Thailand 2008
Hong Kong 08
Margaret & Sheps trip continues
Skababs 09
AFTER SPENDING A FEW DAYS IN HONGKONG WE FLEW TO THE PARADISE ISLAND OF KO-SAMUI IN SOUTHERN THAILAND. ME, MARGARET, PHIL & SHELL STEWART, OUR SCOOTERING FRIENDS FREOM NEWCASTLE.
WE PLANNED TO STAY FOR 10 DAYS THEN GO TO BANGKOK FOR A FEW DAYS BEFORE GOING HOME. IN KO-SAMUI THERE WERE NO TRADITIONAL SCOOTERS AROUND. LOADS OF PLASTIC JAPANESE MOPEDS WITH BIG WHEELS, EXCEPT FOR AT KO-SAMUI SCOOTER BAR WHERE JERRY FROM ESSEX HAD A NICE WEE COLLECTION OF VINTAGE VESPAS AND LOTS OF SCOOTER MEMORABILIA DECORATING HIS BAR WHICH WAS JUST ROUND THE CORNER FROM THE SKA-BAR.
AFTER 4 DAYS IN KO-SAMUI THE MONSOON SEASON CAME A FEW WEEKS EARLY SO WE DECIDED TO PACK UP AND GO ELSEWHERE. AFTER SOME ADVICE FROM OTHER TRAVELLERS WE GOT A FLIGHT TO CHIANG MAI, THAILANDS SECOND LARGEST CITY IN THE NORTH NEAR THE BORDERS OF BURMA & LAOS.
CHIANG MAI IS A BEAUTIFUL CITY SURROUNDED BY JUNGLE & MOUNTAINS WITH A VERY WARM (NOT TOO HOT) CLIMATE. BETTER STILL THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF CLASSIC VESPAS AND THE ODD LAMBRETTA BEING USED AS DAILY TRANSPORT BY THE LOCALS. THESE SCOOTERS HAVE BEEN IN CHIANG MAI SINCE THE 50’S & 60’S. AFTER SPEAKING TO THE LOCALS AND SOME GOOD DETECTIVE WORK WE FOUND A BACK STREET VESPA WORKSHOP, ALSO A NICE VESPA SHOP SELLING SCOOTERS & PARTS WHICH WAS OK BUT ME & PHIL ARE LAMBRETTA MEN AND THERE WAS THE ODD LAMBRETTA AROUND SO WE KNEW THERE HAD TO BE A LAMBRETTA GARAGE.
ON OUR LAST DAY MARGARET & SHELL WENT TO A HEALTH SPA FOR SOME TREATMENTS ………..SO ME & PHIL WENT LOOKING FOR THE LAMBRETTA SHOP. MOST MEN GO TO THAILAND TO GO WITH LADY-BOYS & WEE BOYS N GIRLS JUST LIKE GARY GLITTER BUT NOT US WENT LOOKING FOR LAMBRETTAS. EVEN THE PERVERTS THOUGHT WE WERE PERVERTS. WE JUMPED IN A TUK-TUK GIVING THE DRIVER VAGUE DIRECTIONS, WE DROVE AROUND FOR AN HOUR OR SO READY TO HEAD BACK TO THE HOTEL WHEN WE SPOTTED A LAMBERETTA TV175
SERIES 111 AT THE SIDE OF THE ROAD OUTSIDE WHAT LOOKED LIKE AN OLD SHACK SO WE STOPPED AND SPOKE TO THE OLD GUY OUTSIDE BUT HE COULDN’T SPEAK ENGLISH AND DIDN’T UNDERSTAND US UNTIL I SHOWED HIM THE PHOTOS OF MY LAMBRETTAS IN MY WALLET. HIS EYES LIT UP AND HE INVITED US INTO HIS WORKSHOP WHICH HAD AT LEAST 20 LAMBRETTAS INSIDE, LOTS OF PARTS, ENGINES ETC. AND THE ODD VESPA.
Owner of Lambretta workshop Chaing Mai
 
       
THE DRIVER OF THE TUK-TUK HAD A COUPLE OF BEERS (FOR THE ROAD) WHILE WE HAD A RAKE AROUND THE WORKSHOP, PART OF WHICH WAS THE OLD GUYS LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN. THE GUYS SON TURNED UP ON ANOTHER TV175 SERIES 111. HE COULD SPEAK ENGLISH AND TOLD US HIS PLACE WAS THE MEETING PLACE FOR LOCAL LAMBRETTA OWNERS SOMETIMES WITH AS MUCH AS 20 LAMBRETTAS PARKED OUTSIDE.

WE SAID OUR GOODBYES AND HEADED BACK TO THE HOTEL PAST THE BROTHELS & BARS WHERE THE OTHER TYPE OF PERVERTS HANG ABOUT.THE NEXT DAY WE FLEW TO BANGKOK FOR A FEW DAYS. BANGKOK HAD A FEW CLASSIC SCOOTERS DRIVING ABOUT AS WELL BUT NOT ON THE SAME SCALE AS CHIANG MAI.
WE GOT SPEAKING TO A LOCAL ON A LAMBRETTA ON THE FAMOUS KAOSAN BACKPACKERS ROAD. HE INVITED US TO A SCCOTER NIGHT COME PARTS FARE ON THE OTHE SIDE OF BANGKOK BUT WE DECLINED AS WE HAD A 12 HOUR FLIGHT IN THE MORNING.
12 HOUR FLIGHT?????????? IT WAS JUST LIKE SITTING ON A SCOOTER TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT. SORE ON THE ARSE.


CHEERS, SHEP


         
     
 
Shep in his element, Lambretta workshop Chaing Mai
 
Phil in his element too
 
     
 
Lambretta workshop Chaing Mai
 
Jom Vespa, Chaing Mai
 
     
 
Jom Vespa
 
Vespa Workshop, Chiang Mai
 
     
 
Vespa Workshop, Chiang Mai
 
Tuk Tuk
 
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