Jackfruit are strange, strange fruit. They're all over Asia, growing right near the trunk of the tree, rather than at the end of the branches like most fruit. FYI – they don't taste bad, but are no mango!
The Thai food is some of the best in the world! Here's why: it's of a very high standard, you can literally expect every roadside stall or restaurant to whip up something amazing; it's incredibly tasty… wow; and, it's the cheapest food in all of SE Asia ($1-2 per plate)! We're in love!
We're currently staying with Matt and Haley in Northern Thailand, who work on an aquaponics farm. They contacted us a few weeks ago via Facebook to offer us a place in their apartment! They're on their own crazy adventure, having started in Indonesia and riding towards Europe. Check out their beautiful website: http://modernpracticality.com/
Different regions in Thailand have different mascots/statues. This photo is from a region in the north which had hundreds of these scary guys, and yesterday we were greeted with crocodiles in funny clothes!
We almost fell off our bike yesterday when we found this 150-200cm long Monitor Lizard watching us go past. Alee was sure it was a statue until it turned it's head to look at us! It turns out they're the 2nd biggest lizards in the world and are not as uncommon as we thought – there's even a population of thousands in Bangkok city.
Elephants are truly majestic creatures, but, more than that, they are social, loyal, playful, curious and wild. In South East Asia we are deeply saddened to see elephants of all ages, sizes and family groups held prisoner and working – carrying humans on their backs as their feet suffer on the concrete. We hope some day humans stop this selfish mistreatment of animals.
We broke our bikes most expensive component! Our Rohloff has completed over 30,000km now. This shouldn't happen, but we believe the cause was from the time our wheel was built incorrectly in Iran. Rohloff have generously sent us a replacement part and an amazing bikeshop in Bangkok is putting everything back together! Thanks Rohloff and Bok Bok Bike!
We've been generously gifted a hotel room for our entire stay in Bangkok, thanks to a friend of a friend! The room WAS lovely and clean until our pannier bags somehow exploded everywhere… the things we do when we have a bit of space!
This is a big shout out to Bright and Tay, who made our radtastic time in Bangkok what it was! They've helped us understand the people and politics of Thailand, showed us 'round and generally made us feel safe during the military coup (as a tourist, there isn't too much to worry about if you stay out of certain areas). Thanks guys!
Bok Bok Bike in Bangkok is the best touring shop in Asia! If you find yourself here, make sure to drop in and say hi. They do custom builds with Co-Motion Cycles, Thorn, Tout Terrain, Surly and Velo Orange frames, and stock Rohloff, Gates Carbon Drive, Schwalbe, Tubus, Ortlieb and more.