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Far East Thailand #1

Come with me on a short tour of Far East Thailand.

 

I am travelling with friends Tim, Koen and Piya, on one of our Fabulous Four Budget Tours. We will be away for 4 nights. Our basic mode of transport is Tim's comfortable Toyota limousine, which we will enhance as appropriate with segments on bicycle, boat and Shanks' pony [walking]. We will stay in cheap accommodation.

 

Tim and Koen travel to my house from Bangkok, so the three of us can perform some last minute planning [aka drinking beer] for part of Night #0. Piya is a new recruit, and doesn't have any experience of our tour style...he has decided to meet us at the halfway point of the trip, as he has been alarmed by Tim's description of the plan for the first two days..."tens of kilometres of slogging through deepest jungle in search of the mythical Emerala Triangle"...he will fly to Ubon Ratchathani, which is near the Laos border, and we will pluck him from the airport lounge.

 

Here is a section of the Tourist Map that directs us to "Shangri La". To assist you, I have placed digital map-pins at our sleeping places...

Map

Far East Thailand #1

Come with me on a short tour of Far East Thailand.

 

I am travelling with friends Tim, Koen and Piya, on one of our Fabulous Four Budget Tours. We will be away for 4 nights. Our basic mode of transport is Tim's comfortable Toyota limousine, which we will enhance as appropriate with segments on bicycle, boat and Shanks' pony [walking]. We will stay in cheap accommodation.

 

Tim and Koen travel to my house from Bangkok, so the three of us can perform some last minute planning [aka drinking beer] for part of Night #0. Piya is a new recruit, and doesn't have any experience of our tour style...he has decided to meet us at the halfway point of the trip, as he has been alarmed by Tim's description of the plan for the first two days..."tens of kilometres of slogging through deepest jungle in search of the mythical Emerala Triangle"...he will fly to Ubon Ratchathani, which is near the Laos border, and we will pluck him from the airport lounge.

 

Here is a section of the Tourist Map that directs us to "Shangri La". To assist you, I have placed digital map-pins at our sleeping places...

Map

comments (17)

Have a great time all of you.
Ray: Come along with us, Frank...there is lots of cold beer, and nice scenery...and, we won't do anything too embarrassing...
Looks like a fine plan...
Ray: Our plans are always fine, Larry, although somewhat lacking in detail...
Head 'em up, move 'em out! This will be fun, Ray.
Ray: Welcome aboard, Ginnie.
What a great trip! Looking forward to it!
Ray: Welcome aboard, Elizabeth.
Jolie photo de valeureux cyclistes.
Ray: Les âges combinés sont d'environ 280 ans, Martine, mais nous sommes toujours des cyclistes enthousiastes.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Apr 2018, 06:20
This sounds like a great trip and I hope that Piya knows what he is doing and getting himself in, Ray... okay lets start......
Ray: Piya hasn't a clue, Astrid... smile
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 9 Apr 2018, 06:36
Ray's Budget Tours seem to be a very organised company. I look forward to travelling - virtually - into the farthest reaches of the east..
Ray: For this outing I have even acquired a boot-friendly esky [Strahn for icebox], Chris, as Thailand's National Parks are wowserish about frothy6 beverages.
Bonne course et surtout bonnes découvertes !
Ray: Viens, Claudine ... Je suis sûr que nous trouverons des choses qui t'intéressent.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 9 Apr 2018, 08:30
Wonderful, I like your tours best of all Ray. Especially the state of exhaustion that you get yourselves into. For me these tours finish far too quickly. I like the map.
Ray: Welcome aboard, Chad...3 of 70 years old and 1 of 60 years old, will be accompanying you, so the pace will be frenetic though unsteady as usual...
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Apr 2018, 08:31
Oh, this sounds like a great trip with some surprises!
Ray: I expect you will enjoy the trip, Philine...you will be in the comapny of 4 ancient but well-read male gentlemen and they will be on their best behaviour...
Sounds like we're in for another entertaining Rays Tours series, I look forward to it.
Ray: Welcome aboard, Brian...here's a complimentary cold can of frothy beverage to get you relaxed...
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Apr 2018, 12:13
So this is what you do your daily cycle exercise for ... Don't get stuck on planning.
Ray: The planning lasts until the cold beer runs out, Louis...and, we always forget next day what was decided last evening...

The other blokes are not into cycling as much or as fast as me, Louis, but they are game for a multi-hour bike outing as at least one segment of each tour.
The planning bit sounds best
Ray: Ray's Place usually hosts this most important pre-cursor to each trip, Bill...we now have a well-oiled planning routine that involves elbow exercises until the fridge is totally bereft of beer...
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Apr 2018, 14:45
Little does Piya know what lays in store for him; poor chap. I have say that the maps from the Mad House were rather better than what you've shown here.
Ray: As a map, this is woeful...but it was great value [free]!

Piya was probably wise to attend less than half of our adventure, Alan, but he made up somewhat by drinking more than his share of the beer. He is entertaining, too...a good storyteller.
Ooh, great time for a trip. Is the inland lake the Shangri La of which you speak? I think my niece who is still studying has been about everywhere. They travel every weekend.
Ray: There are several candidate Shangri La's, Mary, as you will see.
fabulous four budget tours - i like the sound of it, Ray. i tried to kick-start a similar initiative in Singapore but did not succeed.
Ray: You have to get the priorities right to succeed with this style of touring, Ayush.

Budgeting >50% on beer...another is ensuring all travellers have an endless capacity for absorbing ridicule when being made fun of...and stuff like that.
Have a great trip - sounds like fun!
Ray: Thank you, Tom.

Travel with us, and judge for yourself.

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