We had cycled out of Bangkok once in the past and did not have to think twice to decide, that we do not want to leave the capital of Thailand on our bikes. Instead, we took a train, and after 4 hours we stepped off 20km North of the place that we had reached before – Chumpon. We were heading South, and advised by our friends, we turned towards the West coast.
As soon a we reached the sea, we realized, how much we had been missing the sound of the roaring waves and the smell of salty water. We could not resist the temptation of riding on sand, but our tires were too narrow to fully enjoy it. (One day we will definitely buy fat bikes and cycle beaches and deserts all over the world!)
Life on the Thai coast (as well as on the islands) is much slower than in Bangkok. People seem to enjoy nature a bit more, and take advantage of whatever gifts the sea has to offer.
As always in Thailand, we could count on the hospitality of Buddhist monks, that always shared their fans with us. Without them, sleeping in the tropics can easily turn into a sweaty nightmare.
Heading South we could spot quite a lot of monkeys. In Thailand they are sometimes kept as coconut harvesters or as pets.
Great thing about cycling in Thailand is that one does not have to think much about finding safe drinking water. Water dispensers are everywhere, and we even found one that collects rainwater and dispenses it to the thirsty locals (and cyclists, of course).
If you followed our story for a while, you might remember, that we almost managed to cycled into Myanmar at the end of our stay in India. Well, we were very close to Myanmar once again, while passing through Kra Isthmus – the narrowest part of the Malay Peninsula.
We sad “goodbye” to Myanmar trees on the other side of murky river and cycled South.