It’s time to pack our bags and get on our motorcycles: Indochina is waiting for us!
This year we will be exploring the cradle of Buddhism and the Asian way of life, riding from lively Pattaya to the lost temple of Angkor Wat, from the futuristic metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City to the ghost towns of the Bokor National Park.
Through green jungles and concrete jungles, we’re off to conquer the Golden Triangle.


The Journey

  • Day 1 & 2 .
    Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

    Today the Golden Triangle Adventure officially started. After the welcome dinner and general briefing Sunday night in Pattaya, the group gathered for the first time the next morning to face the first 400 Km of the 2017 GIVI Explorer tour.
    It was so humid in Thailand in the early hours of the day that we could barely take the group picture without the lens of our camera getting fogged.
    After a quick mid-morning stop to make sure all the motorcycles’ controls were adjusted to the different preferences of every rider, the group moved quickly towards the Cambodian border. The long straight road, the overcast weather and the humidity made for a less than pleasant ride, but we all knew that awesome roads and beautiful archeological and religious sites were waiting ahead of us, so we toughed it out. The most interesting episode of the day was definitely the border crossing from Thailand into Cambodia. We had to park all the motorcycles at the Thai customs area, register all their individual documents and finally move over to immigration, where they checked us out after taking individual headshots and controlling our passports. Surprisingly, the crossing into Cambodia was less than the hassle we all expected: the border patrol rounded us in the customs’ yard and after maybe 10 minutes all the paperwork was done e we were allowed to get back on the road.
    Riding here, on the other hand, was a completely different deal, and nobody can really prepare you for  the craziness that we saw along the last 150 km. Cattle, any kind of carriage, pedestrians, bicycles, cars, big trucks and, of course, swarms of scooters, apparently coming out of nowhere when you least expect it.
    The group eventually made it to the hotel in Siem Reap just after dark, and although the ride today was long and tiresome, tomorrow will be a great day: we are visiting the Angkor complex, the largest religious site on the planet, home to many beautiful temples and monuments that will be a joy to see and learn about.

  • Day 3 .
    Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

    Today was a day off for the GIVI Explorers, and we took the opportunity to visit the beautiful Angkor complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    The whole history of this area is very intricate but as a general reference Angkor was the seat of the Khmer Empire and between year 900 and 1200 more than 1000 temples were erected here. Some are now just a pile of stones, others are world famous, like the three the group visited: Angkor Thom, of Hollywood fame thanks to the first Tomb Rider movie with Angelina Jolie; Bayon, also known as the temple of the smiling Buddah, and finally the magnificent Angkor Wat, built by King Suryavarman II as main temple of the empire and his own eventual mausoleum. More than 3 million people a year come visit here, and even Jaqueline Kennedy dared a quick visit during the Vietnam War to “fulfill a lifetime dream”. Angkor Wat, the largest single religious monument on the planet, was originally dedicated to the Hindu god of Vishnu, but it turned in a Buddhist temple as king Jayavarman imposed Mahayana Buddhism as the main religion. Angkor Wat today represents Cambodia to the point that it’s featured on the national flag of the young South-East Asian Country.
    But being an Explorer is not just about riding motorcycles and visiting beautiful sites. It is about experiencing different cultures and learning and accepting their history. And Cambodia has a very sad, recent history. The brutal genocide carried by tyrant Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge fighters in the 1970 and 1980 has left a permanent mark in the population and in the collective memory of the Country. After many years of civil war, Cambodia’s population shrunk to less than 16 million people, and to this day it’s hard to count how many deaths the regime really caused because there are previous record to compare: the UN and the Khmer themselves claim 2 to 3  million victims, but independent studies and local activists point at a number between 5 or even 8 millions.
    Cambodia only opened up to tourism in year 2001, but a big effort has been made to welcome visitors from all over the world.
    But the chilling words of our tour guide today still resonate in our minds and hearts. “I was lucky I was only 12 when the civil war finished, because they were forcefully recruiting any male 16 or older to become a soldier and go fight the Khmer Rouge resistance near the Thai border. We used to live by the main road but eventually had to move inside the jungle, to stay away from the bombs dropping every day and hide from the soldiers from both sides. They would arrive, kill all of our animals and seize the rice without leaving anything for us to survive. Eventually, I got used to eat raw fish and vegetables because we could not cook or steam anything or the spotters could see the smoke and come to get us. But now the war is over, we have peace and Cambodia is smiling again”.
  • Day 4 .
    Wednesday Nov 15, 2017

