Comments from Riders

Comments from Riders 2017-07-27T09:51:41+00:00

Love you guys & Thank you for an Epic Experience!!!

1 Month ago I took part in the most incredible experience of my life to date – riding 500km in 5 days for the Charity Hands Across The Water! Chris, Gae, John, Vic and the team I have so much love and gratitude for everything that you did to keep us safe, our bikes in great condition, the love you put in every detail ensuring it would be a great ride! It really was what you say… that we start as friends and finish as family. I can’t sing your praises enough and will definitely be back. So looking forward to seeing you again and for anyone contemplating riding through Thailand with the best people – don’t go anywhere else… these guys are the absolute best!

Faizah – Gold Coast, AUS

One life changing experience

My husband and I have just completed a 5 Day 500km charity bike ride for Hand Across the Water, under the supervision of the fantastic team at TDA (Hua Hin Bike Tours). TDA are extremely professional, experienced, caring and organised.

With 66 riders in our group, the team at TDA made every day appear seamless. The logistics of feeding and housing that volume of riders let alone the 5 days of riding with countless water stop and 2 days of transport along the way – one word UNBELIEVABLE.

The Owners Chris and Gae are just beautiful people that go above and beyond what is required. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for making this a trip of a lifetime.

“We came as strangers, we became friends and we left as Family.”

We look forward to other adventures with TDA in the future.

Katie S. – AUS

Incredible experience & world class service!!

I have just completed a 500km charity ride from Bangkok to Phuket under the guidance of Chris and Gae and their amazing team from Tour de Asia Bicycle Touring. The care and attention to detail is second to none.

I have been involved in running events as a part of my career and I know the challenges of getting 66 strong-willed people to the right place at the right time – but that is exactly what Chris and Gae were able to do – and all while making sure we were having heaps of fun along the way.

The logistics involved in getting us from one hotel to another, ensuring the bikes were serviced, rest stops arranged, lunches ready, medical attention on stand-by, support vehicles in the right spots to help when needed … it blows my mind. The whole team were friendly, professional, efficient and fun! I can not recommend them highly enough.

Jolene H. – AUS

Great experience, highly recommend this company.

I was lucky enough to be on a bike tour Chris and Gae organised. Everything was completely organised at all times. Bikes were so much better than I expected. Accommodation, food, everything about this tour was well thought out. Thanks to the team for such a great experience, all I had to do was ride!

Janine – Sydney, AUS

Riding made accessible to all

As an older lady having recently completed a charity bike ride of 500kms in 5 days with Chris, Gae and their team from Tour de Asia Bicycle Touring, I can only pay homage to their care and experience – I could never have done it without their carefully planned itinerary and support. They provided cold water, ice, electrolytes, fresh fruit, snacks, sunscreen, wipes at every break to keep us all going, not to mention the benefit of their experience with tips on everything from how to work your gears, to how to avoid uncomfortable rashes! They were fun. They were cheerful, even coping with the day to day demands of a team of 66 riders – no mean feat 🙂 They were kind and thoughful and caring. If you are thinking about a bike ride, I highly recommend you do yourself a favour, and ride with Tour de Asia Bicycle Touring for a truly memorable experience.

Sheree – Melbourne, AUS

World Class Bike Tours

I have undertaken four 500Km rides with Chris and Gae of Tour de Asia Bicycle Touring and cannot rate their service highly enough. Everything is so well organised. They take care of everything, the hotels, bikes food and snacks. All you need to do is ride. The team is knowledgeable, professional and create a great atmosphere among the group of riders. You really need to experience this for yourself. If you are looking for a super organised, fun, friendly, safe and life changing ride, Tour de Asia is The Best.

Brendan G. – Sydney, AUS

Out of this world care and customer service

We have just finished our third charity ride under the guidance of Chris and Gae from Tour de Asia Bicycle Touring. The care and attention to detail they put into their riders’ welfare is second to none. The thing that I love most is their incredible local knowledge, we stayed and ate at so many off-the -beaten-track beautiful places that I am sure we would never have found on our own.
They work at a punishing pace themselves to ensure that our bikes are ready to go when we get up, there is plenty of fresh fruit, water, sunscreen and (most importantly) ice at the stops, delicious hot lunches and dinners every day, bags carried to our rooms and massage bookings, bandaids and pool partys as needed.

Bernadette J. – AUS

Best bike tour company around

Chris and Gae and their team are fantastic. They do everything possible to ensure your trip runs smoothly and is enjoyable. The work behind the scenes to ensure we could just ride and enjoy the scenery was fantastic. Thanks guys!!

Megin – Perth, AUS

Totally awesome operators

Chris, Gae and their crew run an almost flawless bike tour. The bikes are no more than 2 years old and they look after them really well. They go the extra mile to ensure everything is seamless. Couldn’t recommend them more highly.

