Goodbye Thailand Hello Malaysia, (Langkawi) Tuesday 15th January

Today is the last day in Thailand, we are really sad to be going but it is time to move on. Thailand has been a fabulous country to visit and a brilliant place to cycle, we recommend it to anyone, please visit. The people are friendly, you will always hear a shout of hello and see a smiling face. You can have the madness that is Bangkok and the beauty and quiet that exists just off every main road. Goodbye.

A view of Malaysia

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Satun very close to Malaysia now Sunday 13th January

Today should have been cycling mainly away from the main road but it didn’t turn out that way. It started very well, a lovely traffic free (well apart from the scooters) minor road. Then the route so meticulously planned last night took us up a red clay track which after the rain did not look inviting so we detoured around this only to go onto another track and worse still the next road just did not exist!

A good track surface

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La Ngu getting closer to Malaysia Saturday 12th January

Last night was a very comfortable night, we could have easily stopped in bed a lot longer. This is unusual in Thailand as the majority of beds are very hard with a huge pillow so you head feels like it is 45 degrees to your body.

We started by following a small road out of town before a short stretch on the main road. Again the side roads proved to be virtually traffic free.

Through the plantations and up to the hills

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Ban Thung Yao peaceful cycling Friday 11th January

The route today was a little longer but mostly on small roads so we started out looking forward to todays cycle.

There was a short stretch on the main road but we quickly turned off this onto side roads. The side roads were very quiet to traffic free and had the usual mix of tarmac, potholed tarmac, concrete, potholed concrete and dirt (with everything).

Banana tree lined road

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Sikao Wednesday 9th January

We didn’t rush out today but still left at 9:00 am. Today’s route was similar to yesterday, almost 50 km on different types of road.

The first section followed Route 4, even though it is a dual carriageway we did not see very much traffic at all and in common with our visits to the 4 previously there is a shoulder wide enough to drive a car along.

Turning off the main road it was almost immediately traffic free, it went from a tarmac surface to concrete slabs to dirt track before returning to the 4 for a last short visit today.

View out into a palm plantation

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Khlong Phon Tuesday 8th January

Three quarters of the route today (that is 33 km) reverses how we got on to the island of koh Lanta.

Before we went anywhere a repair was needed as Janet had another flat tyre!

Eventually it was up and over the bridge then a climb up and coast down to the ferry. At the ferry there is a separate queue and ticket office for scooters, pedestrians and cyclists. 50 Baht later we waited 10 minutes for all the cars to get on then us and some scooters.

A last view of where we stopped

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Koh Lanta a cycle around the island Monday 7th January

We had planned to cycle down to Old Town Lanta stop there for a night and get some sort of ferry across to the mainland from there. All the best laid plans …. in fact we started off the day by walking down to the pier area and asking about a ferry to the mainland, there is only a small speedboat which cannot take bicycles going eventually to the mainland. That nice bridge brought the demise of a number of ferry routes as it is now easier to drive.

Our only view of the sea from the West side of Koh Lanta

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It’s all about Pabuk Friday 4th January

In case you had not heard, Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall in Nakhon Si Thammarat just after lunch today. It is moving Northwest across southern Thailand causing widespread destruction.

We are south of this area and across towards the west coast so have have persistent rain all day with moderate winds.

Today was spent watching the rain live from inside our room and watching the Thai news on TV.

Having cycled down a lot of the east coast last month, you can see from our pictures most of the ocean front restaurants and businesses are a simple wood / bamboo construction, unlikely to survive the storm conditions.

We can only hope everyone stays safe over the next 48 hours.

Only one picture today, the dog who lives here by the hotel desperately wanting to come into our room.

Khlong Thom, still here Thursday 3rd January

After looking at the path of the tropical storm Pabuk we have decided to wait here a couple of days. We are likely to be on the edge of it here when it makes landfall so will only get the torrential rain and strong winds.

Areas in its path are being evacuated with sea surges of 7 metres expected on the west coast. It has been 30 years since the last storm like this hit Thailand. Everywhere is closing down on the coast.

We will be watching it rain from the comfort of our room.

Main street Khlong Thom

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