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    Tuk Tuk from Krabi to Jakarta!

    A Tuk Tuk Race Across Asia!

    Madness or pure Adventure?


    On the 10th of March 2012 I, along with 2 other Teakdoor Members, Chico The Fox and BKK Spideman, will embark on an epic journey from Krabi to Jakarta in a Tuk Tuk.


    We are doing this to raise money for Operation Smile Thailand, Operation Smile Thailand - How to Help - Donate.


    But before I get into that, lets look at what we are actually doing.


    The Facts:

    • 1. It's fucking cool!
    • 2. It's fucking Dangerous
    • 3. The 3rd rule of the tuk tuk run is you don't talk about number 2
    • Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia are full of creepy crawlys
    • It's more than 2400 km between Jakarta and Krabi
    • I don't know the way
    • We have no support along the way
    • We have no route
    • We must be in Pennang “Butterwoth Port” by the 14th of March to catch the ferry.
    • My Tuk Tuk guy is not picking up his phone
    • It only costs 15,000bt to fix one child with a cleft lip
    • All three of us enjoy a beer
    • Tomato Ketchup travels at a speed of 23km per year

    The idea of the race is that we get lost and break down a lot. The tuk tuks are not new and they aren't even Thai. They are the Bembo style Indonesian ones. Initially the race was going to be Bangkok- Jakarta but because of the floods the last race finished in Krabi so that's where the Tuk Tuks are in storage at the moment.


    The company organizing the race is called The Adventurist and can be found here. Rickshaw Run | The Adventurists


    My team is called The Changover



    I personally have been on the waiting list for 2 years to be on the Indian leg of the adventure but they contacted me to see if I would be interested in the Asian leg and I was up for it.


    Initially there was going to be a camera crew following us, spearheaded by the noted Richie Moore Richie Moore - IMDb who is famous for his work on The Hangover part 2 and Mission Impossible but it has been since down scaled to a photo campaign as tuk tuks are illeagal in Malaysia.


    The campaign will be called 1000 smiles and is easy to keep up with here.


    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ricks...=wall&filter=1


    Please click on it and 'Like' the page.


    Did I ask you to donate yet? You can donate here.


    Operation Smile Thailand - How to Help - Donate


    Please put a note 'Tuk Tuk' when you do so that we know where it's coming from. I'll have a proper "Donate" button sorted by tomorrow.



    My team have been lucky enough to receive full sponsorship from beer Chang so please drink it.





    If there are any members that live along the way that would be more than happy to put us 3 up for the night then that would be splendid.


    I am also looking for member who have experience of the area's in between the 2 locations.


    Does anybody know the way?


    Here are some photo's of children who have got cleft lips to pull at you heart strings.








    Fixed!!!!


    Please put yourself in their shoes just for 1 minute. The ridicule, the laughter from other kids and being a social out cast from the rest of the group. This can be fixed.

    I'm looking for whatever I can get but I'm also interested in the big business owners among you. This could be part of you yearly CSR and its a very worthy cause. Please donate today if you are able to and give anything you can. It's only 15,000bt per kid and I'm looking for a million baht. That's about 60 kids (plus expenses) Dig deep guys!


    Operation Smile Thailand - About Us - Our History

    Put a "Tuk Tuk" note in your name so that I can track it.

    I will also personally visit the hospital to make sure that the money that you donate is being fully spent on the kids that need it.

    Cheers all.

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    My best wishes , stay safe and enjoy

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    Get involved!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince
    Does anybody know the way?
    Looks like you should be going, Malaysia, Sumatra then Jakarta






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    All three of us enjoy a beer
    Enjoy them Muslim countries fellas

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabai sabai
    Looks like you should be going, Malaysia, Sumatra then Jakarta
    That's the way we are going. They don't allow tuk tuks in Singapore. Tight bastards. But Sumatra should be fun.

    Does anybody live there?

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    Are you getting the ferry to Belawan in Sumatra ?

    On google maps, it looks like there's only one road that goes all the way down in Sumatra, you can't really go wrong, unless you get kidnapped, which looks a good possibility

    Piracy is a problem in Malaysia - and we're not talking about a few fake Rolex's and a new release DVD which was actually captured on a mobile phone by a bloke in row 5! We mean bandits in boats who want you for the ransom you'll fetch. Don't be mistaken, this is no swashbuckling adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow - these pirates mean business!
    Piracy Hot Spots

    That looks like Butterworth with the red triangle


    What To Do
    If you do run into some unlucky trouble, keep the following in mind:

    The pirates may in fact NOT have a talking parrot.
    Remember that each kidnapping situation is different, so what you’ve seen on TV may not apply to you.
    Attempt to relate to the kidnappers by speaking their language (if you can), this may help build some kind of rapport.
    Keep track of time. You may be held for a considerable amount of time, so its best not to become confused about the time of day.
    Maintain your dignity.
    Build a rapport with anyone who is captive with you. They may be useful for an escape and so that's a friend you want to keep!
    Attempt to maintain your physical condition. Just like when you’re chained to your office chair, its important to keep your legs moving.
    Attempt to maintain your mental health. Daydreaming, running through daily routines - these activities will help you keep hold of your grip on reality.
    Take notes on your captors and where they are holding you. This information may be valuable when you have been rescued or are able to signal for help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabai sabai
    Are you getting the ferry to Belawan in Sumatra ?
    We have to get the ferry from Butterworth to Medan.

