January 20, 2009 GMT
Thailand

From the Malaysian boarder we Head north towards Hat Yai we have been told that the very southern part of Thailand is not to save to travel in so we just keep going. The scenery has changed the moment we came across the boarder, it's very busy and the pollution is quiet bad. From hat Yai we head we ride towards Phattalung and then west to Trang and finally Krabi. We end up in AoNung a beach suburb of Krabi, we find a hotel and set of to check out town. The place is overrun by tourist, there is shop after shop after restaurant's and so on. The whole place has a very resort like feel about it, you can get newspapers from around the globe, drink in Irish pub's and if you feel like it have some German sausages with Sauerkraut, its all here and then some more.

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Ao Nong

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Cove on Phi Phi Island

The following day we booked in for a speedboat trip to Ko Phi Phi. We set of at 9 am, first stop Monkey Beach on Phi Phi Le there we for a snorkel over the coral reef, next stop "The Beach" where the movie was shot, as we come across the corner into the lagoon there is dozens of boats and hundreds of people on the beach ( spoils it a bit)

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The Beach

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The Beach


We head of to Phi Phi resort for lunch, on the way there we are told that 10000 people died here in the 2004 Tsunami and all buildings were destroyed, it's amazing what can be done in 4 years you would never guess that anything ever happened here.
From AoNong we drive in a north- west direction towards Than Put and then on to the coast to Khao Lak. The beaches here are as long as you can see dotted with Resorts and Guest Houses but not as overdone as in other parts of the coast.

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Sunset at Khao Lak

From Khao Lak we travel along the coast as far as Ratcha Krut and then head into the mountains towards Lang Suan, just north from Sawi we encounter our fist police control point, all they wanted to see was our drivers licence but we were surrounded by about 6 policemen taking photos and checking out the bike.

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Pink Bungalow
From Cha am we follow the national Highway up to Bangkok, the smog is hanging over the land like a thick fog, trucks blowing out black clouds of diesel and everybody has a fire in front of there haus to cook on.
the traffic is getting heavier but we are going OK until a sign tells us that motorbikes are not allowed to drive on tollways our freeways, so we have to stick to normal roads and that's what got us lost. We pull into a service station to fill up and ask directions, as I talk to a taxi driver to get directions I feel a tap on my shoulder and a Aussie voice saying " you look lost mate" Robert from Chon Buri , east of Bangkok, just happen to be in town and pulled up behind us to get petrol when he the aussie flag on the bike and me looking confused at a map with the taxi driver he came over and offered us to follow him to the ferry that will get us to the main road leading out of town. THANKS ROBERT
A few more hours and we arrive in Pattaya where we look for Siam Reap Racing a big motorbike shop on the main road to organize some new tyres, Scott the owner greets us and its no problem at all we have them in the morning.
Pattaya is a full on party town full of Clubs and Bars, you cant see the beach for umbrellas and sun chairs. we end up staying in a guesthouse just of the beach and join the party atmosphere for the night.
the following day we pick up our tyres and head of south to a little fishing village for a bit of peace and quiet.

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wharf near Pataya

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Fishing Fleet

The following day we visit the Botanic gardens.

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guess witch one is us ??

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Maggie feeding elephants

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Botanic Garden Pattaya

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After a visit to the Botanic gardens we continue our travel down the coast and aim to get to Ko Chang a island of the coast from Trat, its taken us a bit longer than what we had planed so we don't arrive on KO Chang until nightfall, with out a map and no idea where to go we drive of the ferry and turn left ( sounded good at the time ) after about 15min i notice a sign on the side of the road naming a lodge i remember from the travel guide so we on going until another sign directs us along, after about 45min the road turns to gravel, by now we are in the middle of nowhere and getting a bit anxious to get somewhere to rest, I lose my concentration for just a second and the front end slides out and the two of us end up tumbling in to the bush. luckily we where going very slow and nobody got hurt. We pick the bike up and continue or journey, after about another km we finally get to the Lodge only to be told its all booked out. One of the staff members takes us along to another lodge where we get a Bungalow and the best Phat Thai we had so far. the next morning we wake up and find our self in the most beautiful spot so we book ourselves in for a few days to chill out.
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Long Beach Paradise found!!!!!!!!!

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4 days of this " tuff "

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Tree House

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Lunch at the Tree house

Posted by Mark Allenspach at January 20, 2009 09:45 AM GMT
 


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