Monthly Archives: February 2015

Mae Hong Son Loop, bungalows, & travel friendships

From Chiang Mai I had a week before needing to be at the Mae Sot border to cross into Myanmar. The Mae Hong Son loop (route 8) is a ride in the very northwest of the country and is always … Continue reading

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Golden triangle & maintenance time in Chiang Mai

The golden triangle is a large area that overlaps mountainous regions of northern Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. Along with the golden crescent of Afghanistan, it’s become one of the largest opium producers, and was the largest until passed by Afghanistan … Continue reading

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Huay Xai friendship bridge by motorcycle to Thailand & help from ghost of my past?

I’d heard a lot of stories about the Huay Xai border, which is the furthest northern crossing between Laos and Thailand. I had done it the opposite way, from Thailand to Laos, a few years ago. I had done it … Continue reading

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Northern Laos: Nong Khiaw, grumpy people, opium ladies, driveway sleeping, & goodbye

I like Laos, but it reminds me of going through Vietnam in that the people get a bit colder and more serious as you get further north. The warmth and open arms of the the people in the south slowly … Continue reading

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Adventures riding through Laos

The days riding through Laos are filled with unexpected detours and encounters. A snack stop at a shack on the side of the road turns into a get together with half the town. Inevitably half my stuff gets pulled out … Continue reading

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Detained, interrogated, & pinched by Laos Police, Long Cheng secret CIA airbase

This adventure all started five fateful days before when I met a German and Swiss rider heading south. We passed each other in a small village, and since it’s pretty uncommon to see another overland rider, flipped around and met … Continue reading

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