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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We arrived to the Cambodia-Thai border zone and parked to the right just before the gate.


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    There is an immigration office on the right with the windows clearly marked in English. We took our passports to the “Departure” window for an exit stamp and to hand in the departure card. They check your fingerprint and take a photo.


    They cared not a whiff about the bikes or customs. There actually is a customs office directly opposite, but no-one asked us to go there and in 5 minutes and we were done and thru the gate.
  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    You ride 100 m to the Thai side and the Police waved us past the gate to park on the left by the immigration building. The agent there is outside at a desk and he handed us 2 arrival cards and said while pointing “ first go there (customs) and then there (to the police kiosk), and third back here”.


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    Super friendly and they did not even blink about the bikes. We walked across the road to customs and handed him 2 carnet and 2 passports. He also did not flinch and just started doing the paper work for the carnet and TVIP.

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    Then we went over to the police and they took the TVIP and entered in in a ledger and handed us a plastic exit card.

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    Next you go back to the immigration building. The first window is the Visa office, which is visa on arrival and there is no longer a fee (it was 30 USD). She wanted our passport and TVIP (proof you will exit the country is needed like a plane/bus ticket or 30 day TVIP). There is a massive sign here stating the penalties for overstaying your visa. She did all the paperwork and handed us 2 copies of the visa to sign. Next you go around the corner “to window 3”, where there agent takes your passport, arrival card, and visa papers. They take your photo and have you sign in the ledger.


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    You then go to the bike and the gate agent takes one of your visa copies and the plastic exit card.

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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    You ride 100 m to the Thai side and the Police waved us past the gate to park on the left by the immigration building. The agent there is outside at a desk and he handed us 2 arrival cards and said while pointing “ first go there (customs) and then there (to the police kiosk), and third back here”.


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    Super friendly and they did not even blink about the bikes. We walked across the road to customs and handed him 2 carnet and 2 passports. He also did not flinch and just started doing the paper work for the carnet and TVIP.

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    Then we went over to the police and they took the TVIP and entered in in a ledger and handed us a plastic exit card.

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    Next you go back to the immigration building. The first window is the Visa office, which is visa on arrival and there is no longer a fee (it was 30 USD). She wanted our passport and TVIP (proof you will exit the country is needed like a plane/bus ticket or 30 day TVIP). There is a massive sign here stating the penalties for overstaying your visa. She did all the paperwork and handed us 2 copies of the visa to sign. Next you go around the corner “to window 3”, where there agent takes your passport, arrival card, and visa papers. They take your photo and have you sign in the ledger.


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    You then go to the bike and the gate agent takes one of your visa copies and the plastic exit card.

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    After a well deserved break from the blogging I am finally back at it if a few months behind!!

    We were in and out in 30 minutes total. Unbelievable after all the angst and stress (we have heard since a number of people have been refused, but none that used carnets). Since we still have LTE from our Cambodian Sim we could now look for somewhere to go to stay on the beach for a few days and relax! We have to be at YSS south of Bangkok on Monday in 4 days time.


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    There is a huge gated diversion about 500 m from the border this is a clear reminder that you have to drive on the left here! I had just given shit to the gal on a bike riding in my lane…oops. The second thing you will notice riding here is there is NO garbage all over the place like there is in Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We only had to go 42 km to the hotel we booked at the beach and last minute it was 60 % off! So we booked 2 nights. Time to decompress.


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    We had planned to go to YSS and then book it to KL for service Dec 6 and then ship to Sydney, Australia Dec 10-12 in order to make the only ferry reservation that was left 1 month ago for Dec 24. This would put us on Tasmania very late in the day with a 4 hour drive to Hobart for Christmas dinner with our friend Deb. We had also booked tickets in February 2017, 2 days before they sold out for the 3 capes hike starting Dec 26! This is to see the finish of the Melbourne to Hobart sailing race. This means we have a very tight time line and the only boat we can get to get off Tasmania is Jan 7. The weather in Oz in December sucks especially in the north. After a Facebook call with Deb she suggested we abandon the hike and the ferry and ship to NZ first and then ship to Oz in March. This makes a lot more sense weather and time management wise. This also gives us more time now in Thailand and Malaysia. We have cancelled plans to rush back to NA and meet the Dymonds in Austin for the moto GP in April, we have cancelled our plans to walk the Camino Norte in September, and we have postponed our trip to Africa that was to be January 2019. We are really burnt out after this year and the super tight schedule over the last 8 months. Thinking if keeping to a rigid plan at this point feel impossible. We need a rest.

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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we head 288 km north towards Bangkok to Pattaya and to within striking distance of YSS for Monday.

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    It was a pleasant 25-25 degrees she we started out at 9, but by 11 it was 32. There is a fair amount of traffic on the #3 especially near cities and there are a lot of long traffic lights and urbanization .

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    We had a hard time finding a car wash and finally did in Pattaya City. It is owned by and American and the bikes have not been this clean since new! It was just 5 more km to the hotel and the traffic was bad in a few section, but then moved well once we got off the main road. Drivers here are very courteous and follow the rules like the speed limit and merging “like a zipper”.



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    We had a warm Thai welcome to our hotel!

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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We did a bit of a walk in the “tourist” zone and are horrified by the sleazy clubs and bars. This is a place for prostitution and predators. We did however head back to the tourist zone for dinner as there was a nice place with a deck on the water. You have to walk past a huge open “mall” with dozens of “bars” with ladies/lady boys of the evening prepping and pimping/primping for the night.

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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Our second day here we walked up onto the “hill” thru the parks and there are several temples here worth seeing.

