First thing Cost and Availability of the bike in Bangkok. After quick google search found few renting agency and CB500x cost around 1500 baht a day. Shot enquiry mails and started making the plan. Joined few biking community and made few bikers as fb friends and got their inputs. After discussing with fiancée, we decided it will be 11 days trip and booked flight tickets in AirAsia during their promotion in November for Feb 10 to Feb 21.
One thing I didn’t consider is Jan-Feb is peak tourist season and Bike gets rented quickly as only few options available. Initially I thought of renting bike from Bangkok Bike Rentals. Their rates was around 1300 Baht with Side panniers. As a shocker when I contacted them in November their all bikes are rented out for Feb as some big group rented all the bike. Panicked me contacted Aussie Biker James Bailey based out of Thailand. He gave reference of Big Bike Rentals Bangkok. Contacted him. Bikes are available. Some relief. CB500x costed 1300 Baht, but Aluminum Pannier and top box costs extra. That’s another 600 baht a day.
With no other option left booked the bike, if I had booked the bike earlier I would have got Versys 650 for the same amount. Now comes one more problem, sending booking amount of 10k Baht. Again James came for rescue, he vouched for me and he agreed to take booking amount once I come to Bangkok.
The Final Plan as below
|Feb 10||Bengaluru||Airasia flight at 11 pm from Bengaluru|
|Feb 11||Bangkok||Landing at DMK airport at 4 am. Go to room sleep for a while and Collect the bike. Roam in Bangkok. Buy new riding gears||Booked in Airbnb.
|Feb 12||Sri Sawat, Kanchanaburi||Leave early morning from Bangkok. Visit Erawan waterfall,Phra that cave, Huay Mae Khamin Waterfall,Hell Fire pass||Booked in Agoda.
Rayaburi Resort in Srisawat, Kanchanaburi
|Feb 13||Hua hin||Visit Giant Rain Tree, Wat Tham Khao Noi (chùa Long Sơn),Crystal Cave,Hua Hin night market||Air Bnb Accomodation
|Feb 14||Khao Sok , Surat thani||Punyaban Waterfall, Khao Fachi Viewpoint, Ngao Waterfall National Park||Booked in Agoda.com
|Feb 15||Khao Sok, Surat Thani||Rajjaprabha Dam Chiew larn lake tour||Booked one day lake tour from the Khaosok paradise resort||0km|
|Feb 16||Krabi||Beaches and Beaches||Air Bnb Accomodation
river side hotel
|Feb 17||Phi Phi Islands||Island tour||Booked in Agoda.com
Phuphaya Seaview Resort
|Feb 18||Krabi||Visit more beaches||River Side Hotel||50km|
|Feb 19||Chumphon||See beaches and Local Market||No Accomodation booked to keep the plan Open ended||324km|
|Feb 20||Petcha buri||Meet FB Friend James and Visit Floating Market nearby and other local attraction||No Accomodation booked to keep the plan Open ended||338km|
|Feb 21||Bangkok||Come to the First accommodation place, collect the luggage and return the bike. Catch the 8pm flight to Bengaluru||141km|
Was it possible for us to stick to the plan!?? Stay Tuned for the day wise update.
Next, Preparation for the trip.