Today is our last day in Thailand.
We have been in Asia for 4 months and 6 days, and have cycled 3028 miles / 4874km in that time. We are here, cheers Our Kid for the ongoing map updates :). Tomorrow, we will cycle over the border into Malaysia. 20 days later, we’ll enter Singapore. We’ll stay for 5 nights, and then we will fly to New Zealand.
I can no longer tell you any of the above at the drop of a hat but, given that our flights are booked and time is marching on, counting days is fast becoming a logistical necessity!
We’ve actually done precious little cycling since I last wrote. From Siem Reap, we headed back to Bangkok by bus, still with Nixie and AJ. The intention was to sample New Year Bangkok-style, but some of us were still too sick to make it past 10pm 😦 I am assured our visitors had a wonderful time, however! And I also had a wonderful time, until 10pm 🙂 I even managed a glass of rather nice red wine, and being woken up by the incredible noise from the fireworks was actually a pretty special experience.
Nixie and AJ headed off for some island time before returning to their sensible lives (sniff!), and we headed South to find some beaches of our own.
We’d picked Krabi as our meeting point with Marie, based on a very positive experience on our previous trip. It’s a pleasant town with some (but not too many) tourist leanings, excellent food, and easy access to a large number of appealling tropical islands. Marie arrived without incident, we gave her a day to catch her breath and then we were off on an island hopping adventure.
I say we gave her a day…. Actually, we went off on a modest day trip to see if all the fuss about Railay beach had foundation. Verdict: a worthy day trip if you aren’t seeking solitude. It is undeniably beautiful, but that was more than enough ‘following the crowds’ for these adventurers. Apologies to anyone who is utterly sick of sunny beach photos. I don’t blame you. Look away now.
Once the jetlag had passed (well, not sure we checked that, sorry Marie!) we hopped into a mini-van and headed South into Trang province. A short speedboat ride later and were were deposited in Paradise, AKA Ko Mook.
We hiked through the jungle to a deserted beach. We chartered a ship (ok, small boat) and swam through a cave to a hidden Emerald Cove. We ate, we drank, we laughed, we made new friends. Sigh. Can we go back?
It was pretty tough to drag ourselves away, but Ko Kradan was calling. We were promised perfect beaches and incredible snorkelling. And a very ‘rustic’ beach bungalow experience with added wildlife. All promises were honoured!
I was a little reticent about our decision to head to the much larger, more developed, Ko Lanta. However, we had liked it on our previous visit but felt we hadn’t made the most of it, and it also fitted in very nicely with our itinerary. As it turns out, it was an excellent contrast to the teeny tiny islands, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Our cooking course was a particular highlight, thanks again to our generous ex-colleagues for funding that one!
We reluctantly dragged ourselves away from Paradise and headed back to Krabi, where we said goodbye to Marie (sob!) and mounted our trusty steeds once again.
Four days cycling, and we’re already having a rest!! While it’s been fine, we ARE pretty tired, it seems prudent to look after ourselves at this early stage, especially as our plans for Malaysia are somewhat mountainous. So, we find ourselves in the small, sleepy town of Satun, with little to do other than write blogs, binge watch Grey’s Anatomy, eat excellent food and drink the last few Thai teas….sniff. Actually, we did find a very cool market this morning, just to reassure you that we have moved!
I fear that adding any more photos to this blog will limit its chances of ever uploading, so let’s wrap this up! Photo fans can catch up on our Bangkok photos here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/126636200@N07/qw80wf and, in the unlikely event that you are NOT sick of beach photos, our island hopping album is here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/126636200@N07/N8S0j8. Thank you to AJ, Nixie and Marie (and Ed!) for freely sharing their photos with me – I am not organised enough to remember which are yours and which are mine, so please take this as credit!
Don’t forget you can also find us on instagram and facebook (@unprofessionaladventurers) for more regular updates (some may say spamming), and we are also on Crazy Guy if any cyclists would like a bit more detail on the actual cycling part of this cycling adventure: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/unprofessionaladventure2017. As ever, we love hearing news from home so please use all usual channels, or drop us an email at email@example.com.
Next time….Malaysia! I am assured that we have a good chance of seeing wild elephants along the way, so watch this space……