On a recent trip through northern Thailand, my friend Deborah and I did a 10-day scooter trip along the northern part of the Mae Hong Son Loop. This was our second attempt at scootering through this area – the first ending in failure with our disabled scooters in … Read more
My first visit to the Long Neck refugee village near Mae Hong Son, Thailand was in November, 1991 on one of those typical backpacker tours out of Chiang Mai that included 4 days of trekking, caving, and a visit to the Long Neck refugee village.
At that time, the … Read more
Since moving to Taiwan a few years ago, my primary transportation is my scooter and weekends are often spent cruising mountain roads and exploring small villages. This newfound love of riding has opened up new doors when exploring other areas of Asia and especially northern Thailand.
Last Spring my … Read more
My friend Deborah and I fell in love with Ban Rak Thai last year during our brief 14-hour layover. Unfortunate scooter issues during our first trip into this magical village cut our time short, and we left in a pick-up truck with our dead scooters in the back.
We decided … Read more
One of the best parts of travelling in Asia is the ridiculously cheap prices for “beautification” treatments – cheap massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. It’s wonderful spending a few hours pampering for a fraction of US prices. In the US, I consider it an occasional splurge. When travelling in Asia, … Read more
We were so close, only 13 kilometers from Ban Rak Thai, when my scooter died. An hour before sunset in the mountains of northwest Thailand, it could’ve been an ugly ending for us – two adventurous “Biker Babes” taking a side-trip off the Mae Hong Son Loop. It could’ve … Read more