| Thailand | 12 July 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Five Sikhs from the Malaysian-based Singh Easy Rider Motor Club travelled some 6,000km across four nations over a nine-day bike expedition in April 2016. One of the interesting discovery was a Sikh gurdwara and Hindu mandir sharing the same space in Chiang Rai, the northernmost large city in Thailand.
The journey began on 29 April with an ardas (prayer) at the Gurdwara Sahib Sentul in Kuala Lumpur. At 6am, the bikers headed for the the Malaysia-Thailand border at Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah.
The group, headed by club president Harbajan Singh Sangha, visited four nations: Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.
The towns visited included Tachileik in Myanmar; Chiang Khong in Laos; Poipet (officially Paôy Paêt) in Cambodia.
They also visited a few gurdwaras in Thailand, including Gurdwara Sahib Chiang Rai (also known as Wat Umarani and Gurdwara Sahib Chiang Mai. The Chiang Rai gurdwara is located in the same compound with a Hindu temple called Mandir Umarani.
On their journey in Thailand, the bikers managed to negotiate the 1,864 corners of Mae Hong Son which is known to be ultimate road of curves.
“They are very sharp and will test your skills on corners. All bikers are given a certificate upon completing the curves,” one of the bike members told Asia Samachar.
Since the club bikers successfully negotiated the curves, they got their certificates.
The team reached home safely on 7 May. They performed a shukrana ardaas (thankful prayer) at Gurdwara Sahib Tat Khalsa Diwan on 12 May.
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