    The Givi Golden Triangle Adventure today continued as the riders got back in their saddles and rode from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, the capitol of Cambodia, for a total of 315 km.
    This region of the Country is flat and literally covered with rice fields, the staple food in this area of the World. The day started off with a topical storm that hit the Explorers right when they were ready to get on the road at 7.30 AM. Not fun, not at all if you consider that most side roads in Cambodia are dirt roads and here dirt means red clay. Yes, that surface that just like magic turns into soapy glass as soon as the first raindrops hit the deck. And even if we were riding on mostly main roads, the clay was dragged in by the many vehicles coming from the backcountry in waves, adding fun to the ever present potholes, cows, stray dogs and so forth.
    Oh, don’t forget the smell, that doesn’t really affects how your motorcycle handles but it surely takes a toll on your nose.
    Anyway, the rain stopped after a few kilometers and all of a sudden it was sunny and sticky humid. Right before lunch the group took a detour on a dirt road and stopped to visit the 1000 years old Preah Tis bridge near the small village of Kampom Kdei. After a few aerial shots the drone we got back on the main road to Phnom Phen, were we arrived later in the afternoon welcomed by some mind-blowing traffic – mainly scooters with anythng from one to four people aboard. The state capitol, as expected, is a combination of ancient, modern and just plain old. Buddhist temples lay side by side with metal and glass structures and tired and boring buildings from the Seventies.
    After dinner a few curious Explores took a ride on the local taxies, the tuc-tucs, and went to visit the riverside area, home of most of the nightlife, at least the one accessible to tourists. We only had time for a couple of beers because tomorrow another early wake-up call is waiting for us: we are crossing into Vietnam!
  • Day 5 .
    Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

    Today the 2017 Givi Golden Triangle Adventure continued with the 290 Km stage from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
    The first part of the ride in Cambodia wasn’t anything memorable, with the same rice fields, random  vehicles on the road and sticky hot weather.
    Crossing into Vietnam took even less than it did from Thailand to Cambodia: maybe 20 minutes total for both customs’ paperwork.
    The first few kilometers in Vietnam has been really pleasant, as the landscape is very green and the little villages built near the many lakes and rivers are really picturesque. But a true nightmare was waiting up the road, let me explain. Vietnam does not allow access to any out of state motorcycle, and the only way to get a permit is to request a government designated guide to escort you. Our guy showed up on a track-ready CBR600RR, had no clue about where we were supposed to go and, to make matters worse, he had no rear view mirrors. So when we reached Ho Chi Minh City, not only he picked the very one route that we wanted to avoid at any cost, but he could not see us struggling in the brutal traffic (more about that soon) and at some point we didn’t know where he was, and I’m pretty sure he didn’t know where we were, either.
    After finally reuniting and giving him a good piece of our mind, one of our guys took over and guided us to the hotel without further delays.
    The problem is that the “guide” dragged us well within the city limits and, like it or not (and we did NOT) we found ourself stranded in the most intricate, random and bewildering traffic jam. Because, with its 7.5 million scooters, Ho Chi Minh truly is a perpetual, giant traffic jam.
    How bad it was? Well, it took us 2 hours to cover less than 25 kilometers…
    There is no traffic light, intersection, construction site or accident that can stop or slow the constant flow of scooters. When there is no more road to squeeze by the jump on the sidewalk, and if the regular direction is too busy (even for them) they simply cut across and proceed riding the wrong way.
    How they don’t have 300 casualties per day on the street of HCMC, I honestly don’t know. On our big and fully equipped adventure bikes, we all felt like big rocks stuck in the middle of a mountain stream.
    Even pedestrian have their own way of crossing the street: they simply start walking, looking down and keeping a steady pace, while the swarm of incoming scooters filters around them, amazing.
    To me, riding in this traffic felt like a motocross race: protect your inside line (so nobody jumps in front of you), yell at slower riders in front of you and when in doubt… pin it.
    Eventually, like I said, we made to the hotel in one piece and after a quick shower we all went to visit the District 1 downtown, where we had a nice Vietnamese BBQ meal and took a sightseeing ride on rickshaws, the funny tricycles. What a day!

