Le Tour de Thailand 2010

Published on February 12th, 2010

21st Jan 2010

Bikers rendezvoused at Subang TUDM Airport from 7 am to take a flight to Chiangrai, Thailand. The flight departed at 9am with 49 bikers and pillion from Malaysia and its neighboring country, Indonesia. Superbikers Association Malaysia Patron YB Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid b. Hamidi joined us on the flight to Chiangrai, Thailand.

The 3-hour flight from Subang Airport to Chiangrai was quite memorable. Together on the flight were our luggage and 2 Harley Davidson owned by the Indonesian’s riders.

We arrived at Chiangrai Airport at 12noon and we were greeted by the advance party from SAM led by SAM’s Secretary General En Mohamed b. Abd Rahman or Che Mat and Brigadier General Tuan Md. Dzahir Abdul Rashid, the Defence Attache of Malaysian Embassy in Thailand.

About 20 local bikers with their Harleys and choppers joined the convoy to the Wiang Inn Hotel in Chiangrai, Thailand. Our bikes were all parked at the hotel after being transported by lorry from Hatyai whilst some by aircraft earlier. We were glad to see our bikes parked at the hotel parking lot.

At 3pm YB Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid decided to go for a short ride to Mae Sai border town situated at the north tip of Thailand. Dato Shazryl Eskay; President of Ride For Peace led the convoy together with some local riders.

Afterwards we attended event briefing by Che Mat the Expedition General or Director. We ended our night enjoying a fulfilling dinner with local dignitary governor, army general and a number of local bikers. While enjoying dinner, we were presented by local traditional culture show.

22nd January 2010

Day 2 Chiangrai to Chiangmai 190km

At 8am right after a light breakfast, all participants assembled in front of the hotel to have our first morning briefing and exercise before we started the ride. Since today was the first day ride, SAM Patron YB Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi gave his first speech to thank those who made this expedition a reality especially the local authorities for their endless support.

Our first day ride comprised of a short distance to Chiangmai. It’s a good warm-up ride to familiarize new bikers of riding in Thailand. The journey to Chiangmai was a pleasant one enjoying the nice surrounding and beautiful weather with a few kilometers of corners and hilly roads.

After we were flagged off at the hotel, we refueled before continuing the ride to Chiangmai. Our convoy was led by Thai Police Traffic vehicles to ensure our safety with over 50 bikes of various models and riders from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

We had a smooth ride and arriving in Chiangmai just on time for lunch. All the riders enjoyed the first day ride and can’t wait to enjoy the rest of the day in Chiangmai.

23rd Jan 2010

Day 3 Chiangmai to Nakho Sawan 470km

This was the longest sector through out the journey. After 2nd day all the riders had already warmed up and familiar with Thailand roads and they were ready to go. As usual morning session started off with briefing and exercise.

A simple flag off ceremony were held in front of the hotel in Chiangmai and off we go. YB Dato Seri Zahid didn’t join the convoy today as he was needed back home. As for the rest, the journey continued as usual. To show our unending support towards local company we refueled at Petronas Station in Chiangmai. As it was a big convoy, refueling took us about an hour. Today our lunch was all packed with halal food prepared by Tuan Zaidee as the appointed food and lodging head committee.

The route was via Lampang, Kampheang Phet before reaching Nakhon Sawan. It was a smooth ride accompanied by police escort and we managed to reach Nakhon Sawan at around 5pm. Today, Lebai’s bike BMW RT had a puncture. Convoy sweeper Musa and local Thai support crew stopped and handled the situation.

At night we had dinner attended by local governor and enjoyed a local cultural show done by school children. It was quite an entertaining show and everybody was happy and enjoyed the stay at Nakhon Sawan.

24th Jan 2010

Day 4 Nakhon Sawan to Kanchanaburi 300km

It was a wet morning in Nakhon Sawan and when we departed it was cloudy. All riders were all prepared to face a rainy ride along the way.

Right after we left Nakhon Sawan, the weather changed and it was hot and windy. The riders were looking forward to visit Kanchanaburi’s famous sites such as the historical city, the Bridge of River Kwai and enjoy the cuisine at the riverside restaurants.

The route was via Chainat, Suphan Buri, Khao Pra before reaching Kanchanaburi. The convoy passed by a stretch of sugar cane farms right before we approached the city. Many truckload of sugar cane occupied the roads towards the city. That was the situation along the road towards the city of Kanchanaburi.

We arrived at around 1pm before reaching the hotel. The hotel location was just next to the famous River Kwai. Once in Kanchanaburi, the convoy went straight for lunch on the boat restaurant. YB Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid waited for us there and joined us for lunch.

Right after lunch we checked in to the hotel located next to River Kwai’s beautiful 5-star hotel. At night we had an official dinner with the Governor of Kanchanaburi. We were entertained by local school children showing their talent on cultural and modern dances during dinner. It was a night to remember in Thailand.

