Day 09: Nakhon Si Thammarat to Singhanakon

It’s funny, we keep making the same sort of mistake. Riding all day just to the end of the afternoon and then reach the destination only to find that place doesn’t have a cheapo hotel or ‘love shack’ to sleep in, so we must ride on to the next town.

But it’s cool, we haven’t had to crash out by the side of the road yet.

Terrific day of pedalling, got quite a fair distance covered. I think around 165km or so. The rest yesterday seems to have paid off and perhaps we are slowly getting used to riding. I say we, but I really mean me. I think Nicholas could do 200km a day easily.

Cows. Lots of cows. Lots of baby cows. Lots of different cows. Pretty much since Cha-am we’ve been riding past so many cows. Down this part of Thailand people seem to really love their cows and treat them like family.

We met some Police outside Hua Sai who were doing routine checks on passing vehicles – apparently there is a big ASEAN conference happening in Phuket. The Police were great, told us not to worry about any danger where we are going – just don’t go to the 3 provinces in the south east. They filled us up on water, coffee and redbull – cheers guys!

Something I haven’t seen in Thailand before – Wind Turbines!

The middle of the day was pretty hot, at least 35C i think. The riding was comfortable but with the ocean so close to the road it would have been a waste not to jump in. We ended up going for a swim at a beach that was part of a Wat.

We’ve done nearly 1000km so far and the bikes are making noises that need some attention. A local bike shop owner was kind enough to lube the chains on a bikes, for free. Made a huge differece, now we are back to being in stealth mode.

We stopped by Maharat Beach but it didn’t seem to have any place to stay so we rode on to Muang Ngam. This place is meant to be pretty well known, but it doesn’t really show it.
We got a bite to eat at a small store near the sea and realised the whole place was buzzing with thousands of flies! The restaurant owner packed us up with a large fan to try blow the flies away but they were just to strong and ended up eating most of Nick’s lunch.

20km or so later we found a ‘love shack’ style place at Singhanakon for 200baht – ended up being a reasonable place after a few beers.

Total km: 165+ km

Day 08: chllin in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Aghh the pain, the pain!

Well not really, but we definitely needed a day to do as little as possible.

Nakhon Si is a cool town, the folks are really friendly and make you feel very welcome with all the smiles going back and forth. The town looks great in the afternoon as the sun sets and silhouettes the mountains to the east.

Nick said that as you get further south from Bangkok the Thai accent changes a fair amount, and people speak faster and with less words. The joke is that Southerners can have a conversation from 2 passing trains.

Nick was after some roti and curry for lunch so we ventured out of the Thai Hotel for a hunt. Turns out the roti and curries begin to be sold late in the afternoon after 6pm or so.

Stuck in the heat with not a whole lot of brain power between the 2 of us we ducked into “the Ocean” shopping mall and got a box of donuts.

Night rolled around and it was time for roti.

Yes, all we do is eat it seems.

I had a great massage yesterday and a decent sleep so I think I’ll be fresh for the ride south to Hua Sai tomorrow. Possibly the best massage I have ever had, and for 200 baht for 2 hours!

Total km: 0