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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22nd September 2014

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Yesterday several in our group got minor jellyfish stings at Chao Lao beach, back today and found many of these jellyfish along the shoreline - an indication of size that icecream packet is 20cm/8 inches so that one approx 35cm diameter.

Heading home over the bridge at Paknam Khaem Nu I could see hundred of smaller jellyfish in the area river meets sea. Swimming pool seems best option for the next few days.

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22nd September 2014

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Yamaha Fino on the bridge at Paknam Khaem Nu today

Yamaha Fino on the bridge at Paknam Khaem Nu today

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21st September 2014

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Children on the sea wall look towards an approaching storm this morning. 9am, sunshine at Laem Sadet and a continuous rumble of thunder in the distance as an electrical storm approaches across the Gulf of Thailand.
Twenty minutes later we were swimming when it hit, huge downpour then cleared just as fast, hot steamy weather

Children on the sea wall look towards an approaching storm this morning. 9am, sunshine at Laem Sadet and a continuous rumble of thunder in the distance as an electrical storm approaches across the Gulf of Thailand.

Twenty minutes later we were swimming when it hit, huge downpour then cleared just as fast, hot steamy weather

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21st September 2014

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Mother, daughter and puppy at Chao Lao beach this morning. 9am and a mix of sunshine and rain showers  - we got caught while swimming - and this mother cycled to the beach, puppy in the front basket and daughter on the back. 
For us, Sunday is always our ‘family day’, enjoy seeing scenes like this.

Mother, daughter and puppy at Chao Lao beach this morning. 9am and a mix of sunshine and rain showers  - we got caught while swimming - and this mother cycled to the beach, puppy in the front basket and daughter on the back. 

For us, Sunday is always our ‘family day’, enjoy seeing scenes like this.

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20th September 2014

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This Chinese-styled building has been empty for several years. Located about 4km from Thai Mai, near Ploy Waen, it is in an excellent elevated site with extensive views.

This Chinese-styled building has been empty for several years. Located about 4km from Thai Mai, near Ploy Waen, it is in an excellent elevated site with extensive views.

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20th September 2014

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Houses built on sapphires. Two new houses at Ploy Waen, near Tha Mai, and between them work continues sapphire mining; the flat land in front was an open mine two years ago, now replanted.
There are eight active sapphire mining operations in this area around Ploy Waen, the excavators operate every hour of daylight, seven days a week, but an obvious payoff for the landowners who lease out blocks of land either for a percentage of the gems recovered or for a flat fee.
An indication of the Chanthaburi gem industry in today’s news, with a report of German company elumeo commencing construction of a new gemstone jewellery production building here. The investment totalling €7.5 million will enable the company to produce up to 2.4 million pieces of jewellery per year and provide employment for up to 1,200 people at the site - up from the current 750 staff.
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Houses built on sapphires. Two new houses at Ploy Waen, near Tha Mai, and between them work continues sapphire mining; the flat land in front was an open mine two years ago, now replanted.

There are eight active sapphire mining operations in this area around Ploy Waen, the excavators operate every hour of daylight, seven days a week, but an obvious payoff for the landowners who lease out blocks of land either for a percentage of the gems recovered or for a flat fee.

An indication of the Chanthaburi gem industry in today’s news, with a report of German company elumeo commencing construction of a new gemstone jewellery production building here. The investment totalling €7.5 million will enable the company to produce up to 2.4 million pieces of jewellery per year and provide employment for up to 1,200 people at the site - up from the current 750 staff.

More here

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20th September 2014

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Schoolchildren arrive at the historic Noen Wong fortress site, which houses the National Maritime Museum

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19th September 2014

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Blues River Resort, Chao Lao - last photo 3 days after the first, and the resort’s signage has been painted. Excellent location with just a short bridge walk across the canal and another 50m to the sea.

In out 4th year here we’ve decided this section of Chao Lao beach is the best for swimming. Almost a pity the area has been developed, when we moved here there was no road access, no resorts, just a small dirt track then a short walk to a deserted section of beach.

However that’s progress, and must admit the Blues River Resort is one of the most stylish of any resort here with plenty of open spaces and grass, and a style that blends in with the environment.

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19th September 2014

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Quiet scenes at Chao Lao, further up the beach from the main tourist area, this area only accessible in the last month when a road was put through alongside the canal,

The first bridge, guessing this was built for a never-completed resort, no signs of there ever having been buildings on the inland side. I liked the second  bridge - not the best for humans but perfect for this dog to walk across.

The woman on the bicycle was having a wobbly ride, not evident in photo but she had a child balanced on the cycle in front of her.

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19th September 2014

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Directly over the hill from previous post, this is the southernmost end of Chao Lao beach, about 1km from the pier. Access is from an opening about 300m up the road - go up to come down again! Awkward - ok on a mountainbike but too rutted for motorscooter or car.  Walk!

This was one of the first places we went snorkeling when we holidayed in the area 2010, at that time the access track was better and we were able to bring the motorbike down. There’s no parking roadside for about 300m and I’d be cautious about leaving a vehicle unattended.

Beach is unsuitable for swimming, too rocky, but at medium to high tide you can get into 2-3m water quickly and plenty of marine life around those rocks within 50m of the shore. Another area that is popular with rod fishermen, who never appreciate snorkelers or swimmers.

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