Happy New Year 2014!

Thank you New Zealand, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor and Australia for the people we met, the friendly welcome everywhere, the roads we rode, the food we could taste, the adventures we could master, the experiences we made and finally thank you for all the dust in our faces ;) All the best Kerstin and Sascha, www.RTWbyBIKE.com Ps.: There will be an update soon, I promise! Just don´t know when we will have the time to do so ;) Busy days these days…

RTWbyBIKE goes Laos, have a look at our new Video

February and March 2012 we rode 4 weeks through Laos on our tour through South East Asia. About 2000km of an unforgettable adventure full of stunning tracks and great people. Our Africa Twin was one again a faithful companion. One day we will be back. works best in HD full screen ;)

Last days in Laos – magical “4000 Islands”

Taking over the Motorbike from Nakasang to Don Det was a special experience ;-) First we had to negotiate the price with the “Mama” of the family. After we checked the “boat” which is just built out of two little longboats with a plateau build from some plnks in between. We agreed on the price and we went down the sandy beach to get on it. So far so good! We went on even though there was not even place for a mouse anymore… The trip was exciting… passing the Khong with the low water, sharp stones and heavy currents made us feeling strange sometimes ;-) When we reached Don Det the boat landing was at a steep sandy beach which made us troubling bringing the bike up there – in between we just “parked” the bike in the middle of the way without putting it on the stand. It Read More …

Central Laos – lovely friendly people mountain villages, sad relicts of war…

OK a bit late but here we go: March, 2nd – Central Laos – lovely friendly people mountain villages, sad relicts of war… In Phonsavan it is hard not to be reminded of the wars happened here. You find cafes called “crater” full of relicts out of the war, bombs, bullets, grants… even our guesthouse was fully equipped: Lamps out of bombs, key rings out of bullets etc. The USA were flying more than 580.000 missions over Laos and dropping more than 2 million tons of bombs worth two million dollars a day between 1964 and 1973. These are more bombs as in the whole of the 2nd World War! The “funny” thing is that they declared the war in 1974; so for 10 years it was “only” a CIA operation. Many failed to detonate and only a tiny percentage has been removed and it will take more than 100 Read More …

A new country to enter – LAOS, exploring the northern part

When we arrived early morning at the ferry to go over to Laos the paperwork was done in 5 minutes and the customs officer told us the boat will leave at 9am. So we went to get the ticket… and we got told: The ferry boat will not go unless there are coming at least two more cars or we could take one of the longboats! Hmmm, as we were early we decided to wait for a while and hoping of cars trucks or whatever to join us instead trying to get the heavy bike backwards on the little wooden longboat. Lucky us! Suddenly a group of motorbikes arrived (an organized group going for off-road tracks to Laos with their support jeep). Now they were willing to go over with the big ferry, hurray! Arriving in Laos we got the insurance for the bike for one month but unfortunately at Read More …