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Old 12-09-2014, 04:55 PM   #1
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Cool2 Jammin South to South East Asia | India - Myanmar - Thailand - Laos

Hello from Burma! or Myanmar as it's called now

It's been a while since my RTW finished in Delhi last year (I'm yet to finish that RR) and a new Jammin journey has started. I wanted to get this thread going earlier but getting ready for this trip sucked a lot of time up. Now that we're underway, there's finally some breathing time and good internet. I'm currently in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar, a strange place filled with concrete and 20 lane roads, yes 10 each way, uggh. But the internet's super fast, hehe. Besides this ostentatious city, the country is fantastic. The riding has been thrilling and the people are super friendly, I guess not yet spoiled by being exposed to too much tourism.

The story behind the ride is that I have a friend in Delhi who has two Royal Enfield Maschimo 500 Bullets that he needs delivered to a friend in Laos. Shipping is no fun, so I offered to ride them overland, through Myanmar. Not an easy task as the paperwork is a bit intense, but not impossible. Myanmar is open but if you're crossing border to border with your own vehicle, you need a government escort, tour guide, pilot car, the whole shebang. I don't like it, but hey, I'll take it.

I'm riding with an Aussie friend, Noel, who lives in Mumbai and he's great fun to have along. This is different from my usual style of solo riding but to cross Myanmar the costs are pretty high so more the better to share the costs.

The ride began in Delhi on Nov 26th and we blasted across North India to get into the North East and after an Elephant Safari in Assam and flirting with some tribal ladies of Nagaland, we crossed over into Myanmar on Dec 3rd. We've ridden from the Indian border to Mandalay, down to Bagan, over to Inlay Lake and now we're in the capital. Today we ride to Yangon or Rangoon.

Here's a video I just put together from the Myanmar riding:


and I'll post some photos from the start of the ride till now and here's the route map:

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Old 12-09-2014, 05:11 PM   #2
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The start from Delhi


Chai should always be served in clay cups. Burning miles on the highway, heading east.


Roadside dhabas of Uttar Pradesh. This guys is spinning a fan for the hot coals of stove above.


Lovely side roads of Bihar
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Old 12-09-2014, 05:38 PM   #3
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Another epic trip... I'm in.
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Old 12-09-2014, 11:44 PM   #4
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Welcome back Jay, lovin' the new ride and look forward to following your next adventure, but don't forget about the DR, she will be getting restless and perhaps even a little jealous if you don't give her some lovin' when you get back!

Good luck,

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Old 12-10-2014, 10:36 AM   #5
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allright, Jay is back ..... this is where I came in ...... .... gonna be good !
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Old 12-10-2014, 05:24 PM   #6
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Thanks guys! Glad to be back

Interwebs is real patchy here. Will post more as soon as I can.
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Old 12-10-2014, 08:35 PM   #7
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Hey Jay, glad to see you are back in the saddle. I loved your RTW report and the great photos. Tell us plenty about the Royal Enfield bikes and any repairs you make to keep them hummin' along.
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:37 PM   #8
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good to see you on the road again!
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:50 PM   #9
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Looking forward to this one.

Though I still haven't even finished your last one, so far behind in reading that !
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Old 12-11-2014, 06:39 AM   #10
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Loved the intro vid
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Old 12-13-2014, 05:29 PM   #11
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Riding across the North East of India


Assamese kid at dhaba with a great smile for the selfie.


In the North East of India lies the Kaziranga National Park that is home to the one-horned rhino and the best way to see them is on elephant back


What a treat! We turned up in Nagaland just in time for the annual Hornbill Festival, which brings all the various tribes in the North East together for a cultural and musical festival. Lots of modern girls get the chance to wear their tribal wear and IMHO look better

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Myanmar

03 Dec 2014

We continued riding east and now we're into Myanmar!! First time crossing a land border with a Royal Enfield and wow, so thrilled to make it through the Moreh/Tamu border between India and Myanmar. The Indian army has built this road a bit of the way into Myanmar and BRO leaves their trademark of smirky road safety signs, just like in Ladakh. First impressions are that the people are super friendly and gentle and the landscape is lush. We rode south from the border along the mountains of Manipur and now we're in Kalay. Lunch was exciting and delicious; fish, quail eggs and other things I couldn't recognize. We're riding right across this country as it opens up to the outside world.

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Old 12-13-2014, 05:39 PM   #13
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04 Dec 2014

Now that we're safely into Myanmar, I can reveal what this ride is about - Welcome to Jammin South to South East Asia! We're riding a pair of Royal Enfield Bullets from India through Myanmar and Thailand into Laos. Even though we had all our papers, we weren't sure we could cross the border but that's all behind us now and we're off exploring a new country

Epic day of riding from Kalay in the west, up and over the Chin Hills of the Arakan Mountains down into the Irrawaddy river basin and into Mandalay - a name that evokes a sense of a far-off place that is today a bustling city. The Arakan Mountains are covered in dense rain forest and we've timed it to be here in the dry season, which also meant lots of dust. The scenery is stunning; huge trees, green carpeted hills, lots of rivers and beautiful little villages with stilt houses.

Our Bullets make their presence known with their loud thumping and people wave and smile and are amused to see us trundling up and over the bumps. The bikes are doing great and Noel and I are gaining strong right legs with the hefty kicking these bikes need to get started. We have a long journey ahead and stay tuned as the adventure unfolds...



Riding along rivers leaving Kalay, heading for Monywa.


Woohoo! Riding the dirt roads of western Myanmar!


Lots of gnarly wooden bridges in the western part of Myanmar.


So much tasty food! That's Noel, my riding partner on this journey. He's an Aussie living in Mumbai.


Nazia, my Royal Enfield on this trip from India to Laos.
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Old 12-16-2014, 06:38 PM   #14
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Another video from Myanmar

Great scramble up the Kayin Mountains in the east, getting to the Thai border.

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