Bang Saen by BIKE

Trip Start Jan 23, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, January 30, 2006

So now for some REAL travelling! Sunday night we spent hours and hours rearranging the bikes as we tried to find the most suitable method to transport Joannes outrageous amount of underwear. Having secured them as best we could to our make-shift bike racks we decided to get a few hours kip before the 50k ride in the morning... hoping our next destination would be much more peaceful.

We awoke around 6am, quick check of the apartment and then carried our extremely heavy bicycles down the 5 flights of stairs. Too early for breakfast we decided we would stop at a fruit vendor on the way to Bang Saen.

The roads were not as quiet as we had thought they'd might be at 7 in the morning, but we stuck to our guns and battled through the rush hour traffic onto the main highway, Sukmavit Road. We didn't find any fruit vendors but we did get ripped off by a local when we spent a whole 40 bahts for 4 bottles of mineral water. After agreeing that we would try our best to use the local shops we now decided to revert back to the 7-elevens which you will find at least four of on every soi.

Nothing really interesting to say about the ride to Bang Saen, we passed a few Wats, stopped for a chicken pie at an Esso and refueled on an iced Mocha. The overall journey including stops didn't take much longer than 3 hours.

We arrived at Bang Saen, a sleepy Thai fishing village at around 11am. We scaled the seafront amazed at how different it was from Pattaya. There was a strong Chinese presence, come for the start of the New Year. We had only found one Guesthouse on the net, and luckily after about 20 minutes we came across it...Nuan's. For just under a tenner (which is fairly expensive in these parts) we got a beautiful twin queen room, balcony, fridge and cable tv included.

Still in disbelief that it was only lunchtime we treated ourselves to dinner overlooking the sea, followed by a much deserved siesta. In the evening we decided that we would cut our break here for just tonight and move onwards to Samut Prakan in the morning, not that Bang Saen wasn't pleasant but Steve was desperate to get on his bike again....
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