10 places to cycle in 2016

by Marisa Chicarelli It’s the beginning of another new year, and it’s time to ponder and plan what to do over the upcoming holidays. And I’m sure I’m not the only person who says “I’m going to travel more and check out new places this year.” So for amazing cycling adventures, here are a few […]

Respect and good humour: how to be culturally sensitive in Thailand

By Marisa Chicarelli Thailand is internationally renowned for its beaches, nightlife, festivals, and all other sorts of fun. But fun doesn’t mean being culturally insensitive. Although Thailand has the reputation in some quarters as being uninhibited and fancy free, in actuality, Thais can be quite socially conservative. With a little respect and a good sense […]

6 TOP REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD RIDE TAIWAN NOW

Looking for the next exciting destination to take your road bike, look no further than Taiwan. When Portuguese sailors first landed, they named it Ihla Formosa, which means ‘beautiful island’. Those first interactions between East and West, along with mainland and regional influences, have made Taiwan a unique gem, with a plethora of on and […]

Hidden Treasures found in Bangkok Sunset Tour

After living in Bangkok for two years, I thought I knew the city. I thought I knew the markets and temples, the back alleys and quirks. SpiceRoads’ bike tour told me otherwise. I met my fellow cyclists in Chinatown, a bustling area of familiarity. The group consisted of two couples fresh off planes from America […]

Cycling Holidays are the New Niche for People Over 40

By Gary Corbett Traditionally adventure holidays have been the domain of testosterone charged thrill seekers in the 20-plus age bracket. But not any longer, with guided and self-guided cycling holidays becoming increasingly popular on a yearly basis with people over 40 years old. Essentially an organised cycling holiday ticks all the boxes for older, or […]

Catch sight of a rare Lemur in the wild

One of the joys of SpiceRoads’ Madagascar adventure is catching sight of the myriad species unique to the island.  And “myriad” is an understatement. According to the World Wildlife Fund’s description of Madagascar, “approximately 95 percent of Madagascar’s reptiles, 89 percent of its plant life, and 92 percent of its mammals exist nowhere else on […]