25th Feb 2010

Day 5 Kanchanaburi to Bangkok 160 km

It was a short ride to Bangkok. We started earlier today at 7am as we had to face the infamous Bangkok traffic jam. With the support of local traffic police we managed to reach the Malaysian Embassy in Bangkok for lunch.

H.E Dato’ Husni Zai Yaacob, embassy’s staffs and local reporters gave us a warm welcome in front of the Embassy office. The ‘bunga manggar’ and banners made us felt that we’re back home instead of in Bangkok. Afterwards we proceeded to the main hall for a short speech and enjoyed good food for lunch. The caterer prepared ‘teh tarik’ made us felt at ease and homely.

After a short press conference with YB Dato’ Seri we left the Embassy towards the nearby hotel. At night, we had an official dinner with the Minister of Defence Thailand and top-ranked Thailand army general.

26th Feb 2010

Day 6 Bangkok to Bang Saphan 240km

Today we received a special arrangement as the Military Police of Thailand escorted us. Apart from that Pak Rosman Hadi; Head of the Indonesia Bikers (IMBI) joined the ride today to Bang Saphan.

After about 150km we stop over a Muslim Village for a charity relation program. YB Dato’ Seri handed over a number of copies of al Quran to local community here at the mosque. It was as an effort to strengthen the close relation with the local Muslim community in Thailand.

After about 30 minutes here, we left the village to continue our journey to Bang Saphan. Ban Saphan is located in Prachuap Kirikhan, which is a beach holiday resort. It is a new area and there are many new resorts here. A village called Ban Groot was where we stayed for the night. We arrived at the resort around noon. Later in the evening riders make do with free time with activities such as enjoying a swim in the sea, cycling around the village and while others rest and had a brisk walk along the beach.

At night we had another dinner provided by the resort and attended by local district officer. Local school children showed their talents, playing local music instrument and performed a number of cultural shows.

27th Jan 2010

Day 7 Bang Saphan to Koh Samui 320km

It was an exceptionally serene sunset in Bang Saphan. Most of the riders grabbed the opportunity to snap pictures of the picturesque surrounding. Me, myself took the opportunity for memorabilia. After a short briefing and stretching, we cranked the engine and rode to Koh Samui down south.

We had lunch in Surat Thani next to the highway 4’s rest area. During lunch local VIP and reporters have already waited for us to join in for lunch. We had seafood and Thailand local delicacies including the infamous spicy Tom Yam. After lunch we continued the ride to Koh Samui via Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thamarat. We took the secondary road by the beach, as it was picturesque and windy.

We arrived at the Don Sak pier to take the ferry at 3pm. 2-hour journey on the ferry gave some of the riders the chance for a nap on the ferry. As we arrived in Koh Samui, the local bikers greeted us with a huge banner and they joined the convoy straight to the hotel. We were all very pleased with the warm welcome here in Koh Samui.

28th Jan 2010

Day 8 Koh Samui

In Koh samui we stayed 2 nights and everyone had the chance to explore and enjoy Koh Samui. There are many activities here such as snorkeling, hiking at the mountain area and many more. As for some of the bikers and me, we rented kapchais and rode around and explored Koh Samui on the second day.

Our last night in Koh Samui, we were pleased to have the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand to join us for dinner. After a group photo session, we departed to the hotel and continued with the next program celebrating a belated birthday for YB Dato’ Seri. It was a simple function and yet it was memorable for us all.

29th Jan 2010

Day 9 Koh Samui to Hatyai

We departed to Hatyai from Koh Samui without YB Dato’ Seri. He has other engagement but we were all ecstatic to have a chance riding with him once again. We really appreciated his time riding with us despite his extremely busy schedule.

After reaching the mainland we started our journey to Hatyai. Everyone has already started to miss home when we reached Hatyai as we were closer to Malaysian border by now.

In Hatyai the management decided to end the journey here and during dinner we took the opportunity to thank everyone involved and we were glad that this journey ended without any mishap. Alhamdulillah.

The very next day, the convoy split as some were going back via Golok towards the east coast of Malaysia and others towards Kuala Lumpur.

I was glad and contented that I decided to join this trip. For SAM management, kudos for a job well done, especially to En Mohamed Ab. Rahman or better known as Che Mat, the Expedition General. And also to Brigadier General Md Dzahir Abdul Rashid and his team, excellent ride and thank you for your support.

text & pix: Israq Adventure


Comments

  1. Posted by Hellebaby on February 21st, 2010, 19:16

    You can find a video from your departure in Baan Grood on youtube.
    Search there for arcadiathailandtour2010

  2. Posted by Traffic Mag on February 23rd, 2010, 16:54

    thank you for the info. really appreciate it!

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