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Asian Overland

Duration

90 Days

Ride Grade

4

Ride / Rest day

58 / 32

Sealed / Dirt

99% / 1%

Distance

20,000ks / 12,500m


Singapore to Beijing, China: An extraordinary, unique and challenging motorcycle journey offering some of the finest landscapes on earth

Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and China: From lush impenetrable verdant forests to the towering snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya, remote empty highways to vibrant mega-cities, hill tribes to beach dwellers and world-renowned UNESCO listed sites to unknown antiquities, this ride truly highlights the amazing diversity of Asia across two hemispheres.

Starting off in the cosmopolitan Singapore we quickly cross into Malaysia and escape into the stunning Cameron Highlands . Malaysia offers a surprise with superb eating and stunning highland & coastal scenery while Thailand offers some of the most extraordinary coastal scenery on earth with legendary towering limestone Karsts that populate sheltered coves dotting the coastline. We visit the famous “Bridge of the River Kwai” before riding further north in Thailand where we visit the legendary Karen hillside tribes around Chiang Mai, as well as riding some extraordinary roads. We spend a week in French-influenced Laos and visit one of Asia’s most stunning temple complexes at Luang Prabang on the Mekong. We enter one of the world’s biggest countries of China, home to some of the earth's most remarkable civilizations, the world’s highest mountain peaks, stupendous scenery, amazing roller coaster high altitude highways, 1000-year-old villages and some of mankind’s greatest antiquities. As soon as we enter China we experience what is the quintessential Chinese scenery of ancient rice terraces that cling to the hillsides seemingly with every inch under cultivation. We soon enter the high altitude region of Tibet and visit the capital of Lhasa with its world-renowned Potala Palace. The riding, across the roof of the world, is absolutely incredible and the view from Everest Base Camp offers staggering views of Mount Everest. Descending via three 5000 m passes we reach Xian, home to the amazing Terracotta Army and we visit villages that give us a glimpse of the “Old China” with their ancient city walls and narrow alleyways jammed with vendors. Riding triumphantly into Beijing after traveling over 20,000km / 12,500mi across two hemispheres we visit the Great Wall and Forbidden City before enjoying a celebratory meal and a few well-earned drinks at the completion of what has been one of the worlds greatest long distance rides.

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Dates and Pricing

14th Feb 2025 to 15th May 2025
Tour code: AO/140225
from US$31,000.00
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Tour Highlights


Itinerary



 

Joining Day: Your Singapore airport transfer will take you directly to our joining hotel, ready for an early start tomorrow. Today you will meet your crew for your tour briefing and welcome dinner.

Week One: We start this incredible expedition exploring the dynamic city of Singapore before collecting our bikes and crossing into Malaysia, we visit the wonderful Melaka with is UNESCO Heritage listed old town and epic street art. We then ride into the cool climes of Cameron Highlands, a beautiful landscape of tea and strawberry plantations and home to a former Scottish rubber baron who built, of all things, a Scottish Castle!

Week Two: We move north to the legendary Penang nicknamed the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is famous for its soft sandy beaches and is regarded as the food capital of Malaysia. We spend three nights in Penang allowing us time to wander the UNESCO listed old town and of course sample its legendary food. We cross into Thailand and visit the amazing karst & mangrove scenery around Krabi. We spend two nights at Railay exploring this fantastic scenery. We visit the amazing Khao Sok Khao a nature reserve containing dense jungle, tower like limestone karst formations and the man-made Cheow Lan Lake.

Week Three: Riding north we spend three nights in magnificent Kanchanaburri, home to stunning Erewan Falls and the famous yet tragic “Bridge over the River Kwai” that formed part of the Burma Railway in WW2. We continue north to Mae Sot, on the Myanmar border beofre ridign onto the world renowned Mae Hong Son Loop and visit the extraordinary Karen peoples.

Week Four: We continue further north into Thailand's famous Golden Triangle region and visit the superb Opium Museum and spend two nights att he traidtional thai village of Nan allowing us time to ride the extraordinary Chiang Rai Loop and lesser known Bo Kluea Loop, both loops offer us an opportunity to ride endless twisties amongst the verdent green hills and forests dotted with ethnic minority villages.

Week Five: We spend three nights at the renown Chiang Mai, a major service point for the bikes and a great place to explore the thriving streets at night and explore the innumerable wats (temples) by day. Riding south we reach the remarkable Sukhothai, the breathtaking former capital of Thailand from the 13th Century that's UNESCO listed. Heading north again we overnight at the wonderful mountain resort village of Khao Kho.

Week Six: We start the week off in the ancient city of Chiang Khan with its famous "walking street" that's located on the banks of the mighty Mekong River. We cross into Laos and spend two nights in the French influenced capital of Vientiane, a wonderful leafy town, more than a bustling city, scenically located on the banks of the Mekong. We can wander the old town, enjoy one on the many sidewalk cafes or enjoy a Beerlao watching sunset over the Mekong. Riding due north we spend two nights in one of Asia’s most scenic destination of Vang Vieng, surrounded by limestone mountains and caves.

