Motorcycle Touring Thailand - Isaan Riders Tour 2019
Updated: Jan 30
Guest article written by David Zak.
Riding a motorcycle is the ideal way to enjoy the country and become more close to the people and culture of a place.
Being on a bike is an intimate experience. You slow down to smell the grilled chicken being cooked at the side of the road.
You feel the temperature drop as you enter the bamboo forest and start climbing out if the valley.
You feel the excitement of the kids at the side of the road when you pass by their village school.
It opens you up to that passionate conversation with the old man at the noodle shop who once saved his money for 5 years to buy the first Honda Wave in his village back in the 1980s.
Motorcycle Touring Thailand
Thailand is a fantastic country for biking. There are endless well-maintained roads all around the country for touring.
Simple scooter rides around the endless coastline, or just around the little village offers a fun and simple freedom.
There are hard enduro tracks all over, from the Cambodian border, to along The Mighty Mekong, to the wilderness of the Burmese border and on to dirt roads and buffalo paths in every agricultural village.
Of course, there is also the world-class Moto GP in Buriram and other sport bike action around the country.
Almost Every Thai person has grown up around bikes and has an interest in biking.
Recently a diverse group of bikers took a trip around Isaan.
We all met through the "Isaan Riders" Facebook Group which is a forum for bikers of all types to plan rides together, meet other motorcycle enthusiasts in their area, and discuss topics that help us all enjoy exploring Thailand through motorcycling.
We rode from the gates of Isaan at Pak Chong/Khao Yai in Korat province to the Mekong in Loei.
Then we played in the amazing hills around Sakhon Nakhon and Mukdahan. After Mukdahan we followed The Mekong down to The Moon River and Ubon Ratchathani.
From Loei, we rode to Chiang Khan and Udon Thani. After Udon we rejoined The Mekong at Nakhon Phanom.
Then we headed back East to Surin and Buriram.
Please enjoy the following pics, and if you are also a biker who rides in Isaan, please get in touch.
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