Discussion in 'General Discussion / News / Information' started by d555, Apr 20, 2007.
Trip postponed to June.
Thanks for the suggestion.
That sounds really full on!
I'd like to catch up with you again, at the end of this year.
After this trip to Thailand, I am planning a Vietnam - Laos - Cambodia with a friend, JAN-FEB 08.
It would be cool to hear your experiences.
I am going to be in Chiang Mai on June 1st and want to do some riding. If you are there at the same time let me know and maybe we can ride together. you can reach me at [email email@example.com]firstname.lastname@example.org[/email]
I just replied to Brians Post so the same applies here if you want to meet up. See you in Chiang Mai.
I will send you an email with some details.
Actually, I just checked your other thread and found out that our dates do not match.... I am in Chiang Mai from June 6th to June 11th.
Enjoy your ride!
Yeap, I'll definately contact you once I arrive in Chiang Mai on June 6th, early evening.
I'm planning to start on the next morning, doing 4 nights around MHS, mainly offroad and as little asphalt as possible.
Planning to return to Chiang Mai on June 11th, late evening.
In any case, I'd be very happy to tag along for some of your GPS Maping ride.
How was your trip?
I heard you stayed at Jonadda & went to the X-Centre, but with whom & where did you end up riding?
Just got back home two days ago.
Yes, I stayed a few nights at Jonnada (great place, thanks to John & Pannada). I didn't go to the X-Centre.
Rented a CBR 150 R for the asphalt, and a XR 250 for the dirt trails.
Did the MHS loop, the Samoeng loop, and two days of dirt trails with a local motocross/enduro guide.
After these 6 nights, I took a quick flight to Phuket.
I spent 10 nights around the south of Thailand, riding a Transalp 400cc, visited some of the islands, scuba diving, etc...
Just getting my things together now, and will be making a full report (with lots of pics) by next week.
I was expecting you to ring when you were in Phuket.... having too much of a good time........
Good to hear from you.
I had some challenges when I arrived back in Phuket to return the bike
Mud (the person who I hired the bike from), tried to charge 12,500 B for the repair of two small scratches on the plastic.
Not one accident with bike, not a dump, just the usual/expected wear of a 10 day rental. (I will post the picture of the scratch with my report).
I was laughing with a clinched fist!
This guy (with his team of cheerleaders) was really trying to convince me that I had to pay 12,500 B for this paint job....and for the following 2.5 hrs he did his routine.... a joke!!!
After a lot of patience and 2,500 B, I got my passport back, quickly shared my thoughts about his filthiness, and went for a long sleep before my flight home the next day.
I often categorize these type of situations as "learning experiences".
Overall, I am a happy learner.....
But at the very end of my trip, I was no longer in the "learning mood" ...
I didn't have your contact number (and still don't), so my apologies for not getting together this time.
I'll be returning to Thailand by the end of this year and would like to have the chance to catch up then.
Thanks again for the info and hints.
Ah the Joys of Renting in Phuket. When i lived there this was a Typical Story. They actually told me they can Get their Money back in one Season of Renting a Big Bike just from Damages. That's why they have Shit Tyres and Brakes, more chance of an Accident. They even Charge the Guys Family if he happens to Kill himself!!! Lovely People down there!!! A Samui favorite was rent you an Old Scooter then use the Spare Key to Steal it back if they saw it at night. Then Charge you for the Cost of a New One!!! They were smart enough to hide it till you left the Island though!!! Hope it didn't spoil your Holiday though Daniel all the People aren't that Bad.
Yeah, had experiences with Mud myself a few years back - he rents from Beach Rd Patong right? Everything from Fireblades to dirtbikes. Nice enough guy up front but like all the shysters down in Phuket, will try to screw you at every opportunity......
Glad I chose to live up North  (no offence intended T.J, Pico or any other southern chaps!)