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There is a first time for everything they say, including a first time to leave Europe, to visit Asia, to fly with a bicycle, to ride a bike in the tropics, and to ride on the left side of the road. You can expect an adventure when you combine all these first times in a single travel experience.
In October 1994 we got on a plane to Chiang Mai (Thailand) with a stopover in Bangkok. About halfway (?) our flight we landed in New Delhi to take in food, fuel and new passengers at what was way past our normal bedtime. The landing went smoothly but immediately after this, the plane was disinfected. In reaction to the questions of the remaining passengers the crew smiled and told us it was not harmful, and that it had to be done because new passengers would be entering the plane that came from a Plague infected area (!). After the entry of these new passengers with their new habits, sounds and smells we took off and a new diner was served (again).

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We helped our neighbour with his visa (he could speak English but could not read or write it, so to our pointing where his name should go he wrote his name down in Sanskrit. It became quite a funny entry form.
On arrival in Bangkok we had to wait for two hours but everything went smoothly afterwards. When we finally landed in Chiang Mai we were quite exhausted, due to the time difference, the new impressions and the heat, but mostly because missed a good night sleep. In the afternoon we went for a first mini bike tour across town.

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