Travelogue Thailand, Bangkok 2018
It is January 2021 and we are still missing the lifestyle associated with our chosen way of life. No Runs, no Nighters, no Racing and sometimes it feels like no nothing than Covid. So, the other day we were discussing in the Skype lunchtime meeting the subject of our business travels.
We did a lot and most ended up being sweaty and covered in dust and grease or over tired on some motorways with a hangover on our way back.
One of the ultimate highlights of all Scooter Center travels has been the one to Bangkok in 2018. We had the plan to visit the dealers over there and get a better feeling for the scene in Thailand. We are in general very far from being hypercritical and see the positive things rather than negative things. A lot of the complaining in the western hemisphere is not very objective and the usual prejudice when it comes to Asia is –let us face it- copycats.
Buddy Seat Lambretta Garage
We were really looking forward to see what would be waiting for us. Our first stop after we landed was visiting Buddy seat Lambretta Garage. A fantastic place with frame and fork jigs and an unbelievable level of artisanship. Starry-eyed as we are, we simply tried to find the place ourselves. The try was without any success and we had to ask a Taxi driver to call the shop to find it. As things were not easy, the shop owner itself came to guide us. And hey presto, we are in town less than two hours and are escorted by a Lambretta TV 200 to the shop. Not a too bad start for the seven-day business trip. The language barrier was sadly there, but the gestures between some Lambretta nuts worked well and we made the conversation this way.
Lambretta Thailand Café
As we do not want to bore you to death with every single detail, we make it short. Our second stop was the Lambretta Thailand Café that hosts as well the Lambretta Thailand Shop of our good friend Toon, he speaks perfect English and took care of us for the rest of our stay in BKK. He really made the business trip to the perfect holiday at least for Philipp. Maybe even Ulf.
Delivering scooter parts in Bangkok with Lambretta TV 175 and Vespa GTS
Beside our daytime entertainment in visiting dealers, Toon showed us all the cool places.
The places he brought us to deeply impressed us and showed at the same time how passionate and obsessed the folks over there are with anything Vespa and Lambretta.
The collectors we have visited are really a class of their own and bounded to their scooters and their pristine original conditions. Have a look at the funky accessories.
Ratchada Night Market
Another big highlight and a place where we could have stayed for eternity is the Ratchada Night market. A place with a few small Lambretta shops, lots of Vintage car shops, vintage stuff and clothing. Cafes, Bars, amongst others an old American fuel station (demounted in the States, brought over and re-assembled) and loads of other bits to see, eat and drink.
GO TO SCOOTER Meeting in Bangkok
Also the place where the GO TO SCOOTER Runs take place and that is our ultimate dream for the post Corona time to be there. Check it out on Youtube:
Here you can find all the pictures of the trip.
Big Daddy Motoclub
Lambretta and Vespa dealers
Buddy Seat Lambretta Garage