When German expat Joerg Waldmann spotted a golden opportunity to take an officially sanctioned motorcycle jaunt of unseen Myanmar late last year, he jumped at the chance to realise a lifelong dream.
Together with a group of like-minded motorcycle enthusiasts _ German couple Heike and Filippo Fania and close friends Dusit Semangern and Kamol Sukosol Clapp _ the Bangkok-based Waldmann took a lesser travelled route of this mystic, culturally diverse nation during a week-long sojourn.
Getting the green light for such an expedition from Myanmar authorities, once deemed a next-to-impossible feat, turned out to pretty straightforward for the German. While there seems to be a more relaxed approach towards tourism today, he noted that it still requires perseverance and the right connections for up close and personal experiences of the country.
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