Phuket to Chiang Mai

Phuket to Chiang Mai from south to north Thailand

This journey is the best to get an idea whats up in Thailand from the beaches in the south to the relaxed atmosphere of the northern hills.
With lush tea plantations in the very north west and Buddhist Temples plus sniffing into Myanmar / Burma and a bit of Laos at the Mekong River at Chiang Khan plus plenty of Photos.

Phuket to Chiang Mai

After the last rainy season it was time to start the engine and escape to Hua Hin, Tak, Mae Sot, Chiang Mai and back.
First I thought to drive via Bangkok but with a 2 wheeler the Capital is off limit, why? It is not allowed to use the elevated circular highway with makes it almost impossible to drive and when ignoring a hefty fine of Bath 500,-  is mandatory, this is not negotiable. It doesn't make much sense but many stuff in Thailand doesn't make sense. The photo below is from between Phuket and Ranong.


phuket to chiang mai
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Bangkok to Hua Hin via the Mega Bridge

Chao Phraya River delta

First overnight stay in Hua Hin

Hua Hin is more or less a beach-site of Bangkok and the preferred place to stay for Thailand's royalty for a weekend in their summer-palace. Hua Hin has also a train station.

The narrow streets of the center are packed with tourists on an easy going trip what is strange is every Thursday hotel prices double since the Bangkok weekend crowd is coming. Not far off is the Singkhorn Pass to Myanmar with beautiful scenes reminding to the soft Tuscany Hills of Italy. 
Singkhorn Pass Custom Clearance
Approaching the Singkhorn Pass









Bypassing Bangkok Megacity

Because it is not allowed to drive with the scooter on the Bangkok Motorway which includes the ring-road and without hopping on the circular road I would get lost in Bangkok so better avoid it since that would cost Baht 500,- penalty.. As usual the bureaucracy doesn’t think much before they do something, everywhere in the world they fix this allowed o the engine size. In general it makes some sense for not flooding the highway / motorway with small motorbikes and scooters.
Phuket nightclub girl 














So in this case it is better to avoid the Bangkok bottleneck at all.. For traveling from the south of Thailand to the north the best is to use highway 4 and the others running parallel. 

Just check the Thailand map below. Thailand nightlife is available in every larger city an the girls are not shy at all and very open minded.

Phuket to Chiang Mai north of Tak

From Phuket to Chiang Mai by Motorbike 

A great road trip with the bus and motorbike / scooter from Phuket to Chiang Mai After the last rainy season it was time to start the engine and escape to Hua Hin, Tak, Mae Sot, Chiang Mai and back. 

First I thought to drive via Bangkok but with a 2 wheeler the Capital is off limit, why? It is not allowed to use the elevated circular highway with makes it almost impossible to drive and when ignoring it a hefty fine of Bath 500,- is mandatory, this is not negotiable. 


As usual the bureaucracy doesn’t think much before they do something, everywhere in the world they fix this allowed or not to the engine size.  In general it makes some sense for not flooding the highway / motorway with small scooters. So in this case it is better to avoid the Bangkok bottleneck at all.

 travel with the motorbike in Thailand
Bangkok traffic bottleneck









The scooter was parked at a rest stop in Nakhon Sawan about half way to Chiang Mai where they have several bus and train terminals which serving mainly north and east Thailand. unfortunately it is very difficult to include Myanmar into travel planing.It is very difficult to make a trip to Myanmar because of the awkward visa procedures. If you translate that to European conditions, it is as if you would still need a visa in 2018 to drive across the Rhine from Germany to France.

Thai Buddha Statues on sale

The politicians here in ASEAN just do not bring anything together except hot air balloons and fighting each other. However iny  the Thailand / Myanmar case the problem clearly lies with the Myanmar bureaucrats..E.g. When starting in Phuket for Chiang Mai it would be a great tour to turn into Myanmar already for a a first detour at Ranong in Thailand and from there with the longboat to Kawthaung for a first "sniff" into Myanmar but if anyone wants to exit Kawthaung "City Limits" it needs a official tourist visa from a consulate in this case it means 2 or 3 days in Bangkok. That's far too cumbersome and that's not ending there. On the way up to Bangkok is a border pass at Singkhorn but only manned on the Thai side there is nobody there on the Myanmar side only for the locals. 

The same nonsense happen at the 3 pagoda pass in Kanchanburi Province further north west where the bridge over the River Kwai is bringing hundreds of tourists in for day trips from Bangkok.
Bridge on the River Kwai
   

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