Bangkok or Bust
Chiang Mai to Bangkok
Setting off from Kamphaeng Pet
After navigating out of the tricky one-way system onto highway 1 again the new backpack I'd bought was giving me some grief, so after stopping and re-adjusting the whole load I was ready. Going long-distance with a bad load on your back is a no-no, the discomfort and distraction can be lethal in the wrong set of circumstances.
The Highway after Kamphaeng Pet, as you can imagine from the route map above, very boring. The 'Holeway effect' continues to a lesser extent but as long as you don't hammer it and keep to under 100 kph (on a bike) you should spot them in time and evade them easily.
Thailands road to nowhere, it just goes on and on...
Some nice views here though, away to the west.
Getting closer to Bangkok now. After the Nakhon Sawan checkpoint I'll probably go for a couple more rest-stops and then make the final fling into Bangkok.
Hang a left turn up ahead and this will get you on the road to Nakhon Sawan.
One of the first sights you'll see of Nakhon Sawan is this hill temple in the distance overlooking the city. The hill and temple dominate the landscape. With the river on one side and the hill temple on the other, it's hard to get lost in this city.
City Sights of Nakhon Sawan
At the river market and pier.
These boats will get you to the other side of the Chao Praya river in no time.
These little thai terrapin dooks would cost an arm and leg back home in the west.
The Farang Factor: Just one with his eldery thai woman blitzing some emails off in a cafe, and that was it!
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