Thailand 2011: Fifth Annual HU Travellers Meeting
Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meetings
Fifth Annual Thailand Travellers Meeting,
January 8, 2011
How you can help - put up a few posters! Please post it everywhere!
THAILAND 2011 HU Meeting ReportBy M. LLoyd
A whopping good time was had by nearly 50 attendees at the Fifth Annual Horizons Unlimited Traveller’s Meeting. Held in Chiang Mai, Thailand on January 8, 2011, motorcycle travellers came from as far away as Texas (United States of America), Cape Town (Republic of South Africa), Madrid (Spain) and London (Great Britain). French, Spanish, English, Thai and even some Italian were languages that could be heard around the meeting room.
An afternoon group photo was taken of several of the travellers with their loaded adventure motorcycles parked on the street near the meeting point, the Chiang Mai Saloon #2. A wide variety of motorcycles, ranging from Kawasaki to BMW, were represented, with several local travelers coming on the Thai made motorcycles.
Many of the travellers were coming from or going to neighboring countries like Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam. Others had just arrived in Thailand and were beginning their trips by exploring The Golden Triangle. Some were seeking answers to the annual question: “Is Burma open for overland travel yet?”
Maps were studied during the dinner meeting with advice being sought of given on which were the best routes. The preferred maps and GPS downloads were also a topic of discussion.
Tom Forde from Australia, but now a relocated expat, gave a multi-media presentation on how he had given up life in his home country and ended up transplanted to Thailand. Forde emphasized his travels through Indonesia with a fascinating array of photographs of his travels through Sumatra on his BMW 650GS.
A special presentation about some of the secrets behind the first ‘round the world motorcycle tour was given by professional motorcycle adventurer, author and columnist Dr. Gregory W. Frazier. The first man to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle was Carl Stearns Clancy in 1912-1913 aboard a 1912 Henderson motorcycle, one of five manufactured that year. The 16-year research project by Dr. Frazier resulted in a book, MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURER, about the Clancy accomplishment, with an Introduction written by Guinness World Record holder Dave Barr.
The tentative date for the sixth Thailand Horizons Unlimited Traveller’s Mini Meeting was announced as January 14, 2012.
(Thanks to John McComb and Globe Rider Productions for the photographs and the Rider’s Corner Bar, Restaurant and Hotel for providing a warm welcome and secure parking for HU Travellers)
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.
(You may need to right click and choose "save target as...")
2011 Poster in pdf format 900kb) full colour poster
Thanks for the help!
Note: All three of the above are short walking distance to Amora Tapae Hotel, Art Café, "Chill and Swill" Oasis's on The Moat, as well as Internet shops, Starbucks, and numerous other restaurants and tourist shops. They are also very popular with motorcycle travelers attending Chiang Mai Bike Week and have off-street motorcycle parking. Chiang Mai is experiencing an extremely high influx of tourists this year because of it's world wide designation as the #1 tourist destination, so make hotel/guesthouse reservations early.
Other accommodation possibilities are nearby, but do reserve early.
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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