Independent Cycling Adventures
Self-guided bike touring is a popular emerging alternative to traditional group cycle tours, and it is now available in Asia. With Grasshopper Adventures offering select self-guided bike tours throughout the region, your next two-wheeled adventure is just a click away. The attention to detail, years of experience and quality you have come to know and love about touring with Grasshopper Adventures guided tours remain the same, except our self-guided bike trips give a greater dose of freedom to those who value independence in their cycling escapades.
Our Self-Guided tours take you on beautiful cycling routes that highlight the best of Asia.
Our user-friendly GPS system is like a Grasshopper guide in your pocket as well as being intuitive to use.
After each day’s independent exploration, your high quality, comfortable accommodation is waiting for you.
We take care of your luggage transfers so you can relax and enjoy the cycling journey.
Pick Your Self-Guided Tours
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How it Works
You will receive a well-maintained, reliable bike with a user-friendly GPS unit to help you navigate the route. Your luggage will be transferred daily, but you will also have a front bag for your personal items. We provide an app that you can download to learn about the country, its history & culture and to access some great local food knowledge. Your hotel, inn or guesthouse will be booked and ready for your arrival at the end of each day. To top it off, you can access our support network throughout the region who are only a call away to help with any challenges that you might encounter.
Check out our What is Self-guided video we have made or read into the Self-guided Frequently Asked Questions for more.
We offer five Self Guided destinations: Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan and Japan. The routes we chose for Self Guided are hand-picked from our tested guided trips, which we continually check and upgrade to ensure you can ride carefree. Be it with a dazzling view of a Taiwanese or Vietnamese coast, Sri Lankan world heritage sites, Thai national park or sacred Japanese mountains, you ride at your own pace.
Accommodation and Luggage
Years of experience means we know the best accommodation in the area, not just the high-end 4 and 5-star resorts, but also places with friendly staff and a bit of character. Self Guided gives us booking flexibility that we don’t usually have with large group tours, so this offering is expanded with some very unique venues. Securing your comfortable bed and well-earned rest is taken care of before arrival and we'll oversee the safe transfer of your luggage from point-to-point, so you can leave the panniers at home.
Grasshopper Self-guided tours are run with our reliable fleet of all-purpose hybrids and mountain bikes, but depending on availability, and for an additional fee, our Premium Self-guided offerings include TREK Conduit+ e-bikes, as well as handmade Lynskey Titanium and carbon Cannondale Synapse Ultegra, gravel-road bikes. If you are most comfortable on a drop-bar bike, then the premium bikes are the obvious choice. Alternatively, consider an e-bike for a more leisurely ride or to expand your cycle touring possibilities.
All our bikes come fitted with intuitive and user friendly GPS navigation units. These biking computers have remarkable customisation capabilities and can easily be ported with all major biking software, such as Strava, RidewithGPS or Kamoot, for all fans of cycling data. Never fear if you are not technically minded, as we've made them accessible to all riders. The device will be customised for you and we will upload the most accurate maps and routes. Furthermore, you will be well briefed on putting it to good use.
The Self-guided app is our very own dedicated creation that contains an audio guide to support your adventure. It comes with visual and audio hints of points of interest along your routes, and also hosts a language guide and translations of food suggestions you will find available along your routes. You will also have access to podcasts which contain historic and cultural information of the areas that you visit. The Grasshopper Self-guided app can be hosted on all up-to-date Android and iOS devices. On-request and for a fee, we can provide iPads if you don’t wish to use your own mobile device.
For more inspiration on self-guided cycling tours, read articles on our website from past self-guided adventurers.