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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…

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…

India or Bust

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It’s a bright morning in Bangkok, and a beam of light reflects in just such a way from the rooftop of the drug factory across the way as to awaken me from my bear-like hibernation. We’ve been living in this apartment just down the street from the Bang Chak Skytrain station for a month, and we’ve finally accomplished everything that…

The Rally Crashers

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One thing we’ve come to appreciate about our Southeast Asian friends is their ability to coerce us into doing unusual activities that we would never otherwise do. This subtle trickery is achieved through nonchalance and a sprinkling of urgency, such as the time that TengTsen Khoo made us appear on The Apprentice, unclean, unshaven, and in my case, in desperate need…

Nacho’s New Heart

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The forklift driver carefully maneuvered the arm in front of Nacho’s sliding door. The engine hung idly from a chain as the driver used the controls to square up the arm with the opening in the side of the van. Just then the skies opened up and Bangkok was engulfed in a thunderous downpour. Water immediately gushed from the middle…

Readers Stories – Worst Travel Experiences Competition

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Recently I posted a blog about my Top 5 Worst Travel Experience. For fun I ran a competition to hear about your own stories. Here are the three lucky winners stories, as I decided to award them all first prize. Along with one more story.
Each of the winners will receive a call from me, from the road sometime before…

Thailand – Changing Plans, Racing the Clock and Bangkok Dangerous!!

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Thai Customs Office at Nong Khai
(Thailand)
Entering into Thailand was pretty straightforward to be fair. Things were going pretty smoothly on the border crossing front. I was back on the road and heading for Bangkok where I was planning to leave Boris for a few weeks before entering Myanmar.
Well, that was the plan until about 1pm that day.…

Crossing into Thailand from Laos with Your Vehicle (At Vientiane / Nong Khai)

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I recently crossed into Thailand from Laos at the Vientiane / Nong Khai border. As I was after a 60 day visa for me and my truck I thought I’d share the process I went through.

Exit Vientiane
Drive your vehicle as far to the front as possible then park and get out. Head to any of the offices with your…

Barkeep, Another Mekong Please

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Brad sat with his back to the Mekong River and I watched his face slowly darken to a silhouette of black. The sky was smeared with the most brilliant blues while the dark clouds seemingly sat on an invisible sheet of glass. We rested here, along the Mekong River on one of the many balconies that hung from the…

A Series of Unfortunate Events

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It all started with a little bump.
“What on Earth was that?” Sheena asked, wide-eyed and alarmed. “Just a little bump,” I said reassuringly.
As dictated by Murphy’s Law, it was 92 kilometers into a 100 kilometer diversion off of Thailand’s northwestern mountain circuit that would have taken us to a high mountaintop campsite next to a glistening lake,…

The Sheena Stewart Show

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We gathered around the table covered by a cloth imprinted with cappuccino cups and fluffy croissants. I would have imagined that we were somewhere in Italy, yet the dishes in the center of the table were all of Thai origin, cooked with basil, ginger, galanga, chili paste, lemongrass, and plenty of fish sauce. I had survived my introductory course…

The Human Zoo

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On a Tuesday afternoon Sheena and I boarded Nacho and set off in search of a human zoo. “A human zoo,” you say? It must be so, for it says it right here in our guidebook.
“The villages are often derided as human zoos, and there are certainly elements of this, but we find them more like bizarre rural…

Coffee Shop Hermits

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Brad and I are certainly two people who love our morning coffee. Brad says I get angry without it but I wouldn’t go that far. When we lived at home we ordered green beans from Sweet Marias in Oakland and roasted a pound of coffee every week. We like it fresh. Yet, when we got to Argentina whole roasted beans got really expensive…

What Josh is Doing

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Brigit and Bret lived in a modest house on Grand Canyon Avenue. A few bicycles accented the front porch, which overlooked the street and a front garden filled with mint, strawberries, lemongrass, and a peach tree. Brigit was the most fashionable of all of the scientists at work, always looking like she’d just stepped out of a scene in…

Searching for a Piece of Burma

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In the past I’ve mentioned my undying love for Anthony Bourdain, host of No Reservations. Just a few months ago he came out with a new show on CNN called Parts Unknown. He said that he accepted the offer because it would gain him access to places that American TV cameras rarely get to visit. Guess where the show debuted?…

Born Again Nacho

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About a year ago in Colombia, our transmission failed. We had been driving up a dirt road in the middle of the faraway mountains when Nacho voided his bowels, we were towed to a tiny mountain village where a deranged mechanic had his way with our poor Nacho, but then we lurked in and stole Nacho away and deposited him…

The Resilience of a Mother

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My mom and brother had arrived some time before Christmas in 2003, and we loaded their belongings in the trunk of our tiny red Kia. Our first visitors during our year living abroad. We would make it to our first stop at Stonehenge, but only barely, after having driven through England’s winding back roads at night in the freezing…

Shopping Shenanigans

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“Don’t you ever get tired of going to markets? It’s soooo boring. It’s like going to a grocery store. You know they are all the same, right?” I have heard this from Brad on a weekly basis.
Well, to answer that first question, no, not really. How I ever enjoy markets, and if the past tells anything, I will never tire from them. I usually go…

The Ill-Fated Jungle Trek

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“Jungle trekking, yeah!” Sheena was visibly excited on the morning that we awoke for our ill-fated day of jungle trekking.
She’d picked up a new pair of trekking boots after we left Argentina, and now walked in circles in the parking lot of Thailand’s Khao Sok National Park while stealing glances at her fancy footwear as I finished loading up…

Thailand part 2 – beach life and more

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May 7, 2013 in Thailand, On the road

We left Bangkok with mixed feelings. On the one hand, we were looking forward to Phuket where we would meet Filippo’s brother and his wife in a few days. They were coming to visit and to spend their holidays with us. But on the other hand, we were also sad to say goodbye to our…

One year on the road – and this is not the end

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Exactly one year ago, on May 2nd, 2012 it was the day of our departure – we were finally ready to leave. We originally had planned to leave one month earlier, but all the preparations had taken longer than expected, and the last nights before we left we hadn’t slept much.
But now we were standing there with our motorcycles,…

What to do, What to do

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In our next blog post, you’ll read about a guy we met named Hairi. After spending a couple of days with this man, who lived in a tent in the jungle with his family, we were really inspired. His life has been a continuous string of achievements that didn’t seem possible for someone without any money who lives in a…