Saleng expedition, 23!

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

Lopburi to Pho Prathap Chang, why didn't we get a car?

Next on our list is Sukhothai. The problem: It is a 330 km/ 205 miles drive from Lopburi and there are no 'big' towns halfway to make a stopover. We checked Agoda, Hotels and Booking, nothing available. So, after getting our breakfast delivered on our pool view veranda (Love you Prapavee Resort!) we started our trip at 8:30 with many kilometers/miles planned...

Home place? No home, no place to sleep for tonight...

VIP scooter refuel place! Fuel for a lot of miles. Kick start only! (still need a few kicks every time)


Good things happened! With the wind coming from behind we were able to hit 70 km/h (44 mph)! The surroundings were not so impressive as before so we focused on eating as much asphalt as possible ... 225 km / 140 miles in one day! Setting an impressive new record!

Found a tourist attraction!

But this was more fun!

Hammocks you see a lot, even sold along the highway.

Don't know what they were selling here. Batman in plastic bags?

Thumbs up! We tried to count the amount of smiles and thumbs up we got. We lost track in no time.

Burning farming fields and cows, almost every day we encounter these!

Toilet break, ladies room. Had no idea what would come out of this machine. A kimono? Condom? Just a package of tissues.

At lunchtime we found a car service center and let them check the oil, tires and change the license plate. Finally 'Phuket' (our starting point) was written in Thai on the back, more smiles and thumbs up to come!


After another hour, with 150 km / 93 miles done, the back wheel started to wiggle more and more. NOT AGAIN! Yes, it happened again, the spikes broke one by one.
Still we didn't change the spikes for bigger ones because we wanted to give the bike a big service in Sukothai to get it ready for the mountains, but we paid the price and stranded again.

Looking for a mechanic at a bike shop, before the whole back wheel collapsed.

Found a car service center, and they were soooooo helpful!!! :)

Taking the wheel to the bike shop to change the spikes.

Changed the whole wheel to make it stronger!

Great! Now we only need to change the gear wheel and chain for the mountains!

Begin!

Traffic jam around Nakhon Sawan.

Sanit Love Inn Hotel, Phichit, found on Google Maps... Don't know if there are many guests that stay the whole night. :) (no sink or hot water)


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  • 1633 km / 1015 miles done total
  • 4367 km / 2714 miles to go
  • 23 days done
  • 69 days to go
  • 16 provinces crossed
  • 29 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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