How to cycle the world

Welcome to ‘How to Cycle the World’ with The Kindness of Strangers.
This is a new feature to our website and something that we plan to update along the road. As most of the information so far is scrunched up in some notes and in the back of my head somewhere, it may take a while before it is completely updated and makes it way to this page.
This part of the site is not for the casual reader. It’s not designed to be interesting or particularly light reading for those who don’t travel.. There’s no stories of the adventure, just more the ‘which way we went, how much did it cost and were there a lot of hills. If you’re thinking of travelling, be it by bicycle ot otherwise, then I hope you find a few tips

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Cycling through the peninsular of Malaysia can be pretty amazing at times but it does lack the gloss and natural beauty of southern Thailand. There are a lot more highways that you are forced onto and the service road is not nearly as generous. Saying that, the food is a lot more varied and the [...]


Cycle touring Thailand

by tkos on April 27, 2013

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Hands down, Thailand is one of the best countries in the world for cycle touring. The roads are in excellent condition, the people are super friendly and endless roadside 7-elevens offer air conditioning and chilled water! The best part of cycling through Thailand is the extremely courteous bicycle lanes and/or service roads. The is barely [...]


Cycling the south of Laos

by tkos on March 30, 2013

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Laos is reported to be some of the best cycling in the world, but it is a country of two halves. The south offers solid highways, good distance and quality roads. With a couple of mountain ranges in there for some altitude, cycling south Laos is a great way to get from Cambodia to northern [...]


Cycling the south of Vietnam

by tkos on March 16, 2013

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Cycling through Vietnam is pure bliss on so many levels. The food is incredible (especially coming from Cambodia!), the Mekong Delta is flat and beautifully scenic and the coast up to Nha Trang is as good a place as any in SE Asia to relax in a hammock, swinging in a gentle breeze under a [...]


Cycling the Cambodian circuit

by tkos on February 20, 2013

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Cycling Cambodia is simultaneously enriching and depressing. The circuit most travellers go through inevitably include Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and almost always include visits to the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng genocide museum. It is the latter parts of this that will cause you to walk somberly through the Killing Fields learning about [...]


Cycling from Bangkok to Phnom Penh

by tkos on December 22, 2012

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It’s not too far and there are a couple of different ways to go, but we opted to go for the ┬ásimplest route of the Thai coast via Pattaya and the newly made highway 48 through the Cardamom mountains in Cambodia. Crossing the border to Klong Yai in Thailand to Koh Kong in Cambodia is [...]


Post image for Cycling from the Taj Mahal to Kolkata via the River Ganges

As with so may countries, the people in the south will slate the north and vice versa. India is no different. When we told people in the south that we were planning on cycling from Agra, through the states of UP, Bihar and Jharkhand through to Kolkata in West Bengal, we received the most alarming [...]


Cycling from Mumbai to the Taj Mahal

by tkos on October 10, 2012

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Cycling the 1,500km + from Mumbai to the Taj Mahal in Agra will take you through the alcohol free state of Gujurat and state of castles being Rajasthan. Our particular route bypassed Surat for a unique opportunity to explore an ex-pat teaching NGO project in the tiny village of Kadod, through a media circus in [...]


Post image for Cycling from the southern tip of India to Mumbai

India. One of the toughest places in the world to cycle. Arguably the make or break of any long haul cycle tour. Perhaps it is because it is the halfway point between Europe and Australia. Perhaps it is because it is the first country that takes at least a few months to cross. Perhaps it [...]


Cycling a lap around Sri Lanka

by tkos on October 3, 2012

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Sri Lanka is a fantastic place to cycle. As so many people go straight to India, it is not a common sight for locals to see cycle tourers. and always makes for interesting conversation. There is so much to do and see, with only a month visa, it’s difficult not to use every single day. [...]