House Extension to "Baan Thai" Chiang Mai

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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai" Chiang Mai

Postby eyecatcher » Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:41 pm

kiwimartin wrote:"the best urinal view in Thailand?"
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The view from my home throne isn't too bad either Eyecatcher....
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The travelogue is excellent btw....have you considered a travel blog? I am seeing places I would like to visit!


I'll not argue with that :wink:
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai" Chiang Mai

Postby eyecatcher » Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:52 pm

Chapter 12 day 19

Today is going to be the highlight of the trip. Chiang Saen to Chiang Khong along the Mekong. :)

We decided to take the river route so the 56km highway route now became a 70km scenic route.

But first, a morning stroll before the sun rises and then breakfast followed by a quick ride around the old town.

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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai" Chiang Mai

Postby eyecatcher » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:06 pm

Chapter 12 day 19 contd

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so; goodbye Chiang Saen; Chiang Khong here we come:


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TBC tomorrow :)
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai" Chiang Mai

Postby eyecatcher » Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:50 pm

Chapter 12 day 19 contd

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through the cornfields


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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai" Chiang Mai

Postby eyecatcher » Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:06 pm

Chapter 12 day 19 contd

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and through the villages


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I dont know what shes doing?


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but he is making sweeping brushes.....sewing the grass onto the stick


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water and cake stop


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the mighty Mekong


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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai" Chiang Mai

Postby eyecatcher » Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:29 pm

Chapter 12 day 19 contd

You dont want me to talk do you?...ok good :wink:

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Laos at t'other side


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another water stop


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a local going about his 9-5


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and another


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hitting the big hillls..gerrof 'n push
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai" Chiang Mai

Postby eyecatcher » Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:38 pm

Chapter 12 day 19 contd

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still pushing


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finally in Chiang Khong; the beer restaurant view


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Having now completed that stage I can say it was probably the best cycle ride in the whole of Thailand. :)

A 5 hour ride, just the last hour was a pig having to get off the bike 3 times to cross three high hills and often on a road that was in the process of being scraped and re surfaced. :(

The first 4 hours though…what a pleasure, I don’t have the right adjectives to describe how beautiful it is riding through countryside in more shades of green than I looked at on the Home Pro paint colour swatches.

There was everything there, bananas, rice, sweet corn, chillies, vines dragonfruit cabbages lettuces.

Taking a photo didn’t really do the panorama justice. The one thing I did notice however, the similarity between here and crossing an Isaan countryside ended with animals. On my route we didn’t come across any cows or buffalos or pigs in the fields.
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai" Chiang Mai

Postby eyecatcher » Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:03 pm

Chapter 12 day 19 contd

Chiang Khong certainly has more about it than Chiang Saen but likewise it is an important market town for local hill tribes and for trade with northern Laos. It certainly feels and looks like a traveler getaway town into Laos and the 4th friendship bridge certainly facilitates this.

Many travelers hop on a boat from the other side and take a two day cruise into Luang Prabang but like many other areas of

Thailand in this so called high season we felt the place was dead. Certainly no problem finding accommodation. Our place was just at the edge of the tourist street overlooking the Mekong again but we were just 2 of 4 people staying in the 15 room guesthouse, the other couple also cyclists.

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I had noticed along the lane from our resort was the museum of the largest catfish in the world.

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hmm, the museum should be interesting?


Most of us have seen the tv programmes river monsters showing 3m catfish being pulled from the Mekong here.

We were cynical but after 3 beers a piece it seemed kind of funny that we should check out this place. :wink:

The main entrance was locked up, it looked like a kiddies school so we walked to the back... :?

There was a guy down below starting up a bbq and some teenager absolutely killing some song on her karaoke :cry:

“catfish museum?” :)

He broke off stoking up his fire and motioned yes ok and we followed him another 20m to another building where he pulled out some keys, unlocked the door and put the lights on. :(

After removing a pair of step ladders from the reception desk he charged us 40bt each, smiled and fu…..disappeared.

We were left in a fish museum that didn’t even scratch the surface of what you would see if you went to a local aquarium and tropical fish dealer to check out goldfish….what a pile of shite it was!...no infact it was worse than that. :lol: :cry:

If I wasn’t drunk I would have flooded the place, but it was so crap it was funny.

