The Top 5 Places to Hire a Moped in South-East Asia

The Top 5 Places to Hire a Moped in South-East Asia
Dieng Plateau. Crater Lakes and Patchwork
Dieng Plateau. Crater Lakes and Patchwork

Dieng Plateau, Indonesia

Embark on an adventure around this scenic highland town taking detours to steaming volcanic lakes, a hot spring or small ancient temples. Around every corner you will be treated to mesmerising views of the patchwork mountainside growing every vegetable imaginable. On clear days, several omnipresent volcanoes linger on the horizon. Opt for a 4am wake up to check out one of the most spectacular sunrises in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chiang Mai Rice Fields
Chiang Mai Rice Fields

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Challenge yourself by first embracing the gauntlet of traffic that loops around the old walled city. Once free from the hustle and bustle you are treated to a mesmerising number of alleyways that skirt along charming waterways and traditional markets. You can also choose to head high up into the surrounding mountains for spectacular views of the city or to reach Thailand’s highest point at Doi Inthanon.

 

 

 

Luang Nam Tha Waterfalls
Luang Nam Tha Waterfalls

Luang Namtha, Laos

Rice paddies, hidden waterfalls and traditional settlements will entertain anyone who takes a hillside trail from Luang Namtha and follows a gushing river into the wilderness. Bamboo villages dot the burnt-red road which is otherwise overcome with countless layers of emerald forest. You may see children collecting from the fields, women dribbling red betel nut juice or men hanging out poppies to dry. Note well: Beware of leeches while bathing or the throngs of roadside women who might block your pathway, they have an eye for jewellery.

 

 

 

 

 

Rice Terraces Of Sapa
Rice Terraces Of Sapa

Sapa, Vietnam

It is all about heading north upon a single lane road that stretches through undulating and stunning hillside. Past traditionally clothed local farmers tending their fields or skinning a caribou you will encounter unrivalled scenery cloaked in vineyards. Roadside waterfalls are hardly worth a detour but their accompanying chestnut roasters are well worth a stop. Landslides and crumbling roads make this a real adventure. If you’ve got the steam power north for 8 spellbinding hours and find accommodation close to the Chinese border.

 

 

Pulau Ternate Volcanic Coastline
Pulau Ternate Volcanic Coastline

Pulau Ternate, Indonesia

Pulau ternate is one island formed from out of one spectacular volcano. Looping around the rim is a well-maintained road that takes an hour to circumnavigate. This bikers paradise has some worthy stop-offs including a 200 year old lava flow, ancient fortresses, spell-bounding views from the Indonesian 1000 Rupiah note and crocodile infested volcanic lakes. Wow.

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Rebecca Mayoll is a ‘just turned 30’ freelance writer and photographer from England. She is the co-founder and author of straightondetour.com, a travel website with the mantra ‘find your own adventure.’ Promoting adventurous destinations, independent travel and giving a humorous insight to the World of travel is what Becky does best.

2 Comments
  • Hi Rebecca,
    I would definitely add: Phonsavanh and its surroundings in Laos, especially looking for the bomb villages took us through remote rural Laos
    Also the loop on the Bolaven Plateau from Pakse (Laos) is a great trip that take you Off The Beaten Track.
    I hadn’t consider renting a moped in SaPa, but I might do it when I am there (in 2 weeks), weather permitting
    Cheers
    Gilles

    • This is a brilliant comment and I am thoroughly impressed, from all of the responses to this post that I have received on Facebook etc you have highlighted a place we have not been too. Whenever I’m back in South East Asia I will be dedicating more of my time to Laos. Prue cannot recommend Sapa enough, it was the one place she truly loved in Vietnam.
      Thanks for making an extension on my to-do list 🙂

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