Tag Archive: motorbike

Farang Tattoos: Get one while it’s hot!

First thing is first—you may be wondering, what is a farang? Do you eat it? Does it smell weird? Well, I’m a farang. And if you’ve ever visited Thailand, then you’ve been one as well. In a general sense, a farang is a foreigner visiting Thailand. While volunteering in the rural northeast, the locals would …

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Kep’s Famous Crabs and Motorbike Crash #2

Let me start by saying that I have learned my lesson after my second motorbike tumble. No more 125cc-induced wind beneath this woman’s wings. But more on that later. About a year ago, my aunt sent me this New York Times article about the Cambodian coast and wrote, “Ali, thought you’d enjoy this. Your chances …

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Photo Focus – Saigon, Vietnam

City traffic in Vietnam is outrageous. In Saigon, a city of 10 million, there are 5 million motorbikes. That doesn’t even make sense. I felt like I deserved a round of applause and a high five each time I successfully crossed an intersection. Perhaps even an ice cream. Sure, they technically drive on the right …

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Three custom coats and one motorbike crash in Hoi An

According to every guide book, travel forum, and traveler passing through, Hoi An is the place to have custom clothing made on the cheap. When asked what I planned to shop for, I replied that I didn’t need anything and didn’t want to carry it anyway. That resolve lasted about five minutes once I cruised …

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Hanoi Traffic and The Key To Not Getting Hit

As my taxi from the airport turned into Hanoi’s Old Quarter (at 5PM on a Friday), I knew we were in trouble. There they were—thousands (no, I’m not being dramatic) of motorbikes blanketing the streets and taking over every direction, with no method to the madness. The light turned green and they went; the light …

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