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Photos: Namhsan to Hsipaw by Motorbike

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In the final days of my visit to Myanmar, I did a “motorbike trek” from Namhsan to Hsipaw. It’s route following small, poorly maintained dirt roads up and down mountains, through streams and mountain villages. It’s a popular trekking route for foreign tourists, but I was still smarting from a muscle strain from the Kalaw to Lake Inle trek I’d done a couple weeks earlier, so I opted to drive the route by motorbike instead of by foot.

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Photos: Bagan, Myanmar

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Photos: Kalaw and Trek to Inle Lake, Myanmar

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I spent a wonderful few days in the hill station town of Kalaw, cool and green at 1400 meters, in the mountainous Shan State of NE Myanmar.  Then I hiked for three days form Kalaw to Inle Lake, accompanied by four other male tourists, and our guide, a young local woman.  The trek was beautiful, and strenuous.  We saw amazing views, passed through villages with a variety of ethnic groups, and in the evening at yummy food and stayed in the homes of villagers.

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Photos: Cambodia Motorbike Gang

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I spent a week exploring Kep and Kampot by dirt bike with my friends Fredrik and Karen. We had a great time, cruising along dirt roads lining rice paddies, through small villages and visiting remote temples. We also spent a couple nights resting on beautiful, quiet Koh Tonsai. It was a great adventure, filled with wonderful interactions with locals, interesting food, mishaps with the bikes breaking down, and beautiful sites and vistas.

For the grand finale, we drove to the top of Bokor, leaving Kampot at 5:20AM, and arriving just as the sun crested the horizon.

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Photos: Bayon & Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Photos: Tonsai and Railay Beaches, Krabi, Thailand

Famous with rock climbers, the limestone cliffs around Tonsai and Railay Beaches are stunning, and the nearby Phra Nang Beach is gorgeous.  I enjoyed a short walk up and over the ridge, through the jungle, to go between Tonsai and Railay.  Tonsai is cheaper and more of a backpacker scene, while Railay is more of resort tourism.  Both have beginner to advanced climbing, with equipment and training provided.  I stayed at Andaman Resort (just a simple wooden bungalow with bathroom) for 400 baht a night, on Tonsai Beach.

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Photos: Panoramas of Big River at sunset, Mendocino, California

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