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    Waving in Issan

    1. To move freely back and forth or up and down in the air, as branches in the wind.
    2. To make a signal with an up-and-down or back-and-forth movement of the hand or an object held in the hand: waved as she drove by


    Isan (Isan/Thai: อีสาน; also written as Isaan, Isarn, Issan, or Esarn) is the northeast region of Thailand. It is located on the Khorat Plateau, bordered by the Mekong River (along the border with Laos) to the north and east, by Cambodia to the southeast and the Prachinburi mountains south of Nakhon Ratchasima. To the west it is separated from Northern and Central Thailand by the Phetchabun mountain range


    Of course, I don't literally mean 'waving', I mean oiling up the beast and going out to explore:



    There's so much out there and I'm buggered if I'm gonna sit in of a weekend watching the tv.

    I've decided I'm going to spend at least one full day of the weekend getting out and about checking out my surroundings in more depth. Where I live there's a myriad of beautiful destinations which all cry out for me to visit. "Jump on the Wave" they say, "its nice out here".

    First up.

    Pak Chong - Muak Lek - Pak Chong

    Muak Lek is a very small town located in Saraburi Province. I didn't know I was going to be coming here today, I just got on the bike and saw where the road would lead..

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap
    just got on the bike and saw where the road would lead..
    yep best way to travel and learn your way around,

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    So armed with a bottle of water and a packet of cigarettes, I set off.

    Crossing the train tracks. You've always gotta double check, because ol Somchai might have dosed off, neglecting his barrier duties..



    That successfully negotiated I headed off into unexplored territory...


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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap
    You've always gotta double check
    Slight exaggeration there This aint Japan, no bulllit trains here doing 300km/h.

    More likely a 50 year old rattler doing 55 kmh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spin
    More likely a 50 year old food seller doing 55 kmh
    Too right.

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    What would be the cruising speed for a Honda Wave ? 80 - 90 ?
    A long while back I did some exploring on a 125 Honda Wing. I found it helped to change the rear sprocket for one with 2 less teeth to give a more comfortable cruising speed . Cost was around 100 baht.

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    I carried on into the unknown. Loads of fields with these yellow flowers growing round here, and later up the road they were selling them.

    Anyone know what they are?



    Decided to stop off for a quick gulp of water and a ciggie here. Gooder place as any..


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    The road was potholeless, beautiful scenery. Shame about the shite camera/cameraman...





    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix
    What would be the cruising speed for a Honda Wave ?
    For me, something more along the lines of this..



    I rarely go above 80 on any road. But when I'm taking in the scenery between 50-60 kph.

    You can cruise fairly comtably at about 85 if you want.

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    Its at times like this I wish I'd paid more attention to my Benjawan Poomsan Becker book..



    Fortunately I was able to cunningly decipher the secret code and indicated left.

    Not sure I made the right decision as I was soon to be greeted by this sign, which was obviously trying to tell me that if I continued along this route I would die a very gruesome death...


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    However, the warning of my impending doom turned out to be a little exagerrated..

    A mere ford..



    Ho hum and off we go. Eventually arriving in Muak Lek, some 60 km's after I set off..


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    So I pootled through Muak Lek ( quite a few vineyards and wineries round here, which I didn't pass) and was rather distressed to where the road finally brought me..



    The Mitraparp Road. Playground for bus and lorry drivers alike. This is where the scum come to breed. rev their engines and beep their horns in attempt to intimidate any Wave drivers..

    Was quite relieved when I entered the province I live in.. I fooking hate Saraburi..


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    In Muak Lek you should go to the 7 water falls, nice spot...

    The Jed Sao Noi ( 7 Small Girls) Waterfall is also located in Muak Lek District. The fall cascades over many tiers into a wide, shady pool that is ideal for swimming.

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    Stopped off in a lovely little place called Klang Dong, for some fodder..
    I always try to act a bit saucy infront of the staring locals and add not one, but two spoonfuls of chilli powder into the soup...



    I soon regretted this when I handed over the 25 bt with sweat pissing out of me, much too their amusement.

    Stopped off at the fruit market to by some rambutan a bit further down the road..


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    Finally, I saw this wooden house for sale. Got 9 million baht spare?


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    And that was that...

    Off to Wang Nam Kiew next Sat. Should be a gooden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forreachingme
    In Muak Lek you should go to the 7 water falls, nice spot...
    Seconded, it's a cracker of a place.

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    Great thread. Waiting for the next instalment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabian
    Great thread. Waiting for the next instalment.
    Thanks! Next Saturday's will be a bit more premeditated..but its gonna be a nice day out..

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    Happy to read that things do happen in thailand other than sitting in bars all day waiting for night and the next fling with true love.
    Looking forward to the next excerpt.

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    ^ Yes, nice to see a thread not chock a block with rootable sheilas, banged up pedophiles or skywalking jilted lovers.

    Just love the Wave, it looks about my speed.

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    Nice thread. Thanks for sharing.

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    Back in the saddle then, for another day on the Wave.

    Pak Chong - Wang Nam Kiew - ( a smidgen of ) Prachinburi - Muak lek - Pak Chong.

    This route was one that I'd wanted to do for a while, basically it took me round the edge of Khao Yai National Park going south and on to a (very) small town I'd heard alot about called Wang Nam Kiew. I learnt about the sheer vastness and beauty of Khao Yai today. Escapism defined....



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    ^ If you've got a magnifying glass you'll benefit from that map. If not, soz. I'm crap at computers.

    First things first then. Fuel the beast. 105bt from running on empty to full tank. Should see me right for 200km's or so..



    Reading the paper whilst pumping the petrol. This lad had style.

    Approaching these signs, I had to make a quick decision. So I stopped and took a picture while I thought about it.


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    Bollocks, I've gone too far. Sure my turning was before the National Park and I'm buggered if I'm gonna pay the 400bt to enter, I'm on a budget here don't you know?!



    I doubled back and found my turning. Already done a good 40k's by this time.



    I had Khao Yai to keep me company for the majority of the trip. Amazing place and that's just from the outside..


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    20 km's up the road, I came across this, which looked like the name of a vinyard if I've ever seen one..



    But alas. As I chugged along on the Wave approaching security, they blocked the gate like I was trying to attack their mothers. I was told it was a golf course and was given a visitors pass.
    Not a free sample in sight..



    Nice place for the toffs to hang out..



    After recieving more horrified stares from the club members, I sped out of the place and collected my I.D which I'd swapped in place of the holy visitors pass. Balls to these people..

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