Thailand 2010: Fourth Annual HU Travellers Meeting
Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meetings
Fourth Annual Thailand Travellers Meeting,
January 16, 2010
The general plan is simple. Show up around 7PM Saturday, have a drink, tell some lies, eat at a reasonable hour, then a slide show or two and lots of conversation and trading of travel tips!
By Michael Lloyd
Travellers and attendees at the Thailand HU Mini Meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, January 16, 2010 traded information and plans until well after midnight. This was the fourth HU Thailand Travellers Meeting and again the majority of questions were about crossing Burma, entering Vietnam, border crossings into Cambodia, Laos, and shipping to points outside of Thailand.
The meeting was attended by a wide mix of travellers and local experts on motorcycle travel throughout Southeast Asia. The 48 attendees exceeded the space at the Chiang Mai Saloon #2 and spilled out into the street during the evening. While some were trading information on where to acquire tyres before entering Cambodia or Laos, others were mapping routes around Burma, trading the names of reputable freight forwarders out of Bangkok, discussing which maps were best and updating fellow travelers about transit status in other countries throughout the world.
South Africa, Germany, Great Britain, United States of America, Australia and Canada registration plates were seen on motorcycles parked outside the meeting point. Inside the common language was English, but there were Swiss, Australian and French accents.
Three media shows were presented on the restaurant big screen. One was titled the “Long, Hard Way Around” and featured budget travel through Southeast Asia. The second was BBC Top Gear Vietnam Special, provided by Explore Indochina. The third was a live presentation by Chris Banks, who shared his near-drowning experience in Morocco with the group. Banks and his fellow travellers lashed their motorcycles to trees when caught in a flash flood. His presentation was one of near death and survival.
Many of the attendees were on the road, around the world, or sitting out the winter months before travelling across Siberia. Others were headed east, having crossed Asia into Thailand via Nepal or Singapore.
The meeting ended with e-mail addresses exchanged, promises of keeping in touch, and plans for a 2011 HU Meeting in Chiang Mai. The common thread amongst those in attendance was they were serious and committed motorcycle travellers, whether around Southeast Asia or the globe.
If you have a few minutes, please download the poster (Adobe pdf format) and print off a few and hand them round your club or your local bike shop or anywhere seems like a good place.
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2010 Poster in pdf format 900kb) full colour poster
2011 Poster in pdf format 900kb) full colour poster
Thanks for the help!
Chiangmai Saloon #2
30 Ratchawithi Rd.,
(Located in the heart of Chiang Mai, inside the old moat, three minutes walking from Tapae Gate. Easy to find by tuk-tuk from most hotels and guest houses.)
Menu: Western (Voted #1 Burger in Chiang Mai), Thai, Vegetarian and Tex-Mex!
HU Mini Meeting Special: 15% off all drinks for HU Meeting attendees by Nim, the manager!
Free Wifi, free pool, street parking, open late, English spoken and "HU traveller friendly" atmosphere. Motorcycle traveller DVD player with two big screens! Got your special adventure travel DVD? Bring it along, the management will try to play it on the house system.
Getting There - GPS, Maps
If you're heading there, check out the HUBB for the Thailand Meeting thread, who's going etc!
TOP NORTH HOTEL
TOP NORTH GUESTHOUSE
LAI THAI GUESTHOUSE
GOODWILL/JOE'S BIKE TEAM
AMORA TAPAE HOTEL
Swill and Chill Points:
BIER STUBE (Oasis on the Moat)
Can you supply us with links, and other info on the places to ride, and interesting things to see in the area? Let us know here.
The Thailand HU Meeting "Official Travel Agency" is:
The Horizons Unlimited events couldn't happen without the support of the local organisers and other helpers, and we greatly appreciate their assistance and support - please be sure to thank them too!
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- Kyrgyzstan Mini-Meet: Aug 31
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