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Monday, January 29, 2007

Taking Thailand by motorbike

I think yesterday was our favourite trip-day so far.... it took a little bit of nerve, but we finally hopped on a bright orange motorbike and explored a little on our own! There's no feeling like climbing a winding mountain road, feeling the air get cooler, stopping for a vista (and photos) every so often, and getting to the top to find a mountain temple straight out of a movie.

We've been loving Chiang Mai-- we got some serious deals at the night market, found a hidden parking-lot area of after-hours bars (complete with Thai bands covering Metallica), and I've finally (!) figured out how to tie up these hippie pants. But it wasn't till we hopped on our "Mio" that we were free...

Adrian quickly taught himself how to drive the thing, and with the best road test ever- Thai traffic! We got halfway up the mountain to Doi Suthep (the temple) and saw our gas tank was 1/4 full, headed down, filled the tank for $2, and took a deep breath and went back up. There were 300 (i think) steep steps to get up to the wat (or Wat Phra That Doi Suthep), and we were huffing and puffing by the time we got up to the peaceful sounds of bells and chirping birds. Incense and orchids everywhere, there were little waterfalls and old and young monks. Strange-looking pines and palm trees together in this strange and serene mountaintop... I think we just could have spent days up there....

... if there wasn't the prospect of getting to ride back down! Whee!

We came back to town, completely chilled and unscathed (except for our spicy dinner). We were very sad to take back our bike today ... but for now, we're relaxing (it's mid afternoon) and tomorrow we may head to a different set of mountains-- a hippie spot northwest of here called Pai. When we get too cold, we're heading to Cambodia. So much to see, so little time...
Cheers,
D & A

11 comments:

al_and_pat said...

Hi guys,
Nice wheels. Sounds like yet another great day. Keep those pics coming. They're great. Take care!

Sheila said...

Sounds like you two have discovered the fun of motorcycle travel! We DO know what it's like to feel the wind in your face and smell the air outside while travelling in the mountains! It's really exciting, but I'd be nervous to do it without helmets. Keep having fun, but be careful!I really love your blog- you two have both got a great sense of humour!

Anonymous said...

hey guys,
it sounds like you are having so much fun, i really wish i had the balls to do something like that, anyways stay safe and have fun.

Sheila said...

Just saw your pics this morning. You DID have helmets! Hurray! Beautiful scenery!

Vijai said...
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Vijai said...

Hey DragonForce!

Lookin good, natural born travels EH!

Monks, moutain-tops
and motorbikes?

Dayle, dont do too many daredevil
stunts on the bike! :)

Adrian, dont practice your deadly palm kungfu on the monks... yet!

Godspeed!
We miss ya (inc cats),
from Homebase39.

Winnie said...

Hey guys!
Soo nice to hear and see that you both are having a good time. I can see how it would be a culture shock but i'm sure you both are up for the challenge.. I love your videos so please post more of those and pictures too!! love the pictures...

Be safe and i can't wait to see your next entry.

-Laura and Graeme- said...

oh you guys! The hilarity ensues

Jessica said...

The mountain motorbike ride sounds dreamy!!

reBecka said...

u guys are soo lazy.. take some photos or video!

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