September 2019. 15 Days one-way to Shangri La.: After your arrival in Bangkok you will fly to the northern Thai town of Chiang Kong 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 mythical city of Shangri La through the Yunnan province and Lhasa.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONBangkok International Airport
DEPARTURE TIMEPlease arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
Domestic AirfaresAccommodations
Professional Tour GuideFully equipped BMW Motorcycle
International Airfare
Alcoholic beverages

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 Lhasa / Shangri La. The roads traverse stunning mountain landscapes, remote Chinese villages and towns and high mountain passes. The highest altitude we reach is approximately 4,500 metres. Altitude sickness should not be an issue as but we are only at that height for an hour or so.

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.


15 Day Motorcycle Tour Itinerary:


Day 1:

31 Aug – Bangkok – Chiang Khong. Arrival day clients arrive in BKK flight connecting to Chiang Khong check in and welcome dinner.

Day 2:

1 Sept. Chiang Khong – Mengla – 229 kms. Border crossing day. Cross 2 borders Laos/China. Road today is beautiful mountain road to Boten. After cross into China take G213 to Mengla a small border town. (Google Map)

Day 3:

2 Sept. Mengla – 48 kms. Today we are riding to the Department of Motor Vehicles for vehicle check and your personal Chinese temporary licenses.

Day 4:

3 Sept. Mengla – Jiangcheng – 238 kms. A short ride to Jiancheng on G213 and S218. Magnificent start on our jouney in China. (Google Map)

Day 5:

4 Sept. Jiangcheng – Yuan Yang – 253 kms. Early start from Jiangcheng heading north on S218/S214 to Yuan Yang passing through many small villages on a beautiful mountain road with spectacular view. (Google Map)

Day 6:

5 Sept. Yuan Yang. Rest day / Take a ride round the most famous rice terraces in China with an area more than 28,000 acres the terraces built on the hillsides have a slope varying from 15 degrees to 75 degrees. The terraces rise by 3,000.

Day 7:

6 Sept. Yuan Yang – Yuxi – 240 kms. Today we continue North on S214 pass Yuan Yang city then to Jianshui City for a visit at the Ancient City Wall was built 600 year ago by Ming Dynasty. After lunch we continue to Yuxi on S214/S304/S102. (Google Map)

Day 8:

7 Sept. Yuxi – Chuxiong – 256 kms. Today we continue on S102/S215 to Jinning a small town on the outskirt of Kumming then onto Anning town on G320 all the way to Chuxiong. We will be over night in Yiren Ancient Town (Ancient Town Of Yi) (Google Map)

Day 9:

8 Sept. Chuxiong – Panxhihua – 245 kms. Today we are crossing into Sichuan province from Yunnan, continue North to Panzhihua on S214 to Yuanmazhen and on G108. Beautiful roads to Panzhihua. (Google Map)

Day 10:

9 Sept. Panxhihua – Lugu Lake – 270 kms. Today we are heading North to Lugu Lake on S216 to Muzhulong then S307 along Ami River. Beautiful scenic route along the way. Lugu Lake location is very unique because of half located in Sichuan province and the other half is located in Yunnan province. (Google Map)

Day 11:

10 Sept. Lugu Lake – Lijiang – 202 kms. Today we are heading to Lijiang on S307/S991. Another great ride on magnificent moutains road that China have to offer. We will have a rest day in Lijiang. (Google Map)

Day 12:

11 Sept. Lijiang. 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:

12 Sept. Lijiang – Shangri La – 273 kms. After rest day today we depart to Shangri-La. Continue on G214 beauty mountain pass to the Gate of Shangri-La riding along Jinsha River to Tiger Leaping Gorge on E Ring Road. Continue on one of the most stunning mountain passes on this program. On this section we stop and see the White Water Terrace/Pudacuo National Park. (Google Map)

Day 14:

13 Sept. Shangri La. Rest day or do some city tour, a short walk to Songzanlin Monastery from our hotel. The monastery is largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan is one of the famous monasteries in the Kang region and ride a loop around Bitahai or Napa Lake and spend time strolling around Shangri-La old town. Or enjoy the comfort at the M Gallery Resort. A perfect day in Shangri-La.

Day 15:

14 Sept. Shangri La – Bangkok. Departure day clients are free until your flight time. Transfer 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 880€.

The base rate for one person, riding one of our Honda CBX500’s, sharing a twin room, and with no pillion rider is: €4,860

Chiang Khong to Shangri La -15 Days - One way

Base Price:3,900€3,900€3,900€3,900€3,900€
Bike Cost960€1,200€1,320€1,560€

Outline of route from Chiang Khong to Shangri La;

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Note: CRF250L and BMW G310GS not available on China tours.
Songzanlin temple in Shangri-la, China