Part 2: The Noob’s Motorcycle Diaries – Mae Hong Son Loop

After our eventful first leg, the motorcycle adventure continues!

Day 2: Mae Sariang –> Mae Hong Son       (163 kms)

On the second leg of our journey, the surroundings started to become harsher. Landscapes converted from green to orange and dried leaves scattered the forest floors. Some parts of the forest were even on fire, causing the air to be thick with the scent of smoke. At one point, a burning tree fell in the middle of the road billowing a mass of grey smoke. As Arran skillfully weaved our motorcycle around the burning tree – I silently ticked off a bucket list item – rising from the flames like all those Hollywood movies, check.

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Part 1: The Noob’s Motorcycle Diaries -Mae Hong Son Loop

With the mention of The Motorcycle Diaries, Che Guevara’s epic 9 month motorcycling journey across 28 South American towns comes to mind – popularized by a 2004 movie with the same name. Not nearly as epic, yet thrilling nonetheless, was The Exploring Engineers’ 5 day motorcycling trip traversing through northern Thailand mountains.

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Journeys in Japan: Onsen-Hopping

Onsen

Naturally hot waters flowing from geothermally heated springs rich in mineral content with mystical healing powers – a one-sentence textbook description of Onsens.

Wikipedia could have told you that, but I am not here to be a parrot regurgitating facts. Allow me to take you into the world of onsens, from a foreigner’s standpoint with nil experiences in public nudity.

Wait, did you mean the sacred ritual of bathing/showering, that time of the day you look forward to some alone pampering time in lathers of shower gel, that’s done publicly in Japan?

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Musing over Malaysia in Kapas Island

A genuine tropical paradise, Kapas Island lies on the East coast of Terengganu, a state in the North-East of Malaysia. The island derived its name from the Malay word “Kapas” which means “Cotton” due to its soft cotton-like sands.

White-sandy beaches stretching over a kilometre long, it is the less touristy version of its neighbours, Redang and Perhentian Island. For those who are looking for a relaxing and private getaway without compromising the crystal clear blue waters – signature of the Malaysian East Coast islands – Kapas Island is the way to go!

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