14 Days
April 2021

From ancient rice terraces to snow-capped peaks.

April 03 – April 16, 2021. 14 Days one-way to Shangri La: 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 Shangri La.

– Dates April 03 – April 16, 2021
– Duration 14 Days
– Type Adventure
– Roads Tarmac/construction/damaged/dirt local roads
– Route Thailand/Lao/China
– Starting City / Day Chiang Khong (TH) / Saturday
– Ending City / Day Shangri La (CN) / Friday


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


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.

14 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 – Jiangcheng – 227 kms. Early start on the first day in China. Today we are heading north on G213 to a small town call Jiangcheng. We are riding on the national road passing many small villages. (Google Map)

Day 5:

7 April. Jiangcheng – Yuan Yang – 253 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. Yuan Yang. 73 kms. A free day in Yuan Yang. Today we will take a ride around the Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces and this place is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Very interesting places to see. (Google Map)

Day 7:

9 April. Yuan Yang – Yuxi – 240 kms. Continuing on National Highway S214 to Yuxi. Another medium size town located 90km south of Kunming. This town is part of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. (Google Map)

Day 8:

10 April. Yuxi – Chuxiong – 256 kms. Another beautiful riding day, today we are continuing to Chuxiong, tonight we will be staying the night in the Yiren Ancient Town. (Google Map)

Day 9:

11 April. Chuxiong – Panzhihua – 245 kms. Continuing north on National Highway G108, today we are crossing into Sichuan Province to the city of Panxhihua. Ths city lies in the Yangtze River basin, holding more than 95 waterways. (Google Map)

Day 10:

12 April. Panzhihua – Lugu Lake – 270 kms. An early start from our hotel, today we continuning north on S216 to Lugu Lake. Lugu Lake is a natural lake in the Hengduan Mountain System, and has a horseshoe shape. (Google Map)

Day 11:

13 April. Lugu Lake – Lijiang – 202 kms. Today we are heading south to old town Lijiang, Lijiang started from the Yuan Dynasty to the 13th year of the Yuan Dynasty (1276). (Google Map)

Day 12:

14 April. Lijiang – 0 kms. Join us on Lijiang city tour or relax at your own pace around ancient tour. For city tour around Lijiang we visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang Impression show, Black Dragon Pool.

Day 13:

15 April. Lijiang – Shangri La – 0 kms. Continue north on local road S308 and onto G214 to Tiger Leaping Gorge along the way we stop at monument of the Gateway to Shangri La then visit at the Tiger Leaping Gorge. After lunch magnificent scenery to Shangri-La with a short stop at the White-Water Terraces. (Google Map)

Day 14:

16 April. Shangri La – 0 kms. Departure day clients are free until your flight time. Shuttle bus will take you to the Airport.

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 680€.

The base rate for one person, riding one of our Honda CBX500’s, sharing a twin room, and with no pillion rider is: €4,780

Chiang Rai to Shangri La -14 Days

Base Price:3,700€4,100€4,100€4,100€4,100€
Bike Cost600€1320€1,440€1,800€

Outline of route from Chiang Khong to Shangri La;


We welcome your enquiry about our China Motorcycle Tours