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THE PROTAGONISTS

  • JOSEPH PERUCCA + VAN PHAM CAM

    FROM ITALY AND VIETNAM

    GIVI Oversea Operational Director, Team Leader and Promoter – GIVI Media P.R.
    BMW R1200 GS
    REAR RACK: SR5108
    TOP-CASE:
V56N
    BACKREST:
E111
    PANNIER HOLDER: PL5108CAM
    SIDE-CASES: OBK48AL, OBK37AR
    EXTRA SIDE CASES: TAN01, STF500S
    SOFT BAGS: BF11, ST603
    ENGINE GUARD: TN5108, TNH5114
    SCREEN: 5124D
    TREKKER LIGHTS:
 S320
    ACCESSORIES: RP5112, PR5108, PH5108, ES5108, XS315, WP400

  • PIETRO AMBROSIONI

    FROM USA

    GIVI Media Official Photographer and Write Up
    KAWASAKI VERSYS 650
    REAR RACK: SR4114
    TOP-CASE: TRK52N
    PLATE: M7
    PANNIER HOLDER: PL4114
    SIDE-CASES: TRK33PACK2
    EXTRA SIDE CASES: E149, E162, TAN01, STF500S
    SOFT BAGS: BF26, XS320
    ENGINE GUARD: TN4114
    SCREEN: D4114ST
    ACCESSORIES: S150, FB4114, S957B, PR4114, LS4114, S321, HP4103, S351, ES4103

  • ISRAEL MEDRANO

    FROM SPAIN

    Press Media
    KAWASAKI VERSYS 650
    REAR RACK: SR4114
    TOP-CASE: TRK52N
    PLATE: M7
    PANNIER HOLDER: PL4114
    SIDE-CASES: TRK33PACK2
    EXTRA SIDE CASES: E149, E162, TAN01, STF500S
    SOFT BAGS: BF26, XS320
    ENGINE GUARD: TN4114
    SCREEN: D4114ST
    ACCESSORIES: FB4114, S920M, HP4103, RM02, RM4114KIT, ES4103

  • ENRIQUE PERDIGON + LILIANA GAITAN

    FROM COLOMBIA

    GIVI Importers – Comercializadoras Europeas
    SUZUKI V-STROM DL1000
    REAR RACK: SRA3105
    TOP-CASE:
 TRK52N
    EXTRA TOP-CASE: S150
    PANNIER HOLDER: PLR3105
    SIDE-CASES: TRK33PACK2
    EXTRA SIDE CASES: E149, TAN01
    SOFT BAGS: GRT702, XS308, BF18
    ENGINE GUARD: TN3105
    SCREEN: AF3105
    ACCESSORIES: T513, RP3105, HP3105, ES3105, S351

  • LV FEI

    FROM CHINA

    GIVI Importer – Beijing Modao Trade Co, Ltd
    HONDA AFRICA TWIN
    REAR RACK: SR1144
    TOP-CASE: OBK42A
    PLATE: M8A
    BACKREST: E157
    PANNIER HOLDER: PL1144CAM
    SIDE-CASES: OBK4837APACK2
    EXTRA SIDE CASES: E148, TAN01, E162, STF500, E146, E144
    SOFT BAGS: UT807, XS320, BF25
    ENGINE GUARD: TN1151, TNH1144
    SCREEN: D1144S
    ACCESSORIES: S321, S250, S250KIT, RP1144, HP1144, ES1144, S902, S957B

  • SATVINDER SINGH KELAE + JULIA JINAN JINGOP

    FROM MALAYSIA

    Public Members
    HONDA AFRICA TWIN
    REAR RACK: SR1144
    PLATE: EX2M
    PANNIER HOLDER: PL1144CAM
    SIDE-CASES: OBK4837APACK2
    EXTRA SIDE CASES: E148, TAN01, E162, STF500, E143, E144
    SOFT BAGS: GRT703, GRT705, T513
    ENGINE GUARD: TN1151, TNH1144
    SCREEN: D1144BO
    ACCESSORIES: S321, S250, S250KIT, RP1144, HP1144, ES1144, S350

  • EUGENE MAH

    FROM SINGAPORE

    GIVI Importer – Cyclenet
    SUZUKI V-STROM DL650
    REAR RACK: SR3101
    TOP-CASE:
TRK52N
    EXTRA TOP-CASE: S150
    PANNIER HOLDER: PL3101
    SIDE-CASES: TRK33N, TRK46N
    EXTRA SIDE-CASES: E148, E162, STF500S, TAN01
    SOFT BAGS: BF01, XS308
    ENGINE GUARD: TN3101
    SCREEN: AF3101
    ACCESSORIES: RP3101, MG3101, S321, HP3105, ES3101, S920L, SL103

  • WISNU GUNTORO ADI

    FROM INDONESIA

    Press Media – Journalist
    SUZUKI V-STROM DL650
    REAR RACK: SR3101
    TOP-CASE:
    TRK52B
    EXTRA TOP-CASE:
    E142B
    PANNIER HOLDER: PL3101
    SIDE-CASES: TRK33B, TRK46B
    EXTRA SIDE-CASES: E148, E162, STF500S, TAN01
    SOFT BAGS: BF01, XS308
    ENGINE GUARD: TN3101
    SCREEN: 3101DT, D3101KIT
    ACCESSORIES: RP3101, S321, MG3101, HP3105, ES3101, S920L, SL103

