Chiang Mai to Nong Khai

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I finally hit the road. Chiang Mai to Nong Khai in three days. The total ride was 880km (560miles) or about 7 hours a day. The bummer about riding a 150cc is that you can only go 60mph; however, even moving at this glacial pace you pass the majority of traffic on the road as if it were standing still.
The views were rather boring; my route took me through the plains of Thailand, although I did pass over two mountain passes which were quite scenic.

SUKHOTHAI
My first overnight was in Sukhothai. Sukhothai was a an old kingdom of Thailand from the mid 13th century till the early 15th century. After the death of their most powerful king, Ramkhamhaeng, the kingdom faded from power and the capitol city was abandoned. Today the old city has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site and is quite a site to behold.

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NONG KHAI
Nong Khai is a small town on the Mekong. The first and most popular friendship bridge crosses from just outside of town into Lao, 40km from Vientiane.
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From what I’ve seen so far it seems a town populated by Thais and obese, over 60 white males. I haven’t seen a single whitey my age, although I’ve seen less than 10 falangs since I’ve been here.
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I stumbled on this huge abandoned park while exploring yesterday, it is a very eery place, seemingly more at home in Russia than Thailand.
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Some obligatory food shots to wrap it up.
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Honestly, the worst burger I’ve ever had, but at least they gave me a shit load of fries!
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2 thoughts on “Chiang Mai to Nong Khai

  1. Amy

    Sukhothai . . . I’ve never seen a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Looks fascinating. Were you able to get the motorcycle registration worked out? Are you in Laos now? Thank you for the pictures and the map! (60 mph, glacial speed — lol. Needless to say, I’m glad you didn’t get a faster bike!)
    Peace and love, Mom

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  2. Laura Selby

    I love the map Aaron, and the photos and commentary. Keep posting … we’re traveling with you vicariously!

    Laura

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