Still in Chiang Mai. Now for the cycling.
After breakfast we left our luggage at the Ratana hotel and were on our way to collect our bikes.
Intrepid sub-contracted Chiangmai Adventures for this part. They (Titi and Ao) were very well organized and we especially enjoyed their unorthodox way of traffic control. It worked extremely well.
We left Chiang Mai at 9am and started cycling after we first tested and adjusted our bikes on a circuit at the Huay Tung Tao Lake.
We couldn’t go all the way around the lake since they were busy with roadworks and all the tar was wet, …..not good for biking …..This lake with its surroundings is a very nice picnic and camping area. The track where we first tested the bikes was really great and the circuit is about 1.5Km long.
After the adjustments we were off. First along the water canal, then through a couple of small villages and all along many rice paddies. The last part was quite a serious uphill to the Big white Buddha, from where there is a great view.
Our guide Titi gave us a lengthy explanation on what happens to rice, from the paddy to the table.
Our lunch stop was at Suan Baan Pha, which is a very nice resort in its own right.
The ride up to the top of the mountain to the temple and large white Buddha was very steep and tough in the 36C and high humidity, but, well worth it.
Tonight we stayed at the Royal Ping Resort that only has beer and it was quite expensive at 120 batt a bottle. We had a good dinner and a reasonable breakfast. Today we are going to climb the same height as yesterday, but, over a longer distance.
On our way again.
The Wat Ban Den Temple is a stunning place. You can spend a couple of hours walking around this place.
After a great lunch at the Miwan restaurant we were on our way again to the Mae Ngat Somboon Chon Dam. Also a steep climb, but over a longer distance than the one of yesterday.
Ride 40km today. Two very steep hills to Mae Ngat Somboon Chon Dam and waterfall. Doing this in a temperature of 36C and 100% humidity makes it just so slightly more difficult.
We end the days ride at the Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls.
After being stuck in the rush hour traffic we eventually reach the Ratana hotel.
We had an expensive but good dinner at the Riverside restaurant.
After breakfast we went up mountain with red taxi Isuzu to see the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple.
This temple has a nice view, but there are too many tour groups.
After a shower in our dayroom we spend the rest of the afternoon walking around. We bought some Durán toffees, somehow no one else seems to like them. We take the same red taxi truck to the train station for the overnight sleeper train to Bangkok. From there we will go to Kanachaburi for the next part, …. kayaking on the River Kwai.