Diverse, vibrant, overcrowded, loud, exotic, chaotic, colourful, extreme, hectic, welcoming, desperate, extraordinary…….. describing India is not easy and for everyone who comes here there is a different and unique experience. But one must come and experience this wonderful country.

We fell in love with India and everything she is the moment we arrived. Even during the most challenging moments, which somehow seemed to make sense in India, we were able to navigate our way through and come out the other side smiling.

As they say, learn to embrace the chaos, and you’ll love it!

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To talk about the Ganges River in India and the current contradiction between the spiritual beliefs and rituals carried out on her river banks and the toxic levels that are fast killing her, presents conceptual challenges.

Located on the banks of the Ganges is the holy city of Varanasi, described by some as “older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend. Hundreds of millions come to the city from all over the country to pray, bathe and to celebrate their divine river goddess. But many others come here to cremate their dead. Most Hindus believe that by burning the corpse of their loved ones, they liberate their souls from the perpetual cycle of rebirth, enabling them to attain moksha, which is Sanskrit for liberation. It is estimated that about 32,000 human corpses are cremated in Varanasi each year.

Unfortunately though, the Ganges is now a toxic river. Its levels of pollution are terrifying. It is not only the human waste and the ashes of burnt bodies (and sometimes semi cremated bodies due to many poor families unable to afford or pay for enough wood to fully cremate the body) that pollute this river, but also industrial effluents and untreated urban sewage.

The river has become one of the most polluted on the planet, denying hundreds of millions access to clean water.

At some point, religious traditions and economical dependence on this holy river need to find a balance with Mother Nature.

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INDIA – The Far North East

From the faces, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were in some remote corner or China, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, or even Tibet, The far North East of India is only connected to “mainland” India through a narrow stretch of land barely 30 kilometres wide at its narrowest point.

It has been a melting pot of remote tribes over thousands of years and has a natural beauty and rawness about it that can only be found in few locations in today’s developed world.

We just loved it!

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Put aside the recent attention that Myanmar has received due to it’s military activities in the North West, the people of Myanmar are amongst the friendliest and gentlest that we have had the good fortune to meet.

If you want to experience South East Asia as it once was, come to Myanmar.! We loved every minute of it!

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Life on this shallow freshwater lake is just captivating: With no roads or sidewalks , locals and visitors can only get around in narrow wooden boats outfitted with outboard propellers, that can be raised and lowered depending on water levels. Whilst the homes are modest, they a full of character and colour and filled with extremely welcoming and friendly families. The waterways bustle with activity and used by locals to wash their clothes as well as themselves. Fishermen work the lake, using a mesmerizing one-legged paddling technique you won’t see anywhere else in the world. They even grow tomatoes which are farmed on floating gardens and anchored by bamboo.
The authenticity on Inle lake and Myanmar in general is a very welcoming experience.

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Northern Thailand

Whilst most visit Thailand for its all- inclusive beach resorts the real gem (in our opinion) is in the very north where Thailand meets Myanmar (Burma).

Ethic groups such as Shan , Karin, and Hmong are just a few of the many ethic minority groups whom inhabit this remote mountainously region. The humble inhabitants of these small villages and communities could not have been more welcoming!

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Thailand / Malaysia and now Home

Five months ago we returned to Russia in freezing conditions to continue our journey across and around the world. It was fitting that we should finish in a tropical paradise before heading home for a much needed break.  We´ve left our motorcycle and trusted friend in the good hands of an old work collegue and friend at Sandvik Mining and Construction Malaysia. We´ll return in December to continue our travels towards India and beyond.


Laos & Cambodia

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LAOS & CAMBODIA still recovering from the Vietnam War………It was only last year when former President Obama visited Laos to acknowledge the USA and other foreign powers devastating intervention in Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam War. We had never heard of the Laos Secret War until we visited the Plain of Jars and came across numerous bomb craters within the area.

