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04/12/2014 – 282 days/25125 miles

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With 25125 miles on the clock since leaving Denver, I’ve gone further than the 24860 mile circumference of the earth. I thought that was kinda cool…
I’ve left Thailand and entered Malaysia.  I’m already missing eating pad thai on a regular basis, but at least the wonderful roads make up for that loss.  So far, I’d say the roads here…

04/06/2014 – 276 days/24291 miles

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At this point, I had now real plans moving forward…All I wanted to do was head south towards Malaysia. It just so happens that there are a few islands that are popular destinations in the south of Thailand…so, Koh Tao it is!
In Thai, Koh (sometimes written Ko, in order to save ink by eliminating the useless H) is island,…

03/31/2014 – 270 days/23938 miles

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Getting out of Cambodia was a breeze. I’d heard plenty of stories that there would be extensive waiting and bribery required both while entering and exiting, but I had the exact opposite experience. It’s probably been my easiest country to enter and exit, and no bribes were required on either end.
When I entered back into Thailand, I was immediately…

03/25/2014 – 264 days/23587 miles

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From Phnom Penh, I rode south in the rain to Sihanoukville. The rain wasn’t terrible, but it caught me off guard, as I’ve only seen it rain for about 10 minutes in over two months, and haven’t had to ride in it in that time. And luckily I arrived in Sihanoukville just in time to get my bike unloaded before…

03/20/2014 – 259 days/23208 miles

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Here’s a couple more stops I made in Phnom Penh.

First, the Royal Palace

And I saw this guy at a temple near the palace…the patron saint of concussion prevention

Next up, some fun at a military base. Thank to a little bit of corruption, its possible to go to a range at the base and shoot some of their…

03/18/2014 – 257 days/23208 miles

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Two places I knew I needed to visit in Phnom Penh were the Choeung Ek Memorial (Killing Fields) and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (aka S-21), and yes, they’re as depressing as they sound.

 
First off, if you don’t know much about the Khmer Rouge, I recommend looking into it a little bit. It’s been interesting to learn about…

03/16/2014 – 255 days/22904 miles

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Another stop I made in Siem Reap was at the Cambodia Landmine Museum.

The museum was founded by Aki Ra, a Cambodian with a pretty fascinating life…He was born in 1970 (he was only able to confirm his year of birth recently), and at age 5, his parents were killed by the Khmer Rouge. He was placed in a Khmer…

03/15/2014 – 254 days/22870 miles

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There isn’t a ton to do in Siem Reap, but the one thing there is to see is pretty magnificent…Angkor Wat, or rather, the entire Angkor Complex.

If you want information and history on the place, there’s plenty out there, and I don’t really feel like typing a bunch right now, so all you’re gonna get is some pictures.
Angkor…

03/13/2014 – 252 days/22870 miles

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I saw two different temple sites today. In the morning I went to Koh Ker, then stopped at Beng Mealea on my way to Siem Reap.

Koh Ker consists of 180 individual sites spread out over 30 square miles. Not all the sites can be visited, as the area was previously heavily mined, and some of the areas have not…

03/12/2014 – 251 days/22781 miles

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While doing some more detailed planning of my route through Cambodia, I was having issues with what I was seeing on my map, and what I was seeing on Google Maps.  Seems like there were lots of main roads missing from my map, and often times, the route different roads took was not accurately portrayed.  Turns out, the map I…

03/08/2014 – 247 days/22472 miles

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Today had to be my most physically exhausting day so far.
It involved good asphalt, crap asphalt, gravel covered asphalt, hard packed dirt, loose gravel, looser gravel, washboards, rocks, ruts, sketchy bridges, steep hills, sand, silt, river crossings, and falling.
I loved it.I love the fact that I did it, and that I am now drinking beer instead of riding.…

03/07/2014 – 246 days/22224 miles

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Turns out Ban Nahin is on the northern portion of “The Loop” in Laos. Although I didn’t feel like riding the whole loop, I figured I’d make my trip from Ban Nahin to Pakse a little longer and ride the north, east, and south portions, rather than just taking the west side, which would’ve been much faster. The west side…

OP WEG NAAR LAOS

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OP WEG NAAR LAOS
OMGEVING CHIANG MAI
Op een klein halfuur van Chiang Mai wonen Els en Kees, die na een goed jaar reizen dit plekje hebben gevonden. We arriveren bij een mooi huis met weids uitzicht over de rijstvelden, waar de familie al op ons zit te wachten. Jammer genoeg voelt Kees zich niet echt lekker en gaandeweg de…

03/05/2014 – 244 days/21885 miles

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From Phonsavan, I had a long day of riding to get to Ban Nahin, which is near the Kong Lo cave (Tham Kong Lo)
I’m starting to find that as soon as you get off the few main roads in Laos, long stretches of dirt become fairly common.
I’m also starting to find that I’m getting more tired with each…

03/03/2014 – 242 days/21590 miles

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This happened yesterday.

