Motorcycle Adventure touring in Asia? How about taming a continent? Let’s see how to start?
Let’s delve together into Asia, the largest continent in the world.
Asia is the Granddaddy of all the World’s continents. It covers nearly 30% of the Earth’s available land area. Good job, too, as it is the home to over 60% of the World’s population. (More of that later.)
To its northern borders lies Europe. If you follow on a map the Ural & Caucasus Mountains with the Caspian & Black Seas. You can see the boundaries defined by many Geographers.
It will not take you long to realise that ASIA is indeed the largest and most exciting by far.
It may become your life’s goal to explore it all on a motorcycle.
But let’s step back for a moment and look at what MotoDreamer is doing with motorcycle adventure touring in Asia currently.
Mike and his team at MotoDreamer are already scheduling motorcycle adventure touring in Asia with Oman, Dubai, Thailand, Tibet, and India on their program. Outside of Asia, they have been the experts on South America for over a decade. These guys are not beginners; they are seasoned motorcycle adventure touring warriors.
MotorDreamer has always wanted to lead the way with their Ultimate Motorcycle Adventure Touring in Asia.
By linking up with trusted and very experienced local partners in and around Asia, MotoDreamer will become the brand to trust amongst the Motorcycle Adventure communities worldwide.
There are links at the foot of this article for you to explore and dates to plan for a future tour with MotoDreamer.
So straight away, you can have the confidence and enjoyment that thousands have experienced over the past decade and more.
Many have returned to MotoDreamer on several occasions. Why? Because they feel safe and confident with Mike’s dedication to the world of motorcycle adventure touring.
Author’s Notes: It’s in his Danish Viking roots. I can vouch for this phenomenon. I have known him for over eight years, and the fact he is more significant than me, and he knows where I live has no bearing on me liking him.
Mike and his team are seeking your help, guidance and feedback. They, like me, are looking at the most giant playground in the world – Asia.
The Team are requesting that when you have finished exploring this article. You all give the team your thoughts and suggestions. Also, share your experiences and wishes for what countries you feel motorcycle adventure touring in Asia should aim to be.
Author’s note: Let Mike have your first, second, and third destination. Make him busy. (He won’t mind.)
Mike, with his expertise, will ensure his plan and his strategy of delivering a range of new & existing motorcycle adventure touring in Asia with routes that will matter to you, his loyal customers, and the Motorcycle Adventure Warrior community.
So let’s see how many countries need to go on your bucket list of Motorcycle Adventure Touring in Asia:
Firstly, you will need a list that shows the five subregions of Asia. They are the Western, Central, Eastern, Southern & South Eastern regions. Here is one I put together for you.
Author’s Note: Have you got a pen and notepad at hand for your three choices?
In my list below. You will see the countries that make up each subregion. Then a population count of each subregion as based on figures published in 2020 by Worldometer – real-time world statistics.
|Western Asia||Central Asia||Eastern Asia||Southern Asia||South-Eastern Asia|
|Bahrain||Tajikistan||Hong Kong Territory||Bhutan||Indonesia|
|State of Palestine|
|United Arab Emirates|
Author’s Note: Which 1, 2, & 3 got your motorcycle adventure touring in Asia juices flowing with anticipation? Mine is 1. Mongolia, 2. Bhutan and 3. Vietnam.
An imposing figure of 10,128,015,149 stories waiting for you to discover over a cup of tea.
Asia is made up of 48 countries/territories. That could mean 48 cups of tea, at least.
Add three countries to your bucket list of Motorcycle Adventure Touring in Asia destinations.
Author’s Note: Now store your notes safely before heading off for the kettle. I require a comfort break and a pot of coffee.
Welcome back to my article titled Motorcycle Adventure Touring in Asia. Now let’s discover some more facts about Asia in general:
Renowned oceans bound Asia as the Arctic, The Pacific Ocean, and The Indian Ocean. Not forgetting 15 seas such as The Arabian, Java, Red, Yellow, South China & East China seas. These are just a few. Combined, they make an impressive amount of water.
So if you love your seafood or catching it, there are plenty of ports, restaurants, food markets, street eateries, and harbours to meet your every need.
Maybe you prefer keeping your feet warm and dr,y. Asia has a lot of deserts. The Arabian & Gobi being the two largest. Each with a landmass of 2,330,000 km and over 500,000 square miles, respectively.
If you are a motorcycle adventure touring Warrior or someone who wants to experience Motorbike riding in a desert environment. Then check out the link at the end of this article on the MotoDreamer Oman & Dubai Tour for 2022 and beyond.
Now if the image above is too hot for your blood pressure, check out the mountains.
Why not head to one of the numerous mountain ranges situated in 1, 2, and 3 of your chosen 48 countries in Asia. You will find your three choices on your notepad. (Just in case you are as forgetful as me.)
