Once arrived in Bangkok we will have a few days’ brake to get used to a new time zone and the tropical temperatures of Thailand. But soon it’s time to say goodbye to the bustle of the city as we head south towards Krabi. As we pass by the many tourist resorts we will be riding on roads that most other people will only have seen from the air.
On our way, we will pass by giant limestone formations rising out of the green jungle, visit deep caves and relax on heavenly beaches. All of which will leave lasting impressions that will sustain us as we ride through the endless palm oil and rubber plantations of southern Thailand. This is truly a section of many contrasts.
Malaysia is a contrast all on its own, with its relaxed small villages and modern, sometimes futuristic cityscapes: the Petronas Towers, multi-lane highways and glitzy shopping malls compete with small boutique hotels and green, quiet courtyards. As we wait for our motorcycles to cross the Malakka Straight we will have two days to explore Kuala Lumpur, before jumping on a plane to Sumatra to re-join our bikes.
Leaving the airport in Medan is like stepping into a new world: the chaotic traffic, the nev-er-ending cacophony of horns and shouts, the smell of petrol fumes. All these combine into a mix of overwhelming impressions that can seem almost scary. Our bikes are the perfect antidote as we set off into the green heart of Sumatra. Our first stop along our route is Lake Toba, located inside of one of the world’s largest volcanic craters. Who can resist a swim in a volcano before we continue our ride across the island? A major highlight is just around the corner. Shortly before reaching Bukkittinggi we will ride across the equator, a highlight for any serious biker! Riding along the relaxed western coast of Sumatra we head south and onto the ferry for Java.
Arrival of the Tallinn to Bangkok group...sitting together with the new group (in the back)