Our Island Ride

Did we mention that we bought a semi-automatic bike a few months ago? Here’s the beast. The kickstart works every time which is a bonus! There’s usually quite a few bikes, in various conditions, for sale on the island. ┬áThe simplest way to find one is to join the Koh Tao community FaceBook pages, and…

Nangnoi Guesthouse – Pakse, Laos

Cost 70,000 kip (LAK) What Clean fan room, en-suite bathroom, hot shower, wifi in room, double bed, balcony Where View Nangnoi & Soutchai Guesthouses – Pakse in a larger map Comment Run by a Laotian couple with their two children, this is a highly organized guesthouse. There are only about 10 rooms and each are…

A Silly Calf and the Mother Who Tried to Kill Us

Passed a herd of cows resting on the road from 4,000 islands along the Mekong. In the confusion a calf thought our motorbike was its mum and started running alongside us. Next thing I know a giant cow is chasing us, mooing and huffing and galloping. Lionel thought it was hilarious and was trying to…

Golden Triangle Northern Thailand Motorbike Loop

The rural north of Vietnam was spectacular, so we didn’t hesitate to explore the northern most region in Thailand. Our base for this loop was Chiang Rai. I recommend ST Rental for a motorbike. They have serious bikes too. I was batting eyelids at an all matte army green 250cc Honda off-road bike, but at…

Off The Grid In Northern Thailand

There’s a reason why the blog has been quiet. We have been heading further north from Chiang Mai after saying goodbye to our friends Scott and Sarah. It is a very special little world up here. Sometimes we go days without spotting another tourist or meeting anyone that speaks English. We order food and bargain…

1864 Corners In North-West Thailand

The Mae Hong Son loop in north-west Thailand is known for its many bends. It is claimed there are 1864 of them. In Mae Hong Son itself there is a shop dedicated to 1864 branded souvenirs! I didn’t count them, however I can confirm that there are many, many corners. Some are very sharp and…

Mae Sa Valley Loop – Take One

After our 10 day motorbike adventure in Mae Hong Son, we returned to Chiang Mai yesterday. We still had our bike today and decided to do the 100km Mae Sa Valley loop, before we return our trusty Honda Dream. This is apparently one of the most picturesque 100km you can ride in northern Thailand. So,…

Loopers – Looping Around Mae Hong Son

We set off on the Mae Hong Son loop yesterday and our first leg took us from Chiang Mai to Mae Sariang – a big one at 195km. Today, we pushed on along many winding corners on highway 108 for 162km. Riding away from the rain for most of the day, we actually ended up…

A Day In Vientiane

We are “stuck” in Vientiane (the world’s second most exciting capital city) for a few days, while we wait for our Thai visas. The timing we chose is a bit less than ideal. Usually the passport with visa can be collected the following day, however we applied on a Friday so we have to wait…