Maurice B. – Melbourne, AUS

Amazing Service, Amazing People, Amazing attention to detail

There is no better way to experience Thailand than to cycle through it. Chris and his team are absolutely amazing and turn every ride into an experience. I cannot recommend them highly enough for their care, integrity, and help. These guys go the extra mile for you and feel like family.

Oliver Z. – AUS

500km in 5 days of awesome

Chris, Gae and their team sum up their business using these words “you arrive as clients, ride as friends and leave as family”. So true. They are professionals of the highest order.

“A TripAdvisor Member” – AUS

These guys will change your life!

Just completed my second 500km charity ride with Chris and the team at Tour de Asia Bicycle Touring. I love these guys! I wish I was a local, so I could ride with them all the time. You really need to experience this for yourself, but I can say if you are looking for a super organised, fun, friendly, safe and life changing ride and tour guides, stop looking. You have found THE BEST! You arrive as strangers, ride as friends and leave as family.

Jodie C. – Melbourne, AUS

Fantastic organisation and great family feel.

I just completed my second group ride (500 klm 5 day ride) and Chris and his team excelled in every area. A lovely scenic route, great tour guides and safety advice from the team. And the food and accommodation also exceeded my expectations. The hybrid bikes supplied were perfect for the job as we were able to explore some roads and places that a standard road bike would be unable to access. I could not fault the team and organisation of this company and will be a client again.

Alex H. – AUS

Great experience

I did a tour and it was an amazing experience. The Tour de Asia Bicycle Touring team is friendly, experienced and I can’t fault them.

Jesse J. – Port Macquarie, AUS

Brilliant bike tour, brilliant team!

I have just completed a 500klm bike tour from Hua Hin to Khao Lak lead by Chris, Gae and the team from Tour de Asia Bicycle Touring – best adventure experience of my life! Their team was experienced with a focus on safety, adventure and fun, and very well organised over the 5 days. I couldn’t want for anything else, food, accomodation was all first class and organised by the TDA team. They are expert tour guides with tons of information that they willingly share and get you involved in during the trip. I can’t recommend Chris and the team enough, and am looking forward to going on tour with with them again next year!

Barton Enterprises – Brisbane, AUS

Amazing 500Kms in 5 Days with TDA

Chris and the TDA team are exceptional, we have just completed 500Kms from Hua Hin to Khao Lak for charity, and their service was one of a kind.

I will recommend anyone that wants a great ride with amazing friends to boot with TDA.

Cheers,

Alex M – AUS

500kms in 5 days!

I have just completed a charity cycle with Chris and Gae of Tour de Asia Bicycle Touring and cannot rate their service highly enough. They have great attention to detail to make sure you can relax into your trip, providing lots of information, getting to know their riders and our needs, always making sure we are confident and comfortable in a new environment. They and their team are knowledgeable, fun and create a great atmosphere among the group of riders. They know Thailand intimately and have suppliers along the way that always exceed expectations – the hotels, food and snacks! I always knew they had my safety as their number 1 priority. A great experience, highly recommended.

Jo S. – AUS

Stephen Bunday

I just had the very great pleasure of participating in The Friends of LJ Hooker “Hands Across the Water”Bike Ride. We had the great good fortune to have Christopher Byrd and his team guide us. What a magic experience! Chris is knowledgable, kind, funny, thoughtful and hard working. The tour was perfectly organised and thoroughly planned. The team didn’t miss a beat. The route was amazing and the food was great! I can’t recommend these guys highly enough if you want the experience of a lifetime!

Stephen B. – Canberra, AUS

Charity ride 500km over 5 days

From day 1, Chris and his team were exceptional to ride with.
Friendly and knowledgeable crew. Chris is highly engaging and ensured we had an amazing time.
We felt safe the entire time, and the rest breaks were adequately planned.
A challenging ride for all of our team, and it was made enjoyable with the help of Chris and his team.

Lee – Perth, AUS
5 day bike tour

Great knowledge of local sights and life in Thailand, high importance on safety, friendly professional people who speak English and Thai. The bikes are new and excellently maintained.

Herbert – Canberra, AUS

Best Bike Trip EVER!!

Had a wonderful opportunity to travel with the team for a 500km journey from Hua Hin to Khau Lak. Chris and his awesome team looked after our group at every turn and made sure we were safe and happy along the way. What a beautiful way to see Thailand. I strongly recommend and will be back next year for sure!

Scott T. – Melbourne, AUS

Chris runs a tight ship.

Maybe you want to ride down to Pranburi, maybe you want to ride the length of Thailand, Chris and the good people of Tour de Asia Bicycle Touring got you covered.

