Experimental report of a trip through Thailand

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Experimental report of a trip through Thailand

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The plan is a trip of about 4000 km through Thailand, from Phuket to the North-East and back again. I planned to do this trip for last year, actually. Since the weather was quite bad I had to postpone it and now it will be true!
The PCX is running well, she did about 25,000 km already. For this trip I did some enhancements, which have been discussed earlier. Mainly this is a modified seat, two power plugs to charge the equipment on the way, a Givi Box, a fitting rucksack instead of a tunnel bag, better light, and a enhanced suspension.

Equipment on the trip is:
  • Nokia N8 as navigator
    Nokia 808 as phone and camera
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 as Wireless Hotspot, online 24/7, running MyTracks and Glympse, and Internet Radio
    Acer EeePC 901 to update postings here and (hopefully) uploading some nice pictures in the evenings
Thanks to glympse.com you will be able to follow me on the way, just visit my website at http://siam.de/pcx and
get the updated link to watch the progress on a live map.

This is quite experimental and I hope it will work out. There may be some glitches, but please bear with me (and my typos).

This thread will be extended, I planned about 3 weeks - so let's go on tour! If someone is interested in the setup, I am willing to share, just give me a shout.

I hope this kind of post is in line with the forum rules, otherwise please let me know.
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The last dinner ... before leaving tomorrow  about 10 in the (Thai) morning.
The last dinner ... before leaving tomorrow about 10 in the (Thai) morning.
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Ready to go...
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The mule is packed and ready to go.
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FritzPinguin wrote:I hope this kind of post is in line with the forum rules, otherwise please let me know.
What do you mean, in line ?! It is perfect!! I have bookmarked your link and will be watching here on hondapcx.org as well. Thanks for your willingness to share.

I also love the Glympse link through your web page. Good stuff!!
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kramnala58 wrote:
FritzPinguin wrote:I hope this kind of post is in line with the forum rules, otherwise please let me know.
I also love the Glympse link through your web page. Good stuff!!
After the trip I will append a posting about how to do this :D and here comes one more picture, more to follow. But now the break is over, still some more clicks to today...
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On the way through Phang Nga province...
On the way through Phang Nga province...
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Are you Thai? If not, where are you from? I live in the downtown core of BKK.
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kramnala58 wrote:Are you Thai? If not, where are you from? I live in the downtown core of BKK.
Actually I am from Germany, but living in Thailand for about 20 years now.

Ok, back to the report. The first day was quite hot, and I had to wear more clothes than you expect at these temperatures. The good point is, I got NO sunburn. As a starter I did a bit more than 300 kilometers, mainly avoiding highways and enjoying the nature around me. Once I was stuck in a bit of traffic, which means we were going about 50 km/h for a while. A great chance to have a conversation with the people on the pickup truck in front of me. "Where do you go?", "Where do you come from?", "Where do you live?" ... all in Thai. It was really fun. Whenever you are going from Surat Thani to North I recommend taking the 4112, great road, little traffic, nice area, really.

A few pictures are enclosed, I hope tomorrow I will remember to turn on MyTracks in addition to Glympse, so I can conserve the track and upload it later.

Bedtime now, for tomorrow I plan at least about 400 kms. Watch about 9 am (GMT+7)) for the new glympse on my website (see 1st post.)

Thanks to the creators of this forum! May it live forever!

P.S.: The pictures are in reverse sequence :(
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The "receptionist" in the resort... 450 Baht for one night, clean and new room, aircon, big bed, what else do you need?
The "receptionist" in the resort... 450 Baht for one night, clean and new room, aircon, big bed, what else do you need?
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I decided to stay here for the night.
I decided to stay here for the night.
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Believe me, this is on the track of the Great Eastern Oriental Train
Believe me, this is on the track of the Great Eastern Oriental Train
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This was just after the second fill-up today...
This was just after the second fill-up today...
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8) How Cool is This! 8) What Fun! 8)
Yes!! Dreams DO Come True!!