Did you know that of all the highest mountains in the world? Nearly all of them are majestically on display throughout Asia. 130 are more extensive than their counterparts in other continents such as North and South America.
The same goes for Europe, Africa, Australia, and mighty Antarctica.
Just envisage for a moment. You have managed to have a month or two of work. Or you have retired with ample time for freedom and exploration.
Time to relook at that notebook again of your three choices of Motorcycle Adventure Touring in Asia.
Is it possible your lifetime partner also hankers to be your pillion rider once again? Are they like you? Do they want to add more adventures and bankable memories?
How about a joint motorcycle adventure touring in Asia combination?
Time to show them your notebook choices of motorcycle Adventure Tours in Asia. Do you both agree on the choices?
Are your capabilities on motorcycles to handle mountain ranges, rough terrains, off tarmac trails, deserts and hairpin roads primed and ready?
Author’s Note: The above question is not aimed at the Seasoned Warrior amongst you. It is for whatever reason there has been a good number of years since you were. I accept that if I am to achieve my goal of 10 days in Mongolia, then I need to get this body in better shape.
Many throughout Asia will be there for you to conquer.
Just check out the following table of the biggest ones. Just see the possibilities that are out there for you:
Author’s Note: Time for your second list of 1, 2, & 3 choices. Only this time on the mountain ranges of Asia.
|Mountain Range & its peak||Countries they can be found in.|
|The Himalayas with Mount Everest at 8,848m.||Reaching out to India, Nepal, Bhutan, & China.|
|Karakoram with K2 at 8611m.||Shared by China, Pakistan, India, Tajikistan & Afghanistan.|
|The Hindu Kush with Tinch Mir at 7690m.||Nestled between Pakistan & Afghanistan.|
|Ural Mountains with MT Narodnaya at 1,895m.||In both Kazakhstan & Russia.|
|The Altai Mountains with Belukha at 4,506m.||Another spread over four, countries: Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia & China.|
|Tian Shan with Jengish Chokusu at 7,439m.||China, Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan.|
|The Pamir Mountains with Kongur Tagh at 7649m.||Tajikistan.|
|The Kunlun Mountains with Liushi Shan at 7167m.||Tibet & China.|
|Western Ghats with Anamudi & Kerala at 2,695m.||India both North & South.|
|The Caucasus Mountains with Mt Elbrus at 5,642m.||Georgia, Azerbaijan & Russia.|
Author’s Note: My personal choices are 1. The Himalayas. 2. The Altai Mountains. And 3. The Western Ghats.
Author’s Note: I can imagine you want to take a break and contemplate what‘s coming next. Fair enough. I will go and have another pot of Colombian Roast. See you in a little while.
Nice to see you back, all fresh and revving to go. I will continue assisting you with Motorcycle Adventure Touring in Asia.
Asia’s mountain ranges will all have a Plateau basin at their feet. Many will have Glaciers.
With every Mountain range, there will be a plateau that you can explore at its base. The most important one is called the Tibetan Plateau. Many refer to it as “The Rooftop of the World” and for a good reason.
So why is it called “The Rooftop of the World?”
Purely because of the vast number of glaciers that the plateau holds. Each glacier carries ice and snow. Which, in turn, provides vital water supplies to many Asian rivers.
Were you aware that approximately 2 billion people’s lives in Asia are dependent on this water?
Suffix to say, all plateaus are essential to all their local inhabitants, animals, and plant life.
Another reason why plateaus are important, that’s where the roads will be.
The roads for all Motorcycle Adventure Touring Warriors.
I do not forget the scrambled trails, the off-road hairpin bends, the long and winding highways. Nor am I ignoring the ups and downs of mountain ranges. All vital elements for your playground of Motorcycle Adventure Touring in Asia.
In addition, the farmlands, fields, meadows, valleys. Plateaus, rainforests, bridges, lakes, deserts, tunnels, clouds. The list can go on and on.
Every playground becomes your adventures and memories to own.
Author’s note: I thought it would be fun to give you some roads’ names and in which countries you will find them. Add them to your bucket list. Expand as you journey through Asia and all it can offer with your list number 3.
