Skip this post if you don’t want to know about some of the harsher realities of bike travel in southeast Asia. Like any tourist, I’ve only shown you the best photos of the prettiest things. But if you’re curious about the full experience, here it is.
I don’t have photos of every unpleasant aspect I encountered, so here’s a sampling of what you might expect if you cycle or visit here.
- High humidity
- Heat rash
- Road rash
- Hydration/electrolyte issues
- Repressive governments
- Touts/hawkers/pushy proprietors/being hassled/touristy markets
- Air pollution
- Poor water quality
- Anti-malaria medication side effects
- Decisions: for every photo posted, there are five that aren’t
For any unpleasantness I saw or experienced, there was also balance in nature’s beauty and the amazing resilience and friendliness of the people.