Fantastic Biking Destinations: Asia
Adventures on the world’s largest continent
Vast mountain ranges reaching up to touch the sky; endless plains of swaying grasses; arid deserts; stunning beaches; lush rainforest; Asia really does have it all, and on a truly grand scale.
-Just like any trans-Continental motorcycle adventure, it’s worth planning ahead if you want to take Asia on. Visit your doctor well before setting out to ensure you have the right jabs and any appropriate medication.
– Make sure to tick all the boxes in getting your bike shipped over (if you can get it flown over go for it, if not getting it delivered by sea is slow, but generally reliable).
– Double-check visa and licencing requirements for the countries you are planning to visit (for example, you may need to get a Chinese driving licence if you are passing through China). Finally, and most importantly, relax – this is a once in a life-time opportunity for adventure, make sure you enjoy every minute!
So what areas of Asia shouldn’t you miss?
– The Gobi Desert: why not sample one of the world’s last great wildernesses? Sure, the barren landscape, dust-storms and utter remoteness make it challenging, but it has a wild beauty and is a must-visit for anyone who wants to escape from the pressures of 21st century life (just make sure your sand-riding technique is up to scratch!)
– The Himalayas: do we need to say any more? The most famous mountain range in the world, the Himalayas make for a truly unforgettable ride. Just remember to pace yourself when you’re biking up and down their slopes – ascend too fast, too quickly and you can suffer altitude sickness.
– Vietnam: one of the world’s most beautiful countries, Vietnam can have the tendency to feel a little touristy (in a ‘backpackery’ kind of way) – why not get off the tourist track and take in some of the countries quieter interior? Just get a feel for local biking conditions first and pack lots of sun cream!
– China: a huge country and full of history China is rapidly changing. You will see signs of its industrialisation all over the countryside as you move across the landscape, but for all that the ‘old China’ of delicate vistas and verdant valleys is still there, you just need to spend a bit more time looking. Highly recommended.
– Russia: The easiest way for British bikers to get into Asia is through Russia – if you fancy passing through Europe first (and who wouldn’t?). A great, sprawling country, biking across Russia is guaranteed to be an adventure, why not take in the historic cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow whilst you’re at it?
Have you ever been on a biking trip to Asia – if so we’d love to see any of your photos and hear some of your stories, we’re sure you must have a few!