The bike only has one speed, so Mindy’s grateful that Chiang Mai is a completely flat city. As you can see from the photos, there’s a front basket (will likely be dubbed the mango basket, to reflect its frequent contents) and a passenger seat, which surprisingly works quite well!
It’s taken just about 3 months, but Mindy finally feels comfortable enough to ride a bike in Chiang Mai. For those who are unaware, traffic in Thailand is on the left side of the road. So, despite her confidence in riding a bike, riding one on the “wrong” side of the road is where things were scary for Mindy previously.
In general, drivers and motorcyclists share the road patiently and all vehicles are given just enough space. Even though the drivers are courteous, a helmet was definitely a mandatory purchase!
Of course, Mindy has promised to ride safely, so you don’t have to worry. Cyclists actually seem to get more respect on the roads than pedestrians, so when we walk we’ll have to be more careful.
Who knows? Maybe after a few months of cycling, a moped might not be such a far-fetched idea…
Stay tuned for more tales of our adventures (and other, not so adventurous happenings)!
Lots of love,
Ligeia and Mindy 🙂 🙂