Adventure riding the golden triangle loop on a motorbike


 
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Today everything went quite quickly. In the morning I had the feeling to travel further. Half an hour later I stood at the bus station and had a waiting number for the ticket desk in my hands. An hour later, I was already in the green bus which took me 4 hours further north to Chiang Rai.
 

 
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There I asked, whether they had a scooter rental place close to the bus station. Unfortunately they didn't.
 
Reise durch Südost Asien: Thailand, Laos und Kambodscha
Insted of explaining me how I could find one, a friendly man simply drove me there.
 
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We quickly agreed on the price. For 1100 Baht per week the owner even helped me, to connect my 12 volt Navi connection plug.
 
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A few minutes later I left the city. The golden triangle loop begins with a highlight:
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Reise durch Südost Asien: Thailand, Laos und Kambodscha
The white Temple at GPS N19 ° 49'27 "E099 ° 45'48", which is located 15 km outside of the city. Wat Rong Khun.
 
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As I had expected, the temple built by a private artist was crowdet with tourists.
 
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Then I turned West. I stayed in a small village just before fang.
 
Reise durch Südost Asien: Thailand, Laos und Kambodscha
Those nights at friendly peoples places are always the highlights of any trip.
 
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Instead of sitting alone in a hotel room, one gets a visited by a whole village ;)
 
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In the evening we had rice and beef, which as usual was eaten with our fingers.
 
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The next day it rained and was Very cold and foggy. I packed all my things into plastic bags.
 
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Because here were no signposts of any caves or waterfalls,
 
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I travelled pretty fast on the winding road and tried to escape the storm.
 
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Here, I did not have to worry about being ripped of by burglers in uniform.
 
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There were no speed limits or speed camera in the rain forest.
 
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Instead, I could enjoy the beautiful scenery and the great nature.
 
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However with one eye I always had to look for potholes or gravel, which somtimes suddenly appear.
 
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Because there was hardly any chance to ride full throttle, my 125 cc scooter was more then enouth for this winding road.
 
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Although most tourists see it differently, there is no need of a larger machine here in the mountains.
 
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From Fang out I went to the border of Burma / Myanmar and then further North. Entry is possible only with a Guide . To enter Birma is only allowed with an expensive Guide .
 
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Again and again I rode past barbed wire, and military checkpoints.
 
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In Mae Sai, I followed the border through the winding mountains eastwards.
 
Reise durch Südost Asien: Thailand, Laos und Kambodscha
George, another motorcycle rider had advised me to: "keep as close to the boarder as possible". The road in the flat land would have been less interesding.
 
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The golden triangle turns out to be a bit Buddha statue or a typical tourist nep.
 
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Although you could see the land of Burma / Myanmar and Laos, on the other side of the Mekong river,
 
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because political borders but cannot be seen, there was nothing to be see except many souvenier shops. Across the river most of the drugs come to Thailand.
 
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However, a few kilometers away from the crowd I found a nice little restaurant, were I could try original Burma / Myanmar food.
 
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Curious, the owners asked me whether I will visit their country. Unfortunately, for political resons this was not possible.
 
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A short time later I was hungry again and bought noodle soup or rice without the sharp sauces. I just wanted some kalories.
 
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In a small restaurant, I tried to explain that I wanted something special.
 
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Because the girl did not understand me, I bought three eggs and grabbed here pan my selfe. Instead of hot water I crashed the eggs into the pan.
 
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The cold rice did not come on my plate but together with the eggs in to the pan. I quickly managed to prefent the girl from adding chily to my special meal. Mmmmmh.
 
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Meanwhile, A few people watched the crazy falang cooking strange food. When it was ready, there was applause, but no one wanted to try ;)
 
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I was very happy when close to Tha Wang Pha and PUA another caves were signposted.
 
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A wellcome little change from riding every day. I followed the directions to a small national park.
 
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There was a small (2 km) trail through beautifull landscaped, which led past huge, thick trees and across small streams.
 
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In addition, there was a tiny lake were even fishes lived in.
 
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Of course, there was also a cave that people could visit and klimb in without a conductor.
 
