Day 285. 132km. Hat Bang Bird – Sawi

Posted: January 7, 2016 in Cycling, Thailand
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I planned the cycle trip route before I left Eindhoven– in more detail at the beginning, and less at the end. Regularly en route the plan has changed – sometimes just by a little bit affecting a day or two, and sometimes by a lot, affecting months of cycling. I had been planning to cross to the western coast of Thailand soon. Today I met two groups of cyclists, and that all changed.

A french cyclist with some great tips.

A french cyclist with some great tips.

The west coast has only the main (busy) road, whereas the east coast is beautiful. I now have a new itinerary and several islands I need to visit. Being flexible is the name of the game. Koh Yao Noi, Koh Lanta and Koh Rok – here I come. (Although Koh Rok was on the agenda already.)

The road again followed the coast for a while. The scout/girl guide camp left a bit of rubbish on the beach.

The girl guides and scouts were naughty

The girl guides and scouts were naughty

There were some views,

View from the temple

View from the temple

and some back roads (meaning I could avoid the freeway-like main road entirely).

And just before my destination I was changing batteries on my phone when a woman pulled up on her bike, took out her phone, and took multiple selfies with me. She then followed me wherever I went, videoing me cycling behind her with her phone. It felt like in China.

I'm famous

I’m famous

I lost her in the town. She meant well, but I just wanted to be alone. ☺

Back road

Back road

  1. The last days you are cycling above above your average kms. It sounds like Singapore works like a magnete to you 🙂

  2. Matthew, day by day you make me more and more hunger for my (little) bike trip Laos-Thailand. Let 20 february be soon there.

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Maybe the locals think you are Lance Armstrong – haha. 🙂
    When I backpacked through S.America, I laid an itinerary, too, which changed with the recommendations of fellow travelers. As well, 3 months turned into nearly 6! What a rich experience flexibility can provide.

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