Week Seven: Continuing north we spend three nights at one of South East Asia most iconic religious sites. Luang Prabang, a wonderful patchwork of traditional Lao wooden houses & Golden-roofed wats. The site is stunningly located at the confluence of the Mekong & Khan Rivers. We cross into China, an immense country of impossibly diverse landscapes and peoples with a storybook history. We start our Chinese adventure riding though picturesque hilltop villages covered in centuries old rice terraces, tea gardens & undulating countryside, it is the quintessential Chinese scene before seeing the week out in Mojiang on the Tropic of Capricorn.

Week Eight: We visit the tiny market town of Shaxi, an ancient cultural treasure on the Tea Horse Road, a road of similar importance to that of the Silk Road but far less famous. We visit Lijiang, a maze of cobblestone streets and canals lined with pagoda’s and vendors, nothing it seems has changed much in centuries. Ascending ever higher into the mountains we visit the renowned Tiger Leaping Gorge before riding into the real Shangri-La a stunning landscape of dense forests, alpine lakes, grasslands, and gorges set amongst meadows and plains. Leaving beautiful Yunnan Province, we cross into Tibet and ride one of the most stunning highways on the entire ride, the Sichuan – Tibet Highway. This route rewards us with utterly stunning high-altitude views of mountains, glacier fed lakes, remote monasteries and alpine visits on what is some of the highest, wildest and remote regions on earth.

Week Nine: Continuing on the epic Sichuan Highway riding amongst the towering mountains, verdant green and glacier fed rivers we arrive into the Tibetan capital of Lhasa where we spend three nights allowing us time to acclimatize. In Lhasa we have the opportunity to visit the remarkable Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and witness the great pilgrimage around Barkhour. Leaving Lhasa we ride amongst giants with towering snow capped peaks, glaciers and azure colored lakes all around. We spend two nights at the wonderful village of Gyantse, home to the architectural wonder that is 108 chapels of the Gyanste Kumbum.

Week Ten: We continue toward Everest via an incredible series of twisties with epic views of Everest before reaching the world’s highest monastery, Rongphu, where we overnight allowing us the best opportunity to get immense views of the towering Mount Everest. Watching the rays of the day reflect of the snow capped Everest is an indescribable sight that will remain with you forever, it’s a rare privilege to view the absolute top of the world at sunrise or sunset. Leaving Everest Base Camp, we ride north east and see this incredible week out in We begin another epic week as we ride further north along the “other” legendary highway into and out of Tibet the Qinghai – Tibet Highway, a roller coaster ride of epic proportions thought a wall of seemingly impenetrable mountain peaks. We visit Namsto Lake, a magnificent turquoise lake surrounded by snow capped peaks and Buddhist prayer flags before continuing north over a series of 5000mt passes through an epic landscape of prairie, lakes, mountains and desert at an average altitude of 4000mt on the Quinhai – Tibet Highway, the main artery to/from Tibet. The road continues into the province of Quinhai and descends to Golmud. This is a ride we will remember forever for its outstanding mountain views at every turn.

Week Eleven: Descending from the lofty mountains, and leaving Tibet, we visit China's largest lake of Qinghai Lake before we reach Xining, a city perched on the edge of the Tibetan plateau. We spend two nights here giving us time visit the nearby Kumbum Monastery, one of the six most important monasteries in the Tibetan world, either that or we can recharge our batteries and take in all that we have experienced in Tibet. Continuing on we visit the amazing Maijishan Grottoes that have over a 7000 Buddha sculptures and 1000 square meters of murals inside the grottoes, an amazing sight.

Week Twelve: We reach the world renown Xian, home to one of the greatest antiquities on earth, the Terracotta Army. We spend two nights in Xian giving us time to visit this extraordinary site created by China's first dynasty, the Qin Dynasty from 246 to 206BC. This is one of the most extraordinary archeological sites ever discovered after being dug up by farmers digging for a well in 1974 after lying hidden buried for 2000 years!! We also visit the ancient Ming Dynasty city walls that encircle numerous backstreets, narrow alleyways and shops. Leaving Xian, we visit the utterly incredible cliff tunnels near, Guoliang whee we spend two nights allowing us time to explore this extraordinary region. We visit superb Pingyao, China's best preserved ancient walled town giving us a real taste of “Old China”. The week comes to a close in Wutaishan, a UNESCO listed region of forested mountains dotted with magnificent ancient temples.

Week Thirteen: Our last week, of what has been an utterly amazing adventure, we visit the incredible Hanging temples built during the Northern Wei Dynasty en-route to Beijing, after experiencing an impossible array of landscapes, cultures and experiences from Singapore to Beijing. We spend three nights in the capital giving us time to visit some of China's most legendary sites such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tienanmen Square to name a few. Our final riding day will see us travel to Tianjin to pack our bikes and prepare for shipping of the bikes home before taking a bullet train back to Beijing.

Departure day: Spend some time in Beijing to fly home, the choice is yours.

