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Current Location : Khon Kaen, Thailand (Google map)
Last entry date : 31/Jan/09

Bridge over the River Kwai

13/Jan/09 to 16/Jan/09

On 13/Jan Bjorn and I parted with a handshake from our bikes at a crossroad at Surat Thani (main city stop for overland tourists to the holiday islands of Ko Samui).

Next I headed north with “rough” arrangement to meet up with another rider called Len, who was making his way down from Bangkok, that evening in the city of Hua Hin. This Hua Hin was a dot on my map, but like most Thai cities, it’s big. Hey Len, if you’re reading this, I got to your hotel the next day but you had checked out. Btw, there are 2 hotels with the same name and I found the other one first. Hope to see you on the road ie maybe in Malaysia or Indonesia somewhere !!

I had an eye on getting to ChiangMai (everyone said that’s the place to visit) and my traveling range for the day after Hua Hin was either Bangkok or … well, why not Kanchanaburi – home of the Bridge over the River Kwai, made famous by the WWII movie based on a novel by French writer Pierre Boulle. I’m glad I did come here. Even though the bridge had been re-built, there is an aura about this bridge if you had seen the film. Today, tourists come here by busloads … And the place to be in this town before sunrise is the Kanchanaburi night market. Great atmosphere of the Thai. Must see.

And its here, as I took a right turn to find a budget guesthouse by the river that I saw 2 Dakars neatly parked up in front of a wooden house. I parked Kuda (my horse) next to theirs – so I met up with german bikers Holger & Anja who have been traveling the last 18 months. They’ve seen it, and still give themselves another 18 months to complete their round-the-world tour … or before the money runs out !!

We decided to ride together up north to ChiangMai or at least part of the way. The most scenic route was the route skirting the Myanmar border so off we went on 14/Jan munching up 500km of scenic country road on the 1st day and about 350km of winding road on the 2nd. This husband & wife riding team does impress me, stopping little and riding a lot. I tend to do the opposite when on my own. And make frequent stops when some food stalls show up – it is a lousy excuse, but I tend to call it the little pleasures in life. My new found german riders were apparently not prone to these temptations … We got good riding rhythm together and were soon not riding like hell, but like riders going somewhere …

10 Responses to « Skirting the Myanmar border with Anja & Holger  »

  1. oh waouh!!! it’s getting better and better!! you have a pet coco? Planning to bring it back to france? I love the photo with the family…at least we know the man has a daughter!! so cute!Love, Lydia

  2. Siew Hoon & Victoria31 January 2009 à 10:34 pm

    Hi- Sheen,
    Another interesting update with beautiful,colourful photos!! Take care.

    Siew Hoon.

  3. Hi Sheen,

    It all looks like a very exotic learning experience. I would like to explore places like that some day too. Go slowly and enjoy the scenery.
    You still have plenty of time.

  4. oh boy!!!I can tell you a lot of people would love to see all the beautiful places you have seen so far…Lydia

  5. Oh sheen ! c’est trop gentil de me ramener “a pet coco”
    thanks a lot ! ;o)

  6. touche pas à ma pet coco marie laure!!:)

  7. Sawadee Khun Sheen,

    Sorry, didn’t get a chance to follow your recent trips closely. I suppose you’re probably somewhere in Northern Thailand, or Loas by now. Or perhaps in the wonderful province of Chiangmai. Don’t forget to say hello to all my in-laws.

    It’s pretty cold (by their standard) over there at this time of the year. But it’s lovely though. Do enjoy the hospitality of Yao, my wife’s home town. I’m sure you will love it.

    And looking forward to meeting you in March when you arrive here.

    Chok dee (or good luck),
    Henry

  8. Hi Sheen,

    Is my computer playing tricks on me or what? Your last update was 16 January 2009? Where are you now? We have been waiting for you since Chinese New Year. It would be good to know your whereabouts/your well-being. Anyway, I hope you are ok and hope to see you soon.

    Nancy

  9. Sawadwee Khun Henry, like ChiangMai – its surroundings is lovely, nice weather, friendly people, got everything and reasonably priced, etc. Great retirement place for you next time !! Sorry did not do visits there except to bike shops for repairs. Yes, camped one night at Pai and it was freezing. Left a mark on one of the Pai / Mae Hong Son twist. See you when I get down there.

    Sheen

  10. Hey Nancy, long way this test ride to see north of Thailand & Laos. Covered 6000+ km and still need to cover more to get back to your place. Will crossover into Msia tomorrow. See you v.soon.

    Sheen

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