Monthly GT Rider Up-Country Dinner Rendezvous Rides

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  1. Ian Bungy

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    See You there!
     
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    It's a bit far to go...………………….
    But I will make the effort!
     
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    I'll be there.
     
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    Looks like I'm in as well :)
     
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    As of yesterday 6pm yesterday - Friday 21st June 2019 - . 5 rooms had been booked at the Nam Phueng 2.
    They said the best number to ring on is 053 777 396

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    #157 DavidFL, Jun 27, 2019
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    A fabulous night in Chiang Saen / the GT.

    I left home in Chiang Khong at 3.30PM with Youngie who had been in town for the night.
    Some light rain started falling as we went past the View Coffee & noticed the bikes parked outside.
    Youngie hesitated & may have wanted to stop, but I didn't have any rain gear, just a GTR shirt on & wanted to push on before it got too wet.
    Some light rain fell until the Muang Khan turn off, then it was dry but a wet road going up over the Khiu Khan hill & down the other side.
    Arrival time in Chiang Saen at the Nam Phueng 2 was a pleasant 4.15 PM, just in time to witness Armin & Joe checking in, with Tony T there first.
    Before I could actually check in the rest of the gang arrived to check in, with some pleasurable confusion over the bookings compliments of the NP2 staff = you gotta love living in Thailand to enjoy these precious rural moments.

    As events unfolded rapidly a table was set up outside in the main street
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    Welcome aboard GTR to the new guys Tony T & his two mates, plus Rivo.

    Eventually the group was all there & Khun Oi, the owner of the Friendship Pub graciously ran guys down to GT & The Mekong Pizza dinner venue in her pickup. You gotta love friendly upcountry people. Fantastic service.

    The Mekong Pizza
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    For the guys who had not been there before I believe the verdict was probably a unanimous "great pizza" and service. Despite almost overwhelming the premises, the organization and service was excellent & professional.
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    Thank you Mekong Pizza for a brilliant night at your establishment.
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    Mekong Pizza

    Google Maps

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    Pizza down, the next stop was to stroll 100 metres down the road & check out the Lucky Cafe with Miss May & her lovely family.
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    Lucky cafe

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    Miss May & her family are as sweet as, genuine people.
    May also has an extensive cocktail list with low low prices, so if you're in the area and fancy a nice tipple check out May & her Lucky Cafe at the GT

    Location directly opposite the Serene Hotel. Google Maps
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    Transport from the Lucky Cafe back to Chiang Saen, was generously provided May's Mum & Dad. Fantastic people.

    Back in Chiang Saen at 10.30 some guys hit the sack, but the night hounds continued on at the Friendship Pub.
    Armin, Joe & I closed down the Friendship Pub at 1.30AM
    Sorry I don't have any pics from the Friendship, if anyone has some please post them.

    Friendship Cafe' Chiangsaen

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    Overall a fantastic relaxed enjoyable night.
    Thanks everyone for coming, especially the new guys.

    Everyone is welcome join these GTR Upcountry rendezvous dinners.
    The idea being to get guys together in the smaller towns, were you might not normally stay.
    It is not an organized ride, but a meet up in a town.
    You can choose your own route, ride at your own pace by yourself or with a few mates, to please yourself what pace you ride at. You can also include it in a longer ride you plan - please yourself.
    It's nice to cheer smaller towns & support local people more, because they appreciate it more and are often more friendly & easy going.

    Some GTR recommendations for Chiang Saen & the Golden Triangle

    Chiang Saen Accommodation

    Chiang Saen Restaurants

    Escape to Paradise... - Viang Yonok

    Golden Triangle - Sop Ruak Accommodation

    Sop Ruak - Golden Triangle Restaurants


    Cheers one and all.
    See you at the next one. Wednesday 31st July 2019. Destination to be advised closer to the time.
     

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    Sounds like an event well worth putting in the effort to attend! I hope I get the opportunity to join some time in the future.
     
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    The last Wednesday of July is Wednesday 31st July 2019.

    The Kiwi Cruiser has requested a GTR dinner in Uttaradit & I am ok for that.
    Ben has the hotel, food, drink suggestions; so I will let him post them, as Im still busy catching up from my Savannakhet visa run ride along the 'Khong.
    Over to you Ben...
     
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    The format that seems to suit the most people is a hotel that is within a short walk of an eating / drinking location;

    Accommodation:

    There are several hotel options in Uttaradit, one that Rex and I have stayed at a few times is the Tonsom Hotel
    GPS N17 37.424 E100 05.170 / Google Map
    - they have a coffee shop located at the entrance to the hotel car park - aim for that and you can't miss the hotel
    - there is some under cover parking
    - they also have some seating in the foyer and a beer fridge..

