BANGKOK to PHUKET

Ask Shane, and he will tell you – it is 1,020 kms from Bangkok to Phuket. This was no holiday, or easy ride – it was 12-day, body bruising, real adventure – and one we were pleased to have shared…

From Bangkok, we took the main highway, first west then south. This is not the most enjoyable riding, especially when it’s raining and your being chased by dogs, but it was necessary and got us out of the capital and down the coast quickly.

Ban Krud was stunning and provided our first real “tropical” riding experience. We literally pedaled along the beach and through the palm trees – and yes, you do have to watch out for falling coconuts!!

Chumpon, 550 kms south of Bangkok, was our half way mark, and it’s fair to say, no one was looking forward to our planned day off more than Shane. Right on the beach, it was the perfect place to rest our sore muscles and aching backsides.

From there, we crossed over the jungle covered mountains that divide Thailand, and got our first glimpses of Burma and the beautiful Andaman Coast. It is rewarding riding, but hard work in this heat…

After a long day, and running short of time, we had to seek refuge with the monks in the temple at Khao Fa Chi. Staying with them was a great experience, that is of course, you don’t mind getting up early – the day here starts at 4.15am!

Khao Lak is the real gem along this stretch.  Relaxing on the beach, it is hard to be believe, this stunningly blue and tranquil water, could have delivered such a devastating tsunami.  Funny too, that we didn’t mind having to take a first floor apartment, because all the beachside bungalows were booked…

The final day into Phuket was a real tough one – even for us, which doesn’t happen so often these days – but Shane could smell the finish line, and no mountains were going to stop him getting there now.

I think the victory photo on the beach tells the story pretty well… Congratulations, mate – you made it!  Awesomeness!!!

We certainly had earned our dinner with Luke and Carly (Jess’s brother and partner) who just happened to be out holidaying in Phuket too.

Jules & Jess

 

The start line - Shane's apartment in Bangkok

The start line - Shane's apartment in Bangkok

 

A happy man, after 95kms, and the end of day 1

A happy man, after 95kms, and the end of day 1

Jess & Shane after having survived another dog chase

Jess & Shane after having survived another dog chase

 

A hilly detour through Sam Roi Yot National Park

A hilly detour through Sam Roi Yot National Park

 

Lunch time

Lunch time

 

The joys (and horrors) of petrol station toilet stops

The joys (and horrors) of petrol station toilet stops

 

Real "tropical" riding, Ban Krud

Real "tropical" riding, Ban Krud

 

How sweet! Our own table set in the garden by the hotel staff

How sweet! Our own table set in the garden by the hotel staff

 

Not a bad way to wake up in the morning...

Waking up in the morning in, Chumpon

 

Over the mountains that divide Thailand

Up and over the mountains that divide Thailand

 

That's Burma over the river !!

That's Burma over the river !!

 

Our room in the temple, Khao Fa Chi

Our room in the temple, Khao Fa Chi

 

Early start from the temple (we've been awake for 2hrs already!)

Early start from the temple (we've been awake for 2hrs already!)

 

Khao Lak, a real gem

Khao Lak, a real gem

 

Tsunami territory

Tsunami territory

 

Jess sweating it out on the hills into Phuket

Jess sweating it out on the hills into Phuket

 

Congrats mate, you made it!  1,020 kms Bangkok to Phuket

Congrats mate, you made it! 1,020 kms Bangkok to Phuket

 

The celebration dinner with Luke & Carly (Jess's brother and partner)

The celebration dinner with Luke & Carly (Jess's brother and partner)