Old Boys On Bikes 2019, Chiang Mai - Laos - Ko Chang & Back

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  1. bigal

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    #1 bigal, Oct 4, 2019
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    This years ride is a new experience for the 3 of us that are on it as for the first time ever we are including Laos.
    Not only will this be the first time to Laos on Bikes but it will be the very first time ever.
    Of course this leads to a request for input and information on the current situation crossing the border and the roads on the Thakhek Loop and all input most appreciated.
    Updates will be added as the plan develops and with luck I will add the actual trip report as we go along provided I don't make a right arse of trying to post it as I did for last years trip.

    Bikes

    The 2 chaps coming over from the UK will be on Honda CBX500's hired from Pops, we have taken bikes out of Thailand from Pops in the past and their paperwork has always been good.
    I will be on my Forza, yep I am taking a scooter although I should ask if this may lead to border crossing problems?

    Here is a map of the proposed route;

    old boys map_04 October 2019_06h57m54s_002_.
    And where we plan to be;

    Old Boys on bikes 2019


    • Monday, December 2, 2019
    • Tepin Barn Lek (7:45 am)
      1317,Saraphi,Chiang Mai,Thailand
    • Sausage King Garden (8:00 am)

    • Sausage King Garden (9:00 am)

    • Indiego Space Loei ? (5:00 pm)

      Close to 500 km cross country 8 hours or so. Too much?
    • Looks like an OK place, other suggestions welcome.

    • Tuesday, December 3, 2019
    • Indiego Space (9:00 am)

      Just over 200 km about 4 hours BUT have to get from Thailand to Laos. Could take 6-8 hours total maybe?
      Have heard this is not a good crossing.
    • Hotel Aaron Vientiane (6:00 pm)
      Have allocated 2 nights in Vientiane so can see a few sights. Can reduce if you don't fancy.
      Places of interest for me
      Cope visitors centre, Buddha Park, Patuxia (?at night), night market and more

    • Thursday, December 5, 2019
    • Hotel Aaron (8:00 am)

    • Kong Lor Cave Guesthouse (5:00 pm)

      315km on Laos roads including a chink of twisty stuff with the looks of the map. Google says 6 but I think allow 8 hours.

      Booked, can cancel before 4/12/19
      About 220 thb per room
      Small non aircon digs, good write up, very close to cave.

    • Friday, December 6, 2019
    • Kong Lor Cave Guesthouse (8:00 am)

    • Kong Lor Cave Boat Trip Landing (8:30 am)

    • Kong Lor Cave Boat Trip Landing (12:30 am)

      About 200km again on twists Laos roads, Google says 4 I say 6 hours ish? to next stop


    • View Theun Guesthouse (6:00 pm)

      Good write up, not on any booking site. ?Call

    • Saturday, December 7, 2019
    • View Theun Guesthouse (8:00 am)

      40km to cave say 1 hr


    • Tham Nang Ene (9:00 am)
      Laos
      cave, Saturday so may be very busy suggest allow 3 hours for cave trip and maybe an hour for farting around.
    • Tham Nang Ene (1:00 pm)
      Laos
      30 km to the border so should be there by 2 pm. Another 20 km once we get back to Thailand.
    • Fortune River View Hotel Nakhon Phanom (6:00 pm)

      Looks like a quality hotel, food and drink, pool and a view of the river. Just right after the days in Laos???


    • Sunday, December 8, 2019
    • Fortune River View Hotel Nakhon Phanom (9:00 am)

    • Thong Tarin Hotel (โรงแรมทองธารินทร์) Surin (4:00 pm)

      Down to Surin, 360 km about 6 hr.
      Booked, can cancel before 4/12/19
      The hotel here looks OK, just under 900 thb inc breakfast.

