Udon Thani International Air Bike Fest ride from KUL, M'sia

Discussion in 'North-East Thailand Road Trip Reports' started by kc's, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. kc's

    kc's Active Member

    I just return from KUL betong, mid south Thailand ride yesterday to prepare me for Udon Thani International Air & Bike Fest will run from the 17th to the 19th of January 2014. It includes celebrations for the 121st anniversary of Udon Thani province; flyers and bikers are invited to participate in the festival

    We from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia is planning to ride up on 16th jan and eta 18th jan
    And hence after to esan and Laos

    Looking forward I meet any GT rider

    . The program includes, amongst other things, an air show, a paragliding show, a skydiving show, a model plane show, a big bike show, the beauty contest 'Miss Airshow', and of course lots of food, drinks, concerts .....

    Apprciate all your advise on the road and condition
    Thank you
     
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  3. kc's

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    my next destinations

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  4. Ian Bungy

    Ian Bungy Ol'Timer

    Hi Kc's,
    There are 9 of Us Riding from Chiang Mai for the Weekend so See You there I hope? Should be a Great event!
     
  5. kc's

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    Awesome ian
    lookibg forward to meet you
    there will be 22 of us

    looking forward to you and friends

    ride safe

    chok dee
     
  6. kc's

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    All set we are departing Kuala Lumpur tonight at 0100 tonight and first stop Hatyai, Looking forward to this great event

    Ride safe
     
  7. yychow0812

    yychow0812 Ol'Timer

    Hi KC,
    Fellow Malaysian here, living in Bkk.

    Please be aware that some of the major roads and intersections in Bkk are closed as a result of the ongoing anti govt protests. Are you guys planning on staying a night in Bkk? If so, where?
     
  8. kc's

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    Thanks TTChow for your thoughtfulness
    we will be moving out/riding straight from Dong Muang to udon Thani

    Tqs
     
  9. kc's

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    We are very blessed to be invited to attend the Udon Thani International air and Big Bike Show....

    both the pilot and biker from 3 nation was invited, and we responded. 18 of us will be taking overlander bike and 10 other planes from Johor Flying club, Singapore flying club

    as you know we are 550 Km away from our first stop in Hatyaai. Riding from the tip to tip of thailand

    most of us have a very tight schedule and we only have limited time to make this trip happening.

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    having to consider 4400 km of land to cover and given 6 nights for retrun is truly tiring

    so we opted for some assistant while, we took an over night ride from Kuala Lumpur to Hatyai (assisted by Lorry to transfers our bikes to Bangkok the following day) in order to give us ample time of rest and continue from bangkok (1000km)
    we rode all the way from Bangkok to Udon Thani 580 KM

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    we started our journey in meeting in one of the famous Rest area (rawang)

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    every high powered machine is geared up for this trip

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    petrol and tire check

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    lighting and control check
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    windscreen and visor detail by optimum optiseal prior journey start for better visual and anti water resistant

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    opening prayer

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    marshal
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    getting ready for 550 km
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    this is going for 5000 extra km than us, will explain as we go on
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    our packed of leader
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    to cover this ,..........most south to most north east
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    on this
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    my luggage
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    mr kong our official photographer and he is so dedicated shot all the way through thick and thin and thouand of shot....I will get some good quality of pic from him later

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    lets go....at 0100
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    the second additional 5000km
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    we make 3 stop before reaching Sadao border 478 Km

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    too tired at 5.30am & 2 more bike adjoining us, which arrive earlier at northern state
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    fuel up for the last time before paying hefty petrol in thailand
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    2 more adjoining us at the border

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    welcome to thailand 0730

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    i didnt come this far for MC D
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    waited another hour to get double entry as some bike will be heading on to laos

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    stop to declare our vehicle

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    our marshal
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    we were inform the tempreture
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    the toot toot is smaller than our 4 wheel add together
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    finally at 1030
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    2 heavy weight
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    my faithful
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    time to load our bike
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    for the next 4 hours we load 18 bike and had our lunch at 1500

    view of Hatyai from our hotel room
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    some went for reflexology

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    joking me ....I come 550 km for Malaysia Tea????

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    roadside hawker offer great array of local delicacies

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    cant resist this cute little cart
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    guess what i see.....dog is the driver
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    christmas deco is blinking on the street

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    yummy huge prawn
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    more fried chicken
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    quail
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    fruits stall
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    local sovenior???????? for shut down

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    finally our 3 tier tea
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    some local delight
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    yummy fresh sea food
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    desert stall -
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    usuall disco but I am too early
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    so i decided to stay for unplug

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    preparing to BKK
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    our mascort
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    debriefing began....as we have 18 bike accompanied by 5 Thailand Marshall = 23 roaming on the highway all the way to Udon Thani

    safety is our main objective
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    just in case u cant read......

