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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Jellyfish invasion continues, further up the coast at Khung Wiman today and plenty of Catostylus townsendi jellyfish in the shallow water.
This small bay at the north end of Khung Wiman bay is a good location for shallow water snorkeling, ideal for children or beginners.
Perfect conditions today, calm and clear. OK today for swimming (apart from the jellyfish) but currents can be strong in rain season. A couple of small restaurant options in those thatched huts on the waterfront, fantastic location on a day like today.
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View from Above: Fisherman at base of a bridge support at Paknam Khaem Nu, mid-way across, get dropped off by boat. Peaceful way to spend a few hours.
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Cycle Lanes! a fun photo from aboutChan magazine, followed by the road development from Chao Lao to Laem Sadet.
A 3km extension to the Chaloem Burapha Chonlathit coast highway with its cycle lanes, this new section has pedestrian walkway, cycle lane, concrete barrier then road for 2-way traffic, another concrete barrier, cycle lane and pedestrian walkaway.
Gets better all the time!
Chanthaburi’s jellyfish invasion continues, as shown in this photo released today by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, taken off the Chanthaburi coast at Chao Lao.
These jellyfish are Catostylus townsendi and do not sting.
Coastline at Bang Kacha; never suitable for swimming here, no white sand, instead it is mudflats for several km, the nearest swimming beach is south at Ao Yang near the headland in the second photo.
I love the bright colors and paintwork on many of the tour buses. First one seen at Laem Sadet, and the scond one was nearby, used to transport visitors around the Khung Kraben marine and farming research areas. Photos 3 and 4 - took a wrong turn somewhere this group of three coaches negotiated the town clock roundabout in central Tha Mai and were unsure what to do next … they should have turned left towards Sukhumvit Rd rather than right.
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The township of Khlong Khud could almost be Toytown with its vivid buildings.
It’s a brightly-colored base for students of the nearby Burapha University Chanthaburi campus, and many of the buildings are hostel/student accommodation.
Rest area at Paknam Khaem Nu on the coast highway - Chaloem Burapha Chonlathit Road. Red cycle lanes the length of this highway, and this place is a popular spot for cycle touring groups to stop for food and water, and enjoy the views.Less then 10min ride across the bridge is a good public camping area and conservation reserve with walking trails.
For me today, I stopped for lunch, sat on the water’s edge and watched jellyfish drift by.
Motorbikes are so much a part of the local scenery, Thailand must have been a very different place before motorbikes became so commonplace. Honda dominates the market, about 70% of annual sales, and their Scoopy bike - an obvious copy of Yamaha’s Fino - has become very popular. 4-5 October the traveling Honda roadshow is in Chanthaburi, promotions, displays and stunt riders.
Despite the ‘100% Helmet’ signs all around Chanthaburi, expect the actual wearing of helmets is about 50% at best.
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