As some of you may know, we are lucky enough to currently be undertaking the Tuk Tuk Tournament in Sri Lanka! This is an epic two-week, “Amazing Race”- style adventure across the island. Our chariot is the humble tuk tuk, the wheels of Sri Lanka’s poor and in general underprivileged people. 18 teams are taking part from all over the world. The event begins in Hikkaduwa on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast, with a mid-party in the central mountains, and finishing in the capital of Colombo.
We have been chosen to represent Good Travel Program, a sustainability initiative which aims to connect sustainable businesses across Sri Lanka. Besides trying to win the rally, we also have our main mission which is to promote “good traveling” and introduce the world to many of the folks working hard on sustainable projects and helping the local communities. We will be savage in our efforts to educate the masses on the harms of plastic waste and hope to lead by good example to create a better future for us all.
We have just finished the tournament! Thank you to everyone who supported us along the way! Stay tuned for more videos, the sharing has just begun!
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At La Aventura Project we focus on adventure, obviously! So of course we had to check out the Grasshopper AdventuresBangkok Bike Tours! Grasshopper Adventures runs bicycle tours all over Asia, with expert local guides who show you an amazing time. The Bangkok night biking tour starts at their headquarters near Democracy Monument where they give you instructions on the route and explain some city history. Before you head out they give you a quick rundown of the bicycle then give each rider their own reusable water bottle. We were big fans of the water bottles and wish more businesses would reduce plastic waste by using this type of eco-friendly practice!
The Bangkok Night Bike tour started off by taking us down some small allyes behind the infamous Khao San Road. From there we biked a few more minutes to the Chao Phraya River where we stopped just in time to take some beautiful sunset photos. We were already impressed with the quality of the bikes and felt very safe riding around the city because the guides helped us safely cross streets and navigate the crazy traffic.
Stopping at the Flower Market was one of the highlights. We tried some refreshing passion fruit juice and learned about the history of the market. Then we learned how to fold the famous Buddhist lotus flowers into beautiful patterns, like a living origami. There were also vendors cutting betel nuts into packets for chewing. The local people used to chew the nuts to get high, or get energy, but the habit has faded out over time.People still buy the nuts as an offering to their ancestors who they still believe enjoy them. We stopped to get some more street food outside of the market and were able to try many things which were included in the price of the tour.
The tour stopped at two of the most famous Thai temples as well; Wat Arun and Wat Pho. The guides explained a lot of the history of the temples and taught us a lot about the connections between ancient Hinduism in Thailand and Buddhism. We offered our lotus flowers which we had folded earlier to the lord Buddha at Wat Pho. It was really special to view the temples at night, as they are illuminated with bright lights and lacked the hordes of tourists that swarm them in the daytime.
On the way home we rode past the Grand Palace and several other temples. We stuck to back alleys and less busy roads. It was super cool to see these neighborhoods of Bangkok that we never would have found without the tour. The Bangkok night biking tour with Grasshopper Adventures was better than we could have imagined. We learned a lot of Thai history, ate incredible food, and made some new friends. The traffic in Bangkok can be absolutely insane, but we felt very safe the entire experience and we have the guides to thank for that. We really were very impressed with the experience and hope to do more trips with Grasshopper Adventures in other parts of Asia!
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