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Crossing Myanmar by motorcycle: Yangon, buddhalicious pagodas, & friendly burmese at work

Day three sent us to the old capital of Yangon. Our original itinerary didn’t include it, but people wanted to go. It was a pretty quick ride since we weren’t a great distance away. We passed through watermelon heaven on … Continue reading

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Crossing Myanmar by motorcycle Part I: Border-crossing to Hpaan, Golden Rock, & buying a machine gun

The time finally came to head into Myanmar, and luckily the food poisoning from Pai had cleared up. I won’t be eating cashew vegetable stir fry for awhile. It was the first time in years that I got it. I … Continue reading

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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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Laos: Mountains, cock fights, caves, reality & eating monkeys

Embrace everything thrown your way and open your mind to the strange and different. At the city of Thakhek along the Mekong river you can take a way better route than the boring trip straight up highway 13 (the loop). … Continue reading

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Corrupt Cambodian borders (Koh Kong), killer roads and weirdos

If you keep heading southeast in to Trat province along the gulf of Thailand, the country grows thinner and thinner until you reach the narrowest point. Theres a couple of signs pointing to an area, but it’s just an ugly … Continue reading

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