Best Motorcycle Destinations For Couples
Are you and your significant other passionate about motorcycling, yet struggle to find a perfect getaway to immerse yourself in the nature?
Exciting routes, friendly rider hangouts as well as hotels exist almost all over the world. Be it through the high mountain ranges of the Himalayas or the southernmost countries of Asia, you can find a picture-perfect spot in any corner of the world for your multi-day adventure. But which one is the best in terms of both your available time and budget is something you will surely be wondering about.
This is why we have put together a detailed guide for you today. So, keep on reading further to shortlist one of the best motorcycle escapades designed for couples.
10 Best Motorcycle Tours For Couples
The first and the most preferred destination for biker couples in search of an adventurous getaway is Ladakh. Which, by the way, is one of the largest and the second least populated Union Territory of India.
And it is this very remoteness that makes the environment of Ladakh so pure and magical. Yet, for all its remoteness, the warmth and love you will receive from the locals is immeasurable. You will feel as if you have found another home away from home.
With its snow-capped Himalayan peaks, barren lunar landscapes, cyan lakes, rare and exotic wildlife species, and Tibetan-influenced Buddhist culture, Ladakh welcomes thousands of motorcyclists with open arms every year.
Nestled in the uppermost region of India, both the culture as well as the lifestyle of Ladakhis are more akin to Tibet than that of India.
And by venturing on a motorcycle tour of Ladakh, you will witness the magnificence of the Himalayas as well as the rituals and customs of the locals.
In addition to the panoramic views, a major highlight of Ladakh are the beautiful monasteries it beholds: Thiksey, Hemis, Alchi, Diskit and Lamayuru to name a few. So, by visiting these monasteries, you get a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness traditional prayers and the holy chants of the monks.
By the way, these Ladakhi Buddhist chanting are inscribed on the list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (Source: UNESCO).
Phuket, one of the largest islands in Thailand and the most popular getaway destination in the world, offers countless attractions and activities to make your trip with your beloved one a memorable experience.
However, not many know that the best way to explore this fantastic island is by motorcycle. A ride across one of the seemingly endless white beaches, be it in the dusk or at dawn, is certainly one of the most beautiful ways to experience this wonderful Thai region.
The exotic accommodations, the surrounding coconut plantations and the deep blue ocean waters not only create an ideal ambiance to relax and rejuvenate, but also for romance!
Phuket is actually one of the top most preferred destinations for couples who are looking for something adventurous, yet want to relax comfortably on the beach post their ride.
Incidentally, this region is very popular with motorcyclists, as one can hang in here for several months without burning a hole in their pocket!
And besides motorcycling, there are many other activities you can indulge in with your partner. Water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, sea kayaking, surfing and jet skiing are definitely something you should try while you are here.
And if you as a couple are wildlife lovers, be sure to visit Khao Sok National Park to behold impressive bamboo forests, the famous hornbill with its enormously large beak, clouded leopards, black panthers, tapirs, and many wild fruits such as rambutan, durian, pineapple, and dragon fruit.
Hội An, Vietnam
In search of the best destinations for motorcycle touring, you simply cannot overlook Hội An. A city where Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and European cultures mingled and recreated a wonderful civilization.
Regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the world, the city of Hội An was left unscathed by most of the bombing raids which destroyed many other cities during the infamous Vietnamese War.
In fact, this enchanting ancient city is listed on the World Heritage List for its well-preserved complex of 1,107 timber frame buildings (Source: UNESCO). Which is why, you will have a certain nostalgic feel to it, one that reminds of ancient Vietnam.
Besides, Hội An is also known as a shopper’s paradise. For you will find all kinds of handicrafts that depict the country’s ancient culture and traditions, as well as beautiful souvenirs to take back home.
And one of the best things about this city is that it can be easily explored on a motorcycle. You can ride through the historic streets of the city as well as visit the surrounding villages: Thanh Ha Pottery Village, Tra Que Vegetable Village, Cam Thanh Coconut Village and Kim Bong Carpentry Village – to name a few.
And while riding through the beautiful landscapes around the city, you will pass through numerous colorful streets, traditional houses, temples, shrines, tombs and the famous Japanese Bridge.
To be honest, you can do a lot on your own without the help of locals, which by the way will also keep the costs in check!
Chiang Mai, Thailand
In the very north of Thailand, where tradition meets modernity, lies the city of Chiang Mai. With over one million inhabitants it is the second largest city in Thailand and one of the most popular destinations, especially among motorcycle tourists.
Chiang Mai, straddled by the River of Maenam Ping, boasts endless panoramic views and diverse landscapes. So, it’s no surprise that nature lovers, in particular, get most out of their time here. Plus, it offers a plethora of attractions: Temples, religious sites, markets, national parks and much more.
