Late - but not too late - GT Ride 01/2015

Discussion in 'Touring Northern Thailand - Trip Reports Forum' started by Winghunter, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. Hi guys,

    I apologize for not beeing on the forum for such a long time. first of all I have a very busy time in business and second I had a problem to get back on the forum, since the forum has moved. David was so nice and took me back yesterday.

    Before I will start to post my pictures and some stories beside, I would like to let you know, that our trip was the best trip I ever had in my life. It was absolutely stunning. Our group was perfect, no trouble around was the precondition for a good trip. My friend Doc and his daughter and my son and me joined the trip. We were on the road with three bikes.

    We picked up the bikes at Chiang Rai Big Bike Rental in chiang Rai. Two Versys and one CB 500. Not even a minor problem with the bikes. they were in a great condition. Thanks to Bryan !

    A kind of a base camp we had in Chiang Rai at Ben`s guesthouse. Simple but with a great spirit. All of us enjoyed the hotel. From there we had daily trips around.

    We also wanted to stay on the MHS Loop but due to a very bad weather forecast, we decied in Mae Sot not to stay on the Loop. Instead we returned and stopped in Sukhothai which was a very impressive place.

    I am not that kind of a good story writer - apologizes :), so I will concentrate on the pictures. :)

    At the end of our trip we were a few days in Khanom, which was a nice place but we had monsun rain every day. anyway after the great time we had in Northern Thailand, it was a kind of boaring. We made a daily trip by to Koh Samui which was wasted time. Unfriendly locals, loud tourists everywhere. What a big difference to the North.

    Resume: 

    I will be back in Northern Thailand for another ride :) Need to finish the MHS Loop :) This time I will be there from January 1st - January 14th, 2016. Flights are already booked and the bikes as well. Will do the trip this time with my best buddy Peter.

    It was really impressive for our group how friendly the locals in northern Thailand were. Unknown people invited us for lunch somewhere in the middle of nowwhere. Whenever we stopped at a gas station, they gave us a bottle of water for free or they just invited us for a cup of tea.

    The roads we have ridden in combination with the stunning nature made it to the best motorcycle trip I have ever made in my life and I made quite a few :)

    Wat Rong Khun and Sukhothai were amazing places. We also enjoyed the small temples along our trip. Just great.

    Good to be back on the forum and I hope you guys will enjoy the pictures.

    Our group - from left to the right

    David my son, Miriam - the daughter of Doc, me and Doc

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    Stunning - view point on top of the Samoeng Loop

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    For my opinion, the best food court we have been, was the one in Chiang Rai at the Night Market

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    Ha and I was the only one who have tried the worms and insects :)

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    The worms were absolutely tasty :)

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  2. Trip get started at Bens Guesthouse in Chiang Rai

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    Tachileik

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    Golden Triangle

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    Loveley food :)

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    Samoeng Loop

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  3. Rudy great to see you writing this up. It certainly looks like you had some fun on the trip.

    How did you like / rate the guesthouse - Ben guesthouse - in Chiang Rai?  It looks pretty good to me.
     
  4. Bens Guesthouse is a charming place. Its not a luxury place to sleep. The hotel rates are cheap. I would rate it as Standard but - it is a very charming place.  Rooms are clean. Nothing to worry about. We enjoyed the evening hours in the garden when having a beer or two or three :)

    Nice pool, not too far away from the Night Market - still walking distance, around 20 minutes to get there. Or just take a Tuk Tuk - costs 100 Baht.

    Don`t take breakfast at Bens Guesthouse better stay at a small restaurant which is 100mtrs away from the hotel.

    I would recommend Bens Guesthouse to all others. Perfect place to stay.
     
  5. On the road

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    The Postman

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  6. Wat Rong Khun

    its an amazing place. Very impressive

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    Sukhothai

    My personal favourite

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  7. Temples along the route

    All of us were real fascinated about all the temples. Just amazing :) and stunning

    I do not remember exactly where this temple was located. May be you guys have an idea. Would like to go there again. It was a kind of Dineyland. Had a long talk with one of the priests. Their intention for this themple is to have different kinds of Buddhism from all around Asia within the temple area.

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    HAve you noticed the damage ? Have seen also some damages at Wat Rong Kun. An earlier earthquake made the damages.

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    On the other side, in opposite of above temple area, we have found this old temple area. Very impressive. Tells a bit about the history. Very nice place !

    They even have a bridge to get without danger on the other side of the road.

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  8. Good write up and pictures well done I'm in Chaing Mai just arrived yesterday I may follow some of your route and stopping places

    thanks and safe riding

    Paul
     
  9. Thanks Paul. Have fun and enjoy the time beeing there :) I have to wait another 2 month
     
  10. Part 6

    Temples along the route

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    Last part of my trip report will follow soon
     

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  11. Before I will start the last part of the trip review, just a few notes.

