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Asia Again


A Grand Tour of China, Central Asia, Northeast India, Southeast Asia, China again, and Tibet

20,178 km (12,538 miles) over 523 days from March 1, 2008 to August 5, 2009

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Extended, World
Locales: Asia, Laos, China, Yunnan Sheng, Sichuan Sheng, Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu, Qinghai Sheng, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, India, State of Orissa, State of West Bengal, State of Assam, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Tibet
Years: 2008, 2009

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/AsiaAgain

Copyright © 2008-2014 By Bill Weir - (contact)

Status: Completed Aug 2009Featured Journal #304
Last update: Tuesday October 12, 2010 23:40 (US/Pacific) (edited Sat 17 Nov 2012 01:27 (US/Pacific))
181,874 hits since January 11, 2008 (hitcounts updated nightly)
1,461 pics


Table of Contents

The Dream and the Reality Checks

Route Details with Notes on Sights and Practicalities

Laos (28 February-5 March 2008)
China's Yunnan Province (5 March-26 May 2008)
China's Sichuan Province (26 May-24 June 2008)
China's Xinjiang Province (24 June-9 July 2008)
Kazakhstan (9-26 July 2008)
Kyrgyzstan (26 July-24 August 2008)
Tajikistan (24 August-7 October 2008)
Afghanistan (7-12 October 2008)
India (12 October 2008 to 9 January 2009)
Cambodia (7-14 February 2009)
Vietnam--South & Central (14 February-31 March 2009)
Laos (1-3 April 2009)
Thailand (3-12 April 2009): Practical Information on Cycling from Savannakhet to Mukdahan and Visiting Bangkok
Laos (12-13 April 2009)
Vietnam--North (13 April-1 May 2009)
China's Yunnan Province (2-19 May 2009)
China's Sichuan Province (20 May-28 June 2009)
China's Qinghai Province (29 June-24 July 2009)
Tibet (24 July-8 August)

Panoramic Photos from the Ride

THAILAND

The Prelude

LAOS

Northern Laos--The Ride Begins!

CHINA

Into Xishuangbanna--China's Tropical South
Killer Hills, Killer Cobblestones, and Some Pretty Scenery in Southwestern Yunnan
Westward Over the Mighty Laobie Shan to the Nujiang River
A Twisting And A Turning to the Burma Road
Way Out West in Yunnan--On the Burma Road to Ruili
Heading Over to Volcanic Tengchong
A Day Out in the Old Town of Heshun
Mingling Among Volcanoes and a Sacred Mountain North of Tengchong
A Waterfall and Memories in Tengchong
A Hot Time and Cool Heights South of Tengchong
Winding up the Nujiang--Raging Waters and Towering Peaks
Along the Nujiang at the Edge of Tibet
Back Down the Nujiang Valley to Liuku
Over the Hills to Dali
A Tea Horse Village and a Buddhist Mountain on the Old Way to Lijiang
A Spell in Old Town Lijiang
Down to the Yangtze River and Up, Up to Lugu Lake at the Edge of Yunnan
East into Sichuan--Lugu Lake to Xichang
A Yangtze River Gorge Cruise and Awesome Hills in Southern Sichuan
On the Road North to Chengdu via Emei Shan and Huanglong Xi
Into the Great City of Chengdu!
Landing at Urumqi in China's Northwest
Westward Across the Desert and Mountains from Urumqi

KAZAKHSTAN

Nightmare and Day Dreams on the Way to Almaty
Knocking Around Leafy Almaty

KYRGYZSTAN

Across the Desert to Bishkek
Hanging Out in Bishkek
A Rugged Ride Through Canyons and Over Mountains to Osh
Rest Days and Bazaar Days in Osh
Into the Icy Pamirs!

TAJIKISTAN

Over Kizil-Art Pass to the High Plateaus of the Pamirs
Bumping Over the Khargush Pass to the Superbly Remote Upper Wakhan Valley
Wakhan Valley Delights
Back Into the High Pamirs--A Loop Up the Shokh Dara Valley and Down the Gunt
Down the Pyanj and Over the Hills to the Capital--Dushanbe
A Nail-Biting Ride South to the Afghanistan Border

AFGHANISTAN

An Afghan Transit by Bicycle, Bus, and Plane

INDIA

A Cultural and Culinary Sojourn in New Delhi
Life's a Beach--Puri Days and Sun Temple Forays in Orissa State
Turning Inland to Explore the Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu Monuments of Bhubaneswar
Buddhist Sites in Orissa and Temple Delights in West Bengal
Sights and Colors of West Bengal on the Way to Siliguri
East into Assam State and Meeting the Mighty Brahmaputra River
Riding into Upper Assam and a Short Cruise on the Brahmaputra to Majuli Island
Temples and Palaces of the Ahom Dynasty, then Journey's End
Kolkata Days--Street Life, Grand Old Buildings, and Bengali Culture

THAILAND

An Interlude in Bangkok and on Koh Phangan

CAMBODIA

Jungles, Rivers, and Seashore--A Ride Along Coastal Cambodia

VIETNAM -- South & Central

Across Ricefields and Rivers of the Mekong Delta
Buzzing Around Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City--Part 1
Buzzing Around Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City--Part 2
Climbing Into Pine-Forested Mountains of Dalat and the Central Highlands
Down to the South China Sea and Under the Sea at Nha Trang
North along the Coast to the Atmospheric Cham Site of My Son
Cultural Delights in Central Vietnam--Hoi An to Hue
Royal Splendor in Hue
A Ride Along the DMZ to Laos

LAOS-THAILAND-LAOS: A Quick Sidetrip to Bangkok by Bicycle and Bus

Two Days Across Laos to Savannakhet on the Mekong

VIETNAM -- North

Across the DMZ and North on the Ho Chi Minh Highway
Riding to Dien Bien Phu in the Remote and Mountainous Northwest
A Swing Around the Northwest Corner and Over the Misty Tram Ton Pass

CHINA and TIBET

Two Days Up the Red River and a Lively Market at Xinjie
Over a Lofty Mountain Range to the Historic Town of Jianshui
More Hills and Towns to Kunming, the Lively Capital of Yunnan Province
Treasures in Kunming and Temple Trails in the Western Hills
Bamboo and Golden Temples and a Few More Treasures in Kunming
Chengdu and the Tough Ride Northwest Over the 4,523-meter Balangshan Pass
Deep in Gorges Down and Around Danba
Over the Easy Erlang Shan Pass to Ya'an
A Ride to Bifeng Gorge and Meeting Giant Pandas
Evil Landlords and Chinese Heroes
A Taoist Mountain on the Way Back to Chengdu
Xining--Seeing the Sights
The Long Tough Ride to Lhasa Begins--Xining to Qinghai Lake!
Crossing the Lonely High Country to Geermu (Golmud)
Desert Hills, Sand Dunes, and Glacier-clad Mountains on a Climb to the Tibetan Plateau
Vast Grasslands and the First Bridge of the Yangzi River
Ever Upwards to the lofty 5,231-meter Tanggu La and Tibet
Exploring the Tibetan World--a Temple, Horses, and Expansive Landscapes
A Fiery End to a Day at Namtso, Tibet's Most Beautiful Lake
To Lhasa!
A Great Day Out to Ganden Monastery
Flying Across the Eastern Himalaya for One Last Visit in Chengdu

THAILAND

Going Deep into the Mind and Sea Before Going Home--A Non-Cycling Postscript


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