With all these dangers, why ride a bike? Simple, it will probably make for better pictures. I can go where ever I want whenever I want. The bike will give me the freedom to explore, the freedom to make pictures in all kinds of secluded and distant locals. I will need to wear a helmet, need to be careful especially when I am carrying heavy camera gear and/or food donations. When your transporting extra stuff like 5x7 cameras, holders, a large tripod, a backpack plus donations of rice, canned fish etc., motorbikes can become a bit rather unwieldily. I will need to be extra careful when driving, in Thai they do weird stuff like drive on the left hand side of the road.
This motorbike thing is probably a no brainer, it is dangerous but the best way to go. Instead of paying for pickup and drop off each day I can just get on the bike and start driving. If I see something I like I can stop and make pictures. I do not have to trouble anyone and the cost will not be too much more than I am already paying. I would never drive a motorcycle in Bangkok traffic but out in the countryside I think I can do it safely.
This is the blog they quote later when andif they write/speak about my motorcycle related death in Thai! :))
|Motorcycle taxi driver with Thai woman riding side saddle, Bangkok Thailand.|
|Rural Thai family out on the town!|