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  • sayadian

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    Simple question.
    does anyone know where I can hire a motorbike in Ubon?
    Thanks.

    #1 Posted: 24/10/2012 - 09:05

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  • MADMAC

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    Sorry hombre, no idea. Not my neck of the woods.

    #2 Posted: 24/10/2012 - 12:30

  • exacto

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    sayadian,

    What do you think about this info from the Getting Around section for Ubon:

    As for navigating around the interior of the province, it's best done with private transport. Consider renting a motorbike or car which will help you travel both around and outside of town. Chow Wattana (269 Suriyat Road T: (045) 241 906) has an airport stand and shop that rents cars or motorcycles with varied rates and Jay-Jay Car & Motorcycle (137 Nakhonban Rd (089) 255 839 http://jayjaycarandmotorcyclehire.webs.com) is another reliable choice, renting cars for 1,000 baht or motorbikes for 130 baht a day. Private drivers can also be arranged through several hotels. We recommend Mr Tim (086) 260 5693[img]data:image/png;base64,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[/img] who will charge around 1,500 baht for the entire day of driving you to all the parks at your leisure.

    #3 Posted: 24/10/2012 - 15:21

  • neosho

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    Sayadian.....Jay-Jay's isn't bad. The guys British. The busses aren't bad but you kind of have to know where you're going. They charge 10 baht. The tuks are a ripoff. Go to the Wrong Way Cafe. Local expats there. Not very busy though. There's a guesthouse in back for 350 a night and just down the street is the Padaeng Mansion for 500. That's a beautiful place. Art repoductions in all the hallways. Free coffee in the morning.

    #4 Posted: 24/10/2012 - 19:39

  • sayadian

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    Thanks everyone. I'll note those numbers.
    Neosho
    I appreciate your advice, it makes sense but I know Ubon pretty well but have never hired a motorbike there. Usually I have borrowed one in the village off one of the family. It's amazing what you get for a bottle of duty free scotch. Got a place up near Ban Koon on the road to Amnoet Charoen so we won't need a guesthouse. I plan on going up to Ubon on the train but have a deal with AirAsia to fly back to Bangkok. Rather than roust someone up early planned on taking the bike back to the shop just before the flight. It's going to be a culture shock for me now as I'm told everyone has inside toilets, cable and they've tarmaced the road. This is not the Isan I remember. Last time I stayed a night in Ubon it was in the Tokyo hotel-not bad. Better get used to super strength somtam :-)

    #5 Posted: 25/10/2012 - 02:54

  • neosho

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    You better get prepared for the traffic in Ubon now also. The Tokyo is pretty good but just prefer the Padaeng. We live south and east of the city and go in sometimes to get away from the shop. There's a couple of more farang places but I would just have to show you how to get there for those. I haven't figured out their plan for the roads here. They will pave or concrete for a 100 meters then skip 1 or 200 and do some more. Give me a holler when you're coming and I'll plan on a meet for a drink if you want.

    #6 Posted: 25/10/2012 - 19:21

  • sayadian

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    OK Neosho. Actually I have been in Ubon quite frequently. Last time was a year ago. It's just that I haven't found the time to laze in a hammock in the village. Daughter's not living there now so no real reason to return. It's only the old people left. I've been persuaded to visit. They're making me feel guilty. Going to have to drink all night with the locals.Hard life eh? ;-)

    #7 Posted: 26/10/2012 - 03:32

  • MADMAC

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    Sayadian is your place somewhere around Ban 30? I have to go through there when on my way to Ubon from Muk.

    #8 Posted: 26/10/2012 - 04:46

  • sayadian

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    Yes it's on route 212. Coming from Amnoet Charoen just before Muang Sam Sip
    (I presume that's the place you mean) you hang a right at Ban Nong Koon. and the village is Ban Non Rang Noi. About 5 minutes drive from Ban Nong Koon.
    Of course coming from Ubon you'd pass Muang Sam Sip and hang a left at Ban Nong Koon.

    #9 Posted: 26/10/2012 - 07:33

  • MADMAC

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    Muang Samsip - that's it. I like that little town. Don't know why. You're about two hours from me - give or take. I teach sometimes in Luang Nok Tha.

    #10 Posted: 26/10/2012 - 08:43

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  • sayadian

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    Where abouts is Luang Nok Tha? Is it on route 212?
    Just found it. Just north of Amnat Charoen

    #11 Posted: 26/10/2012 - 12:48

  • MADMAC

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    That's it. The kids are fun to teach there. It's in a village probably not unlike yours. About 10 klicks from the highway. Beautiful old school building with wood floors and big French doors. I love the place. Kids have a good teacher (who brought me in to help) and they actually speak English with some competence. They're all 9-10 years old.

    #12 Posted: 26/10/2012 - 23:18

  • sayadian

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    That's great Madmac. Keep up the good work.

    #13 Posted: 27/10/2012 - 02:40

  • MADMAC

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    Got to try and give back to the community where you can. Know what I mean? So I teach dance, I train fighters and I teach some English. All for free. But Sayadian, life's been good to me, so doing it for free is quid pro quo for my Karma.

    When your back near Muang Samsip let me know and I'll ride out there. We can have a beer together.

    #14 Posted: 27/10/2012 - 05:41

  • sayadian

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    Thanks mate. Will be there after Xmas. Let you know

    #15 Posted: 27/10/2012 - 06:52

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