Snapshots of life in Chanthaburi province จันทบุรี south-eastern Gulf of Thailand
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The Pandas of Chanthaburi - Fruits of Chanthaburi
On Sukhumvit #3 near the town of Tung Benja (Bencha) 20km north of Chan city, for years there has been one panda , then today I cycled past and noticed he now has family.
Of the many diverse animal populations we have in Chanthaburi, i am sure there are no native pandas.
Peaceful at Chao Lao
This waterway runs between the main road and the sea at Chao Lao. I wouldn’t swim in it by choice as I have doubts about the water quality, but have seen people swimming here; more often used by children fishing.
Behind the trees to the left (sea side) a new resort is under construction - at a guess this waterway will be piped and filled-over in a few years to accommodate a parking area.
These trees flower for just a few days each year - this one at a small lake near home where we often take dinner in the evening; there is (was) a magnificent example at Chao Lao I saw last week, went back 3 days later and branches were almost bare, tree surrounded by a carpet of fallen flowers
Khung Kraben Beach Clean-up Day - 1 March 2014
Such a huge turnout of people, and not enough things to clean up.
3 trucks packed with naval cadets, many buses and trucks from school groups local and from inland (a day at the beach), corporate groups (if there was a prize, has to be Krungsri Bank all in company polo shirts), local volunteers.
16 fishermen provided boats for over 20 divers who checked the reefs for any old nets and things that shouldn’t be there.
A wonderful way to spend a few hours and congrats to all the people who contributed.
Khung Kraben Demonstration Gardens
Part of the Khung Kraben Royal Development Study Centre which includes the estuary, mangrove restoration, marine education centre, small farm animal zoo, arboretum and many nature walks.
This area is very popular with educational groups. Yesterday eleven coachloads from as far as Nong Khai (university students) were in the area, and many taking the opportunity to swim at Laem Sadet beach directly across the road.
Khung Kraben Beach Clean-up Day
Saturday March 1st and we’ll be here taking part in the coastal clean up (onshore) while divers check the reefs of Laem Sadet for any debris that needs to be removed.
Valuable community activity; there are also mangrove planting days in the estuary to further develop that area.
Classic MZ motorcycle in Chanthaburi
This 1963 MZ es150 (German made) is in remarkably original condition for a vehicle now 50 years old. The owner has recently acquired it after it had been stored unused for many years, today he and a friend had been taking it for ride around the city before the task of stripping it down for a full restoration.
'Like new!” he said it will be. This is the second of this model I've seen here, this one in better condition of the two.
1963 MZ es150: 143cc 2-stroke, 4 speed, 10hp @ 5500 rpm, top speed 96km/h
Rest Stop at Laem Sing
My regular lunch stop on my weekly 60km ‘loop’ ride. Fresh markets and 7/11 nearby, restock on water, buy some fruit and today a burger (no diet) and had this sala shelter to myself, just metres to the sand and beach of Laem Sing.
Met two touring cyclists (in their 60s! good one) from the Netherlands, they were headed northwards with next overnight stop planned for Chao Lao about another 20km pedal on the coast highway from here.
Hot cycling - 31C and just occasional cloud cover, temperature on the sealed highway would be a few degrees higher, accuweather suggested 38C.
Views on the way to Tha Chalaep
A ‘no hurry’ leisurely 40km cycle ride with time for a few diversions and photo stops.
Camping at Paknam Khaem Nu
School group camping this week at the campground in the Khung Kraben Conservation Area. I noted the teachers were not sleeping in tents, but using the bungalows that overlook the camp area. Great location, and the little shop was open for business (usually weekend only)
about Chan is a monthly lifestyle/leisure magazine for Chanthaburi province - some cycling in latest edition, highlighting the cycle lanes on the coast highway
Photos - Paknam Khaem Nu, new section of coast highway cycle lanes at Khung Wiman, and a leisurely ride through the old streets of Chanthaburi.
On a cycle ride that passes Chan city towards Laem SIng I go through tambon Bang Srakao, a village with temple and a market; these fields recently planted with what I was told was a peanut crop. I enjoy riding through this area, once off the highway there is very little traffic and surrounded by mainly orchards and rubber plantations, and nearer the coast - fish and prawn farms.
The distant hills in first photo form part of Namtok Phlioo National Park.
Flags and Cycles
My regular Monday ride, though reverse direction today, via Laem Sing. The highway and town streets lined with flags - the current Thai flag and the flag of Siam - red with white elephant.
This month marks the anniversary of the end of French military occupation of Chanthaburi province and commemorative events are held each year. After crossing the bridge I had lunch at the tourist rest area shown in last pic; lovely location so close to the sea.
Cycling promotional billboards around Chanthaburi from the Public Health Office encouraging a healthy lifestyle through cycling.
Lake Tung Na Choei, central Chanthaburi
Water level is at the lowest point I have seen it, and much of the park area is very dry apart from a few areas with sprinkler systems. This may be a very dry ‘dry season’. From December the swimming hole we go to had almost dried up, three previous years it had always been good swimming there with clean water flow until after New Year.
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