Snapshots from a cyclist - our life in Chanthaburi province จันทบุรี south-eastern Gulf of Thailand. 4th year here and still discovering new places; we love it here. Happy to provide advice on cycle touring, accommodation etc, a lot to see/do for the two-wheeled tourist.
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Four months since I was last at Tha Chalaep, and always an enjoyable cycle here from Tha Mai, I do a longer route via east Chan city, to Tha Chalaep then return via the historic Noen Wong and Ploy Waen road, about 42km in all.
I had hoped to find a boat to take me across to Samet Ngam, the village across and up the Chan River about 1km, so I could cycle home from there, but today, no boats!
It was another grey day, but happy with that as I have sunburn from rides last week. I met a Hawke’s Bay (New Zealand) cyclist near Noen Wong; he was lost. It’s not the easiest of place to negotiate, especially like he was, without a map. Few signs are in English and a bit of pre-planning (maps!) is required.
Jumba in Talad Numphu market in central Chan city. No beach here, so skip the surfboard and bikini, bring the bicycle.
They make a fantastic range of desserts, ideal for a midday cool-off; if you want more than dessert there’s a variety of food options under the same roof. But for me today, large chocolate oreo jumba and a coffee. 65 baht.
Wonderful staff. Don’t know why, but today they wanted my photo - I’m the one in the blue/yellow cycle shirt if you visit their ‘hall of fame’
A breezy day at Khung Wiman, though I’d say the water clarity was the better here than anywhere else on the Chan coast at this time of year due to there being no major rivers in the area.
I enjoy the ride here, have options of 39km ‘there and back’ or 54km taking a longer route via Chao Lao beach.
Ao Yang is the second bay heading up the coast northwards from Laem Sing. Not a good swimming beach, too rocky, though in calm conditions it can be ok snorkeling off the headland - being north and sheltered from the mouth of the Chanthaburi River the water is generally much better here.
What it is known for is the many small restaurants and very popular spot on a Sunday. We enjoyed our meals, shared dishes of fish, squid and prawn.
Not overly impressed with this tacky looking construction being built into the hillside just past the restaurants - appears to be made of shipping containers, and must be a contender for the most tasteless piece of architecture in this country.
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1.5 metres please
Cyclist on the southward cycle lane across Laem Sing bridge displays the ‘1.5 metres please’ safety message
Laem Sing at mouth of the Chanthaburi River
I love this area and always stop on the bridge over the river to take in the scenery
26 July 2014
Khung Wiman beach today; while the beach was mostly deserted there were so many people at the restaurants and having family picnics under the trees that line this bay.
The jellyfish information sign is at the northern end of the beach near Medina Resort, and has a vinegar supply provided for anyone with a minor sting.
Things I see, this mural on a semi-demolished house at Sa Nam Chai.
A rare panda-octopus hybrid!
At Sa Nam Chai, this travelers’ rest area and the local council building.
The rest area matches those at Laem Sing and Paknam Khaem Nu - all part of the coast highway development and a welcome break in the shade today with air temp 32C and I’d say a few degrees hotter than that as I pedaled along the road on the marked cycle lane towards Khung Wiman bay.
Despicable Me themed table and chairs at a cafe I visited today.
Now my daughter wants a set …
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