Thailand........on hired bikes

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Bonniebird
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Thailand........on hired bikes

Post by Bonniebird » Wed May 23, 2012 1:44 pm

My step-son is at University in Bangkok, so in the Easter holidays when my son had 2 weeks off college my husband and I decided that would be an ideal time to visit Rob and do some exploring.....on bikes of course ;)
We stayed based at Thai Garden Inn in Kanchanaburi town so we could travel around the Kanchanaburi province.
The only bikes we could find out there were Honda 110cc step thru's, they had 4 gears, no clutch and boy did we have fun on them B)
Rob had been searching for decent road maps of the area for weeks with no joy, it just seemed that the maps only had the main roads on them and nothing else. In the end we settled for a simple out of scale tourist map accompanied by my "ever prepared for everything" husband's compass.

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We found that being on the bikes we were able to head off up the dirt tracks where the normal tourist didn't venture, so in most places it was beautifully quiet and we were usually the only tourists there.

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We made it to the Thai/Burma border where we were greeted by a really friendly guard who took photos of us and let us step into Burma :cheer:

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On a day when Rob had to head back to Bangkok we decided to go on the Death Valley Railway over the Bridge on the River Kwai and up to Nam Tok. This trip took 3hrs on the train, on our little bikes we would have done it in just over an hour!!

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We visited most of the National Parks in Kanchanaburi and we were so glad we were on smaller bikes as we would have missed so much if we had of been travelling at faster speeds.


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We spent about 4 days around the Si Nakharin Reservoir, riding along the coast, making ferry crossings and going up into the surrounding mountains. A lot of the roads weren't marked on our map, but didn't care as long as we knew roughly where we were. We found some amazingly huge caves and ate some of the best food round there.

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Bonniebird
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Re: Thailand........on hired bikes

Post by Bonniebird » Wed May 23, 2012 1:52 pm

The roads were lovely and quiet with good tarmac

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A quick top up in the mountains.....

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Some of the food.......


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Some more ferry crossings and dirt tacks.

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All in all the best and most exciting 2 weeks of my life.
And next year Rob is at University in Kunming, China......... B) :silly:

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Re: Thailand........on hired bikes

Post by Tramp » Wed May 23, 2012 2:11 pm

Thats a totaly so cool report B) :) and a big thanks for the pics..reminds me a bit of Malaysia ...we did similar on 125cc trail bikes back in 2005 on the east coast and spent the nights with local villagers in those stilt homes ...damn big snakes at night..

just shows you dont need a big big to have fun...and nice to spend quaility time with family..dowt china will be as easy to get about though..

I wouldnt mind Borneo but thats real jungle :woohoo:

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Re: Thailand........on hired bikes

Post by kgbbiker » Wed May 23, 2012 2:36 pm

Thanks for the report and pictures , cheered me up no end and inspired me to do more adventuring . Very brave to cross that rickety old bridge on bikes .What great memories you and the boys will have . Good luck in China

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Re: Thailand........on hired bikes

Post by Selous » Wed May 23, 2012 2:39 pm

Good report & great photos thanks for sharing




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Re: Thailand........on hired bikes

Post by beddowsm » Wed May 23, 2012 4:15 pm

Great stuff. Its a future plan (next year??) to get back to Thailand with the wife and 2 kids for a touring holiday. Would those kind of bikes be suitable for small pillions?

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Re: Thailand........on hired bikes

Post by Alun » Wed May 23, 2012 4:22 pm

Thanks for taking the time to post BB. That trip looked like great fun, especially the bridge. :blink:

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Re: Thailand........on hired bikes

Post by PHILinFRANCE » Wed May 23, 2012 4:26 pm

Proper grand , you lucky lot

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Re: Thailand........on hired bikes

Post by Nigel » Wed May 23, 2012 5:48 pm

Alun wrote:Thanks for taking the time to post BB. That trip looked like great fun, especially the bridge. :blink:
My thoughts exactly, would`nt fancy that bridge on a 1200gs ;)

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Re: Thailand........on hired bikes

Post by Bonniebird » Wed May 23, 2012 5:58 pm

beddowsm wrote:Great stuff. Its a future plan (next year??) to get back to Thailand with the wife and 2 kids for a touring holiday. Would those kind of bikes be suitable for small pillions?
Yeah, those bikes are suitable for pillions of all sizes, fairly comfy large seats and quite often a family of 4 or 5 people go past all on one bike.

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