There are few better ways to access all the nooks and crannies of South East Asia, than on the back of a motorbike. Of course, if you decide to check out one of the most beautiful regions in the world on a motorcycle, you should probably also know that you’re taking your life into your hands at literally every turn. Across Asia, motorcycle deaths actually account for about a third of traffic fatalities. In some countries, like Cambodia, that number jumps as high as 67 percent. The region may be accessible on motorbike, but thanks to corrupt and ineffective police, nonexistent safety regulations, and pervasive drunk driving, the roads of South East Asia are positively treacherous. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done though. Here are some do’s and don’ts when considering traversing SE Asia on the back of a motorcycle.
1. DON’T Worry About Getting a License
Only about 25 percent of the country actually has some documentation. One local told reporters this was due to the fact that police in the area are so corrupt, they’ll find a way to “fine” you regardless of whether you’ve got a license or not.