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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Lessons from Traveling

I have been traveling full time for the past two months and part-time for seven months before that. Within these nine months, I felt like I was let into a secret society of travelers, those who possess insatiable curiosity, something that they try to satisfy by exploring every possible inch of the planet. As an honour to the travelers that I have learnt so much from, this piece is for you.

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