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Old 06-13-2007, 06:55 PM   #1
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JackLs Thailand/Cambodia Adventure

A brief background & then on with the pictures.
In the spring of 2005 I took a volutary layoff from the game company I was working at because of diferences with my managers. They pictured themselves as decent managers & good people & I pictured them as elephant like buffoons.

After a few months of hanging around partying to much & living off the government dole I tracked down a buddy who I thought was in India, hoping to hook up with him & ride a few months. It turned out he was back in the US & even in Seattle. So I loaned him my house & took off for where he had been: Thailand.

I arrived in Bangkok with a few thousand bucks in my account & a vague idea of buying a bike & riding up north to the Chiang Mai area. I found a great old place on Sukhumvit Road, Hotel Atlanta.

I met up with a friend of a friend, Jon,

& he showed me the sites, like Soi Cowboy,


After a few days in Bangkok & way too many hangovers it was time to head north. I had determinded that it would be easier & cheaper to buy a bike in Chang Mai where I wouldn't have to worry about registration paperwork.
I first caught a train to Ayutthaya, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayutthaya_%28city%29) a previous capital of Thailand. I stayed just across the river from the train station at Tony's Guest House.


The first night I just wandered out from the guest house




The next day I got up & rented a bike for the day ($1.30). Much of Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World Heritage site, like the Giant Budha


Here's me checking out the sites.


It's also famous for the Reclining Budha


and other UNESCO areas




Ayutthaya sites on an island in the convluence of a couple rivers & there are only two bridges in or out of it, but many ferry crossings & boats.


and of course, the locals


at the bar


Next, by overnight train to Chiang Mai.

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Old 06-13-2007, 07:21 PM   #2
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Old 06-13-2007, 07:54 PM   #3
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....must go to thailand.....

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Old 06-13-2007, 09:40 PM   #4
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Must go back to Thailand.....
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Old 06-13-2007, 10:53 PM   #5
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Nice pics! Great report. Waiting for more....

Thanks for sharing

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Old 06-14-2007, 02:19 PM   #6
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$1.30 TO RENT A BIKE? Is that a bicycle or motorcycle?
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Old 06-19-2007, 06:54 PM   #7
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Awesome pics and even better story to tell....I wish I could go on an experience like this.

Did you ever run into any problems with the authorities? Did they ever try to take advantage of you as a tourist?
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Old 06-21-2007, 05:48 PM   #8
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Awesome pics and even better story to tell....I wish I could go on an experience like this.

Did you ever run into any problems with the authorities? Did they ever try to take advantage of you as a tourist?
No, no problems with the authorities. I'd heard lots of stories about crooked cops but all the ones I met were nice. There were a lot of checkpoints in Thailand & the cops would be eyballing me as I approached but as soon as they say I was a whie guy they'd wave me on through. One even held up a line of trucks so I could go around them & take off. He gave me the universal 'give it throttle' sign.

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