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Nothing fancy today. There are a bunch of things I do that are fairly unique but probably wouldn't ever come up on this site. Maybe some of them will give you ideas, or maybe you'll just think I'm weird.

Zen and the art of surviving Chiang Mai by motorcycle

On True East

In the South of Thailand, road burn is known as the ‘Koh Phangan tattoo.’ It’s a popular look on the backpackers here who come in search of the fabled zen-like experience of riding a motorbike through South East Asia.

A lot of these people arrive in Thailand, jump straight on a scooter without any experience and end up slamming it into a tree, a road sign or a drunken native. The roads here really are mighty treacherous. So much so that it was five months until I plucked up the courage to rent a scooter and brave the streets of Chiang Mai.

Before that, I’d just jump on the back of my girlfriend’s bike or take a red cab. This was all going well until I sat in the front seat of one of the red cabs and found the driver so fucked in half drunk that he could barely steer. I also noticed that my girlfriend’s bike didn’t have a left rear view mirror. Around this point I figured I might be safer navigating the roads on my own.

I’d rented a scooter in Pai on two occasions and managed to drive around town without bursting into a ball of flames, so I figured it was a viable option. Still, I decided to spend the first few weeks riding on quiet streets in Santitham before I braved the hectic ring road around the Old City.

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