The Long Way to the Beach
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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We easily found our way out of Hua Hin, leaving behind all the fat old men to sit around in bars chatting up the much younger and beautiful Thai woman. The place we stayed was lovely and the hospitality wonderful, but the town can best be described as Eastbourne with a sex industry. We probably didn't see it at its best given the weather conditions, but nevertheless it was not one to put on the list of 'must go back one day’.
Back on Highway 4 we banged out the miles
We caught up with another cyclist. We haven’t seen any out on the roads for some time so I made a real effort to catch up and see what his story was. It turned out to be pretty uninteresting. The nice chap from French Canada was on a 3 week holiday. We left him behind and soon stopped for a very poor lunch. The noodles tasting very much like they had been boiled in toilet water (bringing back memories of the consistently disgusting Pho of Vietnam.
After lunch we did another 30 or so miles before leaving the highway and following some wild coast roads. We hoped that one would lead to a beach hotel but after a few miles it was looking unlikely. The packs of wild dogs kept us on our toes but proved to be quite uninterested.
We did come across a couple of hut type resorts, and after turning the first one down went for the more basic (cheaper) option. We did though return to the swankier joint for a wonderful dinner of Green Curry. There was no one around so the owner called up her cook to come and prepare us dinner
She was very worried for us as her sister informed us of the floods that have hit Thailand lower down. This prompted us to actually check the weather alerts to find out that Chumphon which is where we planned to go tomorrow is under water. Also the island of Kao Tao which is where we were then going to catch a boat to currently has 2000 tourists stuck on it. Whoops! Had better think about where we are going in the morning.
Miles Cycled: 87 boring miles