    Restaurant:

    Approx 200 metres away is the TT Garden Mall... upstairs is The Living Room Bar and Bistro
    - excellent food, open until midnight
    - Google Map location

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    Cool! Great Stuff! Incredible as it may seem I have never stayed here either Ha Ha! See You all there!
     
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    In Uttaradit

    The Living Room Pub & Restaurant is here
    Google Maps

    The Tonsom Hotel is here
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    I've booked in here 450 baht
    Phone: 055 440911

    The Tonsom coffee shop is here, 100 metres from the hotel.
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    In January coming back from Laos I stayed at the Room
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    600 baht I think it was.
     
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    5 of Us booked into the Tonsom at this stage but could be more! Should be a Ripper Night!
     
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    Uttaradit 31 July 2019.

    Tropical storm Wipha was inbound and the weather forecast look totally fearsome.
    After sorting out new Givi Box keys I set off from Chiang Mai around 10.45AM
    As luck would have it I caught up to the Ambassador's group of riders at the PTT near Den Chai.
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    A lengthy coffee stop followed by a plan to stop at the Khao Plung Sala View Point.
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    Whenever using R11, south from Den Chai I always stop at the sala viewpoint restaurant to pay my respects to the shop keeper who was the first on the scene, at my orange crush bus accident 25 years ago.
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    I almost lost my leg in the little tangle with 100 stitches in my left leg, between the knee & groin. A huge amount of blood was lost & the people at the accident never thought I would survive, but I did & kept on riding = it's great to be alive.

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    Onto to Uttaradit & Kay's GPs map seemed to have some difficulty in finding the hotel. However all's well that ends well and we all arrived in Uttaradit DRY, much to our surprise.

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    The Kiwi Cruiser ex Mae Sarieng was on hand to great the slower riders from Chiang Mai.
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    The dinner venue recommendation - The Living Room - was a beauty & within walking distance of the Tonsom Hotel.
    A magic evening ensued with the restaurant to ourselves.
    Food / service / music were all good
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    The singer finished work & the party ended so everyone left.
    One group turning left & one group turning right, but the group following the singer never reached their desired destination, getting side tracked on the way.
    And well the other group got in even later, surveying several Uttaradit night spots = we shall return.

    Departure day from Uttaradit, the Kiwi Cruiser headed off at first light back to Mae Sarieng.
    Richard Na Ched Yot, headed south & the rest of the group headed North. Heineken To Nan & the balance to Chiang Mai in 2 groups again.
    Overall a super time & incredibly no riding in the rain.
    I did however seem to pick up a nasty head cold back in Chiang Khong which has layed me low for a few days.
     
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    Looks like a good time was had by all - Even the Weather Gods smiled.
     
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    It was a great night and Tonsom House was superb, great value for money..............................The weather gods never smiled on me for my ride from Chiang rai to Den Sai, it was the wettest day for about 3 x months, and it rained from when I left home until I met the boys at Den Sai, and then it was fine for the ride into Uttaradit.


    I found out that afternoon that the area around Pong to Chiang Muan had flash flooding this morning, thats the exact route i took, lots of water running everywhere, including over the roads at places, only about 4 to 6" though. On my return journey the weather was fine and the rivers were flowing, hard to believe when I went through here a few weeks back that the water was hardly moving in these rivers.


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    Glad everything worked out ok for you. It was great see you there in Uttaradit.
    Because of your magnificent flood effort to get to Uttaradit the next dinner - Wednesday 28 August 2019 will be in Chiang Kham - right next door for you.

    A list of recommended establishments will come.
    In the meantime some Chiang Kham tips

    Chiang Kham Accommodation

    https://www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/threads/chiang-kham-restaurants.12798/

    Some Chiang Kham Info & Trip Reports

    A Chiang Run

    Chiang Kham - A Tai Lue Festival - 2017

    A Nice Little Loop East Out Of Chiang Kham

    Tai Lue Weaving

    Doi Pha Tang - a meander. Chiang Mai - Chiang Kham - Chiang Khong return.

    Chiang Kham - Pottering Around

    Chiang Kham Loop & Phu Arnmar Camping

    Chiang Kham - Khun Huai Khrai & A Ride In The Heat.

    Chiang Mai – Phayao - Chiang Khong – Chiang Rai Return

    There's more than enough to do in and around Chiang Kham to make a few loops & rides out of Chiang Kham - to or from Phayao / Chiang Khong / Nan, or even Phrae (via Pong - Chiang Muan - Song - Phrae).

    A master plan for the Chiang Kham dinner night will be posted before the event.
     
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