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Motorbike Riding Overseas

Often I have been asked what it is like riding a motorbike in a foreign country, where the driving habits are unknown, there is a large population and the road conditions may be dodgy.

motorbike-riding-overseasOften I have been asked what it is like riding a motorbike in a foreign country, where the driving habits are unknown, there is a large population and the road conditions may be dodgy.

Well of course each place is different in terms of road conditions, population, temperature and driving habits. I've ridden through India (challenging), Turkey (easy), Bolivia (sandy), Vietnam (hectic), Australia (kangaroos), and Peru (breathless). In many regard, riding in Thailand is easy because they ride on our side of the road, roads are in good condition, and there is little traffic on the mostly rural roads in the areas we go to.

I would not want to ride in or around Bangkok, where the traffic zooms about, but fortunately we travel 650kms to Chiang Mai before collecting our bikes. The riding portion of the trip also ends in Chiang Mai.

Thailand is one of those countries where personal responsibility is up to the individual. You will never be asked to show your licence... until you have an accident, nor are there policemen checking your speed, warrant of fitness or protective clothing. Once again, common sense prevails. Don't be surprised if fellow local riders on Thai roads are carrying chickens, goats or just the whole family on a 125cc scooter. The most bizarre sight I have encountered on the open road in Thailand has been a woman cradling her child while driving her motorbike, whilst feeding him from a bottle. I guess that is good time management!