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Something like that of course would be impossible in Germany. At the end of the tour, I could refresh me on a waterfall and even take a showers and wash my clothes.
 
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There even was a sauna, but I did not want to heat it up. It was warm onouth even without it.
 
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Since I already had discovered another cave on the in mountain close by, I asked directions to this cave at the gatehouse and wandered off. After less than one kilometer, I reached the cave.
 
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It was amused, when a large flock of birds came flying out of the cave towards me. The rocks were similarly slippery due to their legacy. I started to climb.
 
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When I came around a corner, I was frightened to death. There was a huge snake slightly raised to me. I could not move. Everything went in slow motion.
 
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What is a snake doing in a Rocky cave? Probably eating birds falling from their nests.
 
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Now, however, it was the wrong time to die. I had just received another interview request from a radio station and the MOTORRAD action team had booked my slideshow. That cant have been it?
 
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At any time I expected the snake jumps out and bites me. I felt losing my balance and slipping on the end of a rock. I almost fell out of the cave. It went as quickly as I could out of her.
 
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Still shaky and full of adrenaline, I arrived at the National Park again. To calm down, the Rangers offered delicious food to me. Among others there were fruits that looked like Plums and tasted like avocado.
 
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I was allowed to pitch my tent in a National Park and spent a quiet night. The next morning, I followed the road to its other end.
 
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Here I found many monks GPS N19 ° 21' 56.7 "E100 ° 31' 53.7". One of them led me into a cave with a strong LED flashlight, and turned on the electricity. Now I could see a beautiful temple inside the cave.
 
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Whether I've eaten breakfast already? He invited me with all the other monks to eat. There was everything you could emagine. Rice, chicken, fish, soy milk, cocoa, fruits. Mmmmh.
 
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In addition, modern monks own Smartphones these days. This gave me the opportunity to send a sign of life back home and to uoload this report per access point.
 
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I Continued over the second highest pass of Thailand, which according to the GPS was less high than specified. To be continued...
 
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On the way back from Nan via Bo Kluea I asked with hands and feet in NA Mau GPS N19 ° 03' 25.8 "E101 ° 06' 33.7", if I would be allowed to pitch my tent there.
 
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Immediately, the villagers gathered around me and asked me all kinds of questions. When they realized that I speak no Thai, a few girls began to giggle. Others repeated their questions significantly louder, assuming, I would understand them better then.
 
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It was a fun night. Everyone wanted to invite me to his home. A girl named Nic, my age, spoke English. Nic had just married her husband Bam, and was expecting their first child in 9 months. She was working as a teacher. With here help, the communication was a lot easier.
 
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As expected, they started to ask me about money. I lied I only earn 1000 British pounds sterling per month. She as a teacher earned Baht so 220 euros 9000 Baht per month, here husband as a soldier only 200 euros 8000 Bah.
 
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She would like to visit swizerland, but will probably never be able to afford it. In such situations I realize how privileged I am as an European.
 
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On the other hand you cant compare with money to life together with a family who loves you in a country were it is allways warm.
 
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Spontaneously the next morning I followed the men to there fields to see how they work in Thailand. On a steep slope, corn had to be broken in the hot sun by hand. Peace by peace.
 
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For one kilo of corn they only get 7 Baht wich is 15 cents. Each plant has to be planted and harvested by hand. I had honestly earned my next dinner.
 
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Together with rice, we had a grilled rat and a mole, which had been caught with a trap in the field,
 
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Specially for me, Nic had prepared a non spicy version. Thanks a lot :)
It was hard to say goodbye to my new friends the next day. We want to stay in contact via Internet. I hope to see here again some day.
 
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After 100 km riding, the sky darkened, as if it would be night. A few minutes later, a terrible thunderstorm began. It poured as from buckets. I introduced myself at a temple and camped there, because it did not stop raining. To be continued...
 
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Back in Chiang Rai, the return of the scooter was no problem at all. The bus to the Laotian border Chiang Kong was full of other tourists. Luckily I had allready bought the ticked one night before departure.
 
