Riding Scooters on the Beach in Koh Phayam

Trip Start Dec 26, 2011
Trip End Feb 08, 2012

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Flag of Thailand  , Ranong,
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

So before I freak my mom out too much with my opening story line, I will start with our journey in getting here. The girls and I took overnight buses from Bangkok, Sara on one bus, and Erika and I on the "VIP" bus which is the the only direct transportation to Ranong, a town on the border of Burma ( Mynamar) which is the ferry port in reaching our next destination, Koh Phayam. There were only two seats left on the very special bus, which we found only differed in a little more leg room, and a cold towel for your hands in the morning. From our arrival in the very non-English speaking border town, we were able to kill a few hours before boarding our 150 baht ( $1.75) ferry boat ride to Koh Phayam.

I have been to this very lovely, quaint island before , and was excited to go back and share it with my friends, one of the few places that I've been that still has that lost in paradise feel, with no cars, only small motorbike paths, no ATMS, and electricity that runs from only 5-10 pm, simplicity. And yes there is no air-conditioning, cold showers, and only fresh fish when the fishermen have a good day and pull their boats up to shore and sell their daily catches to the local restaurants. Simplicity comes with some inconvenience at times, but when on holiday, there is really no rush for anything. That is also one reason for my less than frequent updates, internet is hard to get here!

We met up with Michael on arriving in Koh Phayam, my friend who has had a head start on his travels and has already been relaxing and traveling in Thailand for a month now. He already had the local scoop, made some new friends and shared some great finds and tips about this great place.

Hopping on the back of taxi motorbikes with our bags resting between the front legs of the driver, we were off to the other side of the island to our new home for the next 5 days, Mr. Gao Bungalows. This very chill place is at the end of Aow Khao Kwai beach, with lounge front decks and views of the ocean and a free wave soundtrack to put you to sleep every night. This is a very mellow island, mostly Europeans looking for a relaxing vacation, other than the latest beach party to dance the nights away. There was a full moon party on the night of our arrival, down the beach from us at “Hippy Bar” a very unique place, more of an adult playground as Michael puts it, built up of driftwood and lost items found at sea, with tree houses to climb in,  It looks like an abandoned pirate ship, complete with a bar and lounge areas to relax and enjoy a few drinks at sunset.

Okay, so here we are at the motorbike part. I have always wanted to learn to ride a scooter. I have always been a little intimated with the danger and risks, but have always felt that being here in Thailand, my inhibitions are very much put aside, and I go into adventure mode with trying new things and living in the moment.  This place just does that to you! Sara and Michael are experienced riders. They have owned motorbikes, and scooters,  and have rode in busy cities, and are very comfortable when riding them. So, they rented the  bikes, for very cheap, around $6 a day for a bike here on the island, no drivers license required. (Okay maybe that part is a little off the wall, but it is Thailand!) Sara and Michael do have licenses by the way, so no one needs to worry! ( MOM)

 So with Erika and I riding on the back of their bikes were off to do some discovering, which is the funnest way to see this special island. Erika was just as game as me in learning to ride a scooter in a foreign country, on a beautiful island, so off we went to find a nice location to have our lessons, and we found the perfect place, a long stretch of deserted beach at Aow Yai, where you're actually allowed  to ride your bikes on the beach since there are no roads and it is  the only way to reach your resort or bungalow. Michael was going to be my instructor, and we used Sara’s bike since she had rented a scooter, and Michael an actually motorbike (he is a guy, so that is so much more manly!) I am the first to get my riding lesson, and with Michael on the back at first, being my co-pilot, off we went with his words of guidance on how to brake, give it just the right amount of gas, and when to not, and the toughest part, turning the corners. With the hard sand beneath us, great for bike riding, but soft enough to catch a fall if needed, it was my turn to be on my own, with Michael running beside me for encouragement and guidance ( and to be there in case I wiped out…)

I am happy to report that I did’t wipe out, passed my lesson with flying colors as my instructor soon told me and I won’t go far to say that I will be renting my own bike on this trip, but if they were giving out drivers licenses  here in Thailand, I would of officially earned my own today. And yes, it was A LOT of fun, and Erika did wonderfully and earned her own as well.
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maureen mason on

there was a great song from the 70's called "Born to be Wild". that is what the lastest adventure on the bikes sounds like. How free you must have felt on the beach!!! Where else could one ride on a beautiful beach????Truly amazing. just love all the sunsets fotos-they look like paintings

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