In fact, Chiang Mai has the highest temple density in Thailand and almost all temples are worth a visit.
And since Chiang Mai is mainly dominated by tourists, it is slightly centric towards the west, offering a really good infrastructure and amazing food.
However, on the outskirts of the city, you will find Huay Tung Tao Lake surrounded with numerous small bamboo huts where you can relax, rejuvenate, eat and dance along with your loved one. And if you are a bit adventurous, you can try your hands on whitewater rafting!
And although there are many more sights and activities in Chiang Mai that you can indulge in, the best way to discover this wonderful city is in a relaxed way.
An in-depth guide on how to best include Chiang Mai and the surrounding area is included in our Thailand motorcycle tour itinerary. So, do take a look for a detailed insight.
Mustang Valley, Nepal
With its fascinating, unique landscapes and the oldest living Tibetan culture, a motorcycle tour in the former Buddhist kingdom of Mustang is a real adventure. Nestled on a rugged plateau north of the gigantic mountains of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, Mustang embraces its visitors with spellbinding vistas and breath-taking landscapes.
The region is bordered by Tibet and is therefore home to many Tibetan monasteries representing Buddhist culture and tradition. And up until 1992, international travelers were not even allowed to enter this “Forbidden Kingdom”. Even today, not many tourists visit Mustang due to its remoteness.
In short, unique cultural and historical legacies await you on this trip.
Many traditional villages, ancient monasteries and spectacular panoramas surround the entire valley. And since the region lies in the rain shadow of the surrounding mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulaghiri, it receives very little rainfall, thus ideal for a perfect motorcycle getaway.
In addition, the valley is embraced by the Kali Gandaki River and its tributaries. Which, by the way, is one of the main attractions of this valley and can be experienced by riding across the long suspension bridge.
Some other major attractions of this region include Muktinath Temple, Jomsom Muktinath Trek, Ghar Gompa, Bara Gaon, Thubchen Gompa and Marpha Monastery.
Needless to say, your motorcycle tour of Mustang valley should definitely include a ride towards the village of Lo Manthang, where you can spend an entire day to witness centuries-old relics.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Heritage, traditions, and landscapes that have the power to take your breath away. A getaway in Siem Reap promises to leave you awestruck!
For many centuries, the region around Siem Reap belonged to Siam as a tribute to the Siamese kings. You can easily spot the renowned Angkor Wat temple complex from here, which became a World Heritage Site in 1992 (Source: UNESCO).
And due to its popularity, primarily because of the ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat, a motorcycle tour around this region will immerse you in a fascinating world, one that is challenging as well as fun.
But make sure to allot sufficient time for this trip, as the city is quite big and there is plenty to discover.
And in addition to the main temple, there are many other beautiful shrines such as Ta Prohm and Bayon that you can visit.
Aside to this, the city of Siem Reap also hosts an international airport with all the tourist facilities and amenities you can think of. Plus, you can find numerous hotels, restaurants, bars and handicraft stores in and around the city that you can explore.
But if you prefer something serene and intimate, an overnight stay in a nearby village far from the hustle and bustle is definitely recommended.
That’s not all, as there are plenty of other attractions like Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodian Landmine Museum, Tonle Sap Lake, Kampong Phlouk, Royal Gardens, and the old market that you can explore with your significant other!
When one thinks of Rajasthan, one thinks of the glorious heritage of the Maharaja Empire (Royal Kingdoms), magnificent forts, breathtaking temples and luxurious palaces, some of which have been converted into 7-star hotels.
The state of Rajasthan was formed in 1949 from the reunion of 22 Rajputana kingdoms and princely regions that ruled until then, making it one of the largest states in India, with an area spanning around 342,239 square kilometers!
Experience the hustle and bustle as you tour through a culturally rich landscape where opulence and simplicity are knit close together.
In short, expect nothing less than an extravagant motorcycle tour in an arid desert region that is rich in color as well as culture.
And you will be surprised to know that some of Rajasthan’s most important and largest cities are distinguished by color: Jodhpur is covered in blue, Jaipur in pink, the city of Jaisalmer is painted in gold, while Udaipur is completely immersed in white.
As for history, you can explore the Kumbhalgarh Fort – a renowned World Heritage Site (Source: UNESCO) and one of the most stunning forts of Rajasthan.
Followed by the Hawa Mahal Palace, which was built so that the women of the courtyard could see the city streets without being seen themselves. For this reason, the Palace boasts a total of 953 windows designed in such a way that you can’t see anything from the outside.
Next, you can ride through the mesmerizing Thar Desert in the western part of the state of Rajasthan. And, if you travel in the peak season (February), you will have the opportunity to experience the Maru Mahotsav of Jaisalmer (Maru Festival), which takes place in the month of Magh (according to the Hindu calendar).
