Saleng expedition, 9!

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

Bang Boet Bay to Thap Sakae, we have a problem!

It all started nice and easy with a lovely beach breakfast in Bang Boet Bay. The Swedish owner baked some whole wheat bread (which can be hard to find around here) for us and the block of cheese just made my day! Love (and miss) the CHEESE!

Bang Boet Bay Beach Resort, Ban Boet.

Accommodation recommendation: Bang Boet Bay Beach Resort, Ban Boet
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Driving out of Bang Boet along the beach.

One hill, one walks up!

Cows and dogs on the road.

The 5th of December Thailand celebrates the Kings Birthday. More and more flags appear in the streets, Kings Day is coming! Yellow is the King's Flag, born on Monday which the color represents. Blue for the Queen, born on Friday.

Flags everywhere.

Fish drying in the sun, you can smell it from a distance.

Street art.

Coffee break without coffee :)

Railroad crossing.

So far so good, but then there was this strange movement in the steering-wheel. Of course this happens when you're in the middle of nowhere and it was getting worse. The back-wheel was out of balance and soon there was no way of driving it anymore. We had to walk with the saleng in the burning sun. An old lady selling eggs on another saleng wanted to help by pulling us to the mechanic with a rope, or that's what I think she meant. Well, I'm not a technician at all but that seemed like a bad idea. But, how to explain this with your hands?!

Walking the saleng to a mechanic.

Luckily there was a Thai restaurant where they pointed us in the right direction. Within 1 km (0,6 miles) we found the shop, woke up the owner and he started repairing the wheel straight away.
I thought he would change the whole wheel, but there were no new wheels inside the shop. Instead he started to cut all the wheel spokes and slowly replaced them.

Fixing the wheel.

In the meantime we went looking for accommodation since we lost quite a lot of time.

Shiny new wheel! Since we already drove over more than 600 km (373 miles) we also asked the mechanic to check the oil. He replaced it. By saying "pssss, pssss" and making a pumping hand sign he also put some air in the other tires. Ready to continue!

Laem Kum Beach Resort, Thap Sakae. With only 80 km (50 miles) we found this nice beachfront accommodation in Thap Sakae. Since we were the only guests, and they didn't expect us, they were cleaning up a bit and the restaurant was closed.

Accommodation recommendation: Laem Kum Beach Resort, Thap Sakae
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Luckily the neighbors had a menu in Thai...


  • 638 km / 396 miles done total
  • 5362 km / 3332 miles to go
  • 9 days done
  • 83 days to go
  • 5 provinces crossed
  • 40 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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