cambodia has been…

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Movies That Inspired You to Travel

By Christie

Travel inspiration can come from all directions! That includes a good book, people we meet, happenstance, and even great movies. These five particular favorites movies inspired members of our staff, triggering curiosity, fond memories, and ultimately played an important part…

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15 years of Memories | Gallery

By Christie

What a journey these 15 years have been! Great pictures are added to our library often, and some bring particularly special memories to mind. We recall awe-inspiring natural wonders and unique people and situations on these cycling adventures. There's never…

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Thai Green Mango Salad - My Favorite Thai Recipe

By Katharina

Grasshopper’s Country Manager for Thailand and Myanmar, Katharina, shares one of her favorite quick and easy Thai recipes to prepare at home, with a little twist to make it her own - This crisp and zesty Thai Green Mango Salad…

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Stay Longer in Siem Reap | What to do & see in 2 Days

By Christie

The splendor of Angkor Wat and its ancient intrigue is certainly reason enough to visit Siem Reap, Cambodia, however, this part of the Kingdom of Wonder has much more awaiting discovery - from deeper parts of the Angkor jungle to…

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Wildlife Spotting in Sri Lanka - Vacation Checklist

By Christie

Sri Lankans are incredibly proud of their natural heritage, wildlife and it is, indeed, some of the best in Asia in terms of both variety and in their respect for the natural bounty of the country. This small island’s wildlife…

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Bike the Punakha Suspension Bridge of Bhutan

By Christie

Cycle touring Bhutan - an impossibility up until the 1970s - has a variety of experiences to feed the thrill of adventure, delight with scenic views and natural beauty, and invite the curious to connect with a culture opening up…

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What to do in Siem Reap other than the temples?

By Claire Wyatt

How long should you stay in Siem Reap? That’s a good question to ask. The one that follows usually is: what to do in Siem Reap other than the temples? Well, spoiler alert, there are tons of activities in the…

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Top 6 picks for e-bike tours in Asia

By Reece

Experiencing sensational locations does not have to be compromised due to steep climbs, ride length or even Father Time’s gift of age and injury. With our e-bikes, those gorgeous rolling hills keep their charm and longer trails can be explored…

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Tips for Travelers in Thailand: customs and traditions in the land of smiles

By Katharina

Headed to Thailand for the first time? Then you should probably read up on customs in Thailand as well as Thai traditions and holidays. Follow these dos and don’ts of Thai culture to be a respectful tourist in the Kingdom…

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Self-guided the Vietnam Ocean Road

By Pawel

Paweł and Sumi tried their muscle on the Self-guided tour Ride the Vietnam Ocean Road. What follows is some personal mementos of the tour from Paweł, who got hooked so much, he is now our Self-guided Guru. One particularly sunny…

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Top 7 foods you must try in Japan

By Christie

For many, Japanese cuisine = sushi. You probably know ramen, wasabi, and teppanyaki, but what about the three types of tsukemono and the gorgeous presentation of sawachi ryori, or the sweet dango served with green tea? The breadth of Japan’s…

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Top 7 Bucket List tours for 2020

By Reece

What better time to turn your travel aspirations into reality than now? We've pulled together 7 inspiring bucket list tours, each with its own intrigue and personality, uniquely fit to 2020. Which experience best fits your vision for great memories…

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Five Best Coffee Shops in Hoi An

By Thang Quyet

A tasty cup of coffee can make the difference between a good day and a bad day. When traveling, it can be tricky to find the right place to get one’s coffee fix. Even though Vietnam is packed full of…

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Cambodia: Religions and Beliefs

By Alex

Ever wonder about religion and beliefs in Cambodian people? Read on to learn about the country’s dominant religions and how they are practiced in daily Khmer life. Then head to Cambodia and see for yourself! History of Religion in Cambodia…

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8 Must-do Cycling trips from Vietnam

By Jin

Bike tours for great outdoor weekends away from Hanoi and Saigon. In 2020, these are the three Vietnamese public holidays creating long weekends. Take a look at this list to see when you have the time for a cycling adventure.…

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Taunggyi hot air balloon festival: a different kind of Myanmar experience

By Katharina

A trip to Myanmar is mostly a throwback in time, where life still goes at a slower pace. Internet came to the country relatively recently and old traditions live strong everywhere you visit. In the midst of the peacefulness, whether…

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Is Asia safe to travel with Kids?

