Biking around the Island

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Today we go and explore the Island. We rented a bike from the hotel. Their prices are a bit more expensive than what you would pay outside, but it was not too bad, so we figured why not. It is a small 125CC moped, but big enough for us both. It rides remarkably well. Driving a bike in Thailand is statistically one of the most dangerous places to do so. But Ko Lanta is quite calm, there are not many cars so here it is a bit safer. As long as you adhere to two simple rules for biking:
  • If something bigger than you flashes his lights at you, you get the f*ck out of the way, not matter what your opinion on right of way might be.
  • Don't stop on the road to turn to make a turn to the opposite side. Just move to the opposite side of the road when you see a gap in traffic and move slowly against traffic.

Apart from a few potholes the roads are okay, so we head out carefully to the end of the island. At some point the road tricked us into driving to the opposite side of the Island. We expected to head south all the way to the end, but at some point we turned west and crossed over the hills in the middle. We stopped at a small cafe that had a nice view of this side and had a little drink. Our little bike was already low on gas so we had to find a gas station to feed our thirsty little bike. Along the road there are many little stalls where the people sell bottles of gasoline. We gave that a try and fed our bike two bottles of 'premium' juice. It might just as well have been olive oil but it turned out to work just fine.

We decided to head to the National park at the southern tip of the Island in search of a waterfall that one of the dive masters told us about. But the closer we got to the park, the more deteriorated the roads became. And at one point, the road stopped and turned in to a dirt track. I did not want to risk going any further on two small tires, so we turned around and headed back. We stopped somewhere along the beach for a drink and a little snack. We found ourselves a seat in the shade at a random bar. The beach was nice and calm, only a handful of people. The waves rolled soothingly on the shore and the breeze cooled our slightly burned skins. It was nice and relaxing. Next door there was a beach massage tent, so after a while we checked if they had space for two. We had a nice massage, an aloe treatment for my lobster colored back, and a Thai massage for Linda. The hour passed away in calm serenity. Relaxed and refueled we headed back to the hotel to freshen up a bit for dinner. This time we had our bike, so we headed out to the pier for an authentic Thai fish meal. Again the food was delicious, although authentic sometimes is a bit on the spicy side.
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