Can You Ride a City Bike to Cross Three Countries? He's Out for an Answer

Arunabh Majumdar is on a road-trip across India, Myanmar and Thailand. This is the first of his weekly updates

Published: 26th December 2015 04:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th December 2015 04:02 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Bangalore to Bangkok – a ride 7,000 km across India, Myanmar and Thailand on a 110cc motorcycle. What does it take to embark on a 28-day road trip across three nations? Physical fitness and an extensive training on the complete workings of the motorcycle.  You are expected to drop your kids off to school on a 110cc commuter bike, go to work maybe, but I decided to take my destination a little further, about 7,000 km further.

I am all set to conquer the tri-nation ride on the 110cc commuter bike, perhaps the first to take on this challenge.

Every bike is designed for a specific purpose. You take it out of its comfort zone and you realise the capabilities of it.

The revelation to attempt a journey of this magnitude came to me when I managed to take a below-100cc bike across the Rann of Kutch on a blistering afternoon to within 700 metres of the Indo-Pak border at Vighakote. My resolve to attempt this journey was further heightened when I heard of the new Indo-Myanmar-Thailand highway on social media, the internet was abuzz with this ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ and ‘bucket-list’ ride.  Having done my fair share of the Himalayan circuit, I wanted to do something I hadn’t done before.

The route I am following on my way to Bangkok is through one of the most exotic travel destinations in the country.

Through the brilliance of Konark in Odisha and onwards to Darjeeling. I will travel through almost the entire north-east including Assam, Nagaland and Manipur before getting onto Myanmar.

A 10-day ride, through Myanmar with world-heritage sites like Bagan and stellar Mandalay, is sure to give great photographs.

I am eagerly looking forward to the boat-excursion on Inle -Lake in Myanmar which also happens to be Myanmar’s first designated place of World Network of Biosphere Reserves. I am also hopeful of doing a  Hot-air Balloon ride amidst the 10,000 pagodas in Bagan.

The paperwork was tough. With an international ride on board and overland crossings into Myanmar and Thailand, it took close to 2 months.

Arunabh flagged off from Bengaluru on Christmas day 2015. You can follow his ride on his Facebook page.


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