    NEED MORE Baht for Petrol.....to be continue
     
  10. kc's

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    please find this interesting amateur make video covering this event...Kudos

    my bike was shot there too
     
  11. kc's

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    day 2
    challenges begin

    to cover 580KM

    our Thai Marshall took time to transport down their bike and drove down just to accompanied and lead us to udon safely

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    KTM
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    walkie takie for 5 marshal

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    dont ever put your road tax like this in Malaysia...it will certainly begone

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    custome make GPS holder
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    thai powered bike
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    thai marshall
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    folk cover
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    stainless steel cover
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    pic before moving out
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    courteosy of Amari DOn Muang Hotel for allowing us to unload our bike and prep before going off
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    remark

    Bangkok road at Don Muang mostly is oily and slippery, un even and very unlike Malaysia....we have to be careful when truning out and making suddenly turn

    1st stop for expensive fuel
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    yummy car but full of swirls...cant get off a car detailer eye
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    my yummy luch at petrol station
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    good cup of latte after lunch
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    getting ready
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    i climb up a 2 storey sky ladder
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    lets go
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    our beloved lead marshal
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    one of my favourite car

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    tada...what a crab they make it into a cab???????@#$%^^&&*

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    2nd fuel stop
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    evening sun
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    3rd stop ....nong kai 400 Km

    dinner time
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    yummy hot meal - 12 degree
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    our 5 marshall

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    my Lakna Noodle
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    highly recommended
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    our 2 veteran on 1000 cc Versys ...which is rare in thailand
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    finally we reach our Udon at 2230 hours and check in at 2300

    while waiting for the key I slip out to get a sips and had to walk through this to a sundry shop for affordable drinks

    day and night pubs in Udon Thani opposite Centara hotel
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    our 5 * stay partly sponsored by the organiser
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    To to be continue
     
  12. kc's

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    HI Tonybkk

    you never fail to surprise me,
    Thanks for all your inspiring thread and post ......keep it up
     
  13. kc's

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    pic before my ride

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    during my ride

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    i cant see my buddy
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    this overlander has swept across thailand for more than 10 times

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    cant resist the moon pic upon arrival at centara hotel, Udon Thani
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    Thanks to our Thai Marshall...........for their hard work and bearing with some of us which are slow
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    DAY 3
    ******* breakfast at Centara Hotel*********
    I will let the pic tell you

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    more

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    fresh honey which they draw from 2 point on the top of the hotel
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    we was invited as a special guest to witnes and celebrate..Udon 121 years birthday

    CELEBRATING UDON THANI 121 YEARS

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    making it into guinese world record

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    being the largest thai dance consisting of 5121 dancer

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    now u see

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    u will see clearer...face time
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    all the streets full of people
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    saluting man
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    cold weather
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    bright flowers
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    beautiful
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    satay
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    cant resis this adorable face
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    our most wonderful host Khun Pornthep
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    he is the man of the year in Udon Thani

    entrance for the dancer

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    Guinese record auditor
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    cant wait to record
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    over look view
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    beautiful girl of Udon Thai

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    air show
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    mayor of the town
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    commenmorating udon thani 121 years
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    our most wonderful host Khun Pornthep
    is one of them being acknowledge publicly of his effort and contributions
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    5121 dancer
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    thanks to Khun pornthep generosity for taking us on his coach to the dance
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    group pic
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    within or less than 30 minutes everyone including 5121 dancers and family and people of Udon Thani cleared the street

    simply amazing

    moving back to hotel getting ready to ride out to the air show

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    cant believe we make it here
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    endure and faithful as it is
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    most reliable
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    scooted
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    lovely lady biker and loving her bike
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    another adventure
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    cant resist to notice some kawa
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    and it is 35% cheaper with ABS and side Pannier
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    some of us....cry upon looking at this
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    The Main Show

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    moving out into the air & bike show
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    mine
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    slow ride
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    easy ride
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    flashy ride
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    fast ride
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    touring
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    muscle ride
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    classic ride
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    mini remote plane
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    this a mazing kid
    flew his shopter 360 X 360 degrees mesmerized all of us
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    later he flew his chopter to officiates the event
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    beautiful hosters
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    up closed and personal with fire engines
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    the gear

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    air show
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    time for shade
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    some of our planes
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    thai planes
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    me flying the chopter
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    ready .....cross check
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    all clear
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    wing check
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    need a better shock

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    anthena
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    airforce one
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    reporter chopter
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    more planes
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    air show master
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    refuel and another show
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    all times ready

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    proud of our flag
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    inside **** pit
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    band show begins
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    off we go for a ride
     
  14. kc's

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    ************************************BIKE PARTY***********************************

    as soon as we return to Udon we were brought to the lake side to wintness the grand fire works show

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    lasted more than 30 minutes or even more
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    loud bike with loud music

    i think mostly biker have hearing problem
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    easy and cruiser
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    tourer
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    lots of beers
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    cafe racer
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    our very own
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    classic and trendy
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    custom
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    we heard Malaysia being called out to be on the stage
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    our beloved captain AJ

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    even cadillac
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    taking opportunity to snap some pic whom she took my bike pic inexchange
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    Thank you very much again Udon Thani
     
  16. Ian Bungy

    Ian Bungy Ol'Timer

    Fantastic Stuff KC's! You covered the Entire event and everything that went on in the Different Locations. Good Times had by all! Shame We never meet up as We were at all the Same places? Catch You in the Future I guess and thanks for Sharing. Well Done Guys for coming all that way!
     
