Adventure experience visiting the temple city Chiang Mai


 
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A small kitten woke me up around noon. I packed everything and started to look for a motorcycle rental place. To import your own bike is getting more and more complicated. Shiping bikes around the globe doesnt make sence anyway. If you ride a local bike as everyone else you easily get all the parts of needet and don't look and will be treated (with new rules like this from 2017) as money on legs. This is the way to do it.
 
Vulnerable computer technology such as BMWs can not be repaired in Africa, South America and Asia, and the theoretical argument that you can simply have the required parts forwarded by post fails in practice because the hard-working customs authorities often need several weeks to process a shipment if it ever arrives.
 

 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
I wanted a 125ccm motorcycle, to ride the Mae Hong Son Loop. A shop close to the bus station
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
offered scooters for 250 Baht per day or 1400 Baht per week wich is 30 Euros.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Great but first I wanted to eat something and visit Chiang Mai.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Just a few meters away I found an open Wifi from were I could update this blog
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Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha

 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
and send some emails to my family back home. Different from working while travelling Im allways very happy to get some emails :)
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
A few hours later I found another shop who had many motorcycles in front of it.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
I asked if they were for rent. Unfortunately, they weren't.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
The shop owner was very friendly and so we got to talking about traveling on English.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
The result of this conversation was that I was allowed to leave all my tent and stuff at his place.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Then he pressed me an ice-cold bottle of water in hand. Thank you very much!!!
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
I was so prepared light for the way in to the city centre.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
From the internet I knew the GPS coordinates of the ancient elephant temple.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
On the way through the old city centre I passed the former town wall with many stores,
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Many of them offered motorcycles for rent. The prices fell quickly.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
One was 200 per day, another 180 and at 1000 Baht for 7 days sayd yes and reserved a motorcycle.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Then I took many pictures of the existing scratches of the Scooter together with the owner.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
I wanted to be shure not to get any problems when returning the bike.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
I've just heared too much about damages that had to be payed by stupid tourists who did not cause them.
Then I went towards the temple. Suddenly, it started to rain as if it was the end of the world.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
I did not mind a proper shower in the my camerabag was hopefully waterproof.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
On I went. Again and again I passed small temples. There were so many of them here.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
After two hours, the rain stopped again and the sun came out.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
10 minutes later I was dry again and 20 minutes later sweaty.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
From the distance, I saw the imposing ruins of the elephant temple in the sky.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
The elephant temple has its name from elephant carves out of stone, which surround him.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
At each of its four sides, a Buddha statue is overlooking the city.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
On the forecourt of the temple, many monks wrapped in orange clothes, were walking past.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
All of them seemed to only have one destination, so I followed them.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Soon I could see her target: A food stall. A delicious aroma streamed toward us.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
As soon as they saw me, a old woman rushed towards me and gave me a bowl with rice and delicious vegetables.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
She repeated the words "Not spicy, not spicy", "not sharp not sharp".
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
I reached in my pants, fished out a 1 dollar bill and wanted to give it to her.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
"Free free free" she said defensively, and did not want to take my money.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Unfortunately here English was not sufficient enouth to explain the reason why...
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
On the way back, I turned right just before the bridge and came in a large market.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Here, everything was offered what one can imagine.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
There were fish still alife in buckets of water, snakes, turtles, meat, spices, vegetables, flowers, clothes and electrical things.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Sure I forgot something. All scuttled colorful mess.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
People smiled at me and gladly posed for photos. Nice to be here.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Then I had an apointment. Just before closing, I picked up my stuff at the motorcycle shop.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
I was allowed to use the Internet to write this sitting on the sidewalk at the road. Even a electric socket was available there :)
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
When I wanted to sneak back in to my campsite in the evening, the doorman stopped me.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
If I was the one, who had been camping there?
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
I could pitch the tent directly next to his house, if I feel safer there.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
When I politely said no, he gave me a little tube in my hands.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
"Against the mosquitoes...there are plenty of them."
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
I had already noticed that and was Very pleased with the Paste, even I did not understood a Word.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Anyway now I know where the alcohol minty smell on the train came from.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
