BANGKOK TO BURMA

    WAKE UP TO THIS!

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    WHEELCLAMPED IN BANGKOK!

    IT HAPPEND OVER NIGHT – SOMEWHERE JUST AROUND THE CORNER FROM KHAO SAN RD. IT WAS A MASSIVE DAY TRIP DRIVING ALL THE WAY FROM KAMPOT – CAMBODIA TO BANGKOK. I GOT NO CLOU ABOUT THERE PARKING RULES SO I JUST PARKET AROUND THE  CORNER FROM MY HOTEL. THE NEXT MORNING – WHEELCLAMPED – SOME LOUSY PAPERWORK WRITTEN IN THAI PATCHED TO MY WINDSCREEN. GUESS I HAVE TO TAKE A TAXI TODAY.

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    BRING YOUR CHILD TO WORK DAY – BKK TAXI

    HAD TO GET TO THE MYANMAR EMBASSY TO SORT A VISA OUT FOR MYSELF – LEFT MY CAR CLAMPED – THOUGH I MIGHT ASWELL USE FREE PARKING FOR THE REST OF THE DAY 😉

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    PASSPORT FOTO VAN IN FRONT OF MYANMAR EMBASSY – 21ST CENTURY TOURISM MADE CONVENIENT

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    BURMA VISA – PICKUP SAME DAY – AWESOME

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    I WAS JUST WALKING AROUND IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD TO GET A COFFEE AND SAW A POLICE OFFICER – HIS MOTORCYCLE EQUIPPED WITH A SADDLEBAG FULL OF WHEELCLAMPS – I THOUGHT THAT MUST BE THE BANDIT THAT CLAMPED MY CAR – I WENT UP TO HIM  AND TOLD HIM THAT I BELIEVE THAT HE DID CLAMP MY CAR TOO. HE DIDN’T QUITE GET IT AND THOUGHT THE CAR IS CLAMPING AT THE MOMENT IS MINE – AFTER SPENDING A FEW MINUTES USING HAND AND FEET HE UNDERSTOOD – I OFFERED HIM 200 BAHT (5U$) TO GO AND FREE MY CAR – HE AGREED AND I TOLD HIM THE LOCATION – THOUGHT HE WOULD AT LEAST OFFER ME A LIFT ON THE BACK OF HIS BIKE BUT THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN. I SIGNALISED THAT I HAVE TO WALK TO MY CAR AND HE’D COME OVER IN A BIT. SO I WALKED TO MY CAR AND JUST A MINUTE LATER HE ARRIVED AND TREID TO OPEN THE CLAMP WITH ONE OF THE THREE MILLION KEYS THAT HE HAD ON HIS BUNDLE. HE SAID SOME OTHER OFFICER HAS GOT THE KEY – ALRIGHT – HE SAID ‘WAIT’ AND DROVE OFF – WHO KNEW IF THATS GONNA WORK OUT. I STARTED GETTING MY TOOLS OUT TO FIX A FEW MINOR THINGS ON THE ENGINE – AND MEANWHILE IT DID HAPPEN. ANOTHER OFFICER ARRIVED AT THE SCENE AND UNCLAMPED THE CAR FOR ME – JUST HELLO AND GOODBYE – NO EXTRA CHARGE – THAT’S SERVICE – MY CAR WAS FREE AGAIN! 🙂

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    D HOSTEL BANGKOK

    FREE PARKING IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE – NO MORE CLAMPS PLEASE

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    GHOST TOWER BKK

    HEARD YOU CAN CLIMB UP THE STAIRS THAT ARE LEFT TO CHECK THE OUT VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THIS ABANDONED SKYSCRAPER

    AS WE ARRIVED WE MET SOME OTHER TRAVELLERS TRYING TO FIND THE ENTRANCE TO THE TOWER – SURROUNDED BY BIG METAL SHEETS – TRESPASSING FORBIDDEN – WILL RESULT IN ARREST – OBVIOUSLY NOT ALLOWED TO GO UP THERE ANYMORE – I DIDN’T REALLY WANT TO GIVE UP ON THE IDEA AND CHECKED THE FENCE – AS I KICKED ONE OF THE METALSHEETS OPEN – SCREAMS FROM THE INSIDE – SOME GUY SCREAMING I SHOULD FUCK OFF – I THOUGHT HE IS SOME METHHEAD LIVING IN THE ABANDONED BUILDING – WE HAD A BIT OF AN ARGUMENT AND HE TOLD US THE POLICE WILL COME AND GET US – ANYHOW AFTER A WHILE HE AGREED TO OPEN A GATE FOR US SO WE COULD GET IN TO SEE FOR OUR SELVES THAT THE STAIRS ARE BLOCKED OFF AND THERE IS NO CHANCE OF GETTING TO THE UPPER LEVELS OF THE TOWER

