100km Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong. Mostly flat.
Easy late flight up to CR the night before, stayed in a clean budget hotel which did the trick and got the bike built Saturday am. Left CR 9am and cycled an uneventful day of 100km through rubber plantations, rice, parm, and villages.
Bike doing its thing. Need to play with weight distribution a bit.
Chiang Khong the border town for crossing tomorrow to Laos. Good value Fortune River View hotel, right on the Mekong River (Lancang Jiang), the dividing point of TH & LA here. Last time i saw the Mekong was in South Vietnam and the time before that in North Yunnan. Completely different worlds. Would be cool to do a trip to the source of the river in Qinghai (also Yangtze and others). 4900km / 12 longest river in the world.
Route notes: if you have an extra few days then would have been nicer to start in Chiang Mai, go past Thailands highest mountain, then Mae Hong Son loop following the Burma border to here. Should be some fun cycling and lots to see and do.