    • Monday, December 9, 2019
    • Thong Tarin Hotel (โรงแรมทองธารินทร์) (9:00 am)

    • K.P. Grand Hotel (โรงแรม เคพี แกรนด์ จันทบุรี) Chanthaburi (5:00 pm)

      360 km and 6 hours in the saddle gets us to this hotel. again not fixed but decent write up.
      Twin 1150 ฿ per room. Booked can cancel before 6/12/19

    • Tuesday, December 10, 2019
    • K.P. Grand Hotel (โรงแรม เคพี แกรนด์ จันทบุรี) (9:00 am)

    • Sangtawan Resort White Sands Ko Chang. (3:00 pm)

      Only 85 km but after the 1st 70 km we will have to take the ferry over to Ko Chang. Ferry Koh Chang Timetable for boats to & from Ao Thammachat We should arrive early afternoon and I have allowed 3 nights stay, is that too long?
      This resort is right in the beach
      Booked 6750 thb per bungalow for 3 nights, can cancel before 2/12/19
    • Friday, December 13, 2019
    • Sangtawan Resort White Sands Ko Chang. (10:00 am)
      Ko Chang, Trat 23170, Thailand
    • Charoensuk Grand Hotel, Kabin Buri, Prachin Buri, Thailand (5:00 pm)
      13.98330 , 101.76692
      Hotel not fixed although rooms are limited here. Price 1500 ฿.
      No reason to stay in this city other than 280 km includes ferry so maybe 7 hours.
      One of those just ride and see where we get?

    • Saturday, December 14, 2019
    • Charoensuk Grand Hotel, Kabin Buri, Prachin Buri, Thailand (9:00 am)

    • Pattarakarn Homestay Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand (2:00 pm)

      155 km 3.5 hours
      Good reports.
      I have included Ayutthaya in case you fancy a look round some of the historic stuff, if you don't let me know and we just go further home, maybe we will be "touristy out" by then and had enough. Less than 1000 ฿ but not many rooms left.

    • Pattarakarn Homestay Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand (9:00 am)

    • Sunday, December 15, 2019
    • Amarin Lagoon Hotel (โรงแรมอมรินทร์ลากูน) (4:00 pm)

      305 km via highways 32 and 1 to Nakhon Sawan or we could route via highway 11 and hope they have filled the potholes! Say 5 hours.

      This hotel is out of town, may have a choice of restaurants although only was open the last time I stayed (which was quite a while ago) about 1000 ฿

      or

      If you prefer we can stay in the city where Ian and I stayed last time the Topland Hotel & Convention Centre

      or

      route a totally different way staying in highway 1? Let me know your feelings.
    • Monday, December 16, 2019
    • Amarin Lagoon Hotel (โรงแรมอมรินทร์ลากูน) (10:00 am)

    • Tepin Barn Lek (4:00 pm)
      1317,Saraphi,Chiang Mai,Thailand
      340 km say 6 hours.
      Can drop bikes back same day or next morning.

    total distance: 1,441 miles 2319 km

    Created on Tripline. To see the full version, click here: Old Boys on bikes 2019

    Above its the link to the site I have this trip on in more detail. I will be updating I hope as the trip draws closer.

    Any suggestions for hotels etc appreciated.

    Comments and help on border crossings and bikes really really appreciated.

    Al
    Forgot to ask, 2 nights on guesthouses in the loop, anti malarial course or just lots of spray?
     
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    Would appreciate a bit of help info on crossing into Laos. Where can I find info on Getting AGL Insurance on arrival in Laos. What insurance is required? The will be 3 bikes, 2 hired Honda 500's and me on the Forza. We plan using the Nong Khai friendship bridge in and Nakhon Phanom (T) / Tha Khek to come back into Thailand. Again hints tips advice really appreciated as this is our first time.
     
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    #3 DavidFL, Oct 21, 2019
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    Best to get the maximum 3rd party coverage you can get for a month.
    The AGL office is on the right hand immediately after you have cleared Lao customs.
    The FB1 can be problematic getting in, but the last I heard it was ok; or enter at night, after 8PM.
     
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    Thanks David, much appreciated. We are hoping a morning crossing will be ok but I am interested in the idea of an evening entry. Can you recall the cost for the insurance you mention?
    Once again info much appreciated thanks for passing it on.
     
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    #5 DavidFL, Oct 21, 2019
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    The insurance should only be a couple of hundred baht for a month.
    I think I used o pay about 1800 baht for a year, when I was going frequently to Laos.

    AGL Laos: Allianz | Insurance, Allianz General Laos

    Laos Motorcycle Insurance
     
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