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    THE GUY – HE CLAIMS TO BE THE POLICE OFFICER WARDING THIS TOWER – TO THE RIGHT HIS ‘OFFICE’ AND AN ACTUAL POLICE UNIFORM HANGING OFF THE WALL

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    INSIDE THE TOWER – THE STAIRS BLOCKED OFF WITH MASSIVE STEEL CONSTRUCTIONS MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO CLIMB UP

    SO WE KEPT ON EXPLORING BKK’S NIGHTLIFE

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    WAS A QUIET NIGHT 😉

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    KHAO SAN RD IN THE MORNING

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    LEAVING BANGKOK

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    BORING STRAIGHT ROADS

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    HAD TO TURN OF THE HIGHWAY PAST TAK TO ENJOY A LITTLE BIT OF GREEN

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    BEAUTIFUL – HIGH MAINTENANCE VILLAGES

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    IN THE CAR – LOVELY KATE 

    AND THEN

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    A MASSIVE GATE
    I HAD NO CLOU WHAT IT WAS – THE SECURITY GUARD GAVE ME A CARD – HE DIDNT SPEAK ANY ENGLISH – BUT IT WAS SOMETHING LIKE WELCOME. WE DROVE THROUGH THIS STUNNING AREA, NO RUBBISH, BEAUTIFUL GARDENS, A LOT OF POLICE AND SECURITY AS WELL AS EXPENSIVE FIRE EMERGENCY VEHICLE PARKED EVERYWHERE. NO PEOPLE ON THE ROAD! SPOOKY

    AHEAD OF US; MASSIVE BHUMIBOL DAM – I DIDN’T KNOW THAT THIS PLACE EXSISTED..

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    WE GOT FILLED IN LATER; THE PLACE IS SO NEAT AND CLEAN BECAUSE THE KING USED TO VISIT THIS PLACE A LOT (PROBABLY BECAUSE THE DAM IS ALSO NAMED AFTER HIM)

    THESE DAYS KING BHUMIBOL IS IN A BAD WAY AND IT HAS BEEN A WHILE SINCE HIS LAST VISIT – EVERYTHING IS STILL IN PERFECT ODER THOUGH

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    THE BOOM GATE I HAD TO OPEN MYSELF – WHY IS IT EVEN THERE?

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    AND EVENTUALLY – SOME PEOPE

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    HAD TO FLY THE DRONE TO GET A BETTER VIEW

    I SPOKE TO AN INTERN WHO IS WORKING INSIDE THE DAM’S POWER STATION – MAINTAINING ONE OF THE 8 TURBINES PRODUCING HYDROELECTRICITY WITH A CAPACITY OF 750 MEGAWATTS – HE TOLD ME THAT THE WATER LEVEL IS ON IT’S LOWEST PIONT IN HISTORY – YES, DUE TO NO RAIN THIS SEASON. TO NOTE THOUGH THAT LAST YEARS WET SEASON FILLED THE LAKE TO IT’S MAXIMUM LEVEL. THE OPERATOR’S OF THE DAM GOT SCARED AND TOOK PRECAUTION AND DRAINED A LOT OF WATER PRE WET SEASON TO AVOID THE LAKE OF OVERFILLING – THE PROBLEM THERE WASN’T ANY RAIN THIS YEAR

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    BHUMIBOL DAM – 154M HIGH –

    SCHOOL KIDS ON THE WAY TO CHIANG MAI – IN A TYPICAL CHIANG MAI CAB

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    NOT FAR TO GO

    FINALLY  WE MADE IT TO CHIANG MAI

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    TRADITIONAL LADIES

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    ON EVERY STREET CORNER – THAT’S CONVENIENCE 

    DEFINITELY AN AWESOME SPOT – AND ONE OF MY FAVOURITES IN THAILAND

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    CHIANG MAI CANYON

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    JUMP OFF THE CLIFFS

    IT WAS TIME FOR ME TO MAKE MY WAY TO THE MYANMAR BORDER – HAD TO MEET SOME PEOPLE

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    PREPARATION FOR THE BORDER CROSSING

    THAILAND SIDE WAS SUPER EASY – THEY CHECKED THE IMPORT PAPERS AND I HAD TO GO TO A FEW DIFFERENT WINDOWS BUT IT WAS SUPER EASY – I LOVE THAILAND – IT JUST SUCH A STRAIGHT FORWARD PLACE – NOT TO MUCH BULLSHIT

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    MAE SOT BORDER

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    FRIENDLY THAI BORDER FORCE

    ON TH OTHER SIDE – MYANMAR – NOT SO EASY WHEN IT COMES TO FOREIGN VEHICLE POLICIES. THEREFOR I HAD TO ARRANGE A SPECIAL COMPANY WHO ORGANISES CROSSINGS THROUGH THE COUNTRY AS THERE IS A LOT OF FORMALITIES TO ARRANGE. AND ALL THAT COSTS A HELL LOT OF MONEY AND IS NOT AVOIDABLE