I did not understand a word the man said...he did not speak any english and I cant speak any Thai exept the word "Chrapunkap".
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Nevertheless, our communication with hands and feet went smoothly.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
He also showed me a shower and toilet. Now I was the guest of the thai ministry of forest and nature :)
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
When I set up my tent, the little kitten came running again and purred around my legs.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
After a fresh shower the next morning I went into the city to pick up my bike.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
It was a Honda click 125 automatic scooters with already more than 35,000 km on the odometer.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
I also got a helmet with visor against the wind. No one wanted to see any driver's license or so.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
I specialy chosed this scooter, because I could ride through the forest with it without having to worry about any scratches.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
I documented the used state carefully. Many rental companies only brand new vehicles, were one has to be very very carefull not to scratch them.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Here, the risk of having to pay for expensive scratches was not so high.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
I wanted a too ride no investment to pose with.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
The riding companie kept my passport as a usal deposit.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
At the next workshop, I grabbed a screwdriver and started searching for the battery.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
At the Honda click this was located in front behind the headlights. The could can be removed with only two screws.
Quickly, I connected a cigarette lighter power supply to charge my camera and a navigation system.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
A navigation system is a really fine thing in a country like Thailand, where I cant understand the language or the letters.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
On Garmin devices you can download and run the free and legal maps from Openstreatmap.org.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Tent and sleeping bag were lashed to the rear and off I went.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Is there anything better than to be able to move freely with your own vehicle in a exotic country and to be able to go anywhere you want at any time?
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
On a big highway, I left the fast-growing city of Chiang Mai. I had to ride on the left hand side.
The driving style of the people was Very relaxed. Taking regards for others.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
There were not "teachers" as in Germany. My direction was the DOI Inthanon, the 2590 m highest mountain of Thailand.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
However, I did not get so far. At Lamphun, the start of the DOI Inhanon National Park,
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
some signs in English and Thai were pointing towards a waterfall, I did not wanted to miss.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Tourists also can tube here, that means, to flow down a river in a big truck tire.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
They asked an entry fee of 200 Baht or 5 euro for tourists and 20 Baht for Thai people.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
One can also see the waterfall from the National Park, which is also 200 Baht entry costs for foreigners,
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
if one turns left and walks down the stairs.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
A few kilometers further, you will find two further waterfalls,
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
their entrance is included in the admission price of the National Park.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
It is really impressive to see and to hear the noise of the huge masses of water thundering in the deep.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Further on, I discovered a small clay path, which led deep into the lush green of the rainforest for a few kilometres.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Spontaneously, I decided to follow it. Of course that would have been impossible with a heavy BMW.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
With many turns, the path went deeper and deeper into the green jungle.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Again and again I passed tiny little villages with small wooden houses.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
There was neither electricity nor running water N18 ° 30' 59.0 "E098 ° 35' 23.0".
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Rarely, a house had a solar cell. Children were playing.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Chickens, ducks, geese and pigs lived free together with the people.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Women were sitting at a fireplace, preparing the food.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Here they lived without fear about the future in harmony with nature.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Instead sitting alone in front of a TV like in civilized Germany,
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
people met around the fire places and talked together.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Behind the village were the terraces for the rice fields,
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Water from the rivers were led and hold there.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
The people were Very much surprised to see a Falang there and friendly smiled at me.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Many of them had frightening black teeth.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
The children had no fear of contact with a tourist.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
After recognizing their own faces on the small screen of my camera, they started to laugh.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Then, everyone posed and wanted to be photographed.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
A boy took my hand and pulled me to a House.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
He proudly showed me a sow with many small piglets.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Another child grabbed my hand and pulled me to another House.
 
Motorbike trip around Southeast Asien: Thailand, Laos and Cambodscha
Here, a few young puppies played together. The kids were proud to show me the beauty of their world. This trip will be continued on the next page.
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