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    From Pak Chong to Korat and back...on a Honda Wave

    ....but not any old Honda Wave you understand, this bad boy was a 125 'S'. Which definetly adds to my hunkability factor when I'm curb crawling, no, sorry, cruising the streets.

    Had to go to Korat/Nakhon Ratchasima today to visit some friends and see how they were settling in their new apartment.

    Decided to give the ol Wave a bit of a work out - absolute glutton for punishment I am..

    The route...


    Doesn't look too far but its a good 100 k's from my place.. and the wave doesn't exactly make for a comfortable journey...

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    I left Pak Chong in high spirits. The sun was shining after a few days of rain round here and it was nice to get on the bike and get some air running through the clothing....




    First place of any interest I happened upon was this. The entrance to a very good fish market, about 5 km's or so out side of Pak Chong..

    They've got fish the size of baby whales here...



    Didn't go in because I had to make tracks and the market doesn't really get going till the afternoon.

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    Next up was the big reservoir. This is where the stock for the fish market come from obviously. My wife's brother's ashes were sprinkled in here..
    Maybe such sprinklings make the fish so bloody big.

    The reservoir itself is huge, took me about 15 minutes at 60k/ph to get past it..





    This fella was dancing like a monkey to try to lure people into his restaurant. It was empty. Maybe he should consider a new stratedgy..


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    You got more pics than that?
    Sorry. You must have been posting them. Nice pics.
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    Next up I came across this, which can only be described as a 'nice temple'. This was about 50 km's into the journey..



    I snapped the shot and pressed on. The old backside was hurting a bit by now.


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    Upon entering Korat city itself, I mused that it could be any other large city in Thailand.



    However, it wasn't. This was Korat. Home to the legendary 'Mall'..


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    Is this the same Temple?
    Jbird took this as i was driving

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    I did what I had to do in Nakon Ratchasima whilstg walking around with a semi lob on in my trousers. Very good looking girls here. Soz, no pics, my camera/phone momentarily crashed due to being drowned in drool.

    Of course, I then had to make my way back. And this was one of the first places of interest (there aren't many its a bit boring) I stumbled upon..

    The Korat immi is about 5km's outside the city heading to Pak Chong.

    Very friendly, helpful staff here. Makes a change.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jizzybloke
    Is this the same Temple?
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    It is, yeh..

    Quite nice as far as temples go....

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    I was getting a bit fucked off with driving the Wave by this time and was very relieved to see the reservoir in the distance here.

    It was stupidly hot and I think sunstroke may have been rearing its ugly mush..


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    I finally arrived back in Pak Chong at about half 5. Nice to be back in the peace and quiet of a relatively rural town...



    And naturally I stopped off at the local 'boozer' for some refreshment...


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    ^^i wondered why there was so much traffic on that road (think it's the same one) and then we saw this,

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    I don't know why people bother with investing in sunbeds. Jump on a Honda Wave for a few hours...



    So that was that.

    The end of a rather pleasant Saturday.

    That was until I stumbled upon Hitler's gaff. Bastard moved from the moon to Issan, cheeky scumbag...


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    Quote Originally Posted by jizzybloke
    ^^i wondered why there was so much traffic on that road (think it's the same one) and then we saw this,
    Oh yeh. There a dime a dozen on this route. Although amazingly I didn't see one today. When did u make the journey, Jizzy?

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    About 3 weeks ago but we only stayed one night.

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    Is that as exciting as it got ????

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    Yep, thats about it..

    Was umming and ehhhring about having an accident to liven things up, but never got round to it.

    Sorry I didn't stir your scrotum on this occassion, Sparky.

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    I love to ride long distance, frequently ride my 150 cbr from Ban Chang to Bangkok, but it's just too hot. By the time I get there or home, my face is so black with diesel soot I look like Amos and Andy. Also, these small bikes amaze me at how durable they are. I've seen many of the Waves and similar bikes with 100K or more on them and they're still running strong. That's what I call engineering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR
    I've seen many of the Waves and similar bikes with 100K or more on them and they're still running strong.
    Yeh, they're pretty tough machines. I've driven mine close to 60,000km's in 3 years and rarely need to take it into the mechanic apart from mending the odd puncture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap
    Yeh, they're pretty tough machines. I've driven mine close to 60,000km's in 3 years and rarely need to take it into the mechanic apart from mending the odd puncture.
    all i got to say is bravo!! buggerd if i would have the endurance to do it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    I love to ride long distance, frequently ride my 150 cbr from Ban Chang to Bangkok, but it's just too hot. By the time I get there or home, my face is so black with diesel soot I look like Amos and Andy. Also, these small bikes amaze me at how durable they are. I've seen many of the Waves and similar bikes with 100K or more on them and they're still running strong. That's what I call engineering.
    Totally agree. For sheer toughness and longevity you can't beat these small bikes. A friend took his from Pattaya to Phnom Penh and back without any problems. I seized my old Honda 90 going flat out up hill. Rolled it down the other side and it started first kick !! Couldn't do that on a big bike.

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    I hear there are some nice ladies in and from Korat? That would be true, of course?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grasshopper View Post
    I hear there are some nice ladies in and from Korat? That would be true, of course?
    Grasshopper,

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    - thought he was buried the other day - obviously re-incarnated - and quickly!





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    Ah Somtam...that takes me back to the old days of riding hell for leather from PC to Korat..

    The temple for anyone that is interested was built for a monk called Somdej...pronounced Somdep...if you listen to my family say it...a very famous guy...some great pic's of him playing 'one potato..two potato..gotta love that sense of humour...
    a place called Sikhiu halfway between Pc and Korat...bloody beautiful temple mate...I do miss PC...even though Trang is beautiful an all....just me mucker ain't here.

    Great Pic's by the way....can you get some of my dog on an all....miss her like crazy...

    Bloody Narrrrziiii's get everywhere...In Trang the otherday I came across an old wartime helmet on a 'wave' funnly enough that had a Swastikaon it as well....zee infiltration has begun...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr R Sole
    can you get some of my dog on an all....miss her like crazy...
    I'll pop round yer in-laws a bit later. She's looking alright mate, hasn't dropped any weight but looks bored as fook tho..

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