I'll be trailing behind too Fritz! Watching "Every Move You Make!" :P
Appreciate that you're taking Us along!! And the photo's ? I'm Really Anxious to See! Worry me says, "Just make sure you get enough rest When it's Rest time...and...without question, Keep Yourself Hydrated! Got a bottle holder?

Okay, enuff! I've got my 3D shades on and I'm ready to Watch You roll!! CHEERS AND BE SAFE PCX'ER! :geek:
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Day 2 is starting. I will do some kms before breakfast, as long as it is still cool. Thanks for your wishes! Off we go.
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Starting day 2
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Travelling in style, I found the best way to store the stuff. It is very comfortable with the backrest. :D
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Good position (if you are riding alone)
Good position (if you are riding alone)
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Today was a trip of about 450 km, mainly on the highway. But anyway, there were some nice places. I have to excuse ... I forgot to extend the glympse for the second time, so the last 45 minutes were not visible. Sorry, my followers. Hope tomorrow works better. In the meantime, enjoy some pictures.
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Morning light give nice pics. I am still happy with my Nokia 808 Pureview.
Morning light give nice pics. I am still happy with my Nokia 808 Pureview.
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Roads how I like 'em. Well, some curves would be nice :)
Roads how I like 'em. Well, some curves would be nice :)
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Big birds along the highway
Big birds along the highway
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Hua Hin Railway Station
Hua Hin Railway Station
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My favorite railway station in Thailand
My favorite railway station in Thailand
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I missed your Glympse today. Maybe tomorrow.
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I keep missing to kram. Is it that I'm awake While he's resting or not traveling? Is that the case? :roll:

Fritz, you will be a pro at bike travel by the end of your voyage, and you'll be displaying your pics in order as well!
Ride on happy fella! We're cruisin' 8)

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Good morning, fellows! Had a few beers and a sgood sleep after yesterday's trip. Now for breakfast and then the journey resumes. Today I will try to avoid the Bangkok traffic nightmare and find a legal way around the south of the city. Motorbikes are not allowed on the tollway, I hope to get a ferry across the river Chao Praya...
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Very quiet beach at 7 a.m.
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More to come...
More to come...
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Just startet a new glympse: http://glympse.com/0E9A-G0BB
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I just checked out your Glympse ... you are flying ... from the south of Thailand to clearing BKK before the end of your third day ... that is making good time.
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Not really flying, I still had good contact with the road thanks to my Pirellis. The day started well with a small but well-paved road through the salt fields near Cha-Am, passing some small fishing harbours. Then came a boring part on the highway, followed by Bangkok City Traffic. As I mentioned already, the bridge was a no-no for me, but I found the ferry across the Chao Praya River. The rest wasalmost peanuts and so I arrived safely before sunset in Pattaya, which some people here call Sin-City. For me it will be a day of rest, although my back feels better than expected.
Don't expect too much of a report for tomorrow, but the trip is not over yet. :)
My trusty Red Rat will enjoy a quiet day, too. For sure I will check oil and cooling fluid after three days of heavy work.
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Typical Thai fishing boats
Typical Thai fishing boats
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Yes! I found the ferry!
Yes! I found the ferry!
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The &quot;forbidden&quot; bridge in the background
The "forbidden" bridge in the background
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Almost arrived
Almost arrived
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The price for the ferry: almost unbelievable 10 Baht (about $.30)
The price for the ferry: almost unbelievable 10 Baht (about $.30)
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Recommended place to stay
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Looks lovely
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That is crappy that they don't let you use the bridge.
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While I am still not entirely happy with my tools for the documentation of the trip, here are (almost) two days worth of recording with MyTracks. If you download these files, please unzip them. You can display the gpx in Google Earth, it should show the quite exact route I have taken. It includes all the U-Turns to take pictures and some errors in the traffic of Bangkok. Let me know what you think about it.

Bot days are missing a bit, especially the Day 3, which took me all way down to Pattaya... Have fun exploring the route! :D
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One more hint: If the page at http://siam.de/pcx gives you an old glympse, please try to reload the page... sometimes the cache of the browser may cause strange results.
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