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By on May 13, 2014  |  Comments 0

EARLY on Destination Thailand TV

I spent four days with a crew from Destination Thailand TV and my friend David Unkovich filming two videos for their TV show and websites. We traveled to Khun Sa’s former camp and skirted the Myanmar borders. If you have about 16 minutes to spare, please have a look.

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By on November 30, 2013  |  Comments 1

ON THE ROAD TO MANDALAY…….December, 2013


My second trip by Motorcycle into Myanmar from Thailand. This time 12 days and 3,100 kms.with 12 riders. Mandalay, Bagan, and the mystic Inle Lake.

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By on June 14, 2009  |  Comments 3

Walking With Tigers


When I heard of a temple where one could walk with tigers, I had to find it. It is not listed in many guidebooks as some consider it too dangerous (by Western standards). It is commonly called the “Tiger Temple” it presents an unforgettable experience This post includes a CNN video on a Tiger Temple special project; identifying tigers by their stripes………

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By on February 05, 2009  |  Comments 0

Curse of the Hill Tribe Woman

I planned to do a solo trip to Northern Laos both for my own satisfaction and to get some new GPS tracks. As it turned out a number of other riders rode some of the same routes a week or so before me although I didn’t read their updated reports until after I returned. It seems they had a lot fewer “dramas” than I did and I can only attribute that to the “Curse of the Hill Tribe Woman”. Don’t believe me? …………

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By on January 26, 2009  |  Comments 0

A Night in a Northern Laos Village-Ou Tay

Ou Tay is a small northern Laos village about 70km north of the Boung Nuea junction to Phongsali, Laos. Traveling alone and mapping some roads with my GPS I ran into an old friend from Cambodia. We spent an interesting night in this remote place….

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By on March 18, 2008  |  Comments 0

The Legend of the Golden Horse Temple

There is a legend of a fighting monk (called “The Tiger Monk”) who lives in the Monastery of the Golden Horse. This monk allegedly gave up a successful boxing career, some 16 years ago, and took up the calling of the monkhood to start this remote temple. He fought and held off Khun Sa and his men until they relented and supported his teachings. He trains young orphans, Nens, in boxing and horseback riding. After hearing this tale I had to find the temple……

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EARLY Retirement

My name is Dave Early and I am a retired police officer now living in Thailand. My website is basically a blog of my motorcycle travels and adventures in S.E. Asia, This post is a quick summary of my law enforcement career and my decision to retire.

Dirty Cop Caught “Testilying” by Supreme Court – FALSE!!!

Dave Early was NEVER accused of being a dishonest cop. False accusations and personal attacks are being posted on the internet by a few malcontents. The true facts. and documents, are presented here.

Help Make Children Happy!

I am very pleased to be the Co-Chairman of the organizing committee for the Chiang Mai ToyRide. Not only do we have the annual toy ride, we also use the proceeds and donations to assist kids throughout the year. We donate to hospitals, schools, and communities in any way that will help children in need………..

Making Of a Music Video in My Garden

Making a MusicVideo in My Garden……See the behind the scenes photos and the finished product.

EARTHQUAKE

On May 5, 2014 while working on my computer, the desk and chair started to shake.  I felt this a few years ago when there was a 3.2 earthquake so i knew what it was. After a short pause I heard a rumble and everything in the house began to shake and rattle.  I made [...]

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Back to my ‘Roots’

In the early ’80′s I became a member of the Blue Knight’s International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, Michigan 1 Chapter. This is where my daughter and I participated in our first charity rides, and also made lifelong friends. Actually, more like family, as all our events were family oriented. Over time, my membership lapsed but [...]

Crossing to ‘Burma’. A 6 Day Ride in Myanmar.


Crossing from outside countries into Myanmar (Burma) by private vehicles has been prohibited for years, if not decades. Six friends and I received special permission to enter on our motorcycles for a six day adventure.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi – Introduction

For all the years I have been here in Thailand, it has been a goal of many to ride their own motorcycles into Vietnam and tour the Communist country. With only a couple exceptions, many have tried and most have failed……Now, with a little help (OK, with a lot of help) from my friends, it was our turn to try. And we did it!

Follow the multi-part story here……..

Scorpion Queen

scorpions39 Scorpions are quite prevalent in Asia, but I found this to be especially true around my home.

Have you seen scorpions glow in the dark?

Have you ever seen a “Vinegaroon”?

I hadn’t. Have a look……..

Read how I “crawled” into a strange, but quite interesting hobby.

Buddhist Hell in Chiang Mai

There are some strange displays of Buddhist beliefs in Thailand. This is only a few kilometers from my home and for my friends that live here, it is worth a visit.

Hmong Kart Racing- New Year 2011

An unusual Kart Race in Thailand. Hmong Hill Tribes race wooden karts downhill at Hnomg New Year Celebration 2011.

Shrine of Japanese Soldiers-Ban Kat

We discovered a shrine to Japanese soldiers of the Second World War in a most unlikely place, but with a fascinating history. Photos and links.

A New Zealand Road Trip

A simple camper van road trip in New Zealand, in search of snow and some fun, turns into a near disaster.

Disaster Turns to Laughter

What appears to be imminent disaster for our NZ trip, turns into a great day of fun and excitement.

On Land, Sea and Air-Taupo, NZ

We found our snow, despite natural disasters and closed roads. Jet Boats, Helicopters and Hot Springs were the order of the day.

Kachin Festival – Northern Thailand

I learned of a Kachin Manau festival being held near the Burma border, but I knew little of what it was about. It’s a nice village, with terrific views and friendly people, so I decided to make the trip.

U.S. State Department Travel Info-Thailand

This is the current travel and country information by the U.S. State Department. Click on their link to “Background Notes” for some interesting history of Thailand.

U.S. State Department Travel Info-Laos

This is the U.S. State Department Travel Information on Laos. It is not really as bad as they make it sound………..