Joined March 2016
  • Day15

    Last day in Bangkok

    January 31 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    A morning guided tour of the royal palace and several temples including a huge reclining Buddha.

    Then a lumpy boat ride along the river ending up at-a floating buffet restaurant for lunch.

    The afternoon we spent having a guided tour of the heritage museum of Banglamphu. We learned there how to show our respects, Buddhist style. Last meal together this evening.Read more

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  • Day14

    Back to Bangkok

    January 30 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Early start to get the Smiling Fish bus to Trang airport. Tense moments checking in the bicycles which were all over the weight allowance of 20kg but were boarded without penalty in the end. My bike box quite knocked about now, needing running repairs before the final journey on Saturday.

    Exploring Bangkok using express river boat and Sky Train - just for the he’ll of it.

    The number of people wearing mouth/ nose masks has risen dramatically due to fears of the corona virus. Hand cleaning available at stations and shops and body temperatures are being monitored.
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  • Day14

    Last day in Trang

    January 30 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    Train to Kantang in the morning. 5 baht in 3rd class (12,5 pence). School parties on board for the return journey.

    Taxi to botanical gardens pm. Free entry Had to enlist the help of two girls in the cafe to get a taxi to collect us for the return. Very hot. Rain shower in the evening.Read more

  • Day12

    Back to Trang

    January 28 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    Swim in the sea before breakfast.

    Longtail boats back to mainland, seven per boat.

    A long, hot ride back to Trang, mainly in the cycle lane of busy roads. The vegetarians stick together and lunched at Green House cafe. Salads and cheese on toast making a welcome change from Thai cooking (nice though it is).Read more

  • Day11

    Koh Sukorn all day

    January 27 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Enforced relaxation on the island.

    A cycle tour round didn’t take long but was interesting : seeing fishing, crab and rubber processing, rice drying.

    Kayak play and sea swimming (twice).

    Our chalet is under a tree whose fruit the hermit crabs love.Read more

  • Day10

    Koh Sukorn

    January 26 in Thailand ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    A hot 37 mile ride to Tassae Cape where we grabbed a 40 baht / £1 stir fry. Then it was hiring three longtail boats to take us, our bikes and luggage the mile to Koh Sukorn.

    Koh Sukorn is an agricultural island with a sideline in tourism. We are booked into beachside villas on the west of the island.

    Crab spotting on a star-lit beach before bedtime.
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  • Day9

    Trang trip out

    January 25 in Thailand ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    8:30 start for a cycle out to waterfalls at the foot of some mountains, via lots of temples. We were happy in the slow group, the faster riders clocking 65 miles in the heat.

    Regular stops to keep hydrated - Sprite and chilled coffee.

    Special lunch for vegetarians (pricey at £3.75 a head).

    Evening spent away from the group allowing us to spend time at a big outdoor celebration - Thailand’s Got Junior Talent show included.
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  • Day8

    Cycling back to Trang

    January 24 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Ferry takes us back to mainland to collect bikes which have been lightly locked at tourist information. Nothing missing.

    Rest of day spent cycling back via Kantang / Kalantang. Here the group spilt between the vegetarians and the rest. Excellent vegetarian lunch plus coconut water for 50 baht / £1.25.

    Very hot.

    Evening meal in bar 1952 and a walk round the night market.
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  • Day7

    Koh Ngai 2

    January 23 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Early breakfast, choppy kayaking then off on a “longtail “ boat trip to neighbouring islands.

    Two sessions of snorkelling and a swim in the dark through Emerald Cave to a hidden beach.

    Spotted hornbills and a metre long lizard this afternoon.Read more

  • Day6

    Koh Ngai island

    January 22 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Another sunny day in paradise...

    8:30 scheduled start (we are always delayed by 15 mins because someone has lost something). A 25 mile cycle on big roads to Pak Meng pier, then a passenger ferry to Koh Ngai.

    Bikes have been left on the mainland, lightly locked.

    Bit of rugged coastal walking, but if swimming until the jellyfish stung.
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