Chiang Mai to the Great Wall

Cost from US$11599, 25 day ultimate adventure in three Asian countries
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    All Inclusive guided ride through East Asia, start from the beautiful city of Chiangmai in northern Thailand, venture into Tibetan region and central China ending at the foot of the Great Wall of China. An epic Motorcycle tour taking in 3 countries and riding through some of the world’s best scenery ranging from tropical rain forest, towering sub alpine gorges and valleys, high altitude Tibetan plateau to temperate arid semi desert on a 6,000 Kilometer journey through eastern Asia. Traversing several largest rivers in Asia including the Mekong, the Yangtse, the Yarlung and the Yellow river. En route visiting five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, encountering a dozen of ethnic groups and their unique cultures and architectures. Visiting some of most fascinating cities of Asia like Chiangmai, Lijiang, Shangri_la, Xi’an and Beijing. This is no doubt your once in life time ultimate Asia Motorcycle Adventure.

    Day 1 / Pre ride day Chiang Mai, Thailand
    If you choose to fly straight to Thailand this day will consist mostly of flying and involves getting to Chiang Mai including transfer to your hotel. We’ll meet you at the airport. You’ll need to arrive by mid or late afternoon so we have time for some bike paperwork, and we’ll have a meet ‘n’ greet before we have our first dinner together. Overnight in Chiang Mai

    Day 2 / Chiang Mai – Chiang Khong (Thailand)
    Ride to Chiang Khong, a city on the Thailand side bank of the mekong river. Great roads of northern Thailand and on the way visit the famous White Temple & Golden Triangle. (approx. 300km).

    Day 3 / Chiang Khong – Luang Namantha (Thailand/Laos)
    A bit earlier start today, the goal is to be at Thai Immigration when they open at 8 am. After clearing the Thai border formalities, we cross the Thai – Lao Friendship Bridge. On the Laos side our Lao tour guide greets us, helps us with the border formalities. The immigration- and customs procedures are always an experience. It simply just takes time, so relax, be patient.

    Don’t forget! In Laos, we drive on the right side of the road! We have lunch at a local restraunt  and then continue the remaining stretch to Luang Namtha . The road is quite good and the scenery is great as we are passing through a couple of villages, where is time to stop and “mingle” with the locals. The riding stretch today is the main transit road between Thailand and China and normally has a bit more traffic. (approx. 190kms)

    Day 4 Laos(Luang Namtha or Boten)/China 
    Met by your guide at Mohan border in early morning at 09:00 China Time, clear the customs and ride to Mengla County and do vehicles and drivers checks and licensing. Afterwards we ride to Jinghong for overnight. Jing Hong is a lively city by the Mekong river, it is the capital city of Xishuangbannan Prefecture. (Alt. 800m, 165KM)

    Day 5 Sub Tropical China
    We will ride northward to Jingdong , it will be nice highway cutting through the rain forest and we shall travel through the tea plantation. Famous chinese Pu’er tea has been grown here. And tea horse road was thriving to carry tea bricks from China all the way to Tibet, Nepal and India. Jing Dong is a minority town slowly grows its size thanks to the highway. (Alt. 1500m, 360KM)

    Day 6  Southwest China Dali Cultural City
    Our destination today is Dali, we get on the highway and we will arrive in Dali old town in a good time to explore this cultural city in the afternoon. Dali the walled city, located on the cross road of both culture and trade between Han Chinese and southwestern minorities, is an ancient city of 2000 year of history. (Alt. 1900m, 200KM) 

    Day 7  World Heritage Site Lijiang
    We can visit the land mark of Dali - Three Pagodas which were constructed 800 years ago. We then ride out the valley and start a long climb before we reach Lijiang. We arrive in Lijiang in the afternoon. Lijiang is the UNESCO world heritage which attracts crowds of visitors all year around. (Alt. 2400m, 170KM) 

    Day 8  Lijiang Rest Day
    You will spend this day to explore this lovely charming world heritage town. Number 1 tourist destination of China. We have a whole day to expplore Lijiang’s charming Old Town which is a maze of cobbled streets, canals, and stone bridges that date from the Ming Dynasty. You are free to explore this ancient city at your leisure. Lijiang is a ‘shop till you drop’ type place and all sorts of interesting items are for sale. And an optional show of “Dynamic Lijiang” at the foot of the Jade Dragon Mountain can be arranged today.
    Day 9  Third Deepest Gorge in the world
    We will leave Lijiang and ride to the third deepest Gorge in the world, Tiger Leaping Gorge. We will ride on one of the best motorcycle roads in Asia through the Yangtse gorge. We will continue a beautiful mountain ride to Shangri_la, where the Tibetan and Chinese worlds meet. We shall ride on the new road through the mountain to Tibet plateau and reach Shangri_la, the gate way to Tibet. Shangrila was named after james hilton’s novel” the lost horizon”. We spend a night in shangrila and visit it’s dukedzong town.(Alt. 3300m,  220KM)
    Day 10   Tibet Plateau (Eastern Tibet - Kham)
    Ride to Daocheng, entering Sichuan Province, eastern Tibet, Kham region. Follow Dinchu river to Xiangcheng. We travel through a gorge formed by tributary of Yangtse and climb out of the valley to a Hendun mountain range. Overnight in a Tibet frontier town but the hotel is quite good. ( Alt. 3850m, Ride 300KM)

