Traveller on the road with no money to buy a ticket
A traveller is making his way through Southeast Asia on the back of a bicycle.
But the $5,000 he has borrowed to buy the bike will be sitting in the bank for months.
Traveller Sam Thi, 29, said he borrowed $5K from his parents after his parents passed away.
He said he didn’t have the money to go on a plane and had no choice but to travel by bicycle.
He said the journey was his way to make a statement about the poor conditions of people living on the streets.
“It’s just a message for the people who don’t have access to transportation, to the people that don’t feel safe, it’s just my way to show my support for the poor, to show that we have nothing to fear,” he said.
“To me it’s the way I want to go, I’m not going to stop, I’ve just got to go.”
Sam Thi is the son of a retired teacher and is now studying for his masters in public policy.
He says his family was forced to relocate to the city of Singapura after the devastating flooding that hit the capital, Jakarta, in 2011.
He’s had a difficult time finding work, but he hopes to get the $6,000 needed to get on a bike.
He hopes to ride through Indonesia’s tropical rainforests and eventually head to Australia.
“We’re all travelling, we’re all people of different cultures, different faiths, different customs,” he told CBC News.
“It’s all just for one purpose.”
Thi has been in the country since August and said he’s been fortunate enough to get work on construction projects.
He doesn’t plan to travel anywhere else for at least the next three months.
“If we don’t do this trip, I don’t know where I’m going to go to next, I might as well go back home, it really sucks,” he added.