WORLD TOUR SECTION NORTH-EAST ASIA: Tallinn - Bangkok 1TB
China | Estonia | Kazakhstan | Kyrgyzstan | Laos | Russia | Thailand
A rarely travelled region with lots of hidden treasures.
The easier (than Russia) import and toll rules are not the only reason to begin this section in Tallinn. The capital of Estonia is a highlight with its beautifully maintained medieval town centre and very welcoming citizens. Heading to Moscow via St. Petersburg we will have a chance to visit some of the many highlights Russia has to offer, including of course the famous Kremlin.
With our hunger for civilization sated and anticipation reaching fever pitch we head east into the great Mother Russia. Reaching Yekaterinburg we change course to South East and head for the Kazakhstan Border, which we will reach two days later. Ever-changing scenery accompanies us, with endless forests giving way to rolling, colourful steppes, our companion all the way through Kyrgyzstan. Along the way we will visit both the new (Astana) and the old (Almaty) capital of Kyrgyzstan, the latter beautifully nestled amongst the foothills of the Tian Shan Mountains. Kyrgyzstan´s natural beauty is a stunning surprise with topography similar to Switzerland. One of the world´s highest frontiers is our gateway to China as we head to Kashgar, where we will receive our Chinese motorcycle registrations. Skirting along the 2nd biggest sand desert on earth we find ourselves in scenery very different from what we imagined China would be. We will ride through one of the world´s lowest points on dry land, climb the western reaches of the Great Wall and scale three 4,000 m passes in a single day, all before reaching the old capital of the Chinese Empire, X`ian, and the China of our dreams. The surrounding nature changes too, from arid desert to lush, tropical forests with a bounty of mangos and other tropical fruit for us to try. We will visit a number of historical, religious and natural sights, all linked by sweeping turns in regions few motorcyclists have ever seen. Crossing over the border into Laos is like stepping through a curtain. Everything feels more calm and relaxed as we ride through a country that seems more beautiful every day. Cities such as Luang Prabang and Viang Vieng emit an atmosphere of warmth welcome and the roads remind us of the twisties in the Alps. The town of Vientane heralds our last border crossing of this section as we change from Laos to Thailand and from riding on the right of the road to the left. Our route will take us past countless temples and ancient sites (for example, the ancient capital of Ayutthaya) before reaching Bangkok and the end of our 16,000 km ride.
At a glance
- Total distance: around 16.400 km / 10.200 miles
- St. Petersburg and the Hermitage
- Moscow, Kreml, Gorky Park
- The Tartar Capital, Kazan
- Osch and the largest bazar in Central Asia
- Ride the Silk Road through North China
- Great Wall of China
- Xi’an, the old imperial city
- Terracotta Army
- The ruins of Ayutthaya
- Grand Finale in the midst of golden temples in Bangkok
- and many more ...
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Ride, sleep, repeat!
Ein in jeder Beziehung einmaliges Erlebnis. Im Verlauf der Etappe physisch, mental und fahrtechnisch zunehmend anspruchsvoll. Gleichzeitig täglich aufs Neue fantastische Eindrücke der verschiedenen Kulturen und Landschaften. Jederzeit wieder!
A once in a lifetime experience. Progressively demanding physical, mental and riding challenges over the course of the route. Yet fantastic impressions of different cultures and landscapes. Would do it again any time!
Bernd Repenning, Deutschland
Moscow to Bangkok
The worldtour segment rides from Munich to Moscow and Moscow to Bangkok have been adventure und unforgettable experiences in breathtaking scenery, with friends for life and a lot of fun. In August 2014 we did finally start the engines and the long planned journey to Bangkok did start. I have been the only self-riding woman in a group of experienced riders - that's why I may have been a little excited in the beginning. Our group did develope to a perfectly working team and everybody could trust each other 100%. This of course did help to increase our excitement and enthusiasm for the tour each and every day. My personal highlight was the ride over the Quilian Mountains with three passes over a 13,000 ft. The landscape was mind-blowing and the remoteness of this part of the world something very special. Our two professional guides and the entire Edelweiss team did a perfect organisation so the group only needed to focus on the days ride. The cultural highlights were also a big part of the expedition, such as Moscow, Kazan, Jekaterinenburg, Astana, Kashgar, Xian with the Terracotta armee or the Great Wall of China. During the trip a group of bikers from Switzerland, Austria, Germans, Canadians and one guy from Poland did get friends for life and we hope, the next segement ride all together will come soon. This expedition has been a unique experience and did change my life in some way.
Claudia-Nicole Wenhart, Germany
Moscow to Bangkok
To all world tourers and those of you who want to become one some day: In 2014 I have been part of the worldtour segment rides from Munich to Moscow and Moscow to Bangkok. My recommendation to all those who are considering such a journey is ... quit hesitating and take the opportunity and ride! It was a memorable experience for us as a group, and as individuals, too. Our group consisted of riders from various countries and, along the way, we managed to help each other out of the dust when needed. The excellent tour guides assisted us with knowledge and help each and every day; and Edelweiss Bike Travel did an absolutely fabulous job of organizing this grand adventure. My next trip is planned already and I am looking forward to doing another worldtour section soon ... in South America.
Alois Clemens, Austria
Moscow to Bangkok
At my age of 76 it might seem odd that I participated in the last Around the World tour as a section rider from Bangkok to Mieming. Prior to this nine week trip I had serious concerns about riding a motorcycle through all these countries and surviving the overall distance of 11,800 miles. However, the preparation went well and the route had been ridden the year, so I easily overcame my concerns. The overall organization, the group experience and, especially, the expedition itself, were all wonderful. We saw many in poverty and I appreciate now, more than ever before, how and where I live.
Franz-Josef Miebach, Germany