  • WAHID ABDULLAH

    FROM MALAYSIA

    Press Media
    SUZUKI V-STROM DL650
    REAR RACK: SR4114
    TOP-CASE:
    TRK52B
    PLATE:
    M5
    PANNIER HOLDER: PL4114
    SIDE-CASES: TRK33PACK2
    EXTRA SIDE-CASES: E149, TAN01
    SOFT BAGS: BF01, ST602
    ENGINE GUARD: TN4114
    SCREEN: D4114ST
    ACCESSORIES: FB4114, S920M, HP4103, ES4103, RM01, RM4114KIT

  • HARRY D JANG

    FROM SOUTH KOREA

    GIVI Importer
    SUZUKI V-STROM DL650
    REAR RACK: SR3101
    TOP-CASE:
    DLM36A
    PANNIER HOLDER: PL3101
    SIDE-CASES: DLM36APACK2
    EXTRA SIDE-CASES: E148, TAN01
    SOFT BAGS: BF01, XS308
    ENGINE GUARD: TN3101
    SCREEN: 3101DT, D3101KIT
    ACCESSORIES: RP3101, MG3101, HP3105, ES3101, S920L

  • STANLEY HE

    FROM CHINA

    Partners
    KAWASAKI VERSYS 650
    REAR RACK: SR4114
    PLATE: EX2M
    PANNIER HOLDER: PL4114
    SIDE-CASES: GRT708
    SOFT BAGS: GRT705, GRT703
    ENGINE GUARD: TN4114
    SCREEN: D4114ST
    ACCESSORIES: S920M, FB4114, HP4103, S351, ES4103

  • VORASAK KASEMTANAKUL

    FROM THAILAND

    HONDA X-ADV
    YAMAHA MT-09 TRACER
    REAR RACK: SR1156
    TOP-CASE: TRK52B
    PLATE: M7
    EXTRA TOP-CASE: T490, E125
    SCREEN: D1156ST
    SOFT BAGS: EA114BK, EA110B
    ENGINE GUARD: TN1156
    ACCESSORIES: T513, PR1156, HP1144, ES1156

  • VO HAI TRIEU + HO THANH TAM

    FROM VIETNAM

    Public Members
    SUZUKI V-STROM DL1000
    REAR RACK: SRA3105
    TOP-CASE:
    TRK52B
    EXTRA TOP-CASE: E142B
    PANNIER HOLDER: PLR3105
    SIDE-CASES: TRK33BPACK2
    EXTRA SIDE CASES: E149, TAN01
    SOFT BAGS: GRT702, ST603, BF18
    ENGINE GUARD: TN3105
    SCREEN: D5105ST
    ACCESSORIES: T513, RP3105, HP3105, ES3105, S351

  • GRANT SUMMUT

    FROM AUSTRALIA

    GIVI Importer – Ron Angel
    KAWASAKI VERSYS 650
    REAR RACK: SR4114
    PLATE: EX2M
    PANNIER HOLDER: PL4114
    SIDE-CASES: TRK33BPACK
    SOFT BAGS: GRT705, GRT703
    ENGINE GUARD: TN4114
    SCREEN: D4114ST
    ACCESSORIES: S920M, FB4114, HP4103, S351, ES4103, MG4103

  • ISMADI ISHAK

    FROM MALAYSIA

    GIVI Communication Brand Manager
    KAWASAKI VERSYS 650
    REAR RACK:SR4114
    TOP-CASE: TRK52B
    PLATE: M7
    PANNIER HOLDER: PL4114
    SIDE-CASES: TRK33PACK2
    EXTRA SIDE CASES: E149, E162, TAN01, STF500S
    SOFT BAGS: BF26, XS320
    ENGINE GUARD: TN4114
    SCREEN: D4114ST
    ACCESSORIES: FB4114, S920M, HP4103, RM02, RM4114KIT, ES4103

  • RONALD MONTANO

    FROM BOLIVIA

    GIVI Importer
    BMW F800 GS
    REAR RACK: SR5107
    PLATE:
    EX2M
    PANNIER HOLDER: PL5103CAM
    SIDE-CASES: OBK37BL, OBK48BR
    EXTRA SIDE CASES: E145, E146, E148, TAN01, STF500S, E162
    SOFT BAGS: UT803, UT807, XS308, BF15
    ENGINE GUARD: TN5103
    SCREEN: 333DT, D333KIT
    ACCESSORIES: S250, S250KIT, RP5103, ES5103, S920L, S350