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Included


  • Airport transfers
  • All shipping included
  • Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
  • Support vehicle with passenger & luggage carrying ability
  • 90 nights accommodation in mostly excellent small hotels, some accommodations will be very basic at times.
  • Breakfast’s everyday
  • Lunches and dinners as per itinerary
  • Pre-departure material and route maps
  • 2 x Compass duffle bags
  • GPS waypoints and preset tracklog
  • Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
  • Compass Expeditions polo shirt
  • Incomparable list of sights and inclusions
  • Entrances to all national parks / wildlife conservancies mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrances into all temples / monasteries mentioned in the itinerary
  • All Chinese permit charges
  • Thailand guide
  • Chinese / English speaking guides for China & Tibet

Not Included


  • International flights
  • Carnet de Passage for those with own bikes
  • Fuel
  • Visas
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal health & travel insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Compulsory 3rd party insurance for those with own bikes
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Upgrades


Our motorcycles are insured and have a damage excess of US$ 6000, you can reduce the excess by taking advantage of our Excess Reduction Policy: US$ 20 per day

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Ride Details


Ride Profile

99% of this ride is on paved roads, however these paved roads vary greatly from lonely narrow mountain passes to busy highways full of trucks and buses. Many roads will be very rough, have large potholes and tall shoulders, some with wandering stock and people. Some mountain passes have extreme twisties. Road rules are rarely adhered to and caution must be used.
1% of this ride is off road, and mostly roadworks in Laos & China on the way to Lhasa. The off road sections can be VERY dusty with bulldust holes and hidden potholes, shoulders are also very tall and broken. Generally the dirt roads are around roadworks or where the original paved road has fallen apart and returned to dirt . 

Tour Start/End

Tour Start: Singapore
Tour End: Beijing
 

Climate


We shall be arriving in Singapore and will be anticipating hot & humid weather, its only 137ks / 85mi from the equator. Malaysia will be around 30°C / 90°F with cooler temps in the Cameron Highlands, especially at night. Southern Thailand will be the same as Malaysia but slightly warmer along the coastline with little rain. Northern Thailand will be great blue-sky weather but getting hotter where temps of 35°C / 95°F may be experienced. Laos will still be warm but predominately dry. All Southeast Asia will be humid, we are close to the Equator on this expedition so hot and relatively humid weather must be expected. As we ascend into China the weather quickly cools down and the humidity disappears. Lhasa should see temps around 20°C / 68°F during the day that can descend to 5°C / 40°F overnight, Everest Base Camp will be very cold at night near 0°C / 32°F however we have chosen the best time of year to ride to Everest Base Camp to offer the optimal time for epic views Mt Everest under a clear blue sky. As we descend from the Tibetan Plateau it will begin to heat up again with Beijing seeing up to 30°C / 90°F during the day. In closing every conceivable weather condition, other than monsoonal rains, should be expected!
 

Important Information

  • All riders must have a valid motorcycle licence and at least two years riding experience.
  • It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition.


Ride Grade
4
 

Ride Distance
20,000ks / 12,500m

 

Sealed / Dirt
99% / 1%

Accommodation


  • 90 nights accommodation in mostly excellent small hotels, some accommodations will be very basic at times.
  • Our accommodations range from small family run resorts through to 5 star hotels. While in Tibet some accommodation will be extremely basic and at Everest Base Camp there is no shower available.
  • A flexible attitude is needed as standards are not always what we are accustomed to.
  • All accommodation is on a twin share basis. If you are traveling alone we will pair you up with another solo traveler.
  • If you prefer single accommodation a single supplement is available for US $6,350 (please note that you may be required to share a bathroom on a small number of occasions on this trip)

 

 
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Dining


  • On every day of the tour we include breakfast: 90 Breakfasts
  • On mentioned ride days we provide lunch, the majority of which will be in restaurants & cafes, once in China lunch will be picnic lunches that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen : 60 Lunches
  • We include mentioned dinners in excellent restaurants we have used before: 13 Dinners 
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Bikes



 

 

BMW R1250GS
  • 1254cc Twin cylinder boxer engine
  • Seat height 85cm (33.5In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 187cm (73.5in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Top Box
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres


 

 

BMW F850GS
  • 853cc Parallel twin cylinder engine
  • Seat height 86cm (33.8In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 190cm (75in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Top Box
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres 

 
 
BMW F750GS
  • 853cc (de-tuned) Parallel twin cylinder engine
  • Seat height 81cm (32In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 183cm (72in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Top Box
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres
  • Low seat option available

Insurance


Accidents happen, luggage is lost and tour or flight cancellations can occur, so it is our policy that all participants of Compass Expeditions tours have an appropriate level of travel insurance to cover the unforeseen. This is not only compulsory when joining our tours, but it makes sense.

If choosing your own insurance – for motorcycle tours it is crucial the insurance policy you choose will offer a policy for riding a motorcycle OVER 250cc (including our bikes). This is a critical point to ensure when purchasing a policy.

Our experienced In-house travel team are happy to help with getting you the right insurance for your tour and for any other travel you might be doing before or after. Contact our in-house travel team.

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