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  9. oldgsbob

    oldgsbob Adventurer Supporter

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    Love reading this great ride report. keep it coming.
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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks so much! Trying to catch up now. We are hiding out from a storm in Christchurch so that helps! Sara
  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    For dinner we walked back over the hill and down to the sea to the Cabbages and Condoms restaurant. This place uses profits to fund schools and community projects.


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    To get home we opted for a scooter taxi. After haggling for the price we settled somewhere in the middle, but when we got to the hotel and the driver realized he thought it was a different farther hotel and right away he said he would change to the original price we asked for. Very nice honest guy. Funny as he misunderstood the place we wanted to go and must have thought we were being cheap and we though he was overcharging for the closer place. Ha ha .


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today is a big day as we are headed to YSS Suspension for our 10 am appointment. It is 112 km and google says 1 hr 35 min, but despite that we left at 0730 and with traffic we arrived just after 930.


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    We certainly did not expect the road to be a 6 lane divided one. We can not take the elevated toll road just above us some of the time as motorcycles are banned and the fine is 300$. So we were happy to find a road we could do 80 km most of the time. There is uncontrolled access and quite a few lights in the towns, but we still made good time.


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    YSS is easy to get to and is just a bit off the access road 34 to the city.

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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We were warmly greeted by the service staff and the CEO Mr. Pinyo and our contact his personal assistant Ms. Gift.


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    She advised us that they had prepared a program for us for today and that included new front suspensions for both bikes, a custom rear suspension with piggy back for Dan’s bike and an inspection of the new shock in the 650. What we actually got was even more. They installed fully adjustable front suspension to the 650 and also a custom made suspension with external piggy back as well.


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  14. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The upper bolts on both bikes for the shocks were bent and they sourced out 2 of these as well. Mr. Pinyo noticed this bent bolt problem within 5 seconds of coming over to see the bikes his guys were working on. This was all done while they are trying to get several bikes modified to take to the Chiang Mai bike week this weekend.


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    They weighed all the gear and luggage and us to set the bikes up using the computer and special sag gauges.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We were treated to lunch with the management team as well as a tour if their massive factory. They use this rig to go to the shows. It has a full race support workshop inside.

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    When the bikes were finally ready at almost 7 pm they had one of their drivers take us to the hotel they had booked for us! Talk about the royal treatment. It was a 30 km and 45 min ride in traffic that we were glad we did not need to do on the bikes in the dark.

    Once we checked in and showered (wow did we stink) we headed out of the hotel. This is located on a 6 lane divided thoroughfare where the divider is a 4 foot wall. As we were walking thru the lobby and said we were going out for a walk the receptionist called out “ Don’t cross the street!” We did not plan to since we had driven past a massive open air and packed seafood Bbq place right next door.

    We did notice there was a zebra crossing 30 m further on that you could use to get to the Tesco and 7 -11 across the road. They actually have barrels filled with 6 ft long wood poles with 3x3 ft red flags on each side of the road. We saw pedestrians pick them up to carry as they ran across the road. No one slowed down for them.

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    The restaurant is buffet and you pay your 16$ at the door. This covers EVERYTHING. There are huge displays of fresh seafood of all kinds on ice. You can scoop live prawns out of the tanks and cool them in an ice bath so they don’t jump off your plate on the way to the table. There are so many shellfish we could not even recognize, crabs, and huge shelled creatures that looked more like bugs than lobsters or crabs.

    In addition there are all sorts of meats and salads, drinks, and desserts. Once you get your table they set up a big container of super hot coals with a grill on your table and you get cooking! Crazy fun.

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  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This morning the driver picked us up at 830 for the ride back to YSS, and this was a much quicker 30 minutes. We met with Mr. Pinyo who wanted to make sure we were happy with the set up after testing today. We had had the specs checked by their head of the race division who had flown in from the Netherlands for bike week. We had a small photo session and set out at 945.

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  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had planned 228 km south to the east coast beach town of Hua Hin despite the poor forecast.


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    The first 100 km to get past and away from Bangkok took over 2 hours and we stopped for a break from the 32 degree heat and the steady stream of traffic. It does move well and the Thais are very considerate drivers. Several issues come from driving on the left. The slow lane is far left and this is where the merging in and out is, but the fast lane is far right and this is where the frequent U turners are (there is often no actual turn lane). It looks impossible to do a U turn onto a 3 lane road filled with cars, but once there is a space and cars start to turn into your lane the cars stop and it is not unusual for them to politely wait for 20 + cars to also get thru before they pull ahead again.

    The place we had booked is south of Hua hin and on the sea, but there is no beach here. The waves are crashing on the sea wall. Works for us as we just want to relax. We managed to rouse ourselves after 7 to walk the km to the main road to find some dinner. We found some ok Thai food at Ian’s place!

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The next day we lazed about and then for some reason decided to walk the 3 km down to the Monkey’s island Temple in the hottest part of the day. The long steep stairs up are at least in the shade. Getting back to the main road again we flagged down a “collectivo” or pickup truck with bench seats in the back that cruise up and down the road and take you whatever distance you want to go for 10 Bhat or .30$. Note the guy with the beer. We hopped on and road all the way to town and to the main Hua Hin beach for some lunch and some sun. The forecast for tomorrow is grim.

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  19. oldgsbob

    oldgsbob Adventurer Supporter

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    great people at YSS, they were good for me when I had a breakage on the way to Turkey. Sent me a new and much better model and it's very good.
  20. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Yes they were very good to us! So far the suspensions on both bikes have been performing very well on and off road. The shock on the 650 it the BEST one ever since it in not cranked all the way to the bottom, but mid way and so is in it's usable range and Sara can still have a comfortable footing. All the others were forced into the lowest setting to get the same footing and thus were overworked and overheated.
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