Van – Asia – Iain Baxter
Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand
We are a Thai-British couple living in Chiang Mai, Thailand, along with my British mum. I am an Anglican priest and my partner is a French, English, and Thai teacher.
We use the campervan for travelling around the mountains of northern Thailand and the beaches and islands of the south.
We are looking to tour the UK and France in June 2024! We can do a non-simultaneous swap.
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Our campervan, "The Elephant", is a 2016 MG Maxus. It is right-wheel drive (we drive on the left in Thailand) and has a five-speed manual gear box. Three people can sit in the front. I bought it as a minibus and had it converted here in Thailand. It has a microwave, full-size fridge, and house air-conditioner, powered by 480W of solar panels and a 300Ah battery. There are plenty of European-type 220V sockets and USB outlets.
There is a sink in the kitchen area and a shower and chemical toilet with its own cubical. In the back there are two bench seats providing storage and housing a 70L fresh water tank. There is only cold water in the van - Thailand is a hot country - but you can heat water in the microwave if you need to. A 1.2m long table can be set up between the benches, or connected to the side or back of the van.
For sleeping the back can be configured as two beds of 185 cm x 60 cm, or as one king-size bed of 185 cm x 175cm.
The ceiling height is 170cm which is about the tallest van you can get in Thailand!
There is a large wind-out awning on the side and two folding chairs for the table and two low chairs for relaxing.
If you want to explore Chiang Mai, you can park the van in my garden with free electric hook-up and water, and private hot shower. There is also a little house in the mountains near Chiang Mai where you can park for free and use the shower and toilet.