The ANZAC Riders are a group of Australian, New Zealand and a few other colonials, who live in or visit Thailand, all have a love of motorcycles and adventure. The group was formed in 2007 by a few Thailand expatriates friends who decided to organise rides together. The policy is to have a good time and a safe ride. We ride our bikes to Kanchanaburi each year for the dawn service at Hell Fire Pass and the ANZAC Day ceremonies at Kanchanaburi Cemetery in rememberance of those you gave their lives in protection of our countries and way of life. We believe in safe riding and comradeship.
An ANZAC Soldier
He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast, as he sat around the R.S.A. telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he once fought in, and the deeds that he had done, in his exploits with his mates; they were heroes, every one.
And tho sometimes to his neighbours his tales became a joke, all his mates listened quietly for they new of where he spoke.
But we'll her his tale no longer, for ol' Jack has passed on and the world's a little poorer for an ANZAC died today.
He won't be mourned by many, just his wife and children, for he lived an ordinary, quiet sort of life.
He held a job and raised a family, going quietly on his way; and the world won't note his passing, tho an ANZAC died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state, while thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
The media tell of their life stories from the time their were born, but the passing of an ANZAC goes unnoticed and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land, some smoothie who breaks his promise and cons his fellow man ?
Or the ordinary fellow who in times of war and strife, goes off to serve his country and offers up his life ?
The politician's stipend and the style in which they live, are often disproportionate to the service that they give.
While the ordinary ANZAC, who offered up his life is paid off with a medal and perhaps a pension, small.
It is not the politicians with their compromise and ploys who won for us the freedom that our countries now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger with your enemies at hand, would you really want some cop-out with his ever-waffling stand ?
Or would you want an ANZAC, his home, his country, his kin, just a common soldier who would fight to the end ?
He was a worthy ANZAC and his ranks are growing thin, but his presence should remind us, we may need his likes again.
For when our countries are in conflict, we find the ANZAC's part is to clean up the troubles the politicians start.
If we cannot do them honour while they are here to enjoy the praise, then at least let's give them homage at the end of their days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in the paper that might say; "OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING, AN ANZAC DIED TODAY"
Anzac Riding Colours
The first big ride was organised to coincide with ANZAC Day April 25th 2007, hence the name. Two major ceremonies are held in Thailand. One at Hell Fire Pass on the Thai/Burma railway, where a dawn service is held in remembrance of Australian and other nationalities prisoners of war that died at the hands of the Japanese Imperial Army. Hell Fire Pass was where the majority of Australian Prisoners of War worked and died on the railway. The other major ceremony is the ANZAC Day Parade at Kanchanaburi war cemetery. The ANZAC Riders organise 2 major rides per year, one to coincide with ANZAC Day Ceremonies in April lasts from 10 to 14 days. The other a “Wild Hogs Ride” in the cooler part of the year, October to December. The “Wild Hogs Ride” is a ride to no where, the starting point is decided and each day a destination is picked by a rider in turn or by unanimous vote. The Hogs Ride usually lasts about a week depending on personal commitments or who runs out of money first! Minor rides are organised ad hoc usually over a week end to get out of the city and have a bit of fun.
The Anzac Riders is run and sponsored by the expat’s living in Thailand, most of us have a fair bit of grey around the fenders except for a couple of young Turks who keep us on our toes. There is a nucleus of 10 riders living in Thailand and the others live in Australia, New Zealand and SE Asia. We all ride various motor cycles, HD's, Trumpy's and go faster Japers .The overseas riders hire bikes organised and checked by the ANZAC Riders from a reputable company in Pattaya. Anzac Riders HQ is at “Wall Street Bar and Grill” on Soi 33 Bangkok. All our rides start from Ban Chang in the province of Rayong SE Thailand. Ban Chang is a central living point for oil industry expat's. It has some nice beaches near by, good scenic areas and less traffic to allow for some good riding. Most of all it has some nice bars that serve cold beer and have big screen TVs for rugby and GP viewing! A few of us like to meet on weekends there, ride to a small beach consume great Thai seafood and cold beers. There are a lot of out of the way places to be found and enjoyed on rides in Thailand