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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1 September and the new, relocated Tha Mai fresh markets open for business. Better location and far more parking available, though must be a shock for the shops on opposite side of the road with so many people about.
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The height of the kerb in the first photo, taken near the lake, gives an indication of how the centre of Chan city can flood. No good for cyclist ‘kerb-jumping’.
I left home thinking ‘won’t rain. Made it to the city in light drizzle but as i turned to head for home, down it came. Stopped under shelter to put camera/phone inside plastic bags, and watched cars/bikes go through this small flooded stretch of road - some cautious, some at full speed
Raincoats obviously so unfashionable. There’s a tech college near here and bike after bike with riders/pillions minus raincoats.
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The Indecisive Snake
Yesterday cycling near home and sudden call of 'stop'. Snake. Couldn’t decide to cross road or not, got to centre of road, turned back, then back again. 'Make up your mind!'
Generally I’d rate snake sightings as about 50 roadkill to 1 live; after yesterday’s one, today another one, same road but 400m away, another quick stop.
There I was thinking someone will say 'these things come in threes', sure enough about 40min into my ride, slowly pedaling coast road while chatting on phone, a panic stop as a larger snake crossed in front of me (in the cycle lane!), bigger than other two at 2 - 2.2m my guess.
So that’s it, three snakes in 24hrs. Enough.
Billboards at Paknam Khaem Nu
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End of the road - Tha Chalaep
38km ride, nothing to do when we reach the end of the pier at Tha Chalaep but turn around and go back. Always hope there’s a boat here to take rider/cycle across the river to Samet Ngam (distant centre of first photo) where I was yesterday - 1km by water, 21km by road.
It’s an enjoyable ride from Tha Mai, over the hills of Ploy Waen, past the 1830s fortress at Noen Wong then a straight (almost) 6km to the riverside.
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Style! Too fast for my camera to cope, just a blur, saw this lady four times today when on my cycle ride. The bike is I think a Keeway 200cc.
At Chao Lao pier after my swim about 3km further up the beach where was not a jellyfish to be seen. Some at the pier though, and three people with nets on bamboo poles catching jellyfish, and I was invited to try.
Not very difficult - they’re not the fastest moving creatures! The ones they were catching are whitish, called mengapoon, and edible. Did not look appealing to me, but the locals catching them were happy.
Salt Farm at Pa Daeng
The area of this salt farm s reducing; fields along the side of the highway have been filled up to road level for housing or commercial construction as property values outweigh the profits from salt farming.
2014 Yamaha Fino
The new runabout vehicle - fuel injected this time; hope it proves to be as reliable as the one it is replacing.
It is a 'Romantic Fashion' model - believe me that was not my choice of name! but nice bright colour scheme and a great deal from Yamaha, there was a promotion day in the city on Saturday and as as well as getting a price discount, 2 free sets of helmets/jackets, food, t-shirt, discounted insurance.
Paknam Khaem Nu
First pic a panorama from the bridge; others from the campground and conservation reserve on north side of bridge - can just see the headland at right side of first photo.
No campers today, but a few staff doing work on the bush walks/tracks and tidying the rental bungalows. Tents are available for hire from the office, and it’s a popular place on long weekends, especially for the good fishing straight off the campsite.
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