  17. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Wow KC!

    Hats off for a fantastic ride report and awesome pictures!!! :clap:

    Didn't make it to this one, but hope to catch up with you on the road one of these fine days!

    Ride On!

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  18. kc's

    kc's Active Member

    Thanks Ian for your kind words, Should have asked for your thai mobile. I was trying to look out for 9 of you but unfortunately there were the crowd ans I was like zoombie through the party......

    Looking forward to hear from you too.....how long was your journey and KM you covered? what was the challenges of you coming from the other side

    let us know if you have plan to do a trip to Malaysia, we will be glad to bring you around

    Cheers
     
  19. kc's

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    Thanks Tony for your kind words, not to worry, we are not too far away.....looking to ride with the legend soon

    Chok Dee
     
  20. Ian Bungy

    Ian Bungy Ol'Timer

    Hi KC's,
    We did 1350kms. No Dramas really. Only 7 of Us ended up going but had a Great Time. Malaysia is on My Ride List but so far haven't ridden there, visited a few Times though. If You Guys ever get up to Chiang Mai let Us know? All the Best.
     
  21. Franz

    Franz Ol'Timer

    KC's hats off to you for this trip report. How can you manage to do soooo many fotos in this group of riders is a mystery to me. Although Udon Thani and surrounding areas are not the 'yellow of the egg' concerning biking but the town itself is lovely.
     
  22. kc's

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    Thanks Ian for the sharing

    wow, your journey is neither short too...please let me know if you got any intention to ride down here...would be glad to bring you around....

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    certainly passing to meet up with you

    looking forward to meet you soon
     
  23. kc's

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    Thanks franz for your kind words
    this is just some i shot and we do have official photographer....will try to get some nice he took along the rides and routes - which we missed
    also got some pic from our group..though whatsapp...thanks guys

    Udon is the 4th largest city...it just celebrated 121 years anniversary....worth a trip..esp the Thai bikers fellowship

    we are fascinated by the Thai hospitality...Thanks again
     
  24. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Indeed a stellar report, thank you very much for taking the time & effort - it is much appreciated. Many thanks.
     
  25. kc's

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    It was the last afternoon....as soon after our Lotuses Sea ride, we return to hotel and get ready for the Laos day excursion...courtesousy of Khun Pronthep

    as soon as we reach nong kai border at frienship bridge.....i cant help but notice....
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    not biking friendly????

    I saw another overlander...I knew this is a thai bike

    how would they fly or boat over their bike without using the frienship bridge ...................at Lao check point
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    while I was one of the first few who got cleared from stamping...I went over to wait for the owner to come back

    there is 2 Russian – bike from BKK and will be doing a 2 months road trip in LAO and Cambodia
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    while other shopping ….I am hungry ...went savanging food

    I went on foot for 1 hour
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    bike shops

    ehhhhhh....not too friendly road even in city centre
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    bike rental
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    need to make some money
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    and we return to Udon through friendship bridge

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    CHart

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    daily border pass entry and exit way
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    night cultural dance
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    later was invoted to the cultural dance show back in UDON
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    but I am hungry again ...went savanging food

    sausage
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    how she toast the flour into flat bread spread by just 2 bamboo tongs
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    roast eggs
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    fresh juice
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    bbq Squids
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    candy
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    sovenior

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    more quils eggs
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    colourful candy
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    desert
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    the whole group of us was asked to leave as his excellency the Governner province is waiting for us for Thanks giving dinner
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    some back stage shots

    actors mask held by our biker
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    award presentation for all the contribution by His Excellency, Governner province
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    given by his excellency, Governner province for our participations
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    dinner and dance
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    next following morning we depart at 4 am

    parting shot at Hatyai
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    my buddy …..Zurik ,,,thanks for the returning ride accompanied
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    HOT and warm felt again in Sadao border to Malaysia
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    thank you GMC and all our biker buddies for such a memorable trip

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    Thank you

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    3 of our team member continue their quest into Lao and GT

    please check out.....

    http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/showthread.php/39455-long-way-up-and-around-with-GS-amp-RS
    still writing...

    We owe our grateful thanks to Michael Slowtz for all the wonderful arrangement and GMC for your invitation

    Special Thanks to Khun Pronthep for your warm hospitality and generosity

    Thanks to our Thai Marshall Khun Prasit Udon - the official KTM dealer in Udon Thani

    Thanks to UDON THANI International Air and big bike organizing committee

    Thank you people of Udon Thani

    most of all the 18 bikers and 2 spouses who came along the way

    Thank you for viewing again
     
  26. kchow24

    kchow24 Ol'Timer

    When is your next "destination" going to be?
     

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