In these series I will share my experiences traveling through Thailand and Laos for about 2.5 months – largely by bicycle.
I planned a rough route using Google Maps (you can use street view nearly everywhere in Thailand!) and travel logs I read online. I knew I wanted to take the smallest roads wherever possible and skip unnecessarily risky or boring parts, such as the area in and around Bangkok. The current idea for my route is from Tak to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, then East to Laos, going down the Mekong river by boat, cycle a loop from Luang Prabang to Vientiane, and then going back into Thailand, taking a train to the South (that’s a long way) and cycle around there.
I read that you can take your bicycle on most buses and trains, so I decided to plan for 2 days in Bangkok and then take a bus from Mochit bus station to Tak (North West of Bangkok), and start my bicycle journey from there.
I could see on the maps that there were plenty of roads available from Tak towards Chiang Mai, so I could always switch to an alternative. I also heard good things about the hills West of Chiang Mai, so I would take those too. There is no street view in Laos and there are less roads, but I read that despite sometimes just being one road available, it’s pretty quiet / less touristic than Thailand.
I’m also going on a 10-day meditation retreat at Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, and will volunteer at a project near Luang Prabang in Laos for a week.
This time I’ll be traveling alone. Nonetheless, I’m really excited, so let’s go!