The Most Beautiful Cycling Destinations in Asia

Jul 15, 2020 | Asia, Cambodia, China, ESCAPE, India, Indonesia, Singapore, SPORTS

China – Qinhai Lake ©Stefan Wagener

Some of the most striking destinations in Asia are best explored on two wheels.  By riding a bike, you can go further than you can on foot, and completely immerse yourself with your surroundings. After all, there’s no need for air conditioning when you can feel the wind on your hair, right? 

Cycling is one of the best ways to travel. Not only is it good for the body; it also allows you to connect with your destination in a way no other form of travel can. Whether you want a tough challenge or a chill pedal session, we’ve rounded up the most incredible scenic destinations in Asia for you.

Qinghai Lake, China

If your idea of fun is four to seven days of cycling, look no further. The Qinghai Lake route runs more than 220 miles through Heimahe Town to Huangyuan County. This is the best way to see the Qinghai Lake which has an altitude of 3,200 meters. Although you’ll feel tired from biking through the steep roads, your effort will be rewarded by the awe-striking scenery, as well as the mix of local cultures which include Tibetans, Muslims, and Mongolians. The best part? There are almost no tourists! 

Luang Prabang, Laos

A biking route meant for experienced cyclists, this six-day cycling trip will take you from the UNESCO World Heritage Site Luang Prabang, through the striking limestone caves of Vang Vieng, and finally to the capital of Vientiane. You’ll have fun as you see the towns’ laid-back atmospheres coupled with amazing countryside scenery. Because you’ll be passing by an area that used to be a French colony, you’ll also see clear remnants on their influence in architecture and even food. 

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

For four days, you can take a cycling tour around the UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Wat.  If you’re new to cycling, this relatively easy route is something you can start with. In this area, cycling is already quite developed so expect routes and infrastructures that are safe for you and other tourists. Despite its forgiving conditions, the view you’ll get is absolutely mind-blowing. 

India Himalayas

A cycling trail that’s not for the faint-hearted, this 16-day biking challenge crosses five passes which include the world’s highest motorable pass Khardung La at over 5,600 meters. This tiring yet extremely rewarding journey perfectly combines the beautiful landscape and rich culture of the Himalayan region. Along with the natural splendor of sites such as Tsokar Lake, and the Kullu Valley, you’ll also get to explore old Buddhist cultures through monasteries and temples perched on cliffs. 

Sentosa Island, Singapore

Even if you’re stuck in Singapore, you can still play tourist in Sentosa. Cycling through this well-maintained terrain is quite pleasant. Expect a few up and down slopes and a short trip through the 10-kilometer loop. One of the routes goes through the Gateway to Palawan beach and then comes back to the Rasa Sentosa area.

Mount Batur Volcanic Trail, Bali Indonesia

If the idea of steep descents on volcanic rocks gets you excited, this dirt bike trail is perfect for you. This 35-kilometer cycling journey will let you see Mount Batur in a new light – literally because you’ll get to see the sunrise on top of it. Located in the northeastern region of Bali, it’s a favorite destination of hikers and cyclists who have gotten their fill of white sand beaches and good surf. This trail features a single-track dirt road that trails through a bamboo forest, local villages, and rice paddy fields, and then finally ends in the busy city proper of Ubud.

Start Preparing for Your Next Cycling Holiday Now

Whether you are biking through a countryside town, urban streets, or rolling hills, your two wheels will take you to the best places your car or foot couldn’t reach. When you move at a slower pace, you get to experience a destination in a unique way you never thought was possible.