Southeast Asia has some of the world’s most stunning scenery — massive mountain ranges, dense cloud forests, tea plantations, and tiered rice terraces — and the best way to explore it is to rent a motorbike and hit the road.
But before you hop on a bike in an area of the world where the roads are busted, the traffic out of control, and the driving rules hardly respected, take a motorbike driving lesson, get an international driving permit, and a health insurance plan that will protect you in case you have an accident. Also, be sure to pick up a local SIM card and load it up with data so you can access Google Maps from the road, because you will get lost and need all the help you can to find your way. If you’re terrified of driving a motorbike, just hire a local driver and enjoy the views from the back. Here are seven of the most amazing motorbike routes in Southeast Asia that will get you stoked for a two-wheel road trip.