The Ride Logo. Red because its a common color on all the flags of the 4 nations we will be passing through. Yellow because that color is on the Malaysian flag. Star substitutes "O" to denote commonality of the American ( Bruce Conrad & Wife ), Chilean ( Cristian RTW ) and Malaysian Flags with stars in 'em.Last year, I broke my Overlanding Virginity when I rode Thailand, Laos and Cambodia with a mate of mine who had just took up biking less than two years before. Although I have been riding close to 40 years, short trips appealed to me more than any other type of riding. And despite owning big DPs since the late 80s, I have only ventured offroad very rarely, preferring to parade on the street looking the part rather than playing the role. In other words - POSER........The story of that trip is here;http://www.bmwclubmalaysia.com/forums/showthread.php?42559-Jobless-Wanderers-Thailand-Laos-amp-Cambodia-Tour-2011.Having done the trip, I knew that the second time round will be much better. And the usual "Splash - Click - Dash" way commonly done by many riders will not do as mad rush riding means missing out on really enjoying the main elements of the ride ; the scenery needs to be soaked up, not glanced at, food needs to be savoured, not gobbled, and there should be liberal days of rest in between riding. Endurance and hardship adventure is not my game, and I make no apology for being lame. My ADV heroes are and will always be Charlie and Ewan. Because they do it in style, with all the support they can afford, leaving them to enjoy the ride, rather than the hassle. If I was to ride the world, that would be the only way i wanna do it. In my world, Adventure should be fun that can be enjoyed, not hardship that has to be endured. With good planning, one does not have to be wealthy to do this. So with this in mind, I set about looking for a couple of friends who would share this ride which I called ADVLux - Because there will be nice hotels, great food, plenty of time and a liberal great schedule. There will be Trains, Planes, Trucks and Minivans involved. We didin't know it then but Balloons and helicopters will feature too.The plan was to ride into Three Nations, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, beginning from a 4th one ( Malaysia ) where we originate from. I figure at least 33 days were required, and it will not be easy for the few mates that are interested to go. But i made them an offer they cannot refuse. I did not put a horse's head in their beds. Instead I told them that the total of 33 days were planned to be broken into Three Segments where we will fly back to KL after every 12 day ride. We return after every eleven days to continue. That way we will not be away for too long. Its the only way to tick our ADVlite boxes.The first to confirm was Kamarul, followed by Eddy and Mel. With the minimum quorum met, I set the date and proceed with planning. There were requests for shifting of dates by a few buddies and while i entertained some minor adjustments, these guys were more talk than walk, so before long i decided that this ride will be done purely the way i say it will be done. Too much Democracy cripples good planning. Within a month to departure date ( set on 23rd November ) there were 11 bikes with another 5 on standby. Then Cristian, the Round The World Chilean also confirmed he will be joining us from Kanchanaburi.To move forward, Mel ( roped in to assist organisation with his Swiss precision ) and me started to collect deposits, book Lorries, Train Tickets, Hotel Rooms and plane tickets. All 12 paid easily, and the rest promptly withdrew.This policy of " Money Talks, Bullshit Walks " I like very much.So the plan was for us to leave KL 23rd Nov, ride to Hatyai, load the bikes onto a transporter to our Hotel in Kanchanaburi, take the night train there. Then we ride to Chiangmai via Mae Sot, Mae Hong Son, Pai, Doi Inthinon and fly home after parking our bikes at Rider's Corner.After 10 days in KL, we fly back to Chiangmai, ride Northern Thailand, then into Laos where we will again park our bikes in Vientiane and fly home. After another 10 days we return to Vientiane, ride into Cambodia and back into Thailand where we will continue riding all the way home. Along the way, we will have many friends joining in at the various Segments. At the point of this post, 12 riders have completed Segment 1, 18 Bikes are firm on Segment 2, 9 for Segment 3. Although I, like everyone else, like money, this is not the way I'd like to earn it, so both Mel and me are doing this for friends and fun. The General Area;Ten days before departure we had 11 bikes, with three pillions amongst us. The 12th bike will RV with us at Kanchanaburi, Thailand. The are 12 Malaysians, Kamarul, Sam, Eddy, Mel, Dean, Alex, Sean, SP Lee, Simon Saw, me with Gerry ( my wife ) and YY ( Simon's Girl ) following as pillion, one Chilean ( Cristian ) and two Americans ( Bruce & Margaret Conrad ).3 days before we ride off we met at Denise Wine Shop for a small get-together. For some it will be the first time meeting everyone.Kamarul and Sam sharing the Segment 1 Document.Dean, who has a Ducati Dealership in Kuching, Borneo, flew his Monster in just for the trip, meeting Eddie and Mel for the first time. I met Bruce for the first time that night as well. Bruce and Margaret Conrad flew in just 3 days before the ride from Torrance, California. At 69, Bruce rode the Baja Races 17 times already, and he just finished the Baja two weeks ago. Margaret, a mild mannered grandmother frequently follows Bruce overlanding. Alex met Bruce somewhere in Venezuela. Alex was with Nick Sanders ( RTW speed record on an R1 ) overlanding when he rode past Bruce and Steve ( retired LAPD Officer ) peeing against a wall which led them to be riding buddies until they crossed Mexico. When Alex found out I'm organising this trip, he told Bruce and everything following that was a flurry of activities. We found a F800GS for Bruce to ride, Alex secured his slot and after arrival in KL following a 21 hour flight found himself with a bunch of rowdy strangers.Alex wrote a book about his Pan - American Solo Ride. A copy is with Phil of Rider's Corner.Also present that night were Goh and Daniel, who will be joining us on Segment 2 & 3. Goh has ridden the Mae Sot - Chiangmai Route on his HD Rocker C ( Crazy ) previously so he's skipping Segment 1.We leave in three days. Funny how what is essentially a simple trip can make CEOs, Multinational MDs, Lamborghini driving Entrepreneurs excited to a point they need to pop a pill to sleep the night before departure. The route for the first day, 23rd Nov is a simple 530km highway ride with one border crossing to the loading yard where our lorry will be waiting.