  • JASON TOH

    FROM SINGAPORE

    Public Member
    SUZUKI V-STROM DL650
    REAR RACK: SR3101
    TOP-CASE: OBK42A
    PANNIER HOLDER: PL3101CAM
    SIDE-CASES: OBK4837APACK2
    SOFT BAGS: BF01, ST602
    ENGINE GUARD: TN3101
    SCREEN: AF3101
    ACCESSORIES: RP3101, HP3105, ES3101, S920L

  • JU-LEN LEOW

    FROM SINGAPORE

    Press Media – Journalist
    KAWASAKI VERSYS 650
    REAR RACK: SR4114
    PLATE: EX2M
    PANNIER HOLDER: PL4114
    SIDE-CASES: GRT708
    SOFT BAGS: GRT705, GRT703
    ENGINE GUARD: TN4114
    SCREEN: D4114ST
    ACCESSORIES: S920M, FB4114, HP4103, S351, ES4103

  • CHANG YEN FAN

    FROM TAIWAN

    GIVI Importer – DCR
    KAWASAKI VERSYS 650
    REAR RACK: SR4114
    TOP-CASE: DLM30A
    PLATE: M7
    PANNIER HOLDER: PL4114
    SIDE-CASES: DLM36PACK2
    SOFT BAGS: BF26, XS320
    ENGINE GUARD: TN4114
    SCREEN: D4114ST
    ACCESSORIES: FB4114, S957B, HP4103, S351, MG4103, ES4103

  • TSENG TIEN SHOU

    FROM TAIWAN

    Public Member
    KAWASAKI VERSYS 650
    REAR RACK: SR4114
    PLATE: M7
    TOP-CASE: DLM46A
    EXTRA TOP-CASE: E164
    PANNIER HOLDER: PL4114
    SIDE-CASES: DLM36APACK2
    EXTRA SIDE-CASES: E149, E162, STF500S
    SOFT BAGS: XS320, BF26
    ENGINE GUARD: TN4114
    SCREEN: D4114ST
    ACCESSORIES: FB4114, S957B, S310, HP4103, S351, ES4103

  • GIORGIO DALLA ROSA

    FROM ITALY

    GIVI Factory Manager
    SUZUKI V-STROM DL650
    REAR RACK: SR3101
    TOP-CASE: OBK42B
    PANNIER HOLDER: PL3101CAM
    SIDE-CASES: OBK48BL, OBK37BR
    SOFT BAGS: BF01, ST602
    ENGINE GUARD: TN3101
    SCREEN: AF3101, D3101KIT
    ACCESSORIES: RP3101, HP3105, ES3101, SL103, S920M

  • UDOMSAK JETSUPASOOK

    FROM THAILAND

    Marshal
    YAMAHA TDM 900
    REAR RACK: 347F
    PLATE: M3
    TOP-CASE:
    TRK52B
    PANNIER HOLDER: PL347
    SIDE-CASES: TRK33BPACK2
    EXTRA SIDE CASES: E125, TAN01, E162, STF500S
    SOFT BAGS: XS320, BF05
    ENGINE GUARD: TN347
    SCREEN: D132S
    ACCESSORIES: S901A, S957B, STTR40SM

  • SITTHITHAT RITTHIKRAIRONNAKA

    FROM THAILAND

    Marshal
    SUZUKI V-STROM DL1000
    REAR RACK: SRA3105
    TOP-CASE:
    TRK52B
    EXTRA TOP-CASE: E142B
    PANNIER HOLDER: PLR3105
    SIDE-CASES: TRK33BPACK2
    EXTRA SIDE CASES: E149, TAN01
    SOFT BAGS: ST603, GRT702, BF18
    ENGINE GUARD: TN3105
    SCREEN: D5105ST
    ACCESSORIES: T513, RP3105, HP3105, ES3105, S351

  • NIKKASIT WONGSAWAS

    FROM THAILAND

    Marshal
    TRIUMPH T100
    SOFT BAGS: MT505

  • ARTID BOONYUENVETWAT + CHAIWICHAN CHUAYNGANG + SATHAPORN EAMCHARUS

    FROM THAILAND

    Tour Operator – English Guide – Paramedic
    TOYOTA FORTUNER

  • VEERACHAI ADULAWAT

    FROM THAILAND

    Driver
    TOYOTA HILUX

  • THANAPHAT JUKBOVOLMONGKOL

    FROM THAILAND

    Driver and Mechanic
    MAZDA BT50 PRO

 

 

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