Day39 Nam Pat to Chiang Khan, Thailand

11:59 pm Motorbike/Motorcycle, Thailand, Travel
Departure Time 11:06am
Departure Location Nam Pat, Thailand
Arrival Time 6:56pm
Arrival Location Chiang Khan, Thailand
Distance Travelled 263km

Day39

The first 48km (about one hour’s ride due to the windy road) found us heading into the direction of the Laos border (Laos is grey in the map above). After that, we followed the border (at a distance of about 2-4 kms), until we hit the Mekong River near Na Haeo. As you can see by the picture below, this area is not frequented by foreigners, as most of the street signs are in Thai only. Fortunately we learnt to read the Thai script, so it was generally easy to follow. Notice the spelling for Border Patrol Police below.

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As it was Sunday, a worship service was being held at this church – a very rare sight in rural Thailand.

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Planting Rice.

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Some sections of the road were nice and straight.

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The following pictures were taken at a National Park which stretches to the Mekong river (Laos border). Lots of Thai youth were starting a hike into the National Park.

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Inside the headquarters of the National Park, with some pictures of the protected wildlife that can be found there.

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This map shows that the Thai people have a love for National Parks. They are all over the country (see blue/green areas).

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After we left the National Park, we proceeded further south. here are some pictures of the area we rode through.

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In the rural areas, few people wear helmets, and kids are riding bikes at a young age.

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We then entered the town of Na Haeo, which was unusual, because this tiny country town had a security camera at its main intersection.

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We stopped at a small place for lunch. I asked for a two Pad Thai, without shrimp, chicken, meat or fish, but with egg – all in my little knowledge of Thai, as no-one spoke any English. I wasn’t sure that the lady understood what completely, so I hovered around the kitchen. But she appeared to be bit annoyed at my hanging around and not trusting her, so I sat down. As she finished cooking, she held up a plastic bowl with red stuff in it, which I presumed to be chilly flakes. So I said that was ok, only to realise when our meals were served, that they were tiny little shrimp! We asked her to cook another one, after which she showed us how to eat little shrimp: you take one and place it in your mouth, chew it, and then swallow it. She was making the point:: this going to kill you – in fact, it is tasty! Well, she did cook another one, and we paid for four meals. But our first meals didn’t get wasted, the family soon tucked in. This baby was hanging next to our table and was being rocked by a rope from the next room.

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Beautiful roads to ride on.

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The border to Laos.

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We arrived at Chiang Khan at 6:00pm at night, but took another 55 minutes to find a suitable place to stay. There were lots of places, but some were too expensive, while others were too run down.  We really enjoyed the place where we stayed, as we had a windows overlooking the Mekong River.

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