When on vacation in Southeast Asia, you’d seriously be missing out if you didn’t explore some local areas on the back of a motor scooter! Here are a couple amazing places to roam on two wheels:
1. Dieng Plateau, Indonesia
This gorgeous plateau comes with an incredible view. You’ll get to explore lightly bubbling volcanic lakes, hot springs, and even hidden temples that seem to blend in with the foliage. Wherever you drive, you’ll see the rugged mountainside and all the wild plants and vegetables growing nearby. You may even catch glimpses of the locals as they make their living. Waking up in the wee hours of the morning would definitely be worth it as you’d be rewarded with a truly incredible sunrise.
2. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai is one of those cities that display the perfect balance between the old and the new. There is plenty of spectacular architecture on structures that were built so long ago. The canals and waterways snake through the city, and you’re sure to run across a few bustling markets. The ride up to the hills or even to Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest point, would not be easy, but it would most definitely be worth it. Just imagine looking down through the mist to the gorgeous city below!
3. Luang Namtha, Laos
This one is for those of you who prefer to forgo the tourist areas altogether and head to the local areas. Weave through the roads surrounded by foliage until you reach the bright green rice paddies, lightly-flowing waterfalls, and small communities of people. You’ll see bamboo houses, fields, gardens, children running around playing while their mothers beat rice or cook in holes dug into the ground. Be sure you dress well for this ride, especially if you choose to stop and enjoy those waterfalls - leeches don’t discriminate.
4. Sapa, Vietnam
The trails here are single-laned and seem to go on forever. You won’t get bored though, as you’ll be treated to the most incredible view of the hillsides. You’ll see farmers walking among their crops and caribou grazing in the fields. When you pass a village with vendors, be sure to stop for some snacks, especially that of the roasted nut variety. It’s the perfect road trip snack - warm and savory, something you definitely would not get at home.
5. Pulau Ternate, Indonesia
We started with Indonesia and we’ll end with Indonesia. This area is, like many other parts of Indonesia, formed around a volcano. You can ride along the rim and gaze at the view. There are certainly many people who do so, which is why the road is so well-kept. Be sure to stop at those ancient structures you’ll see along the way, and bring a camera along to take some photos at the gorgeous views near the volcanic lakes filled with crocodiles. You’ll definitely have your friends back home green with envy!