17 Bucket List Memory Making Roads in Asia.
|Country||Road Name||What to expect.|
|Bali★★★★★||The Indonesian coastal road from Amed to Amiapura.||This tranquil coastal road has sea views, remote villages, and forests towards the edges of Mount Seraya. This road stays in your hearts and minds.|
(Comes highly recommended for the bucket list.)
|China★★★★★||Karakoram Mountain Highway||Travel 800 miles over these mountains. Explore countries from China to Pakistan. This is for the most adventurous and, at times, cautious. |
(This has to be the one that bucket lists were invented for)
|China★★★★★||Guoliang Tunnel Road||Have you ever dreamed of riding through a visually and breathtaking road carved out of the mountain rock? Look no further. This is one of China’s finest roads. |
(This one has been on my bucket list for a while – One day soon.)
|China★★★★★||Shanghai to the famous Yunhe Rice Terraces||Ride up and down mountains to the famous Yunhe Rice Terraces. Best seen in June/July when the tourists are away. Why share this memory with thousands. Save it for yourself.|
(Adding to my bucket list.)
|India★★★★★||Khardung Pass||Do you fancy experiencing riding on the highest road in the world? This one has bamboo and, at times, snow on its surface. The road is 3 miles above the ocean level. Then look no further. You will be spending a lot of time negotiating horses, camels, and the odd human. Now that’s a lot of memories right there.|
(Happy to join you on this bucket list favourite.)
|India★★★★★||National Highway 17||It is located within the Paini & Anaimalai hills. Refresh only with bottled water and sample the local cuisine of the Kerala State.|
(What number on your bucket list is this one?)
|India ★★★★★||National Highway 8||Travel through Delhi to Jaipur, heading to The Jal Mahal in the “Pink City.” Expect to ride for a good four hours and experience the architecture. Not forgetting the fantastic hospitality and the cleanliness of Jaipur.|
(Where’s my bucket list gone?)
|Japan★★★★★||Touge Roads on Mount Fuji||Negotiate the numerous hairpin turns on this mountain road of Mount Fuji. The views will never disappoint any rider.|
(Bucket list found in time for MT Fuji.)
|Japan★★★★★||Iroha-zaka||Take on the 48 tightly curved road features when connecting with Nikko & Oku-Nikko. All the roads are separated from each other. You will experience views going uphill as well as downhill. Don’t be surprised if you want to stop at everyone.|
(Mike wants to lose me on this bucket list.)
|Japan★★★★★||Osado||Head to Sado. Experience this scenic shore-to-shore riding experience. Bear in mind not available in the winter months as it’s closed.|
(Mike is staring at my bucket list.)
|Malaysia★★★★★||Bintulu-Miri Highway||This highway has 143 miles of riding through photographic rainforests and scenic plantations of all sizes.|
(Quietly added onto my bucket list.)
|One road only from Ulaanbaatar||The landscapes, trails, hills, and mountainous high country makes up for the lack of roads and petrol stations. This one will astound your senses for life.|
(I think Mike has added us both to this bucket list gem)
|Nepal★★★★★||Kathmandu to Bandipur||Four hours of flatlands and ridges. Seeing is believing. Head to Base Camp and look up.|
(One of Mike’s personal bucket list favourites.)
|Philippines★★★★★||Halsema Highway||The route takes you from Baguio to Sagada, slicing through the “Breadbasket.” The course is filled with agricultural towns and settlements throughout the mountains ranges and countryside.|
(Is this one on your bucket list?)
|Iju Road||It is situated on the island of Jeju. This coastal road is seen as one of the most passable roads in all of Asia. Not to be missed. – Ever. |
(Governments should insist this is on everyone’s bucket list!)
|Thailand★★★★★||The Northeast Loop||It is located on the East side of the island of Phuket. You can view many of its small community villages. Take in the breathtaking bays and incredible architecture throughout the island.|
(Booked in my bucket list department in my head.)
|Vietnam★★★★★||Hai Van Pass or Ocean Clouds||Expect the finest of coastal and mountainous views in the world. You will often find yourself riding through a cloud, especially near the north of Da Nang.|
(Both Mike and I are smiling at the thought of this bucket list destination for both of us.)
Author’s Note: Please forgive me; I had to 5 stars them all. I even want to have completed my lifetime bucket list with all of them before Mike does. (He’s way ahead of me)
In the meantime, my three choices are 1. Mongolia. 2. Hai Van Pass in Vietnam and 3. Kathmandu in Nepal.
With your Motorcycle Adventure Touring in Asia bucket list completed with your chosen Countries, Mountains and roads. You are undoubtedly ready.
There will be thousands of more roads, trails, loops, hairpins, curves that will fill your memory bank.
Treasure them all.
Summary of this article titled Motorcycle adventure touring in Asia.
I do hope you have enjoyed it. It will please me if you have learned a stack from it and have gained value from my efforts.
All I ask of you Motorcycle Adventure Touring Warriors is to follow it up with an email to Mike and the MotoDreamer team and tell them what your three choices should look like when considering a future Motorcycle Adventure Touring in Asia.
Please share this article with fellow Motorcycle Adventure Touring Warriors. Mike and I will be delighted indeed.
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Here is the Oman & Dubai Motorcycle Tour link I mentioned earlier in this article: