However, there's far more to these two areas than meets the eye. With this in mind, we've put together this list of the seven best motorcycle tours in the Asia-Pacific region.
7. Nam Khan, Laos
Ask any visitor to Laos and they'll tell you it's a virtually untouched and undiscovered paradise. The area has low tourism rates and there's plenty of interest in terms of Buddhist temples and architecture.
If you'd like to see more of the country, a great motorcycle tour in Laos is one that crosses the peaceful Na Khan River on a bridge that's for bikes only. From there, you can go into town to see the many temples. Look out for the gilded Wat Xieng Thong.
6. Doi Suthep, Thailand
Riding your motorcycle to Doi Suthep in Thailand is a fabulous journey to embark on just as the sun is rising. You can ride the fairly gentle 12 km (7.5 miles) uphill to the Doi Suthep temple in Chiang Mai and find yourself joined on your ride by some of the locals who tend to enjoy riding up the hill before work. You'll get to this beautiful temple early and beat the crowds so that you can enjoy a rare vibe of serenity that Thailand’s lush landscape has to offer.
The lush landscape, stunning beaches and intricate wildlife are addictive. Once you’ve seen Thailand on your two wheels, you’ll want to get your own motorcycle shipped to the country and live there forever!
5. Thu Bon River, Vietnam
The Ho Chi Minh Trail is on many motorcycle riders’ bucket list. If the 1,168 miles (1,880 km) from Saigon to Hanoi scare you, why not try taking a boat across the river from the market in Hoi An? The crossing only takes around 10 minutes, and then you can hop on your bike for a 30 km (19 miles) ride past some incredible countryside before making a loop back to Hoi An. This is a beautiful town with so many charming places to eat out. It's also pretty flat so that's a bonus when riding your two wheels!
4. Perfume River, Vietnam
Dong Ba market, Thành phố Huế, Vietnam – Photo credit: Alice Young
Hue is an incredible city to check out. It's home to many tombs of various emperors and has a lot of history to discover. An interesting journey is to take a cruise up the Perfume River. If you leave early, you can make the most of your day and cycle past various places of interest, finishing up at Tien Mu Pagoda. After this, you can catch the boat to the tomb of Ming Mang and ride back to your accommodation.
3. Hai Van Pass, Vietnam
Made famous since its appearance in an episode of Top Gear, this 19 km (12 miles) journey through the Hai Van Pass is not for the faint-hearted. It was originally the only route from Danang to Hue and has been the site of many accidents. However, there are stunning views of the coastline and mountains, which makes it a very popular attraction for visitors. The military was stationed here during the war, as the position enabled them to see both sides of the mountain and prepare for an attack. The Old Fort still stands as bullet-scarred ruins left over from the war.
Photo credit: Jean-Marc Astesana
Something else that is well worth a visit while you are there is the beautiful lagoon at Lang Co at the north side of the pass.
2. Great Ocean Road, Australia
The Great Ocean Road is considered by many to be one of the most scenic routes in Australia. Great Ocean Road attractions include the Great Otway National Park with its pine rainforests and koalas residing in the trees, Lorne with its many trendy coffee shops, and cliffside coastal roads that offer dramatic views of Victoria’s best surfing spots as you cruise along this magnificent stretch of Southern Australia.
With nothing but Antarctica to the south, the ocean winds keep you cool on the hottest of days. The heritage-listed road attracts a lot of visitors, so it can be quite a slow journey at times. As you make your way to Port Campbell, one of the highlights of this trip is the sight of the famous 12 Apostles limestone stack.
1. Ayers Rock, Australia
This epic 3,600 km (2,240 miles) road trip from Brisbane to Ayers Rock, also known as Uluru, will take you approximately nine days. During this time, you will experience some of the most amazing sweeping landscapes in the world. You will also come across some unusual wildlife and an amazing night sky filled with stars.
For the majority of your trip, you will be spending your time riding across endless stretches of asphalt. The feeling of freedom in this remote part of the world is incredible; the lack of human inhabitants encourages an abundance of wildlife such as lizards, kangaroos, emus, snakes, birds and you may even spot a camel or two. Ayers Rock is a very spiritual place and allows time for reflection and relaxation.
The Asia-Pacific region is an incredible place to tour by bike. So, what's stopping you?
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