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Cycle through magnificent Indochina on this women-only tour

Ever wanted to grab your girlfriends and go on an adventure of a lifetime cycling across Asia? Now you can with this woman-focused tour through Indochina.

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A cycle tour like no other surrounded by gorgeous sights! Image by GettyImages/Tobias Weber / EyeEm

In the spirit of female empowerment and following on from the effects of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement, tour operator Exodus Travels has launched all-female experiences for its customers including one that will have you on peddling your way through the lush landscape of Asia.

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Bangkok’s Chinatown District on Thanon Phadungdao Street is a colourful delight to cycle through. Image by GettyImages/Sylvain Sonnet

The tour focuses in on inspiring women in adventure travel and begins in Bangkok on 14 October, 2018. This incredible 14-day tour goes through Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam where travellers will experience amazing cultures and eat extraordinary food.

From the awe-inspiring temple complex of Angkor Wat to the bustling streets of Phnom Penh and the fertile Mekong Delta and floating markets the experience is jam-packed with a variety aimed to inspire.

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Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia is the largest religious monument in the world Image by GettyImages/Matteo Colombo

According to Exodus, these new trips are to appeal to women of all ages and activity levels; “from solo travellers to mothers and their grown daughters, to groups of girlfriends looking for an active, adventurous, or immersive getaway”.

Food, flower, and everything to be sold all year around at Phong Dien floating market on the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Image by GettyImages/HNH Images

The company noticed that a high percentage of women were taking more and more adventure trips over the years and that they were being empowered by their experiences of being with like-minded adventurers and the physical challenges. “There’s a growing demand for trips that go beyond spa and yoga retreats with girlfriends—adventure and exploration is not a boys’ club anymore” Robin Brooks, marketing and PR manager of Exodus Travels said. “In 2017, 65% of our travellers were female and we have seen a huge increase in women looking for active adventures such as cycling, walking, trekking and responsible wildlife tours. I’m proud to say that we work hard to inspire women to take on new adventures and experience the rewards of pushing their limits.”

The new tours are made up of between four – 16 travellers and are led by local female guides. You can find out more here.