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The 4 hour journey passed quickly due nice conversations. The bus did not bring us to the border, but stoped in the middle of the city Chiang Kong.
 
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Immediately many TucTuc drivers gathered around us, and wanted 150 Baht per person to take us to the border. Together with other tourists, I left the crowd and started walking towards the new friendship bridge.
 
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After a few meters a TucTuc caught up and offered 50 Baht per person to the border. We knew that according to GPS it was only 4 km away.
 
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We offered 20, and he agreed. To our great surprise, the TucTuc driver turned around and drove across the city. Finally, he droped us at the old ferry station.
 
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This was the boarder, before the new bridge was built. In the meantime, all the officis had moved however and the border was closed. To bring us to the right border, the TucTuc driver wanted 150 Baht in addition.
 
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We were angry, but pretendet to agree. If he does this to every tourist, he earns a lot of money. Now he went al the way back again. At the right border we only gave him the 20 Baht we had agreed before. He protested, but we turned around and walked away. This scam does not work with us.
 
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At the huge boarder, there was nothing going on. To get our exit stamps took only a few seconds. Then we had to take a bus for 1 dollar for 2 km across the bridge to the huge, modern border house of Laos.
 
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As a German I got a 30-days visa for 30 US$ / 1300 Bah. Dutchmen traveling with us had to pay $35.
 
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Finish. We were in Laos, at the most bombed country worldwide, located about 10 km far from the nearest town in the middle of nowhere. A few tuctucs came and tryed to rip us of. We started to walk.
 
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During the war, the border to Vietnam poisoned with chemicals called agent orange by the US. Still today many children in Laos suffer from this see 3sat "Nano" of the 24.10.2013.
 
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As usual a TucTuc went behind us and offered to take us to the next city for $1. We agreed.
 
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When we arrived, we could see the olf ferry, were the first TucTuc has brought us, un the other side of the Megkong River.
 
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Looking for a place to camp in a side street behind many hotels, I found a small organization who was fighting for the rights of women in Laos.
 
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If they marry, all they belongings go to their new husband.
 
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Here many Europeans were sitting around a fire telling storys about their trips.
 
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There was even a Christmas tree and a lot of space to the camp. Thanks :)
 
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The next morning, I bought some tasty rice wrapped with chicken and wandered 1 km upriver to the port of the slow boats.
 
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Here I could buy the ticked 220.000 kip or 900 Baht for half the price, the hotels had asked for in the city.
 
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Many boats were parked close to each other on the shore. Departure was at 11 o clock but even then, nothing happened.
 
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More and more tourists arrived. Their big backpacks were squeezed in the hull of the boat.
 
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I kept my backpack with me, ignored the seet numbers and sat down on one of the front seats with A lot of space for my legs.
 
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At 13:00 o clock, a gentleman called all the tourists into the boat, but it did not went off as everyone hoped. We ware waiting for even more passengers.
 
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The guy freightened the tourists with horrorstories. In Pakbeng, where we wanted to stay and spend the night, all hotels are fully booked due to an special event.
 
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There are only a few rooms left, that one could book with him for only $20 per person.
 
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Scaring people, one can allways make good money. Many people bought his hotel reserations.
 
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An hour later we finaly started our trip. Due to the strong currents of the Mehgkong river the slow boat went amazingly fast.
 
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Because there were no Windows, a strong wind was blewing.
 
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Everybody started to freeze, as their jackets were stored out of reach deep down in the boat.
 
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I took out my sleeping bag and enjoyed the trip. In the back of the boat it would have been warmer,
 
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but the engine there was so noisy that one would not have been able to talk to each other.
 
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In front of the boat, it was not so loud. Here I met Manuela and Elmar from Munich.
 
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We had a good conversation, so time was running very fast.
 
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When we arrived in Pak Beng just before nightfall, many people were offering cheap rooms to stay.
 
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Of course there were more rooms available as tourists on the arriving boats. The seller before had just tryed to cheat us.
 
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Manuela and Elmar got a nice room with hot shower and Internet for €10 per night. This trip report continues on the next page.
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