We would like to share a little bit of what we found:

September 06, 2016 Extract from Remarks of President Obama to the People of Laos
“I am very honored to be the first American president to visit Laos.
“I realize that having a U.S. President in Laos would have once been unimaginable. Six decades ago, this country fell into civil war. And as the fighting raged next door in Vietnam, your neighbors and foreign powers, including the United States, intervened here. As a result of that conflict and its aftermath, many people fled or were driven from their homes. At the time, the U.S. government did not acknowledge America’s role. It was a secret war, and for years, the American people did not know. Even now, many Americans are not fully aware of this chapter in our history, and it’s important that we remember today.”

“Over nine years — from 1964 to 1973 — the United States dropped more than two million tons of bombs here in Laos — more than we dropped on Germany and Japan combined during all of World War II. It made Laos, per person, the most heavily bombed country in history. As one Laotian said, the “bombs fell like rain.” Villages and entire valleys were obliterated. The ancient Plain of Jars was devastated. “

“I also know that the remnants of war continue to shatter lives here in Laos. Many of the bombs that were dropped were never exploded. Over the years, thousands of Laotians have been killed or injured — farmers tending their fields, children playing

The wounds — a missing leg or arm — last a lifetime. And that’s why, as President, I’ve dramatically increased our funding to help remove these unexploded bombs. As a result, Laos is clearing more bombs. Fewer Laotians are being hurt or killed. And together, we are saving lives. “

“But there is still much more work to do. So today, I’m proud to announce a historic increase in these efforts. The United States will double our annual funding to $90 million over the next three years to help Laos expand its work.

Given our history here, I believe that the United States has a moral obligation to help Laos heal.”

The USA and other foreign powers intervention in Cambodia during the Vietnam War led the country into one the most brutal regime in history, The Khomer Rouge.

In the four years that the Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia, it was responsible for one of the worst mass killings of the 20th Century. The cities were emptied and the entire population subjected to enforced starvation, mass execution, slave labour and unchecked disease in what became internationally known as “The Killing Fields”. All the public institutions of society were systematically dismantled. Money and the ownership of all personal property were made illegal. Music was banned. Doctors, teachers, engineers, academics and all other educated professionals were executed along with their extended families.

Without trained doctors and any basic medical understanding, Cambodia’s AIDS epidemic became the fastest growing in Asia. Many died and thousands more orphans were added to those left abandoned by years of political turmoil. Medical services, such as they were, were completely incapable of coping. Social services were non-existent. This would have a devastating impact in fuelling the human trafficking industry in Cambodia.

Without knowing much about Cambodia and whilst riding through many of the villages and its Capital , we couldn’t help but feel the risk exposure environment in which many children still live today.

Today Cambodia has many organizations fighting children sex slavery and human trafficking. We visited one project called Daughters of Cambodia who is doing a remarkable job to rescue young girls and boys from prositution and sex slavery by teaching them working skills and paying good salaries.

The vocalist in the video is Sophea Chamroeun, who once lived in Phnom Penh’s notorious ‘White Building’, in a slum area. She is now the vocalist of the well know band Krom, who tackle social issues and has been shortlisted for two 2017 Grammy nominations in the World categories: Best World Music Album and Song of the Year. For more information please visit :

Tibet Today

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.”
Dalai Lama

We were extremely lucky to be able to ride through Tibet. Few foreigners using private transport are even able to obtain the travel permits let alone ride through using their own motorcycle!
To be given the freedem to ride by ourselves, stop at random villages and visit the locals was something really quite special. We were also very lucky to be able to share the experience with an amazing group of friends from Tasmania.

We can all google the current situation in Tibet so we will not go into detail or get too political about it. We will only comment from we saw and experienced whilst there.

The massive Chinese development is seen as soon as you enter Tibet. The influx of money and Chinese migration to Tibet accompanied by heavy military ( for security purposes apparently) is extraordinary. The restrictions on free speech is very strong and we could sense it .
We were blessed and privileged to see Tibet and its culture before it completely changes or even worse, lost forever.

With thousands of photos & videos and many memories of this journey, it was a difficult video to edit. There were many more exclusions than inclusions, as the friends we travelled with would agree.

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