Month: Oct 2018

Week 7: The Road to Chiang Mai

Week 7: The Road to Chiang Mai

Day 43: Hua Hin to Phetchaburi

So we have decided not to head into Bangkok. We are happiest in rural spaces, away from the manic hustle and bustle of big city traffic and more expensive meals. We like the smaller cities and towns for their vibrancy and life, but mega-cities are not our thing. We were planning to go to Bangkok for no other reason than it’s the capital and a ‘must-see’ on the tourist guides. But we’re not really tourists, we’re bicycle travellers and we have come to realise that we would much rather spend the extra days we’ll save by not going to Bangkok up in northern Thailand, hugging the Thailand/Myanmar border, experiencing the ultra-rural life in the highlands. It’s such a feeling of liberation carving our own unique route and not just heading to the places the guidebooks tell you to go.  Continue reading →

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Week 6: Onwards to Bangkok?

Week 6: Onwards to Bangkok?

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Day 36: Chumpon to Ban Fang Daeng

After staying in the cheapest hotel we could find in Chumpon, we were happy to get on the road that morning. As we left the bustling town, we were on the lookout for somewhere for breakfast: we found the perfect place. A restaurant boasting ‘Traditional Thai Cuisine: A la Carte menu at reasonable prices’. We were a tad greedy! Ordering traditional chicken pad thai and roti with egg and banana (plus an iced coffee for me). Indulgent or what! But it filled our bellies and gave us loads of energy for the day of cycling ahead. It also made us incredibly happy as it was all so delicious! We both feel that eating the local food is one of the best ways to embrace and interact with the local culture. 

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Week 5: East Coast of Southern Thailand

Week 5: East Coast of Southern Thailand

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Day 29: Nakhon Si Thammarat to Sichon

Today has definitely been the prettiest day of the whole trip so far. It was a real reflection of what I had imagined cycling in Thailand would be like before we left the UK to begin this adventure. We cycled out of Nakhon Si Thammarat, which seemed to be a nice city. Colourful lanterns stretched above our heads as we cycled away from the hustle and bustle and into an army base, of all places. Although there were guards on the entrance, it was clear to see that all vehicles and bikes were being allowed through. It was beautifully kept, with exquisite portraits of the Thai King adorning the gates to each building within the compound.  Continue reading →

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Week 4: First week in Thailand

Week 4: First week in Thailand

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Day 21: Kangar (Malaysia) to Satun (Thailand) 

After a restful nights sleep and a hearty breakfast of three banana sandwiches: one with jam, one with nutella and one with kaya (kaya is a delicious, Malaysian jam made with coconut, eggs and caramel), we were ready for our 77km day, including crossing into Thailand! We left at 0900; the heat and humidity of the day not quite at its peak just yet. Continue reading →

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Week 3 – Continuing up the West Coast of Malaysia

Week 3 – Continuing up the West Coast of Malaysia

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Day 15: Taiping to Georgetown, Penang Island

We really enjoyed our time in Taiping. The fact that our hostel, ‘Sojourn Beds & Cafe’ was so comfortable and clean with lovely hosts, meant that we were almost reluctant to leave. Continue reading →

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