Well I'm in Chang Rai now after a beautiful ride here from Chang Mai on route 118 thru the mountains and am staying at the Chat House. After riding around for 40 minutes, I asked an American Expat on a motobike where to stay. He led me to this place. ITS A BACK PACKER place and cost $9 a night with cable TV, air con and great food.
Chang Rai is like a very small version of Chang Mai. Many options for Treks to hill tribe villages, rafting etc. Its also very close to laos and many tourist use it as a jumping off point into laos. Its relaxed here and the people are very friendly.
I've logged 4200 miles so far. I go thru periods of intense homesickness, fatigue, excitement and joy. I wanted to go home a little early but my wife called the airlines who said nothing is available. I purchased my tickets using my air miles and got business class, which was wonderful. I don't think I want to scrap the return ticket and buy a new one just to go home early. I was gonna go into Laos but now am thinking I won't since I was there on motobike 9 years ago. I'm pretty sure its still the same. Instead, I may head down the east coast of Malaysia but I can't say for sure. My plans change daily and even hourly sometimes. Many times I don't know where I'm going until I'm on the road. Its a wonderful way to travel and the ultimate in Freedom.