    Everyone I've spoke to says that Mudan is really good.

    The beer Chang rep told me the other day that the Sedao border is full of G clubs and hot chicks. Looking forward to that bit.

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    Medan is a shite hole , hot foot it to Lake Toba

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    How bad are the jungle mozzies in Sumatra?

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    You will need anti Malaria drugs for Sumatra and Indonesia mate

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    I've been thinking about this. Do you think its necessary?

    Any other shots to go with the tabs?

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    I never took anything when I went to Sumatra, then again I made sure I didn't get bitten by anything.

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    The whole of Sumatra is a malaria zone and appropriate medication should be taken in advance of any visit.
    Sumatra travel guide - Wikitravel

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    Someone did a thread on here about Rendang, make sure you get some of that down you

    Eat

    Sumatra's most famous contribution to Indonesian cuisine is nasi padang white steamed rice served with numerous curries and other toppings. This is originally from Padang but has been assimilated throughout Indonesia.
    As well as being a popular and delicious option in nasi padang, rendang is a dry beef curry-type dish. It is prepared by slowly cooking the beef in coconut milk and spices for several hours until almost all the liquid is gone, allowing the meat to absorb the spicy condiments. It is typically served with steamed white rice

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabai sabai
    Someone did a thread on here about Rendang, make sure you get some of that down you
    I think it was me! I love Rendang!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince
    Does anybody live there?
    Nope, nobody at all..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    Medan is a shite hole , hot foot it to Lake Toba
    Hmmm... I used to live almost on Lake Toba and we used to go to Medan on the week-ends!! OK Parapat during the week but...

    I like a good story but I hardly think "It's fucking Dangerous". A good adventure though. I've ridden my bike (Honda) many times Toba to Medan and also Toba to PekanBaru. That will be a little bit off your route. Although you had better take enough people to push the Tuk Tuks or Becaks up some of the hills especially when leaving Lake Toba going south out of Balige. I've seen guys pushing Honda Waves up there as they overheat. Brakes better be good when going down to the lake as 2-strokes don't have any engine braking!

    If there is any danger it will be that you will be going slow and that is not good as the buses are quite quick.

    A good laugh though and a trip you will never forget.
    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal
    I like a good story but I hardly think "It's fucking Dangerous".
    What worries me is that on mountain passes Thais tend to go on the wrong side of the road up hills.

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    Sounds great... Looking forward to the trip report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal
    I like a good story but I hardly think "It's fucking Dangerous".
    What worries me is that on mountain passes Thais tend to go on the wrong side of the road up hills.
    Assuming you don't miss the Toba split at Tebingtinggi. You will be off the main Trans-Sumatra Hwy to the west. Except coming out of Medan the roads are normal/narrow. As such generally the speeds are quite low. ( I don't live there anymore!) But there will stretches where the buses stretch their legs to make up time but that will not be in the hills.

    Going south out of Toba I've only stayed on the main road until Padang Sidimenouan where I turned left at the weigh station and went across country to Pekanbaru (this road is not shown on Google earth) I haven't ridden on the western route south of Padang, so cannot advise. Ridden to Bengkulu but from the east ...

    I would recommend purchasing a Neles Map of Sumatra. Sounds old fashion but....

    Good thing about Sumatra is there are people everywhere and while gas stations maybe at irregular intervals, like here you can buy petrol everywhere.

    Do not assume that all towns will have spares for your becaks as some towns have their own special variations on a theme. Just like they do here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabai sabai
    it looks like there's only one road that goes all the way down in Sumatra,
    true and it's heavy traffic all the way. many trucks drive without lights, so as soon as it is dark, stop.

    Quote Originally Posted by sabai sabai
    You will need anti Malaria drugs for Sumatra and Indonesia mate
    Nope.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince
    What worries me is that on mountain passes Thais tend to go on the wrong side of the road up hills.
    Indo's too.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince
    If there are any members that live along the way that would be more than happy to put us 3 up for the night then that would be splendid.
    South Jakarta.

    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Wilson
    South Jakarta. Yes.
    Cheers Wilson! Not sure if we are going south of Jakarta but I'll let you know.

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    Does anyone know if we can hook up a stereo to a tuk tuk engine, or if we can run a charge off of one?

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    Sorry mate, no idea. but just get an ipod and portal speakers. same thing but easier.

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