By Zanny Merullo

The greatest concern as a parent when traveling abroad with kids is their safety. This can be especially true when visiting a country where you’ve never set foot before, a country with a vastly different culture and the environment from…

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A Self-Guided Japan Tour Experience

By Steve Mojica

Steve Mojica and his daughter have returned with their latest adventure in Japan. They have once authored a guest piece about their Father-daughter ride in Vietnam and we are happy to host them on our blog again. This time they…

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[Weather] Best Time of Year to Visit Thailand

By Katharina

Although the weather in Thailand changes throughout the year, the best time to visit is from November to February, when the tropical country enjoys its lowest temperatures and the least amount of rain. If you are looking to avoid the…

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5 Reasons To Join a Cycling Tour in Myanmar

By Katharina

When considering travel in Asia, many people don’t know what to expect from Myanmar and why they should choose it as a destination. All I can say is: you should, and now is the best time to visit! As for…

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Your crew, your dream trip | Custom Group Tours

By Owen Franke

Spending time with friends is one of life’s great joys and what better way to get together than with an adventure? When planning a trip with loved ones, it’s best to go for a private tour. Not only do you…

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Phnom Penh Pronunciation: Khmer Language 101

By Claire Wyatt

When visiting Cambodia, it is useful to know a few words in the native language, Khmer. The pronunciation of Phnom Penh or Siem Reap can be quite tricky at first but you will learn! Not only will you be able…

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Exotic Activities for Kids - Only in Asia!

By Jin

Traveling with children in Asia is a great way to expose them to a culture vastly different from their own and make lasting family memories. On Grasshopper Adventure Family Tours, not only do you get to explore Asia by bike…

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The best cycling tours for Thai Holidays

By Jin

Want to add an extra cultural element to your cycling adventure? Take a look at the schedule of Thai holidays and our tour recommendations. Loi Kratong Loi Kratong is a Thai festival coinciding with the Northern Thai festival of Yi…

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A novel experience on a self-guided adventure in Japan

By Melanie Curry

Mel and Jared have returned with their latest adventure in Japan, the Cycle Kyoto to the Coast Self-guided. They have once authored a guest piece about their challenging ride in Vietnam and we are happy to host them on our blog again.…

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9 ancient cities in Southeast Asia that will transport you back in time

By Zanny Merullo

 These 9 Ancient cities in Southeast Asia are more than piles of stone and rubble. In fact, in many cases, they are the home of some of the world's most amazing ancient temples. They are windows opening to a truly…

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Cycling Into the Mekong's Cacao Haven

By Thang Quyet

“You are late today”, chu Lau exclaimed upon seeing me and a family of Grasshopper Adventure cyclists slowly enter his yard. “Sorry, chu we stopped too much for photos. It’s so green today”, I answer cheekily while the cyclists are…

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Taiwan's Magic Island

By Tot and Simon

East Taiwan is fast becoming a famous route for cyclists, offering scenic coastal riding and winding valleys, with numerous highlights to experience along the journey. Our Taiwan leadership, Tot and Simon, share one such highlight, a firm favorite of theirs…

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How Bangkok Began

By Jin

From a small fishing and farming community to a bustling megacity, this is the fascinating story of how Bangkok began. Long ago as the Chao Phraya River flowed towards its delta, it meandered and looped its way to the Gulf…

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Is traveling Sri Lanka safe?

