Thailand last leg

02.03.2013 – 16.03.2013:

Saturday:
Thai border – Nan:

At the Thai border I filled one form and soon I was granted 2 weeks in Thailand (from the airport you can get 4 weeks).
Custom office was a bit further on top of one hill. I had prepared that this process will take a lot of time as in Bangkok, but I was totally wrong! Customs officer saw my carnet and stamped it without any questions! Whole process took around 1 minute!!! Continue reading

Sorry

Sorry that Vietnam part 2 is not online yet. I have been busy shooting some photos (1300 photos in two days!) in the World Championship Motocross race close to Pattaya. After staying out in blazing hot the whole day, excellent dinners and few beers (thanks Hiko!) I have totally passed out early in the evening…
I have not forgot you, so I will get update online asap 🙂

Another quick update from Thailand

Hi from Bangkok.
I got here yesterday even tracker still shows that I am somewhere outside of Bangkok.
Rode over 400km in a heavy rain, so it was a tough day (totally around 650km).

Staying here totally 3 days and then head towards Pattaya to meet one finnish motorcycle rider who has gone around the world with his bike.
Tomorrow I will get new balljoint to the front suspension and at the same time I think I will do also oil change.
Next weekend my plan is to see Motorcross World Championship race close to Pattaya (In Sri Racha) and hopefully I can get some nice photos from there).

I try to get english version of Vietnam part 2 published today.

UPDATE: could not get my update published today because I met with Heike and Filippo. They are travelling around the world with their motorcycles. You can follow their trip from their Homepage

UPDATE 08.03.13: Sorry, still working on this update. Been enjoying my time here in Pattaya together with Hiko (Who rode around the world in 1974). But, I am working with the update.

Quick update from Thailand

Greetings from Thailand again.

Today I crossed the border between Laos and Thailand.
I am not sure if all paperwork (with the bike) went correctly, but I will see that when I cross the border to Malaysia in couple of weeks.

No updates from Laos, because internet speed over there was extremely poor. So Vietnam part 2 will appear online (hopefully) in few days.

Current status:
Rubber seal in front ball join (front suspension) is busted (temporary fix with tape). New ball joint is already in Bangkok and it will be replaced on Wednesday.
GPS blanks out randomly and display is distorted when I take another route as it guides me to.
GPS bracket is totally broken, my temporary fix in 4000 islands did not last longer than this…
Seat cover has a new hole (it was fixed in Bangkok when I was there last time). Touratech sent me a new seat cover to TT Thailand free of charge!
ABS unit has some problem when temperature goes over 33C. Do not know yet how I can get this fixed.

Otherwise everything is great 🙂 Today I had perfect ride in NE Thailand (after the heavy thunderstorm) 🙂

Thailand, week 2

Saturday:
We left the hotel after the breakfast and started the last stretch towards Chiang Mai. Road was small and curvy. It ran around nice green hilly scenery. I was enjoying the ride and Miss E was taking some photos.
Road surface was in a quite good shape, only once we hit gravel due to ongoing road construction. Sandy surface was quite hard, so riding on it was easy, even with such a heavy bike. Continue reading