In short, the Indian state of Rajasthan feels as if you have stepped right into the Arabian Nights and is truly an ideal motorcycle destination to be explored with your loved ones.
And while you are at it, why not take a quick detour to the state of Agra to visit an enduring monument of love? For more details, check out our Rajasthan & Taj Mahal motorcycle tour itinerary.
Luang Prabang, Laos
The beautiful city of Luang Prabang is situated in the very north of Laos at the confluence of the Nam Khan and the Mekong River. With a population of around 56,000, it was once crowned as a royal city up until 1975, and is still an important trading center for different types of crops.
Luang Prabang is considered one of the most picturesque cities in Laos and is an ideal place for rejuvenation. Being the former capital of the ancient kingdom of Lan Xang, it offers its visitors countless temples, scenic viewpoints and impressive cultural sights to explore.
In fact, the city of Luang Prabang was added to the World Heritage List in 1995 (Source: UNESCO) and has been the number one tourist destination of Laos ever since.
Which is why, you should not miss out on exploring this beautiful old town with its colonial buildings alongside your loved one.
One of the primary highlights of this city is the Royal Palace and its neighboring temple Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, whose magnificence can be seen from afar.
Next, you should visit Phousi Mountain, commonly referred to as “Holy Mountain” by travelers and is one of the most important religious sites in Luang Prabang. And although it’s not very huge in size, but sufficient to get a great view of the city and the adjacent Mekong River.
But the best thing about Luang Prabang is Kuang Si Waterfall, which is highly recommended since you would be traveling with your beloved partner. And what better way to complete your trip than a romantic walk towards the waterfall.
The good news is that Luang Prabang has an international airport with direct flights to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. So literally nothing should stop you now from visiting this place!
The Indonesian Island of Bali is especially popular among couples and globetrotters. This is because there are a lot of unique things to experience and explore.
In addition, a visit to this island is very affordable with many friendly destinations and delicious food!
And on this island, you will find the most beautiful scuba diving sites in the world. What better way to rekindle the love with your partner?
However, if you want to try something adventurous, you should go to Ulu Watu. This region can be reached by motorcycle in about 40 minutes and is considered an absolute paradise for daredevils. No wonder motorcyclists from all over the world visit this spot once in their lifetime.
Moreover, on this island you can find all the amenities of the western world. But with a pinch of Balinese traditions, of course.
So, don’t miss out on visiting this place. For there are a lot of things that will keep you busy throughout the day. Which is why we recommend at least 2 weeks of getaway if you want to explore this island completely.
Plus, there are many delicious Indonesian dishes that needs savoring: Suckling pig, lobster, fresh salads made from exotic plants, fish and many sweet treats. And while some Indonesian dishes may taste unusual, once you get used to them, you will probably long for these dishes back home!
Moreover, the locals are extremely friendly, carry a smile on their face and are always willing to help. And despite mass tourism, their culture, beliefs and traditions have remained untethered.
All in all, Bali is one of the wisest choices for couples traveling to Asia for the first time.
Our last recommendation is once again coming from India. And we will tell you exactly why we keep suggesting this country over and over again.
There really is no other country on our beautiful planet that will leave you in amazement so much so that you will want to visit it again and again! Which is why motorcycle tours in India have become so much popular amongst the riders of the west.
Just imagine sitting next to your beloved on a patio, a glass of wine in your hand, with your favorite music on, and the river flowing right in front of you. And as you listen to the soothing ripples, the surrounding coconut palms on the banks quietly sway their leaves.
This is Kerala, a state in southwestern India that borders the Arabian Sea and stretches along the Malabar Coast. The state is one of the most densely populated regions in all of India, making it perfect for immersing yourself in classic Indian life.
In contrast to other regions of India, however, the lifestyle in Kerala is rather relaxed, which is why the region is such a popular tourist destination.
And because things are so relaxed here, there are many ayurvedic retreats that calm the senses, relieve stress, and provide a better understanding of one’s inner self. And if you want to take it a step further, you can stay in one of these retreats and savor some authentic ayurvedic food.
Subsequently, you should stay for at least one night on a houseboat in the backwaters. From a basic houseboat to a luxurious floating hotel, you will find everything to your liking.
And as far as landscapes are concerned, this state is simply sensational – all in all, a perfect destination for couples.
For more details, check out our Southern India motorcycle tour.
Bottom Line: Which destination is the best fit for you?
It’s always hard to make a decision at the beginning, which is why we would suggest just throwing yourself into the adventure!
All of these regions are great for motorcycle touring even as a beginner. And by picking one from any of these, we are pretty sure you will have a ride of your lifetime.
But if you are a more advanced rider, who probably holds a lot of experience in multi-day touring, we would highly recommend you to take up motorcycle tours around the Himalayas.
And even if you are not ready for this kind of challenge, it’s worth taking a look 😊
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