By Jake

The Easter bombings in Sri Lanka shocked a nation and the world. Sri Lanka - a 2019 Lonely Planet Destination of the Year - suddenly found itself with declining tourist numbers and empty hotels.  But 4 months later, where does…

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The Best Places to Experience the Loy Kratong/ Yee Peng Festival in Thailand

By Jin

November’s full moon ushers in the ‘festival of lights’ common to many Southeast Asia cultures. The festival, whose origins are lost in the mists of time, pays homage to the water spirits in various forms. In the Hindu tradition, the…

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The Joys of Cycle Touring with my Family

By Clotho Spinner Hasebe

Our selection of family cycling tours in Asia is the ultimate way to get your kids on an active adventure. But don’t just take it from us… The following is a guest blog post featuring the story of Clotho, who…

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Keeping Business Moving: Behind the scenes with Grasshopper Mechanics

By Jake

With a fleet of over 120 bikes, ranging from mountain bikes to hybrid road/mountain bikes, kids bikes & tagalongs, it’s no small feat to keep the bikes moving and in tip-top shape for our guests from around the world.  Responsible…

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Why Visit Laos by Bike?

By Zanny Merullo

When most people think of bicycle touring in Asia, perhaps their minds jump to Thailand or Vietnam, skipping over the mountainous country of Laos. Wondering what sets Laos apart as a cycling destination? Look no further. The People One of…

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Local Burmese Festivals and Celebrations

By Katharina

While Myanmar is certainly not well-known for its nightlife or parties, there is always a fun local festival or celebration going on somewhere as you explore the country. Burmese people need very little excuse for a big celebration: a child’s first…

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What Awaits a Cyclist in Cambodia

By Zanny Merullo

The Kingdom of Wonder is aptly named, as any exploration of Cambodia yields the discovery of numerous wonders-especially when you’re traveling by bicycle. Unsure of what to expect when pedaling through this Southeast Asian country? Read on.  Caution: may cause…

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Are there E-bikes in Japan?

By Adam

From the land that brought you such technical wonders as the Bullet Train and Tamagotchi pets, you’d expect there to be the latest in bicycle technology - E-bikes -  and you’d be right… As of mid 2019, you can now…

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Tour the Latest UNESCO World Heritage Sites

By Zanny Merullo

As of July, The World Heritage Committee has produced 29 new additions to its listing, several of which we visit on Grasshopper Adventures tours. What makes a site UNESCO World Heritage-worthy? And which ones can you expect to see on…

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Life behind bars - Meet Jake

By Zanny Merullo

Meet Jake Stalker, currently living a life behind bars in Cambodia. What sounds like a tragic scenario is quite the opposite, as we’re referring to handlebars of course! This is the first of our ‘Life behind bars’ series - a…

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5 Must-dos and Must-sees in Intriguing Kanchanaburi, Thailand

By Jin

Updated: Jan 6, 2021 Just a few hours’ drive west of Bangkok lies a favorite destination for nature and history lovers alike: Kanchanaburi. It may only be a short hop from Thailand’s capital, but this town couldn’t be further from…

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Cycling in Sri Lanka - The time of my life

By Alison

I had – quite literally – the time of my life cycling in Sri Lanka! After joining a self-guided tour in this fascinating country I have shared a few photos and a little about my experience below: Stunning landscape everywhere…

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Beyond the Highlights of Sri Lanka's Heartland

By Jake

Racing from place to place has never been what we do best at Grasshopper Adventures. At the risk of sounding a little cliche, our real focus is on designing itineraries which give guests a genuine experience in a country, and…

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Is cycling in Bangkok safe?

By Jin

Updated: Jan 6, 2021 Sitting in rush hour gridlock in the congested center of Bangkok it is hard to imagine that biking in the city could be pleasant, much less safe. It’s a pity that this is the facade of…

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A List of 2019 & 2020 Long Weekends in Thailand- Start Planning Now

By Jin

Not sure how to spend your time off? Take a look at our recommendations for cycling tours during public holidays. Get away for a few days to the countryside for country rides along rivers and through gently rolling hills. With…

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‘Lahpet-Thoke’ - Myanmar’s famous snack

By Katharina

Let me introduce you to tea leaf salad, or ‘lahpet (green tea) -thoke (salad)’ as it is called in Burmese, a salad made of fermented green tea leaves. You may think that tea leaves are only good for drinking, but…

