Touring

 
A motorbike in this climate is perfect. Even with all your clobber on to protect yourself in case of accident. The only time you will suffer from the heat is at traffic lights.Thailand drives on the left hand side of the road same as the UK. The only thing they dont have is roundabouts. Instead U turns are there on most of the roads. In my opinion keeping off the motorways is a better idea and keeping on the A and B roads is safer and just as quick in the long runs. As I am living on the east of Thailand I decided to make my touring of North Eastern Thailand first, Maps at the time were available in english and GPS. 

North Eastern Thailand.

From my understanding. Thai people and Issan speak a different language. Issan language is more Lao with some words thai. Whereas Thai people only speak thai language. The imaginery borders start from Songkla (South Thailand) to Nakhon Ratchasima (Kolat) for thai language. Past Kolat the language becomes Issan. After Songkla its south Thailand language. Now as I say its not concrete of the imaginery borders its really only my assumption. I am also aware Chaing mai has its own dialect.

Of course of all the people speak whatever is their own language and thai is the language they are taught at school. Ive found as manner of politeness they all start off in Thai language until it is understood where the individuals were born and move into that language. As I am not Thai this information is only from my experience with them and my own level of speaking the language. 

Now I have to say, I actually went on the Issan tour twice. Because of my type of visa. In most cases every 90 days us visitors must report to an immigration centre to check in. Which meant I returned to Pattaya to fullfil this obligation.

If your  in possession of a multi-entry visa you can go out the country at one of the border crossings and return, instead of returning back to Pattaya immigration in Jontiem. Of course having a Multi-entry visa costs more and really isn't necessary. Unless your going out the country more then 5 times a year.

The first Issan tour I drove up the north eastern side of Thailand heading towards Nong Khai located in the eastern province. The second tour through the middle. Both times returned by the western side. Thailand has alot of Temples located all over the country and to access them all, you would really need to zig zag the country in order to visit them.

When visiting a temple (Wat)The thai people call this Tamboon. Its worth visiting a temple just to see the architecture. The design of these temples can put the west to shame in workmanship, scale and size. When you think of the basic tools they have to build these temples compared to the machinery used in the western world.  One thing Ive noticed is the wood craft joints. As a youngster at school I studied wood crafts. (Joinery). Learning the different types of wood joints, Tounge and groove. Tenon joint etc. When visiting the temples Ive never seen any type of wood joint I learned from school.They is wood joints but nothing similar to what I was taught. Completely different. Yet in a way. Fit for purpose. Of all the temples, everything appears to be made by hand. No mass production of assembled units.

The following pictures I down-loaded from the internet of some of the places I visited.

A motorbike in this climate is perfect. Even with all your clobber on to protect yourself in case of accident. The only time you will suffer from the heat is at traffic lights.Thailand drives on the left hand side of the road same as the UK. The only thing they dont have is roundabouts. Instead U turns are there on most of the roads. In my opinion keeping off the motorways is a better idea and keeping on the A and B roads is safer and just as quick in the long runs. As I am living on the east of Thailand I decided to make my touring of North Eastern Thailand first, Maps at the time were available in english and GPS. 

North Eastern Thailand.

From my understanding. Thai people and Issan speak a different language. Issan language is more Lao with some words thai. Whereas Thai people only speak thai language. The imaginery borders start from Songkla (South Thailand) to Nakhon Ratchasima (Kolat) for thai language. Past Kolat the language becomes Issan. After Songkla its south Thailand language. Now as I say its not concrete of the imaginery borders its really only my assumption. I am also aware Chaing mai has its own dialect.

Of course of all the people speak whatever is their own language and thai is the language they are taught at school. Ive found as manner of politeness they all start off in Thai language until it is understood where the individuals were born and move into that language. As I am not Thai this information is only from my experience with them and my own level of speaking the language. 

Now I have to say, I actually went on the Issan tour twice. Because of my type of visa. In most cases every 90 days us visitors must report to an immigration centre to check in. Which meant I returned to Pattaya to fullfil this obligation.

If your  in possession of a multi-entry visa you can go out the country at one of the border crossings and return, instead of returning back to Pattaya immigration in Jontiem. Of course having a Multi-entry visa costs more and really isn't necessary. Unless your going out the country more then 6 times a year.

The first Issan tour I drove up the north eastern side of Thailand heading towards Nong Khai located in the eastern province. The second tour through the middle. Both times returned by the western side. Thailand has alot of Temples located all over the country and to access them all, you would really need to zig zag the country in order to visit them.

When visiting a temple (Wat)The thai people call this Tamboon. Its worth visiting a temple just to see the architecture. The design of these temples can put the west to shame in workmanship, scale and size. When you think of the basic tools they have to build these temples compared to the machinery used in the western world.  One thing ive noticed is the wood craft joints. As a youngster at school I studied wood crafts. (Joinery). Learning the different types of wood joints, Tounge and groove. Tenon joint etc. When visiting the temples ive never seen any type of wood joint I learned from school.They is wood joints but nothing similar to what I was taught. Completely different. Yet in a way. Fit for purpose. Of all the temples, everything appears to be made by hand. No mass production of assembled units.

The following pictures I down-loaded from the internet of some of the places I visited.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Issan Province

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Temple located in Roi et

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Each statue represents a day of a week

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The bells above are used to scare away the spirits and bring you good luck

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A typical temple where the buddhas eat food