We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions below.
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We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions below.
Ride Asia offers tours in three basic categories:
- Scenic Tour – This category identifies Ride Asia tour that are intended to be purely on paved surfaces and can easily be piloted by any experienced motorcycle touring enthusiast on any style and design of motorcycle.
- Light Adventure – This category of Ride Asia tour is likely to involve at least some unpaved surfaces that can be navigated easily by cars and other vehicles. Dual purpose (on-off road) motorcycles are most suitable for this environment and having prior off road riding experience is suggested. No single track.
- High Adventure – This category of Ride Asia tour is a mix of paved and unpaved roads however heavily biased to touring off road and demands a dual purpose (on-off road) motorcycle equipped with tires having a more aggressive tread pattern for off road traction. Prior off road riding experience is essential. No single track. In addition to prior off road riding experience the riders physical condition, riding skills, and tolerance to more primitive and possibly unpredictable travel scenarios may be tested.
Yes. The function is to provide added comfort and service to the group. The vehicle has the capacity to transport luggage’s and has an trailer that can carry up to 2 motorcycles.
Yes. But please read this carefully. We happily carry your luggage on all tours. It is preferred that it be of the soft variety and that you pack creatively in order to reduce the size and amount you bring with you. We’ll assist in finding laundry service as required. We also encourage that you carry 1 set of change cloths with you at all time just in case the service vehicle arrive late.
Cambodia: We recommended to fuel up where we have mark on your road book only. Due to the fuel quality in this country. It may have an effect on your vehicle to prevent you from continue.
China / Tibet: We recommended to use 97 or 97 gasohol fuel or in certain locations both 95 or 95 gasohol fuel are not available then 91 or 91 gasohol is possible. Most of the fuel station along our route are fine.
Laos: We recommended to fuel up where we have mark on your road book only. Due to the fuel quality in this country. It may have an effect on your vehicle to prevent you from continue.
Myanmar: We recommended to use 95 or 95 gasohol fuel or in certain locations both 95 or 95 gasohol fuel are not available then 91 or 91 gasohol is possible. Most of the fuel station along our route are fine.
Thailand: We recommended to use 95 or 95 gasohol fuel or in certain locations both 95 or 95 gasohol fuel are not available then 91 or 91 gasohol is possible. Most of the fuel station along our route are fine.
Vietnam: We recommended to use 95 or 95 gasohol fuel or in certain locations both 95 or 95 gasohol fuel are not available then 91 or 91 gasohol is possible. Most of the fuel station along our route are fine.
Your own bike: Catastrophic mechanical failures are very rare. Sound prevention and good mechanical preparation limit exposure to inconvenient breakdowns. Ride Asia will make every attempt and use whatever resources at our disposal to get your bike where it needs to be. We almost always accomplish this goal. You should be advised that we cannot make a blanket guarantee in every country where we travel that the support vehicle will transport your broken bike back to the border or to a place of your preference. There are scenarios where this would be an impractical expectation. Logistics, limitations of space, equipment, the distances and the need to service the group as a whole are factors that enter into the final decisions that are made by staff on this issue. Should for any reason we exhaust all options and are unable to transport the bike for an extended period of time, we must make it clear that costs related to transport of that motorcycle will be beared by the owner, not Ride Asia.
Rental vehicles: All of our rental vehicle are less that 2 years old. Mechanical failures are possible, and Ride Asia will make every attempt to repair and get the vehicle to riding condition.
Dinning is one of our import aspect of each of our tours. We are a local where we know what and where to eat. When practical our preference is to not dine at the hotel and to extend to you a la carte (off the menu) selections. Due to the nature of where we often travel, the unfamiliarity with the cuisine and the ability to be provided good service, there will be occasions where the staff will order for you, other occasions it will be “family style” dining. We have actually found this to be well received. If one has any special dietary need we have historically been able to address them satisfactorily. Please advise us in advance. With only occasional exceptions, we will be providing all breakfasts and dinners on travel days. On those occasions where we are laying over for a second or third night, you will be responsible for providing your own meals on those days. You will find a Ride Asia section or your dining experience to be a pleasurable one.
Note that we do not classify our accommodation selection with star rating. It is an inconsistent and misleading system that may create the wrong expectations. We attempt to find the best available accommodations wherever we travel.
We take pride in our selection of accommodations seeking properties with character, comfort, good service, security and access to points of interest. Quality accommodations are important to us because we know it is important to you.
Thailand – You’ll be driving on the left-hand side, and anyone coming from your left always has right of way, unless otherwise specified.
Laos – You’ll be driving on the right-hand side, and anyone coming from your right always has right of way, unless otherwise specified.
Vietnam – You’ll be driving on the right-hand side, and anyone coming from your right always has right of way, unless otherwise specified.
Myanmar – You’ll be driving on the right-hand side, and anyone coming from your right always has right of way, unless otherwise specified.
Cambodia – You’ll be driving on the right-hand side, and anyone coming from your right always has right of way, unless otherwise specified.
China – You’ll be driving on the right-hand side, and anyone coming from your right always has right of way, unless otherwise specified.