    SO FROM NOW ON THERE IS A TOUR GUIDE, A DRIVER, A PILOT VEHICLE AND A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL AT ALL TIMES. 24/7 AND TO BE PAID FOR

    TO SPLIT THE COSTS: WE GRUOPED UP, SO I MET CHANTAL, PETER & LEONIE AS WELL AS STEFAN AND KERSTIN. ALL OF THEM ON MOTORCYCLES – ALSO INTENDING ON CROSSING MYANMAR, THESE GUYS ARE ALL HEADING TO EUROPE AS WELL – STARTING THEIR JOURNEY FROM ALL OVER THE SHOW AS WELL AS BANGKOK AND KUALA LUMPUR

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    WAITING FOR OUR TOURGUIDE TO ARRANGE THE BORDER FORMALITIES 

    IT WAS ACTUALLY KIND OF NICE TO LEAN BACK AND LET SOMEONE ELSE DEAL WITH THE IMPORT PAPERS – THE ADVANTAGE OF PAYING MORE THAN A 1000 USD

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    FIRST RD IN MYANMAR – PRETTY SWEET 
    SAW SOME ARMOURED GUYS JUST JUMPING INTO A 4WD – GOD KNOWS WHO THEY WERE

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    I SAW A LADY ON A SCOOTER AHEAD OF ME LOOSING HER HAT – SHE REALISED A BIT LATE AND THOUGHT IT WAS GONE – WE STOPPED AND PICKED IT UP

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    I THINK SHE WAS HAPPY TO GET IT BACK – MAKING FRIENDS 😉

    I MET KYLE AND ANYA ON THE BORDER – THEY NEEDED TO GO THE SAME WAY – WAS AWESOME HAVING YOU GUYS IN MY CAR

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    ANYA AND KYLE IN THE BACKSEAT – TOUR GUIDE KYAW IN THE FRONT AND SOME RANDOM HITCHHIKER IN THE BACK – AWESOME FIRST DAY

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    FIRST MYANMAR VILLIAGE

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    FIRST TIME LOOSING THE PILOT VEHICLE 

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    NORMAL TRAFFIC IN BURMA?

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    FIRST BUDDHA

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    SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH,.. BUDDHA

    WE STAYED AT A PLACE NOT FAR FROM THE GOLDEN ROCK AND HAD TO TAKE A TRUCK UPHILL TO GET THERE

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    GAS STATION INSIDE THE LIVING ROOM?

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    A HELL OF A TRUCKRIDE TO GOLDEN ROCK – I THINK I SHAT MY PANTS

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    RINGING THE BELL

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    GETTING SOME FRUIT

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    AND THERE IT WAS – UNDER CONSTRUCTION  
    I COULD ONLY IMAGINE HOW GOOD IT MIGHT LOOK LIKE WITHOUT THE BAMBOO SCAFFOLD AROUND IT

    ONLY MEN ARE ALLOWED TO TOUCH IT – AND THERE WAS A LOT OF THEM PLATING MORE GOLD ON ITS OUTSIDE

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    THE GOLDEN ROCK – BUDDHA’S HAIR UNDERNEATH THE ROCK IS STOPPING IT FROM ROLLING DOWN THE HILL

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    STEALING HIS HAT

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    KIDS BEING KIDS

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    🙂

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    WHITE OR BROWN?

    THE NEXT MORNING – TOURIST POLICE WAS WAITING TO ESCORT US OUT OF THE DISTRICT

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    I THINK IT MEANS WELCOME

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    WELCOME TO MYANMAR

     

    3 thoughts on “BANGKOK TO BURMA

    1. Mate did you just rock up to the travel agent and get the guide? Also, did they already have a few people on the books and thats how you hooked up with the bikes? Or did you run around like a mad man trying to find someone haha. Great trip bud. We’re heading from Brisbane to Ireland in december!

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      1. hey mate, sorry for late reply. Just seen this. Yeah hooked up with the bikes through agency. I think there is only a couple of them operating. I went with burmasenses and they were pretty good without any complications. They seem to have trips available every other month. Please not that Thailand seems to have its rules changed for foreign vehicles since July this year.. And it’s new regulations seem to be an expensive pain in the ass. All my best for your journey. Do not hesitate to contact me for any other questions. Horizonsunlimited seems to be the place were people hook up but I guess you have already heard of that.

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    2. Awesome thanks Phil
      All the best with your trip, will follow it keenly. Yeah i heard about the thailand stuff. I am assuming it will be similar to Burma’s rules. We backpacked all through Thailand so will really be doing a bee-line from malaysia to Burma. We’ll also be taking my landcruiser through! Cheers
      Ben

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