    Day 11  High passes to Yarlung River
    Today we climb Haizi Mounatin to Litang at 4160m. The area is full of huge rocks that were brought by the glaciers. Extremely beautiful grassland dotted with nomad’s black tents. We fuel up our tanks and then ride over a 4600m pass and drop to to Yajiang town by the Yarlung River. (Alt. 2800m, Ride 280KM)

    Day 12  Tibetan Village Stay
    Travel through the Yarlung river we take a very scenic road lined up with nice Tibetan houses and pastures. We ride over Yala pass to Danba County. The heart of Kham region, we spend a night in a Tibetan home stay over looking Dajin River.(Alt. 2800m, Ride 288KM)

    Day 13  Danba Rest Day
    A rest day is scheduled to visit Danba Towers, Tibetan villages. One of most villages in China. A local from the village will show us around the attractions, visit Tibetan homes. And you get to try some of the local specialties at dinner time. A wonderful outdoor Tibet singing dancing party can be arranged tonight if weather allows. 

    Day 14  Plateau and Nomads 
    Enroute we will ride through the valleys and see more towers, Ride to Hongyuan, Tibet plateau and grassland, you will hardly met any traffic as we ride on the plateau, meeting nomads grazing their cattle.( Alt. 3200m, Ride 310KM)

    Day 15  Labrang Monastery
    Passing nomads tents and countless cattle’s on grassland, we will stop at Langmusi for lunch and ride to Labrang Monastery, Labrang is an amazing town inhabited by Tibetans, Han Chinese, and Hui Muslims. Streets are full of shops selling sheep skin, Buddhists’ prayers, farming facilities and plenty of restaurants.(Alt. 3000m, Ride 380KM)

    Day 16  Labrang Rest Day
    Labrang Monastery is the largest monastery in the traditional Tibetan region of Amdo. Established in 1709, Labrang housed over 4000 monks at its peak, but now only has around 1500 monks with another couple of hundred lay students. Located in the Gansu Part of Amdo, Labrang is considered the cultural heart of Amdo Tibetan culture along with nearby town of Rebkong. We will spend a day to explore this fascinating place.

    Day 17  Central China
    Ride northward to Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu Prefecture. We then turn east towards Tianshui, an city on the silk road of China. We will notice the change of weather, architectures and landscape.(Alt. 1100m, Ride 430KM)

    Day 18   Xi'an
    Long but fast ride to Xi'an on highway, Xi’an is the starting point of the silk road, china’s ancient capital for several dynasties. Xi’an is such a great cultural city to be visited.(Alt. 700m, Ride 450KM)

    Day 19  Xi'an Rest Day 
    We will visit in ancient city-Xi'an. Xi'an has been the capital of China in over 10 dynasties, and you can see history everywhere in Xi'an. A guided day trip included to visit to the world famous Terra Cotta Warriors, the hundred years old city wall, drum tower, bell tower, and the Chinese History museum (one of the best 3 in China) etc.

    Day 20  Traditional Chinese town
    We ride to the ancient city of central China, Pingyao. The walled city of pingyao reflected what old China city should look like. Nice houses with courtyards built by wealthy bankers and merchants. The life style and stories were well pictured in a Chinese movie called “ Raise the Red Lanterns” We stay in one of courtyarded house and walk around the city for dinner. (Alt. 1350m, Ride 510KM) 

    Day 21  Ancient Capital Datong
    We ride northward to Datong city, to visit it’s world famous Yungang Grottoes, one of China’s four famous beautiful grottoes. Datong is an frontier city linked a the ancient great wall to defend the Mongolian invasion. ( Alt. 1000m, Ride 385KM)

    Day 22  The Great Walls
    We ride north to the Great Wall! We will stay a night at the foot of the great wall, we shall celebrate our grand journey through three countries to the Great Wall. A small party shall be arranged in the hotel to celebrate our journey to the Great Wall, seven wonders of the world. Our great adventure on two wheels will stop here, but our exploration on foot will begin. (Alt. 800m, Ride 275KM)

    Day 23  Beijing
    Visit the Great Wall in the morning, you may take a cable car lift, or hike up to the watch towers. After a great morning on the great wall we shall be transferred to central Beijing. It’s time to explore the capital city of China, both modern and ancient.  

