"Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company..."
|(Bridge over the River Kway)|
Date: 13 December 2014 (Saturday)
Route: Kanchanaburi - Chiangmai
Distance: 695 km
Hotel: Diamond Plaza Hotel
Breakfast was toast and fried eggs in the hotel cafe.
As usual, we checked-out and rode to the bridge over the River Kway for photo shots. River Kway is known for its association with the Pierre Boulle novel and David Lean film 'The Bridge on the River Kway' and the infamous Railway of Death.
|(Synchronizing the GPS)|
|(Morning briefing before the ride)|
|(Listening very intently)|
|(Posing with the KTM)|
|(The historical bridge and death railway)|
|(A group photo for the album)|
The journey to Chiangmai was smooth and the weather was sunny and bright.
We arrived in Chiangmai early and went to the Baan Haw Hedaytul Islam Mosque at Hilal Street and parked our motorbikes there. We met with the Imam who helped us to perform the qurban last year. We had dinner at one of the Muslim restaurant somewhere near the mosque. Our Chef Ahmad Munawar had the honor of cooking sambal udang petai as one of the dishes for tonight’s dinner.
|(Riding with the sun in our eyes)|
|(A local scene: a monk taking a free ride)|
|(Passing smaller towns)|
|(Heading towards Suphan Buri)|
|(Iconic clock tower before the town of Suphan Buri)|
|(By-passing the city center)|
|(Riding slowly adhering to the city limit)|
|(Maintaining a safe distance from each other)|
|(Stuck in the traffic jam)|
|(Cloudy sky, pleasant ride)|
|(A super highway leading to Chiangmai)|
|(Winding and hilly road ahead)|
|(Our shadows in the late afternoon)|
|(The sun is setting in the horizon)|
|(Busy Chiangmai traffic leading to the center of town)|
The group checked in the Diamond Plaza Hotel which was not far from our favorite Pornping Tower Hotel where we used to stay for both Kembara Qurban1 and 2. After taking our showers and performing our prayers, we walked to the night market to have an hour of foot reflexology.
The rest took a stroll to the night market to look for souvenirs. We went back to the hotel for an early night's sleep.