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.
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.
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.
After checking ferries and where they go to and depart from, our choice ended up as the 3:30 pm large speedboat from Tha Manok pier to Nopparat Thara pier Ao Nang.
Today was a very short cycling day, in fact we went further on the Longboat crossing between islands than we cycled.
Hello Boxing Day and despite saying we would have a slow relaxed start we were still out just before 9:00 am. As our carried luggage is now a little lighter after sending some things back home, what do you do? You think about buying some more things. We had been thinking about a wireless speaker so we can listen to the radio only there is no TV channel to watch in any of the resorts or hotels we have stopped in (probably as they are always the cheap ones!) But the shop was closed, thwarted once more, we continued to the pier.
It was a lot warmer last night, no risk of frost.
Today was easy cycling, around 15 km to Fukuda Port on Shodoshima Island the a ferry to Himeji and a 6 km cycle to our hotel.
No frost last night but still cold, you have to say a warm sleeping bag is worth its weight in gold.
Happy Thanksgiving here in Japan, a national holiday today. There was still a lot of people at work though.
It was quite chilly last night but the promised sun did make an early morning appearance.
More bridges and more islands was the order for the day. First though it was dry off the tent as from around 1.00 am until 8.00 am it poured with rain, the first sustained rain our little tent had been in and there were a couple of drips it looks like some water is seeping through a seam. A warm dry day and that can be fixed but it isn’t an issue.