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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28th August 2014

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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.

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.

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27th August 2014

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Jellyfishing!

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.

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27th August 2014

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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.

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27th August 2014

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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.

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.

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25th August 2014

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Goodbye to the Fino
After 51,800km trouble-free - we have sold the Yamaha Fino.  Five years and apart from punctures have never had a breakdown. Replaced two headlight bulbs and one tail-light bulb, a new drive belt (400 baht), New battery at 45,000km. Otherwise just scheduled oil changes/maintenance.
We’ve bought a new Yamaha Fino - fuel injected this time, and expect the same levels of reliability. Wonderful transport for us. Longest single trip was 400km Sa Kaeo-Chanthaburi-Rayong, but have done many weekends away to the farm in Sa Kaeo, 190km each way.
New owner should get many good kms from this little bike.

Goodbye to the Fino

After 51,800km trouble-free - we have sold the Yamaha Fino.  Five years and apart from punctures have never had a breakdown. Replaced two headlight bulbs and one tail-light bulb, a new drive belt (400 baht), New battery at 45,000km. Otherwise just scheduled oil changes/maintenance.

We’ve bought a new Yamaha Fino - fuel injected this time, and expect the same levels of reliability. Wonderful transport for us. Longest single trip was 400km Sa Kaeo-Chanthaburi-Rayong, but have done many weekends away to the farm in Sa Kaeo, 190km each way.

New owner should get many good kms from this little bike.

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23rd August 2014

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Calm at Laem Sing

We (me and daughter, 9) went to Laem Sing today hoping to see thousands, or millions, of jellyfish (see earlier post re Rayong). Disappointed to see about six from the bridge. 

Boat heading out in the first pic is a coastal patrol vessel, think it is the one based at Tha Chalaep about 6km up the Chanthaburi River (Laem Sing is at the rivermouth)

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23rd August 2014

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Grandmother and grandson cycling at Laem Sing; I was pillion on a motorbike, couldn’t get camera ready in time as the little boy in the sidechair had been smiling and waving at us.

Grandmother and grandson cycling at Laem Sing; I was pillion on a motorbike, couldn’t get camera ready in time as the little boy in the sidechair had been smiling and waving at us.

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22nd August 2014

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Jellyfish! I mentioned in my post of the 18th 'plenty of large jellyfish' when I was at Laem Sadet, well now they're in the news media; these pictures from about 40km further up the coast, Sivika Bay, nearer to Koh Samet.

They have become a tourist attraction.

Tourists could admire the natural beauty at this time of year, but were prohibited from swimming there because of possible allergies from plankton and the danger from the jellyfish, that showed up in the morning and the evening and had stingers. 

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The Nation

24 August 2014

Hundreds of tourists have flocked to Rayong province this weekend to witness countless number of moon jellyfish at Khao Laem Ya-Mu Koh Samet National park,

This caused several kilometers of traffic congestion. The colorful moon jellyfish had been bobbing on the surface of the sea. Sumet Saithong, chief of the national park said said some tourists showed up the entrance of the park before 6am. The best time for seeing the jellyfish is in the early morning and after sunset.

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21st August 2014

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Views from Koh Kwang 3km south of Chan city today; off-road cycling following the canals; the hills in background form part of Namtok Phlio National Park, approx 6km east. I like that house under construction, beautiful location on the canal.

Interesting area to cycle, so close to the city and very quiet, mix of part-completed concrete walking/cycleways and wet muddy clay, a hose-down required for me and the bike when we got home.

I followed the left side of the canal today, last week’s effort on the other side stalled by lack of access, but this side I could have continued onwards, but chose to go back home via city, through a small village with temple and junior school - Wat Koh Kwang - to highway 3348 

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19th August 2014

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How quickly the weather can change; I left home in sunshine and just a few clouds. Closer I got to the coast the darker it was getting.

These photos about 11am today from between Paknam Khaem Nu and Laem Sing - those hills in the distance are Khao Laem Sing, the island is Koh Nom Sao. Thunder, lightning, and rain up ahead - I changed course for where the sun was still shining and took a different route home.  Sun all the way, but now I’m home the thunder is here and expect a good rain shower soon.

Photos show the ‘beach’ on this stretch of coast. It is rather like mudflats and i have never seen anyone swim here. It may have been white sand once but now gets all the discharge water from the many fish and prawn farms and the water if generally a dirty and unhealthy looking brown.

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