Departed Chantaburi after a great 2 night stay and after a few navigation issues we got ourselves on the right road to make our way to Klaeng. We decided to take an alternate route to the highway to avoid the hectic traffic but had no idea what sort of road this would take us on. 12km into the journey at 9am we couldn’t believe it when we saw a rugby match taking place. Decided to do a UE and check it out, not expecting to stumble across the Thailand National Senior Championships. We became instant celebrities once we told them we were from NZ, and All Blacks country.
We pulled up a chair and watched 30mins of the game several of them came over for a chat…….and selfies! We found out Thailand have international tests against China/Taipei and India coming up soon so this was also National team selection.
It was time to get pedalling again after that super cool experience.
We then had possibly our best day of riding in Thailand. Road was amazing
Most of the trip we were going through the most incredible plantations of bananas, durian and other tropical fruit and the odd fish farm as well as rubber plantations. We were riding with the butterflies and Dragonflies. Stalls were everywhere selling their produce.
After 60km we had to get back on the highway and it was full on but out of nowhere look what we find in the town of Klaeng! Timing was perfect as it was scorching and aircon was bliss.
Then 73km we rock into our guesthouse called “Kevin Resort”. We had prebooked here for 2 nights as it is the weekend. Being close to Bangkok now everything sells out in the weekends as the Thais escape Bangkok for a getaway.
Rest day tomorrow while we plan which town to next and reflect on an awesome day of riding through Thailand.
A great day exploring the sights of Chantaburi today.
Wheels will be turning again in the morning, hopefully not too much rain as it has rained most of this afternoon. We will be making our way to Klaeng which is somewhere on our maps.me app approx 70++km enroute to Bangkok.
This anthem seems to roll off our tongue every time we hit the road. Thought we would record it to see how bad it actually sounds. No I didn’t fall off the bike at the end of the clip a dog appeared giving me a fright. He must have enjoyed the singsong also.
So was awesome to be back in the saddle on a really pleasant highway that wasn’t too busy until we got close to Chantaburi. Weather was overcast for most of the way until the heavens opened with 15km to go.
So a good day and here we are in Chantaburi. Staying 2 nights at the Hop Inn, nice to have aircon again. Off for a stroll around the town now.
We have had absolutely no problems filling in our days here in Trat as we bide time before our May 14th flight from Bangkok to Mandalay.
The pedals will be turning tomorrow as we move forward to Chantaburi.
We have the coolest digs in an old teak guesthouse in the old town area of Trat all for NZ$14 per night.
We can’t believe how clean Thailand is after Cambodia, how organised and orderly everything is. Amazing considering we have traveled here over 10 times before but haven’t noticed it until after leaving the dust and rubbish of Cambodia.
The food is exceptional here in Trat so we are refuelled ready to pedal again.
Departed the delightful Kabin Buri where we met the loveliest owners and their friends and made our way to Sa Kaeo.
A quick 47km to Sa Kaeo with plenty to see on the side of the road along the way. Found great digs at River Hotel which was directly opposite a shopping mall so we hung out in the aircon for a bit, had ourselves a KFC 45c ice cream which will be the last for a while. Then purchased new Team Nev Uniforms!
Sa Keo – Aranyaprathet = 52km
Up early checked out of the hotel with a few laughs from the staff who loved our new gear as they were wearing similar.
An easy day of riding with sugar cane crops on either side of the road the entire trip.
So we have now ridden 260km across Thailand and sitting 2km from the Cambodian border. It apparently opens at 8am tomorrow so we will be there first thing as want to ride approx 55km to our first stop in Cambodia Sisophan. Also we have been riding in 35deg and the temps rise significantly in the afternoon so fingers crossed for a smooth crossing tomorrow. We will have a few US$1 bribe notes on hand if required.
A cruisy day of riding with a head wind into Nakon Nayok which is a city of 155000 friendly people. On check in at the hotel and seeing our passports we were immediately put onto the phone as the owners son had studied at Canterbury Uni, NZ……what are the odds of that! He (Bang) came and met us and took us for a drive and showed us around Nakon Nayok including his families organic orchard.
Nakon Nayok – Kabin Buri = 68km
Up early departing Nakon Nayok to get day 3 of pedalling underway and a bigger day planned. Great road, lots more to see today, less traffic and all in all a great day of riding despite the head wind which we think we are going to have for quite some time. Arrived at this cute we town of Kabin Buri and once again have hit the jackpot with our guesthouse. We have decided to stay 2 nights here to pace the riding, as we know Cambodia will be tough going. We are now also only 100km from the Cambodian border and as this border crossing is renowned as one of the most corrupt and dodgy in SE Asia so we want to be on top of our game and mentally prepare ourselves! We are having such a great time here in Thailand with the food, the people and always a cold Leo close by.
We couldn’t have picked a better place to start our cycle adventure and get our Asian mojo ticking again.
We were both a little jaded on arriving so pleased we spent 3 days in Ayutthaya with the most friendly people, wonderful food, in the incredibly laid back old capital city of Ayutthaya, trying to acclimatise to the high 30deg temps.
We stayed at the same guesthouse as 2016 which gave us the perfect opportunity to set up the bikes and get everything sorted for the adventure ahead.
So on the road early making our way for the next 7-10 days to the Cambodian border with no idea what to expect along the way.
However we soon found out we were on several relatively busy highways but great shoulder and courteous drivers.
We thought we were in for a 40km day but pushed on a bit further as couldn’t find any where to crash. At the 56km mark we stumbled upon a dusty lane way with a Thai sign that looked like it maybe accommodation……and bingo it was!Best bonus is eats and drinks close by and this aircon room with extra hard bed and wifi setting us back only 390b (nz$17).
So resting up before wheels turn again tomorrow. Awesome to be moving forward and having the adventure underway.