    If you are a Newbie on the roads of Thailand, watch up the road surface. I had a pretty scary moment. The road was very slippery and wavy, traffic slowed down and I was much too fast. I hitted both brakes very hard to avoid a crash in the rear of the car in front of me. It never happened to me before, that the ABS of the front wheel reacted. At that time it did - lucky me, the bike had ABS

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    Close to Sukhotahi, there was an explosion in one of my side bags :) The day before we bought two bottles of Strawberry wine along the road. I stored it in one of my side bags. We had the intention to empty the bottles on that day - lol. I just forgot the heat and the bumpy roads. Close to Sukhothai I heard a real loud explosion. First I thought, that I have a flat tire but then I saw the wine coming out of the side bag. Smell was delicious :)

    Both bottles exploded

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    Hotel and Resort recommondations :

    Bens Guesthouse in Chiang Rai

    Perfect location to explore the Northern Region - cheap and charming

    Suan Darb Porn Resoort, Mae Sot

    Nice cabins, reasonable prices

    http://www.booking.com/hotel/th/suan-darb-porn-resort.de.html

    Ma Chic and Cozy, Lampamg

    cheap and very nice rooms. On the other side of the road there is a very good restaurant visited mostly by locals. Great Thai Food - highly recommended

    http://www.booking.com/hotel/th/ma-chic-amp-cozy.de.html?aid=356985;label=gog235jc-hotel-de-th-suanNdarbNpornNresort-unspec-de-com-L%3Ade-O%3Aunk-B%3Aunk-N%3AXX-S%3Abo-U%3Ac;sid=88f1a17adec2213aef62fa2207501ae7;dcid=1;dist=0;group_adults=2;room1=A%2CA;sb_price_type=total;srfid=d72b5a7ca65079cd556152590fd6c2c9b4fa6e7bX15;type=total;ucfs=1&

    Rainforest Boutique Hotel, Chiang Mai

    Nice one, medium price range, good breakfast

    http://www.chiangmairainforest.com/

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  12. This temple

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    is Wat Sai Khao

    It is on R1, about 13 kms south of the R118 / R1 junction.

    I nicknamed it the big titted temple

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    something quite different to what you expect at a wat & even funny

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    & there are a lot of amazing statues & figures there at that wat.

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    Check it out sometime guys.
     

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  13. Thanks David. Need to put it on my list for the next trip :)

    By the way, what software do you use to work on the pictures ?
     
  14. Before I will post the last part of my trip report, I would like to give you some recommondations regarding hotels and resorts where we have been.

    Ben`s Guesthouse, Chiang Rai</strong>

    http://www.benguesthousechiangrai.com/

    Anytime again. Great bargin for the money ! Rooms are sinmple and clean. Stuff is very helpfull. Nice to sit outside in the evening hours but be aware of the Mosquitos :) After a few Hong Thongs, they will not bother you any longer :)

    Outddor pool !

    Bens Guesthouse is a bit outside of the center. After a long day in the saddle we always enjoyed a walk into the city center. Back to the hotel we hired a Tuk Tuk. For a 100 Baht it was ok.

    Don`t take breakfast in the guesthouse, better have a 100 mtr. walk. There is a very nice little restaurant where you can have an exellent breakfast.

    Rainforest Boutique Hotel, Chiang Mai

    http://www.chiangmairainforest.com/

    Very nice one. Good and cozy rooms. Great breakfast. Anytime again

    Outdoor pool !

    Suan Darn Porn Resort, Mae Sot

    http://www.booking.com/hotel/th/suan-darb-porn-resort.de.html

    Nice little resort in Mae Sot. Clean bungalows. A bit outside of the city center.

    Aparthotel Ma Chic and Cozy, Lampang

    http://www.booking.com/hotel/th/ma-chic-amp-cozy.de.html

    Exellent hotel for a cheap overnight. Rooms are very nice and cozy. Just great. Anytime again !

    Across the street is a nice restaurant with great food.
     
  15. I'm using ACDSee Ultimate 9. It is real easy to process photos + batch process / resize for GTR. Dead simple, even for a dinosaur like me. Good for copyright too.

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  16. Thanks David. Will try it :)

    You picked out the nicest picture - lol :)
     
  17. Here it goes. the last part of the trip report

    Random pictures

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    My son David. He made an exellent job on his bike

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    My friend Doc

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    Vape on

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    Fun in the evening hours

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    Markets

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    Bycicle dealer

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    Food court at the Chiang Rai night market

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    In January next year, I will be back in this beautiful region

    la gòn kráb

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