    Day 24  Beijing
    Guided visit to the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Iconic Tiananmen Square... Overnight in Beijing. 
    Day 25  Beijing Onward
    Tour finishes after breakfast.


    04/May/ 2024  -  29/May/ 2024

    03/May/ 2025  -  28/May/ 2025 

    Tour Prices in USD

    Triumph Tiger Sport 660:$11599/person


    Triumph Tiger Sport 850:  $11999/person


    BMW R1200GS:  $12999/person


    Singleroom Supplement: $1200/person

    Pillion Rider & Passenger: $3999/person


    -Airport/Hotel transfers in Chiang Mai on arrival day

    -Hotel/Airport transfer in Beijing on departure day

    -24 nights accommodation with Breakfast at carefully selected quality hotels and resorts. Some regional areas -accomodation (3 nights) will be at Guest House.

    -Three meals a day except non-riding rest days; breakfast only.

    -Water, soft drinks, coffee/tea in connection with the meals 

    -Support vehicle / van and Bike tour guide.

    -Experienced tour guide on own motorcycle

    -Late model BMW or Triumph motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage.

    -All custom and immigration services leaving Thailand with vehicles.

    -All custom and immigration services entering and leaving China with vehicles.

    -Local guides for China / Tibet as per each legal requirement.

    -Chinese driving permits

    -3rd party liability insurance for motorcycles

    -Panniers and top box, basic motorcycle crash protection bars etc.

    -Tools & tire repair kits & service

    -Transfer of luggage in support van
    -Tour description
    -T-shirt and pannier bag


    -Personal entry visas at border crossings Laos, China.


    -Personal Items, gifts, snacks, etc.

    -Special optional activities, entry fees to parks and sites.

    -Alcoholic beverages

    -All services not mentioned as included and all items of a personal nature

    -Personal Travel Insurance (mandatory for all of our tours)

    This was our most favorite trip in whole Asia,You gotta ride through a part of Thailand and Laos before venturing into China. There are just so much to see on this trip, stunning landscapes, excellent guide and delicious food. And you could ride a motorcycle to the Great Wall of China !

    Mark & Kent  Newzealand


    Fabulous journey in three countries of Asia ! We totally enjoyed the adventure, the supporting crew and tour leaders were fantastic. We will not hesitate to  come back again to ride of China in near future.

    Ian & Jean and friends from Australia


    “”Es un viaje maravilloso, nuestro guía Jah es un buen ciclista y se aseguró de que tuviéramos un viaje seguro. Todos los hoteles estaban limpios y eran cómodos. El viaje transcurrió a buen ritmo y teníamos suficientes días de descanso para visitar algunos de los lugares más famosos. Calificaré este viaje como un viaje de cinco estrellas.”

    Francisco - Grand Canaria


    "It has been a long time we dreamed to visit China. We had this opportunity to join a trip to China that was co organized by RideChina and Asian Motorcycle Adventures. Both the road captain and local ride did a good job to provide a safe and enjoyable journey. This was not an easy ride because China is massive and we had travelled through some very remote places, there are too many things to see in China. We were very happy for what we have done and thanks to the team for such a great trip in China. We look forward to doing another trip in Tibet with the same company again." 

    Oscar & Magarita - Columbia


Maximum 10 bikes




25 day, 17 riding days, 5 sightseeing days


Advanced Level, challenging roads with hair pin curves and switchbacks, and some long days of riding.


Riding high altitude (2000 - 4000 m) in remote areas,5 -8 hours riding per day with short gravel and unpaved sections. Total distance 6500 KM. Daily rides 220 - 580 Km. Mostly on asphalt roads, highest pass at 4500m, highest overnight at 3300m.


Hand picked fine hotels and guesthouses

✥ Chiangmai old city
✥ Golden Triangle
✥ Myanmar Border Town
✥ Sample tea at tea plantation
✥ Stay in Lijiang world heritage town
✥ Third deepest gorge in the world
✥ Visit Tibetan Monasteries, nomads
✥ Ride over 4500m passes
✥ Home stay in a Tibetan village
✥ Visit the largest Buddhism School
✥ Traversing some of the largest rivers in Asia
✥ Transit five temperature zones
✥ Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
✥ Visit grottoes date back to 2k years
✥ Hike the Great Wall
✥ Excellent Chinese Cuisines
✥ Visit Forbidden City


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