Cycling Thailand Part 4
Unexpected surprises and more rude names
This week we have cycled from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. On route we couldn’t resist the temptation of staying at the Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park, which has some amazing hot springs and beautiful grounds, we enjoyed it so much we stayed 2 nights. Also on route we took an off road dirt track ‘short cut’ and ended up spending the night with a remote Hill Village Tribe.
The scenery has been stunning lots of mountains, forests and rivers beautiful for cycling.
In Chiang Rai we took part in a big bike ride called ‘bike for dad’ to celebrate the King’s 88th birthday, thousands of people took part up and down the country. There were very few westerners so as you can imagine we drew quite a bit of attention especially as we completed the event with all of our panniers.
We have passed lots of towns with the word Mae in the title including Mae Kok which amused us but not as much as a resorts we passed including Rim Kok resort and Wangcome Hotel.
Heading south by bus to Bangkok tonight as we need to renew our visas.
We need to make a decision on where to stay over Christmas:
a) a beach in Thailand – lots to choose from
b) a beach in Myanmar – not so many to choose from and very expensive
c) ignore Christmas and continue travelling which will probably mean spending Christmas near the famous River Kwai Bridge
Hope you’re all enjoying the run up to Christmas, it is very strange being in a country that does not celebrate this festive time of year
Love Gary and Ginette