Day 8 – Ban Krut to Prachuap Khiri Khan – 70km

Today was set to be a recovery day for me, I only had to ride 70km. Seeing it was such a short distance I didn’t have to check out of my room until 12pm. I made full use of my lovely room and air on

I arrived in Prachuap Khiri Khan around 2:30pm and found the Yuttichai hotel. The reviews put the hotel as affordable, when I checked in I had the option of 2 types of rooms, a shared bathroom for 160baht or a room with its own bathroom for 250baht. I opted for my own bathroom. The room was clean, but the bed was not comfortable.

After a shower I decided to head out and explore what Prachuap Khiri Khan has to offer.

On the way down I stopped for a drink at a restaurant along the beach front, I popped in there again to say hello.

Went to temple with naughty monkeys, great views

Next I headed off to the beach via the Navy Base

On the way back from the beach I met a Spanish / American married couple cycling back from the beach.

They joined me for a fruit shake at the night market (it was still daytime), we chatted about each other’s travels and swopped tips.

I went back to my hotel to drop off my bike

Then I decided to grab full dinner and another fruit shake at the night market

I headed off to bed

Day 7 – Thung Wua Laem to Ban Krut – March 15 – 120km

I headed off from Thung Wua Laen around 8am, as soon as I sat down I knew it would be an extremely painful and uncomfortable day. My saddle sore was aggregated beyond belief and I was in pain. I had to get through 6hrs of pain, so it was set to be a really long day of riding.

Bang Saphan Noi was a goal point for me, I knew once I hit this point I was about 40km from where I would be sleeping in Ban Krut (pronounced Baan Krood). I arrived in Ban Krut spot on time at 2pm. I wasn’t sure whe I would stay, the first place I went to was stupidly expensive. They suggested I try a much cheaper place just down the road, but it looked like a crack house, so I skipped that one. After riding around to to numerous places I found a place called Sisina Resort, my bungalow was 1000baht with breakfast included.

The room needed to be cleaned, so while I waited I decided to grab a much needed lunch.

Ban Krut beach looked stunning

I had enough time to go and visit the temple on the mountain. Amazing huge gold Buddha, temple was perfectly symmetrical

I took a sunset ride on my bicycle along the beach road.

Day 5 – Rest day – boat trip to mangroves, deserted islands and beaches

I woke up at 8am, probably the latest I had woken up on any day this holiday. I was really looking forward to the boat trip that was planned. We were only leaving around 9:30am, so I grabbed some breakfast and caught up on some work.

The Czech cyclist couple joined for the boat trip. We headed off to the pier and were on the boat by 10am towards the islands. As we drew closer to the islands we could see some beautiful scenery. The first island we pulled into was magnificent, completely deserted except for us and the boat man. We spent about an hour on the island. During this time I swam over to the neighbouring island and back, then setup my hammock to do some heavy chilling in the shade.

He next island we arrived at was also beautiful, but this island was not deserted, there was a Thai family relaxing. I put up my hammock again and chilled in the shade. The father of the Thai family came over to me and offered me coffee, he couldnt speak English well, but was really friendly.

After that island we headed back to mainland for a boat trip through the mangroves. It was amazing just cruising around alone, you become used to loads of other tourists on these boat trips, it was a pleasure not dealing with the hordes for once. After the mangroves we arrived back at the pier around 3pm. The perfect way to spend an morning and afternoon.

The rest of the day I spent chilling out and working. I also prepped for my mega journey the next day by charting my route and purchasing drinks. Off to bed early so I could get an early start.

Day 6 – Laem Son National Park to Thung Wua Laem – 180km

I woke up at 5:50am, i had packed my bags the night before and prepped some fried rice for breakfast, even my drinks were mixed and ready for consumption. The plan for the day was to ride from Laen Son National Park on the Andaman sea side to Thung Wua Laen beach on the Gulf of Thailand side. The estimated distance was 180km according to Google Maps.

I rode up highway 4 and turned off on the 4006 road across to highway 41. When plotting my route across country I could not see what kind of terrain I would be riding through. When I turned off onto the 4006, I was faced with a hill, that turned into a mountain quite quickly. After climbing for about 5km I managed to get over the mountain, despite getting to ride downhill for a while, I knew the climbing would not be over for a while. I ended up riding for between 65-70km of rolling hills.

Next up I had to travel along highway 41 up towards Chumpon. I managed to maintain a fairly solid pace on the highway and made up for lost time in the hills. Near to Chumpon I took a shortcut to get off the highway, after riding along the highway for a while it gets tedious.

I used a combination of my Galaxy SIII and Garmin Edge 800 to navigate through back roads of Chumpon. My navigation skills have improved significantly over past couple weeks of cycling. I eventually got out of the tiny back roads and back onto a main road where I found a sign confirming that I was indeed headi to Thung Wua Laen.

My sugar level was dropping fast, my power dwindling, no matter how much Hammer Nutrition I consumed I could not get my power up, this meant one thing I needed actual food. I decided to stop at a random road side restaurant. It turned out to be a noodle soup restaurant, so I ordered a bowl and also an EST Cola (Thai version of Coca Cola). Delicious meal and the cola was great too, my power came back within 5 min of eating.

After recharging I rode the last 12km into Thung Wua Laen, when I arrived I rode around asking about rooms and eventually found the Clean Wave Resort, 500baht for a room and friendly staff. I was in dire need of a liquid meal, after 9,5hrs out on the road It was definitely Chang O’Clock.

The beach looked inviting so I decided to take a stroll until sunset. i had dinner and watched sunset alone from the Clean Wave restaurant contemplating the the day’s achievement. I was extremely happy with what I had done.

As it became dark I decided to take a walk along the beach road to see what night life there was. I found a cool little bar, went in ordered a beer and sat down. I noticed a Thai family there playing pool, I asked if I could join in, I quickly figured out they didn’t know the rules of pool. For the next 5 or 6 games I showed them the rules of pool.

After a few beers, I decided to head back to my bungalow. Before I got back to my bungalow I noticed another bar that looked more lively than the first bar I was at. I decided to pop in, play some more pool and continue drinking.

I met a crew of Germans, nice people, we chatted for a while. Then a Thai guy and a British stopped in at the bar. The Thai guy was wearing a tshirt saying Ban Krut, so I told him I was heading to Ban Krut their the morning, he told me that I had to have his tshirt… He promptly took off his tshirt, he told me that I must have it and put it on right away… I didn’t argue, it was a cool tshirt. It was getting late, so I headed off to bed.