Asian Motorcycle Adventures

Beyond the Twilight Zone

Beyond the Twilight Zone

When I was living in Malaysia from 1995 through 2000, I found myself traveling to Borneo often, mostly for motorcycle riding. Through these motorcycle tours I also became interested in Borneo’s tourism infrastructure and began making many contacts in the tourism industry there. One contact I made was Robert Basiuk who went on to become the Minister of Tourism for Sarakak Province in East Malaysia on the island of Borneo.

Monkey U

Monkey U

On one of my bike trips through southern Thailand, I was held up in a town called Suratthani for a week because the rainy season had flooded all the roads. With nothing to do except wait for the floods to subside, I couldn’t help but notice that many of the pickup trucks around town were filled to the brim with coconuts, and on top of the pile usually sat a monkey or two on a leash.

800 Reasons for Cruising

800 Reasons for Cruising

I was invited to go on the first exploratory cruise into Burma’s Mergui Islands along with two other journalists. The Merguis had always held a long time fascination for me for several reasons. First of all, they are strictly off-limits to foreigners and have been this way for at least a half century because of Burma’s xenophobic and paranoid government (I don’t know why, but all these off limit places are the ones I want to visit the most).

The Whale Hunters of Lamalera

The Whale Hunters of Lamalera

While on a motorcycle trip through Indonesia, I heard about a tiny island where the locals hunt whales from primative boats. Sounded interesting, I thought. So I loaded my bike on a local prahu and headed to Lambeta Island where this story took place. I actually went whale hunting with the Lamalerans, and, probably lucky for me, we came back empty-handed the entire week I took to the seas.