Hi there everybody, stumbled across this forum and it looks like just the thing for me. I'm coming to Chiang Mai for a few days at the start of May with my Teelak for a friend of hers wedding and plan on hiring out a motorbike while in town to do a spot of touring around the area, I want to do a spot of off/semi-off roading so thought something like a XR250 or TTR would be best. I've noticed that many Thai girls get afraid of being away from civilisation and are very wary of local guys they might encounter away from a busy town or city and was wondering if it is safe to venture off the main highways especially as I will have my Teelak with me. I used to do a lot of motocross in the UK in my younger days and was wondering if there are any tracks not too far from Chiang Mai, especially if there are any that may hire out full on motocross bikes rather than ploughing around on a enduro/trail bike. Most of my time in Thailand has been spent in Pattaya I cant help but notice the price of bike hire in Chiang Mai seems quite expensive in comparison. I hired out a Honda Phantom last Nov for a few days at 300 bht a day and those Honda 600 v twin choppers were 400bht a day when I enquired both of which appear to be around half the price in Chiang Mai. Also how does the style of riding in Pattaya and Chiang Mai compare, I once read somewhere that the pace is a lot slower in Chiang Mai. Any advice gratefully accepted.