We had our 8:40 but at the other end of town, so we were up early and bid farewell to Nuch and hit the road at 7:30. It was a 15 km ride and the weather was cloudy and pleasant.
When we got to the bus station, it was a simple affair of shoving the bike into the boot and paying 50 bhat and no haggling of any sort needed. Was a pleasure. The bus was great and so was the ride. Thailand has the feel of a modern country when it comes to transport infrastructure. We reached chiang Mai by 11:30, he advertised time and we rode into town for some grub.
I picked up an expensive sandwich from a subway and a couple of bottles of soy milk and got back to the bus station. On our next bus there was a bit of a confusion as they weren’t expecting bicycles. They tries to get more money, but I told them I had already paid at chiang Rai and they find some way to take our bikes. They reluctantly agreed, a lot better than Laos buses and we loaded the bikes in the boot for another 6 hr ride to mae sot.
He bus ride was comfortable and we reached town at 7 pm, after a stop at some border security post. When we left the bus station Chris realized he had forgotten his helmet and we hunted down the bus a few km from town and recovered it. Nice! Next bit was to find a place to sleep.
Temples in Thailand have always been awesome to us and we stopped by the first temple and they welcomed us to sleep in their yard. There was some festival in Mae Sot and the temple had set up some places for people to sleep in. They let us use that space, with preset mosquito nets and gave us pillows too. A lady spoke English and asked us if we’d like to eat dinner. Of course we wouldn’t refuse food and had our fill from the communal feed hey had wet up. Most of it was meat and I stuffed myself on rice and a curry made of banana shoot and a large portion of rice filled with bananas, coconut and other salted fillings. Reminded me of “modhakam”, heh.
After the feed, we rested in our chamber and followed it with a good night’s sleep! Thank you Thailand, you’ve always treated us well!
Route: Chiang Rai to Mae Sot (491 thb + 50 for bike)
Distance: 0 km
Ascent: 0 ft
Descent: 0 ft
Time in saddle: 0:00 hrs
Expenses: Sg$ 11.08
Comments: Thai buses are cheaper, more comfy, more legroom, faster and charge for bicycles is reasonable. So much better than Laos.