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Building Dreams: Kingdom to the Coast

By Jaz Mojica

It’s always satisfying when I receive an email or phone call from an eager cyclist who specifies their preferred destination, duration, average biking distances, etc... and I look at our calendar and we happen to have JUST the right itinerary…

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To cycle is to inspire

By Lam Nguyen in Hoi An

Meet Tien and Yen, two lovely staff of Grasshopper Adventures Hoi An, who have just completed their first solo cycling trip in a spectacular way… On the occasion of Vietnam’s traditional lunar new year, the girls decided to visit their…

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Bike & Boat tours - the best of both worlds

By Jin

Enjoy casual cycling but also like to try some other activities while on a vacation? Have a non-cycling partner or friends? We have the perfect adventures for you. Introducing our new range of Bike & Boat tours - the latest…

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Bike touring in China? Go Yunnan

By Adam

China is a huge country, so when you want to go bike touring in China where do you go? Quick answer, Yunnan. I saw this map during the week: The Heihe-Tengchong line (or the Hu Line) is an imaginary line…

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Reflections on customs & habits acquired on my travels

By Adam

The most memorable aspects of travel are not always the sights you see or the towns you visit, but often the things you learn along the way. These sometimes go beyond fleeting light-bulb moments and really sink in, becoming a…

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Japan - For lovers of blissful travel

By Adam

Considering travelling to Japan? Is it for you? Here are a few good questions to ask yourself before you plan a trip to this amazing country. Ask yourself, do you like… True quiet - the kind of quiet that allows…

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Travel tips: what to do and see in Kyoto

By Jin

Kyoto, Japan’s religious and cultural hub, attracts millions of visitors every year from all over the world. There are so many things to see and do that one could easily spend a month here and just scratch the surface. So…

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Pchum Ben: The Festival of the Dead

By Holly in Siem Reap

Every year, Cambodia celebrates one of its two major annual festivals - Pchum Ben, known as the ‘Festival of the Dead’. A 15-day festival, culminating on the 15th day of the 10th month of the Khmer lunar calendar, Pchum Ben…

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Landscapes of Laos

By Holly in Luang Prabang

One of the many great things about travelling on 2 wheels is the immediacy one feels with nature and the landscapes you are travelling through, and never more so than when those landscapes are inspiringly beautiful. Even in a small…

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Biking Across Hill Country - Sri Lanka through my eyes

By Jo Ann Silverman in New York

  "Traveling by bicycle allows time and intimacy to absorb a place with all of your senses" - This sentiment perfectly captures the 2-week cycling experience in Sri Lanka for Jo Ann, an explorer, photographer and writer. The story of…

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Sri Lanka Travel Warnings

By Naome in Siem Reap

First time multi-day tour guest Naome shares her 7-day journey through Sri Lanka on a bicycle tour and her unexpected experiences in the country. I’ve been on various cycling tours before, but just Day Tours. I find the challenge quite…

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7 Reasons to cycle Japan

By Noel Tanner in Kyoto

"What immediately comes to mind when you think of Japan...Sushi? Sake? Culture and Tradition? Bullet Trains? Mount Fuji? Samurai Warriors? Asahi Beer? Pokemon Go? ... well for me it's Cycling" Serial traveller, avid cyclist and Grasshopper team member, Noel Tanner,…

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Ride easy with your kids: Introducing Weehoo

By Jake

Bringing your family along for the ride is now even easier - We say Weehoo! Grasshopper Adventures now officially offer Weehoo Turbo Bike Trailers for all our multi-day family bike tours in Cambodia, Thailand & Sri Lanka and one-day tours…

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Is Self-guided for You?

