The sgBikerBoy 2016 Trip – Day 17. Chiang Rai.

sgBikerBoy is on the move again! Heading further north.
sgBikerBoy is on the move again! Heading further north.

After several days getting stuck in Chiang Mai sorting out my bike repair, parts delivery, and visa matters, I was itching to go riding again. With the Pulsar 200NS still being worked on, I took my rented Honda PCX 150 and headed to Chiang Rai!

Enroute, I passed by the Thaweesin Hospring, and turned in to explore. This one was not only hot enough to boil eggs, but was fiercely boiling over! Took a short video clip of the shooting hotspring. I think this one is not mechanically, but geothermally actuated.

The part where they allowed people to bath their feet. I noticed every one who had their feet dipped into the water had their feet turned cooked-lobster red.
The part where they allowed people to bath their feet. I noticed every one who had their feet dipped into the water had their feet turned cooked-lobster red.
I tried dipping into the water too, but it was too hot to keep my feet soaked.
I tried dipping into the water too, but it was too hot to keep my feet soaked.

And while making my way to Chiang Rai, it started drizzling. Then it started raining. Then it was POURING! I was the heaviest downpour I’ve ridden in ever! The raingear I had on did little to keep me dry. But that said, there were 2 areas where I was nice and dry; Head – the helmet did a pretty good job at keeping water out. Feet – the Sidi goretex riding boots were put to the test and passed with flying colours!

Sorry. Rain. No pics.

Pulled into a Lanna restaurant in Chiang Rai for lunch. It was still raining and I walked into the restaurant like a drenched duck. Luckily, it was past usual lunch hour, and I was the only diner around.
Pulled into a Lanna restaurant in Chiang Rai for lunch. It was still raining and I walked into the restaurant like a drenched duck. Luckily, it was past usual lunch hour, and I was the only diner around.

Checked into Inn Come Hotel. Walk-in rate – 600THB. Booking.com rate – 540THB. So I asked the counter staff if they could give me the Booking.com rate, saving them from having to give Booking.com any commission. They told me they couldn’t.

“But I’m helping you save money! I walk in, you give me the lower rate and you don’t have to give Booking.com any commission! We both win here!”

“Cannot, sir.”

Okay. So I pressed the “Book now” button on my iPhone Booking.com app, right under the counter staff’s nose, and showed it to them.

“Okay. I’ve booked on Booking.com. I’d like to check in now.”

“Ok sir. 540THB please.”

*Roll eyes!*

Then it started raining again. So I was stuck in my hotel room for awhile.

Thankfully, the sky started clearing by evening and I headed to Barrab for dinner. 4.8 stars on Google with very good reviews. The lady boss spoke excellent english too.

The warm bowl of Khao Soi was especially welcoming after all the rain that I've braved today.
The warm bowl of Khao Soi was especially welcoming after all the rain that I’ve braved today.

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