Keith E. – Hua Hin, Thailand

Amazing and safe way to see some of Thailand

Have just spent an amazing week and 500km ride with the TDA Team aka Tour de Asia Bicycle Touring – Brilliant staff, very comfortable bikes, best support at every stage of the ride. Although the TDA team supported us in a special charity ride (riders from late teens to early 60’s) over the week I would love to return to do some more exploring on their day tours – no better way to absorb the beauty and culture. So much we saw would not normally be known about unless you are with those in the know, and these guys are. In our ride we covered some of the day tour routes – Dolphin Bay / Khao Khalok Tour, and part of the Khao Sam Roi Yot Tour, and most of the Burma to the Beach Tour. Felt safe and supported all the way and wanted for nothing with food, water, and bike riding advice in plenty of supply.
Would thoroughly recommend this to most people of all ages although not so much for families with young kids (unless you do a private tour) or those that have spoilt brats of any age not used to enjoying nature or exercise. Great alternative for Schoolies activity. Chris and Gae and the team opened up the beauty of Thailand like I never expected. Thanks so much. See you next year.

Dee R. – Queensland, AUS

Amazing team, beautiful sights, one of the greatest adventures I’ve had.

I’ve ridden with the team twice now doing their long distance rides (500km 5 day rides). The team were amazing in supporting all of our varying fitness levels, making sure our safety was a priority. The hand picked stops along the way were breath taking, the food was awesome and really authentic local stuff.

I couldn’t recommend them more highly. Chris, Gae and their team are superb. If you are in Thailand call them, there is no comparison to seeing Thailand with the team of Tour De Asia (Hua Hin Bike Tours).

Jason B. – Newcastle, AUS

Highly recommend!!!

This is my second tour as I just can’t get enough of these guys! It’s such a beautiful way to see the real Thailand that you just can’t experience anywhere else! Chris and the team make sure everything is perfect and I’ll definitely be back for a third one!

Nikki U. – Whittlesea, AUS

Professional, fun, life changing.

It’s a great way to see Thailand. Chris and the team really looked after us, so we felt well prepared for every leg of the ride.  It’s fun and you get to see things you wouldn’t otherwise, away from the hustle and bustle of the big tourist areas.  The beaches and views are AMAZING. So don’t delay, get on one of the great bike tours and have a ball!

Maureen P. - Melbourne, AUS

Excellent route, professional and very friendly support

Extremely well organised on well maintained bikes. I had a great time. Highly recommend for regular adult riders. All I needed to bring was my riding gear.

Troy W. – AUS

‘Flawless Experience’

Chris, Gae and the team were an absolute pleasure to deal with. So professionally run and making sure our safety came first at all times! The routes were amazing and a great way to see the ‘real’ Thailand. Their knowledge makes for an amazing experience. Can’t recommend them highly enough!!

Sami O. – AUS

Great Team

I have used the crew at Tour de Asia or Hua Hin Bike Tours every year since 2009 and we are now running multiple tours with the group every year. Chris, Gae, John and Tin are super cool to work with and ride with. There is a deep level of care for their clients and real commitment to cycling and Thailand.

Peter B. (Hands Across The Water Australia) – Sydney, AUS
Hua Hin to Krabi Tour
We have just finished the inaugural Hua Hin to Krabi Bike Ride with Hua Hin Bike Tours/Tour De Asia with Chris Byrd as our guide and his wife Gae – Siranee.
Chris is a very experienced and relaxed guide who led us along the quiet back roads with well thought out water/fruit stops and lunch stops. We saw local rural life as well as staying in great accommodation along the way and excellent meals ordered by Gae at every stop. We cycled along the beautiful Royal Coast Road and the incredibly warm water of the Gulf of Thailand, crossed the hills of Khao Sok National Park to the the Andaman Sea at Khao Lak then onwards to our destination at Ao Nang Beach Krabi on the Straits of Malacca.
We are in our 60s and Chris was very flexible and organised the stops to suit our itinerary and to ensure that we included all the available sightseeing in the area he was happy to put us and our bikes into the air con van. It was a private tour so tailor made to suit our cycling needs and abilities.
We had the opportunity to catch a long boat to an enormous cave, we rode to temples and caves, through coconut groves and palm oil and pineapple plantations, saw rubber processing the local way, rice husking, fish farming, crab sorting. We visited a Monkey Training College and saw a baby elephant munching grass on the side of the road.
We were lucky enough to visit a local primary school and the orphanage in Takuapa that was set up in the worst affected area after the 2004 tsunami. Everywhere we went we were delighted by the lovely friendly smiling Thai people.
So thank you to Chris and Gae who made this cycling trip such a memorable experience for us.
Highly recommended – our rating -100%!
Laura – Queensland, AUS

3 Days/2 Nights – 250kms Hua Hin to Baan Krut

This review is a little over due. Myself and 4 friends traveled to Thailand for a bucks/stag trip & wanted to incorporate some activity in between the boozing.

