You see the world differently when you cycle through it. Cars and buses whiz by and it’s hard to take everything in so quickly. When you ride a bike, the world slows down, and you miss nothing. You can stop wherever you like for as long as you like, and breathe in the destination you’re visiting, for a complete experience.
The bicycle is a common method of transportation throughout Asia, and while it may all seem a little hectic in parts, people are used to seeing bikes on the streets so with a little bit of common sense and caution, it can be the best way to see a city.
There’s loads to see in Shanghai and the city is well suited to a cycling tour. Jump on a bike tour and see the People’s Square, Nanjing Road, Tianzifang and Maoming Road, then stop for some of the best dumplings in town. You can explore chic and trendy arts communities, amazing restaurants and live entertainment, before concluding at the famed Bund.
The Lion city is one of the easiest to get around in with an efficient MTR, bus and taxi service. Head out slightly to the city’s playground in Sentosa and explore it by bike for some fresh air and sunshine. It’s a beautiful island, with great restaurants and lovely beaches, and a mountain of sights to see and activities to enjoy for adventure seekers, historians and nature lovers.
Grab a bike and head out of town to enjoy the rural sights of Yogyakarta. Explore peaceful villages and take in the lush scenery. Stop in at a local market to purchase fresh ingredients and participate in a cooking lesson, learning traditional cooking methods of local favourites.
The Thai capital is a great place to cycle through. There’s so many sights to see and almost everywhere you go, you’ll find something that catches your eye to explore further.
Exploring small alleyways and streets is a great way to experience local life. Better still take a vintage bicycle tour and check out local markets under the Phra Khanong bridge, life beside the canals, and the essence of the city.
Vietnam is possibly the most cycled through country in Asia. There’s no better way to see the delights of Hoi An than on the back of a bicycle. Check out the cultural beacon of Hoi An Ancient Town and then cycle through the market. Stop for lunch by the Thu Bon River.
Anita Duffin for BeMyGuest