Yes. All of our tours require visa entry. Depend on what country you are from. Some country is free entry visa some can be apply at the border “on arrival visa” some require to be apply in your country. Further information please drop us an email and we will gladly answer you.
Luggage is limited to one big case and a small back-pack per person. These will be carried for you in the support van. All bikes are equipped with side cases, top case and tank bag where you can put anything you need to have with you.
At the core of our philosophy is the importance of sharing with you the history, the culture and traditions of the lands we travel. For this reason, our itinerary is packed with places to visits.
We do live in a digital and credit card age. Most locations in all our tours are in small city or town that may not accept credit card or have international ATM’s machines that will take your cards. Please consult your tour guide about currency exchange or ATM’s machines.
We recommend that you should carry some US$ for on arrival visa fees and for exchange into local currency. We also recommend that you use cash for everything for food and gas where ever you are going.
Also for the rental vehicle deposit. We do require a security hold or bond of €1500 up to €3000. These are held so that the bike returns to us and in the same condition it left. The hold for the security amount is then released.
We will provide you all the tools to allow you to comfortably travel at a pace that you want to travel. We encourage independence yet make ourselves available to serve you as needed. Information in the way of good maps, GPS waypoints, paper road book, daily briefings. That will make you comfortable to venture on your own pace.
On all our tours, we provide waypoints and data for each client so it would be convenient to have GPS unit. One can also function without GPS. BMW Navigation system cradle are standard equipped on all our bikes.
We have limited of 10 riders in each group per tour, plus staff. The average is actually around 15 people riders + pillions
All tours are booked double occupancy which means two people to a room. If you are coming solo we will attempt to find a roommate for you. The only guarantee that you will have a roommate is if you bring one along. If you choose to have your own room there will always be a single supplement fee.
IMPORTANT NOTICE ON SINGLE OCCUPANCY
If for any reason, we are unable to find you a roommate you will be in a single room and therefore charged the supplement. No exceptions! These circumstances are beyond our control; however, we will do whatever possible to spare you of the additional expense.
Ride Asia operates tours during what we consider to be optimum climate conditions. Of course, this is motorcycle touring and there can be no guarantees. We urge you to research climate conditions and histories at informative websites.
Ride Asia has a growing access to quality rental motorcycles. For most of our tours we recommend to rental one of our rental vehicle. As for our lengthy Expeditions, it is practical for many to consider bringing their own. You actually have the option to ship your personal bike. If you are pondering whether to use your bike, ship it or to rent contact us and we’ll gladly discuss the options.
Unless there are exceptions we are not aware of, your vehicle insurance policy will not be acceptable in a foreign country. In the countries that we offer our program we have their specific requirements all of which is articulated in the pre-tour information packet.
Yes of course, But most of our tours are 2 weeks and we have bikes ready for you. If you still would like to use your bike then please drop us an email and we can assist you of your needs.
This is a general description however we normally do not include emergency medical evacuation insurance (recommended), trip cancellation insurance, airfares unless specifically noted and alcoholic beverages. Tips are covered only for hosted meals. Tips for staff, special luggage or hotel services are not included. (Further information see each program details)
Ride Asia encourages use of versatile, impact protective, weather and abrasion proof riding gear. Helmets are required. This subject is addressed in detail in our pre-tour information packet.
You can expect between 45-60 days prior to the event to receive a comprehensive packet that will address all your preparation needs. Insurance, document requirements, packing, what kind of gear to wear, hotel list, finances, rendezvous information and bike preparations are among the topics addressed. Some events you will get your packets even sooner due to the time sensitivity of the information.
Yes. Is possible to arrange customized tours for you and your friends. We can run them with two or twenty people. They are ideal in that we can precisely target your specific needs and requirements.
Hotel selections? Duration? Dates? Inclusions? Routings?
These are all elements that you can have a say in. From budget to over the top luxury, we enjoy the challenge of overcoming logistical issues and providing the ultimate and intimate riding experience that comes with a private tour. Email us for consultation. For more information go to our Custom Private Motorcycle Tours page.
Now! Here’s why. We’ve been experiencing a trend where people are waiting too long to make commitments. The result? We are having to cancel the date because we need lead time to prepare for a quality event. In some cases, just the opposite has occurred where the demand was so high that the date is sold out early. Our deposit requirements are minimal, our refund policy extremely generous so why not commit and know that you’ll be riding an adventure with Ride Asia real soon…and tell all your friends to join you! Please don’t delay. Sign up today.
You can sign up right now on line by going to the tour page and clicking the Book Now button which will direct you to our secure RESERVATION PAGE. Maybe you have a few questions. We can answer your questions and take the information on the phone to process your reservation.
A standard day will see us on the bikes by 8:00am – 8.30am. We’ll be out and about for an average of 6/8 hours, so by 17:00pm – 18:00pm we will be in our hotels. We won’t be riding all day: depending on the tour you have chosen we will stop to visit many locations listed on each tour program in short, you’ll be riding at a leisurely pace, enjoying your biking holiday.