I wish I had a more exciting story to go along with the picture, but all I have is this boring explanation…
I stopped to take a pee. I flipped the kickstand down with my foot. The kickstand hit a rock and bounced back up. I assumed that the sound I heard was the kickstand settling into…

03/01/2014 – 240 days/21308 miles

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The ride from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang, and the surrounding area, might have me convinced that Laos is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been.

And the food at all their little roadside restaurants is amazing as well
One day in Luang Prabang was spent riding around, getting lost…one particular road I took seemed to get less and…

02/23/2014 – 234 days/20922 miles

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Vang Vieng is an interesting place. The landscape is absolutely beautiful, and there are endless possibilities for what one could do while visiting.

Unfortunately, however, pretty much all that the place has become is a huge party. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my beer, but drinking from the early afternoon until the early morning every day is a bit…

02/18/2014 – 229 days/20637 miles

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Crossing into Laos was fairly simple, other than the fact I had to wait in line in the heat for a couple hours to get my visa.
I immediately noticed a fairly different feel to the traffic and roads. The roads were decent quality, but definitely not what you get in Thailand. And the traffic was a bit more unruly…it…

02/16/2014 – 227 days/20478 miles

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Pai almost had me sucked in for an extra couple days, but Bo and I decided to stick with our plan to stay there for 3 days. We headed back to Chiang Mai, and then split and I continued north to Chiang Rai.
I only stayed in Chiang Rai for one night and the main thing I wanted to see…

Noord Thailand

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KAMPHAENG PHET

En pet is het! Normaal zijn er big smiles en wordt je overal gastvrij ontvangenl. Niets ervan hier. U krijgt nergens een plek wordt ons keihard gezegd. Een kamer nemen en in de auto slapen, oke dan maar. Die kamer stelt niets voor, ondanks de weidse naam: Grand View Resort. De volgende morgen is er geen ontbijt, is…

02/13/2014 – 224 days/19678 miles

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The ride from Mae Hong Son to Pai was probably the best portion of the loop yet.
Yet again…great scenery, on a windy and well paved road.

           

Pai is a bit of a hippie town, which first came on the radar for westerners in the 60s and 70s. This has carried over to current…

02/09/2013 – 220 days/19492 miles

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The Mae Hong Son Loop is about 600km of road through the Mae Hong Son province, the most mountainous in Thailand. Supposedly (and so far, I agree) it has some nice riding and scenery, along with a few great stops to make along the way.

I’m riding it with my buddy Bo, from Australia, who I met in Bangkok. I’d…

Thailand

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VAN STRAND NAAR CULTUUR
KO KHO KHAO
Een schitterend eiland met prachtige stranden en baaien – we zien het helemaal zitten. Na de lunch vinden we een mooie plek op het strand, dat ook heel populair blijkt te zijn bij een biljoen zandvlooien…en horen dan dat dat op het hele eiland het geval is. Geweldig..na de zandvlooien komen eind van…

02/01/2014 – 212 days/18770 miles

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Thailand is one of the 3 countries (US and Canada don’t count) on this trip that I’m seeing for the second time, and its the last of the three.
I arrived in Bangkok, from Kathmandu, and immediately felt different about the city than I did on my first visit. At first, it felt crowded, busy, loud, and dirty…to be honest,…

THAILAND-STRANDLAND

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Voordat we het beseffen, zijn we zomaar een week op dit eiland. De ene dag glijdt moeiteloos over in de andere. Het strand waar we staan, heet Ao Klong Jaak zo’n beetje op het meest zuidelijke puntje van het eiland vlakbij het Nationaal Park. Volgens de man van de strandtent hoeven we daar niet heen, het enige wat je er…

KRIS KRAS MALEISIË

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KUALA LUMPUR
Weerzien met familie en vrienden, Sinterklaas en Kerst achter de rug én een verhuizing van onze zoon. Op de terugvlucht rusten we uit! Bij het inchecken van de vlucht kunnen we met kleine bijbetaling Businessclass regelen, dat maakt de reis een stuk aangenamer.
We landen in stijl en worden afgehaald door Joe, die ons naar het appartement brengt…

Lingering in Lovina

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Meester Jeem, Meester Jeem. Eat here, Eat here! Each night, the calls from the local restaurants followed us down the street. Wherever we travel, few can pronounce my name, but Jim seems to be universally understood. In post bombing Bali, tourists were scarce and the local businesses were in desperate shape.

 
We had come to Lovina on a lark. Although…

Discovering the Subtle Charm of Vientiane

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The Laotian capital of Vientiane is not a city often lauded as a tourist hub. Unlike Bangkok or Saigon, this lazy, tree-lined town is considered boring by many, and to be used only as a transit point for the rest of the country. We loved it.

 
Due to circumstances beyond our control, i.e, a week long wait to acquire…

Reminiscing About Leg 3 – The China to Singapore Photo Gallery

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While I was stuck in Quetta (Pakistan) last week I had the chance to reminisce about previous sections of the journey. Leg 3 from China to Singapore was the toughest, most frustrating and challenging section of the journey. But over time the wounds have started to heal and on reflection there many highlights, satisfying memories and great photos.
If you…