Saleng expedition, 4!

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

Praphat to Ko Phayam, saleng on board!

To meet friends on Ko Phayam (island) we started driving early from Praphat to make it to the pier in Ranong before 2 PM. With about 100 km (62 miles) to drive and a boat to catch at 2 PM we were quite in a hurry to reach the pier on time.

No breakfast at the resort, healthy breakfast at 7-Eleven.

8% descent warning sign, break - break!

Beautiful coffee house with Thai style tissue holder.

More salengs on the road.

Cafë Amazon, a lovely franchise coffee company.

Rain and small roads, part of the adventure!


We had no clue if we could bring the scooter or needed to park it somewhere safe, but at 2 and 4 PM a ferry or slow boat was departing. Since a speedboat definitely couldn't bring the scooter this was our best option. In the meantime I found out a scooter with side span is called a saleng, so let's give it some credit from now on. :)

We drove 96 km in 3 runs with some espresso breaks, just love a strong espresso in the morning, and reached the pier area at 1:30 PM. By asking around everybody directed us to the speedboat pier, but we eventually found the slow boat pier on time. Well, the slow boat was definitely not a ferry with a ramp to drive the supplies and vehicles on board. There was a small wooden plank to load the boat. The guys at the harbor where laughing and willing to bring the saleng on board for 150 Bath. This saved us time to look for a police station or other place to safely park it for our return, plus we didn't need to rent a scooter on the island, easy!

People loading the saleng on the slow boat during low tide.

Cruising to Ko Phayam.


It was so funny seeing them loading the saleng on the boat during low tide, but it worked out smoothly. On board we needed to pay another 150 Bath for the offloading and an additional 300 Bath as some sort of island fee for the vehicle plus 150 Bath per person. In two hours we were on the island. The offloading was easy, the height of the boat and pier where almost equal. Driving of the pier was a challenge! With all the storage carriers and other salengs the drive way was small, of course nobody expected another saleng on the island. But, we made it!!!

Offloading on Ko Phayam and trying to drive off the pier.

Coffee and Resort, Koh Phayam, relax and enjoy the coffee!


Accommodation recommendation: Coffee and Resort, Koh Phayam
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  • 345 km / 214 miles done total
  • 5655 km / 3514 miles to go
  • 4 days done
  • 88 days to go
  • 3 provinces crossed
  • 42 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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