Almost every fish display area was empty! Seriously it was pants

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catfish? nothing here


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and nothing here


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and nothing here



A couple of areas had a dozen big goldfish and the nearest we came to a giant catfish was probably a 6 inch sturgeon. :lol:

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and.....is that a fish?


It was laughable, but unbelievably we were both actually quite pissed off that he had ripped us off. :evil:

Our tour lasted 3 minutes and he is probably enjoying a beer at our expense.

Lets go and challenge the bastard.

“where is the man in the pink shirt” (yep, says it all)

“Ah he gone now”

“Ok where are giant catfish”

“Ah not have now sir”

“is this the giant catfish museum?” :?

“yes sir”

“But there are no catfish in there” :?

“Sorry but giant catfish died”

:lol: :lol:

“Oh that’s sad, when did it die”

“It die just 10 day ago because it not like to be taken out of river”

:lol: :lol:

“Is it possible for us to go fishing tomorrow”

“Yes of course, can fish anywhere”

“But we want to catch the giant catfish” :lol:

I think you need to go to Han district down river more

Do people catch giant catfish :?:

Not many because river too low........

Ok thank you

an experience never to forget


….As a P.S to that tale I googled giant catfish and read the last recorded giant catfish was caught in 2005 and was 2.7m long. They tried to collect its eggs to started a breeding programme but says it died whilst in captivity not long after….12 years ago….but of course lets tell the tourist he should have come last week, just missed it!!

darn!
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai" Chiang Mai

Postby eyecatcher » Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:12 pm

Chapter 12 day 19 contd

What a long eventful day. I really enjoyed it, well most of it. :roll:

A rest day tomorrow before the the long 140km ride back to Chiang Rai.

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Might just pop out for an ovaltine before bed...or maybe something else on the menu?

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item 3 ????


And another day closes

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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai" Chiang Mai

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:39 am

Maybe item 3 is the local waitress who has a part time job doing other things :lol: :roll:
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai" Chiang Mai

Postby eyecatcher » Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:10 pm

Sometimewoodworker wrote:Maybe item 3 is the local waitress who has a part time job doing other things :lol: :roll:



So you think for 20 baht it was probably worth a punt :roll: :wink:
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai" Chiang Mai

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:48 pm

You can't go wrong for that price :wink: and at least you would have something hot. :shock:
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai" Chiang Mai

Postby eyecatcher » Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:17 pm

Chapter 12 day 20

Up early; old habits die hard

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It’s a rest day here but this place isn’t busy enough to prevent some boredom.

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I did a wind down ride early morning to the friendship bridge and the main crossing point to Laos, just 10km each way.

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4th friendship bridge checkpoint


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a fair ride to Chiang Rai plus another 10km



On the way back from the bridge I spotted a nice property over the road with what appeared to be a nice arrangement of palm trees so I was interested to see what spacing they were planted at.

I u-turned and approached the front gates.

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As soon as I got my camera out, the owner came out carrying a rifle….wtf man! :shock:

“suan suay” I said attempting to say his garden was beautiful. :?

He just smiled at me and continued pretending to look up into his palm trees.

Well if it wasn’t me he was intending to shoot then what could be in his palms? :(
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai" Chiang Mai

Postby eyecatcher » Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:27 pm

Chapter 12 day 20 contd

I returned with the intention of tucking into some bbq chicken that I passed on the way out but when I did return I couldn’t find the place or else the 12 chicken s on display had been sold… :( ..so, I stopped at someone’s house.

This time no rifle pointed at me!

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I was in the living room stepping over childrens toys, shoes and there was a bamboo pen to keep the children in or me out.

No menu, no speaky English so I ordered pad grapow. That was no promprem however when I ordered a beer, they didn’t sell it so the lady walked up the road to the local store and came back with a beer for me.

It was a great home made dish and a bit of a novelty to see my Chang looking like this.

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The rest of the day was padded out with more local rides, more beers and more boredom.

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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai" Chiang Mai

Postby eyecatcher » Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:38 pm

Chapter 12 day 20 contd

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Big ride tomorrow.its 140km to Chiang Rai. Not sure about the terrain but I suspect its going to be quite flat. Just hoping we don’t start by going over those high mountains that we traversed on the approach to Chiang Khong.
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