Saleng expedition, 1!

Our crazy road trip around Thailand and Laos on a tricycle.

Phuket Town to Laem Phrao, and we're off!

We got the scooter with side span! All worked out fine. We did a small tour to the other side of the island, didn't make it to the first hill top - I had to walk, but we had a great time and love our new vehicle. On our way back to Phuket Town I had to walk up a few hills as well, but we're working out how to handle (and load) the bike. A little sound came from the third wheel, but the bike shop that made the side span repaired it instantly with the advise of the shop that we bought the scooter from, perfect. After telling our story to a few people, the idea of getting a new seat became reality. Of course when you're driving up to 200 km (125 miles) a day you need a soft/good seat! So we went searching for a seat maker and tried to explain with hand signs to make it as thick as possible. Also we copied the key to make sure we could always count on a spare key in case something happened with the original one.

We bought ORANGE helmets, a cover with straps and lights for night time driving. Off course I said we should buy a cover that is big enough, so we have some spare plastic to wrap all the luggage three times. The green book (proof that it's our scooter) isn't ready yet, but all is organized and it will be send by mail with the new license plate. All good, but we need to find an address by that time - ooo no, fixed plans. :) So, the whole deal worked out fine with the help of Joemotorbike shop in Phuket Town - many thanks! And, while we where doing our try-out tour, somebody already approached us for buying the scooter in Bangkok in February - awesome!

So, today, we attached the flags and lights and we where ready to hit the road! At 16:30 we started our first day of driving, 38 km (24 miles) from Phuket Town to Laem Phrao (North Phuket). It took us about 1,5 hour, with some traffic jams, lot's of smiles, people waiving and cheering for us - wow! Since I'm seated at the back, and we have to balance the scooter, I sit with both legs in the side car. If there's a left turn I'm almost completely sitting in the side span to make sure we don't tip over... About 40 km per hour (25 miles) is our first average speed, let's see what tomorrow brings!

We are meeting friends in the Ranong area in a few days, so we need to speed up our plan a little bit, let's see how far we can get tomorrow on our first full day of driving.

The side span being made!

We found a seat maker!

Copy the key!

Crazy Dutch helmets, we need some text on it though!

Joe's motobike shop, another visit with more questions...

Change of seat! Feeling like a princess.

Almost attached!

Shopping for accessories.

Yeah - it's done, try out time!

Ready to go!


  • 68 km / 42 miles done total
  • 5932 km / 3686 miles to go
  • 1 days done
  • 91 days to go
  • 1 provinces crossed
  • 44 provinces to go

Phuket - Phang Nga - Ranong - Chumphon - Prachuap Khiri Khan - Phetchaburi - Ratchaburi - Kanchanaburi - Suphanburi - Ayutthaya - Lopburi - Singburi - Chainat - Uthai Thani - Nakhon Sawan - Phichit - Phitsanulok - Sukhothai - Uttaradit - Phrae - Lampang - Lamphun - Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son - Chiang Rai - Bokeo - Luang Namtha - Udomxai - Luang Prabang - Vientiane (khwaeng) - Vientiane (prefecture) - Kamphaeng Nakhon Wieng Chan - Bolikhamsai - Khammuan - Nakhon Phanom - Mukdahan - Kalasin - Roi Et - Maha Sarakham - Buriram - Nakhon Ratchasima - Nakhon Nayok - Pathum Thani - Nonthaburi - Bangkok

Saleng expedition, intro
Phuket Town to Laem Phrao, and we're off! (Saleng 1)
Laem Phrao to Khao Lak, the Dutch bobsled team! (Saleng 2)
Khao Lak to Praphat, thumbs up! (Saleng 3)
Praphat to Ko Phayam, saleng on board! (Saleng 4)
Ko Phayam, time to relax! (Saleng 5)
Ko Phayam to Ranong, hot springs & Loy Krathong! (Saleng 6)
Ranong to Thung Wua Laen (Chumphon), coast to coast! (Saleng 7)
Thung Wua Laen (Chumphon) to Bang Boet Bay, scenic route! (Saleng 8)
Bang Boet Bay to Thap Sakae, we have a problem! (Saleng 9)
Thap Sakae to Prachuap Khiri Khan, aircrafts crossing! (Saleng 10)
Prachuap Khiri Khan to Hua Hin, snakes and dead end roads! (Saleng 11)
Hua Hin, we need business cards! (Saleng 12)
Hua Hin to Petchaburi, visiting a tropical vine yard! (Saleng 13)
Petchaburi, amazing cave temple and aggressive monkeys! (Saleng 14)
Petchaburi to Kanchanaburi, discovering the walking directions of Google Maps! (Saleng 15)
Kanchanaburi, King's Day & Light & Sound Festival 2015 (Bridge over the river Kwae)! (Saleng 16)
Kanchanaburi, Bridge Over The River Kwae! (Saleng 17)
Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya, being the attraction and escort service! (Saleng 18)
Ayutthaya, writing Thai and some cultural differences! (Saleng 19)
Ayutthaya, ruins, strange tuk-tuks and Christmas time! (Saleng 20)
Ayutthaya to Lopburi, going Dutch! (Saleng 21)
Lopburi, bikers in monkey town! (Saleng 22)
Lopburi to Pho Prathap Chang, why didn't we get a car? (Saleng 23)
Pho Prathap Chang to Sukhothai, HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Birthday! (Saleng 24)
Sukhothai, saleng at UNESCO World Heritage site! (Saleng 25)
Sukhothai to Phrae, we're not the slowest! (Saleng 26)
Phrae, think big! (Saleng 27)
Phrae to Lampang, 2000 km done! (Saleng 28)
Lampang, ladies not allowed! (Saleng 29)
Lampang to San Kamphaeng, visiting an elephant hospital! (Saleng 30)
San Kamphaeng to Chiang Mai, we made it before Christmas! (Saleng 31)
Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son, Christmas time in the tropics! (Saleng 32)
Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son loop with saleng! (Saleng 33)
Muay Thai in Chiang Mai! (Saleng 34)
Countdown party 2016 in Chiang Rai! (Saleng 35)
Saleng to Mae Salong, the little engine that could! (Saleng 36)
Mae Salong to Chiang Khong, opium at the Golden Triangle! (Saleng 37)
Border crossing with saleng, we're in Laos! (Saleng 38)
Luang Namtha outdoor adventures! (Saleng 39)
It's too cold in the tropics! (Saleng 40)
Off the beaten track! (Saleng 41)
Relaxing in Luang Prabang! (Saleng 42)
Peak performance: Saleng at 1900 meters /6233 feet! (Saleng 43)
Tubing in Vang Vieng! (44)
Eating dust while reaching 4000 KM / 2485 miles! (Saleng 45)
Fixing the bike, one more time! (Saleng 46)
Reaching base camp, Thakhek loop with extreme cold weather! (Saleng 47)
Konglor Cave, underground river adventure! (Saleng 48)
Finishing the Thakhek Loop with the saleng! (Saleng 49)
Relaxing in Thakhek! (Saleng 50)
Border crossing with an unidentified object! (Saleng 51)
Farang in Isaan! (Saleng 52)
Reaching 5000 KM / 3107 miles around Roi Et! (Saleng 53)
Tree hugging and Khmer temples in Phimai! (Saleng 54)
Tasting new latitude wines in Khao Yai! (Saleng 55)
Cruising through Khao Yai National Park with the saleng! (Saleng 56)
We made it to Bangkok! The final chapter! (Saleng 57)
SOLD the saleng! (Saleng 58)

To be continued, stay tuned!

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