Chris took care of our cycling itinerary, well chosen accommodation, transfer from Bangkok to Hua Hin & to the airport upon departure, great bikes, killer team jerseys, support van & more.

Special mention to Chris’s wife Gaye who looked after us throughout the trip with great fruit stops, market tours, killer menu choices and explaining the fine details of Thai culture.

Our brief was simple to create the trip. Cycling, great food, clean accommodation & enough time to enjoy a few cold ones at night. All exceeded expectation.

The cycling itself on our itinerary is do-able for someone with a mid level of fitness. There are some off-bike hikes you can choose to do which require a high level of fitness to do. The views are worth the effort.

Whilst Tour de Asia Bicycle Touring sells many smaller day trips it is worth inquiring about their longer rides. Add it in to your trip to Thailand for some variation and a true experience. There are only so many green curries & Changs you can have before you want something more out of a destination.

All equipment is top quality, there is a support Van should you need it equipped with plenty of water and snacks.

We had a blast.

Ben O. – USA
I can think of no better way to experience a country and to get to know its people that to see it on a bicycle. Aside from losing 12 pounds in a month, I got accustomed to Thai food, gained a better understanding of the country as a whole, met great people, raised money for a worthy cause and have an experience to carry with me for the rest of my life.
Michael C. - USA
I highly recommend Tour de Thailand. First and foremost, Thailand is a fantastic country to visit: the scenery is magnificent and varied, the people are incredibly welcoming and the food is absolutely delicious!
 
As a cyclist Thailand is also a great country to ride: the roads are in great shape, there is a nice big shoulder on the side of the road and the local drivers are used to bicycles and scooters so they give you a nice wide berth.
 
Chris and Gae have also done a great job designing a route that is on quiet back roads and has plenty of scenery. As for what you can expect, each day you will get up, enjoy a tasty breakfast and then head off for a few hours of incredible cycling. You will then roll into a new town where a hotel room with your bag will be waiting for you. Then you will have the afternoon to relax, see some more sights, enjoy a massage or do whatever you like!
 
I loved the tour and I regularly think back on the amazing experience. 
Pete M. - Australia
It was a great trip and it was a privilege to ride with such an interesting and friendly group.
Besides the riders, all the support staff contributed a lot to the smooth operation and sense of fun. Many thanks to Gae, Tai, and the team.
Peter - UK
This ride is awesome, before I did this tour I had never seen my own country in this kind of way. Everything passes you by in a slow motion, slow enough to see all the things that I have missed travelling by ‘normal’ transport over the years.
 
It wasn’t an easy ride for a girl who didn’t do very much exercise, but it worth every peddle I did. If you take it at just 25 kms at a time, it can be done, plus Chris and Gae really make it all very easy with all the help you could ever need.
Papatsiri O. - Thailand
I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated what you and your team did for not only me personally, but our whole team during the tour.
 
Time after time again, you and your team were there to help us out in whatever way possible, whether it be fresh water, a bag of ice for my knee, company along the ride, tissues for my tears (and I had some tears) or even just a smile (not forgetting to mention a dancing partner… Gae) to help pull me through. I cannot speak highly enough of what you did. It was the really small things that often went unnoticed that made the ride what it was… truly amazing and a memorable experience for life.

 

Nadine - Australia
I am writing to congratulate you and your team on the huge effort you all put into the ride. As you are aware, I have completed two and would like to thank you for the enjoyable time I have had on both rides. Chris, you have made many improvements to the tour this year and I wanted you to know that the hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. I had a wonderful time! I am still overwhelmed with the new and different things I have seen on the tour. I have been traveling to Thailand for several years but I have seen things on your tour that you just don’t see on the average Thai holiday.
 
I would also like to thank your friendly staff for their assistance and their effort in making the ride enjoyable and comfortable. You staff was always ready at the water stops with a cool drink, a smile, and an offer of something to eat. They were always eager to please and happy to accommodate any requests.
 
I look forward to seeing some more of Amazing Thailand on the next ride I do in the near future. Thank you once again for the fantastic time on the tour.

 

 

Tony - Australia
We had a great time in Thailand and Cambodia. I do think though that the highlight of the trip was our tour with you and Gae. It really was an amazing adventure, with wonderful food, hospitality, hotels and a diversity of activities.
 
We had a very memorable time and we will most definitely recommend you to our friends. All in, we thought your tour was wonderful and that you were an excellent host. Your enthusiasm, sense of adventure, flexibility and sincerity made the tour particularly memorable. Thanks for everything!
Russ - USA
I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you again. I genuinely enjoyed the cycling and greatly appreciated both the trouble that you went to in putting together such a great product and the 24/7 energy and enthusiasm that you put into delivering it. As the man said, Good Job.
Francis - UK