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April 16th, 2011 | Asia

The “Water Huts”…

The resort that we fondly referred to as The Water Huts...

Feeding time for the Koi... Small packets of fish pellets were on sale at reception, and almost every visitor spent time and money feeding the fish...

The week I spent at the Baan Chay Namm Resort was on the whole, quite enjoyable…

The thousands of Koi that swam in the cloudy water in front of, and below the huts, were a constant attraction for me…

I spent many pleasant hours identifying the varieties that were present, thinking back to the days when I bred Koi myself…

The only real drawback for us while staying at the resort, were the mosquitoes…!! They waited outside our air-conditioned rooms in highly organized squadrons, and attacked at any time of the day, but especially in the evenings when we sat down to dinner…

The area in which the resort is located, is a patchwork of small dams, in which Lotus Flowers are grown commercially… The blossoms, as well as the stems and roots of the plant that are used in soups and salads, are sold in local markets and along  the roadside……

In some of the shallower dams, rice was also planted… With all the stagnant water around, it was easy to see why there were so many mosquitoes in the area…

Our newly serviced bikes stand tall out in the parking lot...

Forward facing camera... I am able to reach down and switch it on and off, as well as remove it and shoot video all around me...

Rear facing camera... This one is fixed in position using a potent suction device, and can be mounted to either of the panniers, or the Top-Box... I think I have the filming side taped now...!!

Trevor and Chenty spent two days there with me, and then rode into Bangkok, to await the arrival of their son Philip, who would be spending the next few weeks touring with us…

During the few days we spent at what we referred to as the Water Huts, we managed to get the video cameras that we had bought, working, and tested them on the narrow roads surrounding the resort…

We were very pleased with the results of out tests, and the only initial hassle we discovered was that our remote controls activated each others cameras…!! If I was filming, and Trevor was riding in close to film me with his own camera, and then used his remote to switch his camera off, it was also likely to switch my camera off…!! Or switch my front facing camera off and my rear facing camera on…!!

My own remote control had the same effect on Trevor’s camera…!! The only way to solve this was that while we were riding together, we would not use the remote controls…

This little hassle could easily result in the gnashing of teeth later, when we would expect to find great footage on our memory cards and discover that when we thought we were filming, the cameras were off and when we thought they were off, the bloody things were in fact, filming…!!

While Chenty takes research seriously, (we refer to her as the "Minister for Information"...) Trevor is always game for a laugh or three...

We were also able to do the necessary research for the next part of the trip, which would see us riding down the Thailand Peninsula, to visit the Islands of Koh Samoi and Koh Phangan on the east coast, as well as Phuket and Koh Phi Phi on the west coast…

The Water Festival was in full swing, and when Trevor and I went for a short ride to refuel the bikes and find a place to have lunch, the crowds lining the road made sure we did not pass without receiving a shower or two…

Some of them used buckets, while others had those huge water pistols at their disposal… It was all good fun, and the water we were covered with also helped to cool us down on the bikes…

Bangkok HQ...!! From the relative comfort of the porch over water, we watched the comings and goings with much interest...

Barely a kilometre from the Water Huts, on the grounds of Lee’s Machinery, stood the offices of Touratech Thailand… The owner, Mr. Peera Lao, had assisted me to find Michelin tyres in Bangkok, and invited me to visit him when I arrived in the city… Trevor was hoping to find a mini-compressor that he could carry on his bike, and together we went to visit Peera…

Mr. Peera Lao of Touratech, friendly and generous, and a VERY experienced rider to boot...!!

We spent a few hours with Peera, shooting the breeze and discussing the rides we had made… He had recently returned from a big loop through Cambodia, Laos and China… Standing in the Touratech showroom were a few of his many bikes, all kitted out for long distance travel…

The showroom was in a bit of disarray when we arrived, as Peera had decided not to set out all their stock because they were going to be moving to far bigger and better premises in the near future, where all his various companies would be housed under one roof…

Before we left, we snapped many photos of us together, and were very kindly offered Touratech t-shirts by Peera… If you are riding your bike through Thailand, and are in the vicinity of Bangkok, stop in at Touratech and meet with Peera Lao… If he has the time, he will enjoy exchanging ideas and information with you, just as he has done with us and many other bikers…

Trevor and Chenty leave for Bangkok...

Better I stick to tried and tested Johnson's... Although I was intrigued by the alternatives on offer... I figured the stuff on the right would come in handy back at the resort, where a lot of "prickly heat" was being experienced...

The Water Huts provided us with quite a bit of entertainment… In Thailand, houses are small and families usually share the few rooms available…
As a result, parents are not always able to indulge in bouts of “horizontal yoga” in privacy… Young lovers are also on the wary side of being caught in “flagrant dilecto” by unsuspecting parents or spouses for that matter…!!
That’s where places like the “Water Huts” come into play…!! (Pun intended…!!)

Rooms can be rented by the hour or a portion of the day, and there are a constant stream of couples, coming and going, (pun intended…!!) and when things got really busy, they would be forced to wait in the reception area, where a few comfortable couches had been set up for this purpose…

Behind the reception counter, was a jar of the most outlandish condoms that I had ever set eyes on, but I never took the trouble to take a photo of them, as I figured I would have a hard time explaining my interest to the landlady, if she caught me behind her counter photographing condoms…!!

Suffice to say, after a short study of the jar, I assumed that a paramedic was always on station nearby…

During the busier periods, I briefly considered sub-letting my room… This was not only to earn a bit of “petrol money”, but I could also have used the opportunity to make absolutely sure that my new video cameras were working properly…

The landlady refused my offer with a curt shake of her head and a stern look which led me to believe that she was not at all amused by my suggestion…

Ah well… It was worth a try, I thought…!!

The weather played ball for most of my stay in the resort, except for one afternoon when the heavens opened an I was treated to a typical monsoon downpour…

The rain fell straight and hard, and lasted for more than an hour, and afterward, when the sun came out to play again, the humidity drove me indoors to the sanctuary of my air-conditioned room…

A squall blows in from the coastline, raising the water level in the dam by an inch or two in little more that an hour...!!

I took a few short rides in the area, passing the many dams and waterways, and watching farmers pump water from one section of land to another… They would then wade into the mud and harvest the Lotus stems and then pump the water back into the dam to move on to another…

The pumps were mounted on a small trailer that was shunted about by a motorcycle… I could not believe my eyes when one passed me going at about 60 km/h…

I was glad that I had not come across this guy going around a corner...!!

We are constantly amazed at the things we see being transported in scooters and mopeds…!! Traffic officers back in Canada and South Africa would probably have a heart attack if confronted by some of the sights we have seen…!!

Out among the many dams in the area, I stopped to watch the sun go down...

My stay in Bangkok was at an end, and it was time to “head south for the winter”… (Ha-ha…!!)

While my friends were enjoying their reunion with their son Philip, I prepared to ride across Bangkok, planning to do so early on Sunday morning to avoid the traffic…

I was looking forward to the “sun, sea and sandy beach” part of my tour in South East Asia…

©GBWT 2011

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