Friday, December 24, 2010

'2nd Ride' to Mae Hong Son, Golden Triangle & Myanmar... Part 1

Heyya...

On 27th November 2010, me and my friend, Laurence (Kawasaki Versys), decided to ride to Mae Hong Son's 1864 Corners, Golden Triangle (GT) of North Thailand and Mae Sai in Myanmar..

It was my Second Ride to Mae Hong Son and Golden Triangle within 3 months.. the first Mae Hong Son ride can be found here, which i rode Solo in monsoon season...

Anyway, we left R&R Rawang at 4.30 am and reached Thai Border Control at 7.00 am... it was on Saturday and the queue at Thai Immigration was very long.. lots of Malaysians were spending weekend holiday at Hatyai and because of the long queue, we managed to clear the immigration and customs declaration at 9.30 am... by this time the road traffic between Dannok to Hatyai had been congested.. For the first day we were riding to the central of Thailand on Route 4 starting from Hatyai..

















We reached Chumphon at 1.00 pm and stopped for my first fuel stop (~600 km) since my last refueling at Bukit Kayu Hitam..  had a simple luncheon of Khao Pad Gung and Khai Tiao opposite of the petrol station and decided it was impossible to reach Kanchanaburi on the same day.. so we had to ditch our visit to Kanchanaburi's Bridge over River Kwai.. anyway, i have been to the bridge during my first Mae Hong Son trip...
















Then we continued riding at 2.00 pm and reached Hua Hin at 5.30 pm.. We decided to end our ride in Hua Hin for the day and went straight to my regular guest house in Hua Hin, along the Night Market street... the mileage of day 1 journey was only 1,300 km from Kuala Lumpur..





The Next Morning, we left Hua Hin and headed to Mae Sod.. we were still riding on Route 4 via Petchaburi, Ratchaburi and Nakhon Pathom before switching to Route 321 towards Suphanburi...

We then rode on Route 340 to Chainat and joined Route 1 to Uthai Thani... Once we were on Route 1, we were on our course to the North of Thailand...

We stopped for refueling after Nakhon Sawan By-Pass and had lunch there before headed to Tak and turned to Mae Sod on Route 105...





















































Checked-in at D.K. Hotel (Duang Kamon Hotel) as it is known to be the best hotel in Mae Sod...
















Mae Sod


Mae Sod is a town in most western of thailand, which shares a border with Myawaddy, Myanmar... Mae Sod is located in Tak Province and the main trading materials at Mae Sod are gems and teak..

















































Dinning-in KFC.. something which you don't get in Malaysia.. they come, take orders and serve you KFC meals at your table...
















Unfortunately there were conflicts in Myawaddy, Myanmar... hence we were not allowed to enter Myawaddy and cross the Friendship Bridge... so we could only view Myawaddy from Mae Sod.. i should have done it in August when i travelled solo to Mae Sod..

At that time, people could travel and enter Myawaddy and Mae Sod was such a busy trading town...


On the second day, we rode almost 750 km from Hua Hin to Mae Sod... it was a short ride and we also managed to check out the Mae Sod town..




HooRahh!!

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