11 Days
April 2021

Follow the mighty river through Yunnan’s spectacular scenery.

April 03 – April 14, 2021. 11 Days one-way to Lijiang: After your arrival in Bangkok you will fly to the northern Thai town of Chiang Rai where your bike will be waiting for you. After a night’s rest in a 5 star hotel we will cross the Mekong river, heading to the Chinese border through Laos. Your travel will then take you to the Chinese  city of Lijiang.

– Dates April 03 – April 14, 2021
– Duration 11 Days
– Type Adventure
– Roads Tarmac/construction/damaged/dirt local roads
– Route Thailand/Lao/China
– Starting City / Day Chiang Khong (TH) / Saturday
– Ending City / Day Lijiang (CN) / Wednesday


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Bangkok International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
Flights Transfers
Overland Permission Services Rental Vehicles
Vehicle Insurance (3rd Party) Accommodation & Meals
BMW Certified Tour Guide Fully equipped BMW Motorcycle
Luggage Vehicle Tickets & Entry Fees
Passport or Visas Fees for Thailand/Laos/China
Fuel for your vehicle
Hotels 1st evening in Bangkok for early arrival or last evening in Bangkok for late departure
Snacks, alcohols beverages, refreshments, mini bars and room services
Fines, gratuities, laundry services, SIM card, phone call, fax and internet access fees
Personal medical and travel insurance

Optional: An additional night in Lijiang with ABF – 160€

RideAsia trips are a collective adventure, a team work exercise!

The route takes us across the Peoples Democratic Republic of Laos, then northwards across  through China’s Yunnan Province, and on into Lijiang. The roads traverse stunning mountain landscapes, remote Chinese villages and towns and mountain passes.

First class accommodation is available at strategic locations, along with superb local food. Your motorcycle tour guide Prasit Aphiphunya is an experienced traveler in this region, and has traversed this route and its international border crossings scores of times.

Prasit Aphiphunya - motorcycle tour guide

Prasit also speaks fluent English and takes pride in his communication skills and customer service… and in providing unmatched value and service in tours throughout Asia.

11 Day Motorcycle Tour Itinerary:


Day 1:

3 April – Bangkok – Chiang Kong. Arrival day clients arrive in BKK flight connecting flight to Chiang Rai and van transfer to Chiang Khong, check in and welcome dinner.

Day 2:

4 April. Chiang Khong to Luang Namtha – 189 kms. Border crossing day. Crossing borders to Laos today. Roads are beautiful mountain road to Luang Namtha an overnight stop in Luang Namtha. (Google Map)

Day 3:

5 April. Luang Namtha – Mengla – 48 kms. Early start from Luang Namtha, today we are crossing another border into China. A short ride to the border, exiting Lao will take about an hour and entering into China is about 2 hours. After we continue directly to Mengla, first stop at Department of Health and Department of Motor Vehicles for inpection & temporary licenses before checking into our hotel. (Google Map)

Day 4:

6 April. Mengla – Lancang – 331 kms. Today we heading to Lancang. Morning we will spend time at the Chinese land transport department for vehicle check and Chinese Temporary license before depart. (Google Map)

Day 5:

7 April. Lancang – Lincang – 246 kms. After breakfast we depart to Lincang continue on G214. With beautiful mountain scenery road many twists and bends until our destination. (Google Map)

Day 6:

8  April. Lincang – Dali. 305 kms. An early departure for Dali continue on G214 to Dali. Enjoy beautiful mountain scenery along the way to Dali. (Google Map)

Day 7:

9 April. Dali – Weixi – 264 kms. Today we depart to Weixi a small town located on the Northwest part of Yunnan Province, After breakfast, we will visit Chongsheng Three Pagodas Temple before exit the Dali City. Route today, first part are small villages, magnificent rice terraces, after lunch we will be riding along Lancang River (Mekong) til our destination. (Google Map)

Day 8:

10 April. Weixi – Deqin – 213 kms. Continue to Deqin, the last town in Yunnan Province before crossing into Tibet Province, riding along Lancang River (Mekong). Another great riding day with beautiful scenery as you are climbing from 2300m to 3400m. A fairly short day you are free to take your time with this beautiful section. (Google Map)

Day 9:

10 April. Deqin – Shangri La – 189 kms. Early start from Deqin, after breakfast we will visit Failai Temple Snow Mountain viewpoint before we depart. Today we are heading to Shangri-La on G214 old route with a few magnificent stops long the way, Thirteen Pagodas Viewpoint, 429M Monument and Great Bend of Jindha River. (Google Map)

Day 10:

11 April. Shangri La – Lijiang – 269 kms. Today we depart to Lijiang on a scenic route, exiting town on E Ring road to Pudacuo National Park, White Water Terrace beautiful Tibetian style villages. Continue on one of the most stunning mountain passes on this program. After lunch we continue along Jinsha river and stop to visit Tiger Leaping Gorge. (Google Map)

Day 11:

12 April. Lijiang – Bangkok. Departure day, you are free to relax at your own pace until transfer to the airport, for city tour around Lijiang we visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang Impression show, Black Dragon Pool.

The tour has a several costing variables, these include;

  • Choice of motorcycles: in ascending order of cost – Honda CBX500, R1100R, F700GS, F800GS, F1200 GS.
  • Bringing your own Motorcycle? If you have a bike in Asia, or want to ship yours in, we can make that work for you.
  • Pillion Passenger: riding with a companion is no problem.
  • Accommodation: base rate is based on sharing a room, but single occupancy is available at 590€.

The base rate for one person, riding one of our Honda CBX500’s, sharing a twin room, and with no pillion rider is: €3,650

Chiang Rai to Lijiang -11 Days - One way

Base Price:2,800€3,200€3,200€3,200€3,200€
Bike Cost450€990€1,080€1,350€

Outline of route from Chiang Khong to Lijiang: click to see larger image.


We welcome your enquiry about our China Motorcycle Tours

The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang, China