Saleng expedition, 14!

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

Petchaburi, amazing cave temple and aggressive monkeys!

Having a day off, or actually not driving, gives some time to move the body and deal with the muscle fever from driving the saleng. It was great to get our hands on some bicycles and cycle around town.

Crazy Dutch on a bicycle in the burning sun, nice and easy!


The Tham Khao Luang cave shrine was the first stop, it was on a hill... With being warned about the monkeys, and having seen them in many places, I didn't think this could be at problem at all.
As soon as we hit the parking lot we saw teddy bears and other soft toys on every car. Apparently this was for the monkeys not to scratch them, and so the monkey adventure started...
All the shops on the parking lot had monkeys walking freely in their shop looking for food. They also sold corn and bananas for the monkeys, locked away securely. The owners all had a stick at hand to keep the monkeys out if they came too close. A bit strange I would say, but it will probably give them some income to sell 'monkey food' while aggression against people is increasing.

Fluffy toys on cars for the monkeys.


Once in the Tham Khao Luang cave shrine the natural light show was really impressive. The most beautiful cave shrine I've seen so far. With many en-carvings and Buddhas, a spacious area that takes your breath away.

Tham Khao Luang.


Returning to the bicycles was quite a challenge since there was this group of monkeys fighting with each other from both sides of the street. Try to find yourself a stick in a cave...but no harm was done.

Phra Nakhon Khiri historical park was the next stop, a monkey eating plastic was the first hint...

There are warning signs all over not to tease, feed or play with the monkeys as they are wild animals.

As soon as I parked the bicycle and started drinking some water before entering the park a monkey slowly but aggressively walked to me. He won...

After 'surviving' the monkeys this were the first impressions of the historical park, bummer.

But, found some beautiful sights of the palace and stupa's in the park.

Way back... monkey business...

Cycling through town, 'Bike for Dad (King)' T-shirts sold everywhere.

Wat Kamphaeng Laeng, reminds me of Angkor Wat (Cambodia).

Wat Mahathat Worawihan, especially this white stupa was impressive.

Petchaburi town.

Every town seems to hold festivals around the King's Birthday, December 5th, no tourists around! It's funny to walk around some sort of holiday fair with neighboring countries inviting Thai to go there for holidays.

Sun Hotel, right in the middle of town. They rent out bicycles.


Accommodation recommendation: Sun Hotel, Petchaburi
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  • 948 km / 589 miles done total
  • 5052 km / 3139 miles to go
  • 14 days done
  • 78 days to go
  • 6 provinces crossed
  • 39 provinces to go

Provinces:
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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