These days sunrise is around 05.30 and the temperature then is still cool, perfect timing to start cycling. A quick wash-up and a hot coffee beforehand are highly recommended though! Cycling along Khlong Mahasawad is a piece of cake on a relatively smooth and straight road without much traffic, especially on an early Sunday morning. Some of the other canals can get seriously clogged up, a bit too much greenery... Some of the street signposts are nicely decorated. A fisherman
Getting up around dawn isn’t always easy, but usually rewarding as the temperature is relatively cool and makes cycling highly enjoyable. This morning too I climbed on my faithful bike - after lubricating my inner system with a coffee - and hit the (B) roads. At first on autopilot but after a few minutes I’m beginning to enjoy it and slowly become aware of my surroundings. It’s typical daily life upcountry, monks doing their rounds, parents bringing their kids to school, moto
Most of the days this month have been miserable to say the least, but occasionally the sun managed to come through! And since my last working day was 22 January, I had enough time to make good use of that little bit of sunshine! First I went for a Sunday walk with my sister across the muddy trail called the Lambertszkade between two lakes: the Loenderveense Plassen and the Wijde Blik. The lake view was very peaceful indeed. Along the way we couldn't help noticing this incredi
Earlier this year on one of my cycling trips I’d noticed a bit off a road a field full of structures which looked like ‘lamp posts’, but actually are structures used for holding bird cages high up in the air. I’d seen individual posts for this purpose in my neighborhood before, but never a whole field… As far as I know (which granted doesn’t mean that much) this particular hobby - keeping birds and having singing competitions - is very popular in the South, but in Nonthaburi?
We travelled by 3rd class train to the monkey town of Lopburi, a leisurely 2 hour ride through a rather flat and rural landscape. Plenty of people on board, both standing and sitting in various ‘zombie’ stages, from fast asleep to endlessly noodling on their mobile phones. Between looking out of the window or taking photos I got lost in my mystery novel; Mons Kallentoft’s Midwinter Sacrafice. Arrival at Lopburi Station was uneventful but the huge kitsch monkey statues there w
2 weeks ago my old friend Anne came over for a visit, all my folding bike stories turned out to be contagious and she decided to buy one here as prices were considerably lower than back home in Germany. We checked out 2 bicycle places and she ended up buying a pink Java, with a 9 kilo weight and 3 gear perfect for her. I contacted my buddy Dave for a joint ride and we all agreed on something new, cycling from Taopoon to Banglumpoo! Checking google maps showed up plenty of con
In 2003 I started working for Khiri Travel, taking over the renovated shophouse in Rambuttri Road which previously was the main office. All staff moved over to Khiri’s brand new office in Nonthaburi and together with 1 new Thai staff I ran the old office as a ‘walk-in’ shop. The idea was good, but the timing not as in those days Rambuttri was just another quiet road, not a 2nd Khao San Road like it has become now. Potential clients consisted mainly of tight budgeted backpacke
Just to get the record straight, I thoroughly enjoy cycling around here, great exercise and plenty of photo ops. However it’s not all bliss and continuous Instagram friendly moments, like life in general there are lots of ups & downs (& anything in between!). The pros look pretty straight forward: - Off the beaten track experiences - Lots of nature - Friendly people - Photographer’s paradise The cons are perhaps not what you’d expected…: - Off the beaten track experiences > Y
This morning I left early cycling not really having a clue where I'd be heading. I rambled along Plaibang Road, crossed klong Mahasawat and continued down Suan Phak until the 'end'. From there I could either head back via Wat Chaiyaphruek or go into the 'unknown', cross under Boromratchonnee and continue on Chaiyaphruek and Chak Phra Road. What caught my eye on the GPS map was a long stretch of green called Wan Chaloem Forest Park, something I'd never seen or heard of before!
The earlier I manage to kick myself out of bed (not easy by the way!) the cooler it will be on the road or at least for a few minutes. Today was no different, despite getting up at 05.30 and leaving soon afterwards it didn't take long for the sweat to start pouring out (disgusting...). I checked out an old footbridge at Wat Sriprawat across Klong Mahasawat I’d seen before, but it was in poor state, also nearby dogs didn’t encourage any further investigations. Cycling further