By Jin

Curious about Self-guided cycle tours...? Grasshoppers' CEO, Adam Platt-Hepworth, talks us through the concept behind this revolutionary new travel option now available to tour guests. What is Grasshopper Self-guided? How does it work? Is it the right trip for me?…

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Travelling with kids? Top family-friendly destinations in Asia

By Jin

Asia is a fantastic destination for family travel, from lively modern cities to tribal villages with rich cultural heritage or dramatic natural beauty with stunning landscapes and gorgeous beaches. Asia is also a great destination for children to get a…

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We love cycling Taiwan, here's why!

By Jin

Cycling in Taiwan is an amazing experience. Many people only know Taiwan for its manufacturing and geography (a hilly island nation). What they don’t know is that Taiwan is a land of Temples, hot springs, night markets and amazing food.…

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A trip to Uzbekistan - A journey back in time

By Reece

Travel to Uzbekistan - Not only is the country far off most people's travel radar but whoever thought of exploring it by bike! Landlocked in Central Asia by other ‘Stans’, Uzbekistan is home to an eclectic blend of centuries-long history…

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How to find your dream bicycle tour?

By Jin

More and more people are taking to bicycles to explore the world. Touring a new country or area on two-wheels provides both a physically and emotionally rewarding experience, that goes beyond the cookie-cutter travel offerings. We take an in-depth look…

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Embracing the Adventure

By Jessica Whitney

The biggest question I had before this trip was, “Am I crazy?” I'm an out-of-shape, middle-aged woman who hasn’t been on a bicycle in 8 months. Why would I consider going a bike tour in Sri Lanka?... - Remember Jaz,…

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Celebrating South & Southeast Asian New Year

By Jin

Unlike Western world which celebrates New Year on 1st January, a system based on the Gregorian calendar, Southeast Asian New Year is celebrated following the lunisolar calendar system and its events. In modern times it is usually reckoned around 13-14…

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India - A Timeless Land of Enchantment

By Expeditions Engineer - Blair Coburn

There's no way to describe India in one sentence, no matter how many times we travel this incredible country. Rich in history and culture, a spiritual land of astonishing temples, ancient palaces & forts, vibrant spice markets, stunning landscapes, the…

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Top 5 Bike Tours for Foodies in Asia

By Jin

These are all select multi-day cycle trips that showcase a country's food particularly well. For those with a little less time make sure to check out the appetizing selection of Half-day Food Tours also in this list. 1 - Myanmar…

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The Queen of Banh Mi

By Chip Silverman in Hoi An

Multiple Grasshopper Adventurer Chip Silverman shares his encounter with the Queen of Banh Mi and subsequent mouthwatering discovery in the streets of Hoi An, Vietnam... Warning to those reading on an empty stomach. After six weeks of traveling Vietnam from…

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Cruising the Mountains of North Vietnam

By Melanie Curry

Guest contributor and five-time Grasshopper Adventurer Melanie Curry shares her experience cycling the stunning, yet challenging, Ha Giang Plateau in Northern Vietnam and reflects on what it's like to tour with Grasshopper Adventures. The morning after my husband Jared and…

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The Mysterious Plain of Jars

By Holly in Phonsavan

Scattered over the windswept hills outside the town of Phonsavan in Laos, lie clusters of mysterious, carved stones in an area collectively known as the ‘Plain of Jars’. Despite decades of study many questions still remain concerning their purpose and…

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The Unexpected Perils of Biking the Mekong Delta

By Steve in Saigon

In the Mekong Delta flat, gentle paths criss-cross endless rice fields and abundant fruit & vegetable farms, immersing our bike groups in a landscape, and a way of life, in many ways unchanged for decades. Though it is less than…

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Blair Bikes Uzbekistan

By Blair in Tashkent

Grasshopper Adventures' Expeditions Engineer, Blair, was the first of our clan to visit Uzbekistan, and knowing little about it, arrived with nothing but an open mind...and soon after that a dose of culture shock! Everyone knows where India and China…

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5 Great Reasons for Green Season Touring in Southeast Asia

By Holly in Siem Reap

Updated Jan 6, 2021 Many people are put off visiting the tropics during the wet season, believing they will be stuck in their hotel rooms gazing forlornly at torrential rain pouring down outside. But the truth is very different, it…

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