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Sep 23, 2013 - Day 1 - Petchaburi to Hua Hin

After a nice welcome dinner last night we boarded the bus at 7:00am to head out to the start of our 800k journey. The weather in Bangkok was perfect however as we headed south the rain began and it got heavier and heavier. There was plenty of nervous chatter from riders to suggest we should stay in the bus and drive to the next hotel. As it turned out the weather eased when we got to Phetchaburi. There were plenty of nerves amongst riders - especially the female contingent. We spent some time getting set up and donning the lycra and before...

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FBA / HATW Ride 2013

Dec 18, 2012 - Back to Bangkok!

The whistle stop tour continues. We have now spent 3 of the last 6 nights on sleeper trains over 44 hours in total covering 1,600km. As I write we are on a ferry to Koh Phangnan, but first let's cover off yesterday. Flight on AirAsia from HCMC to Bangkok. A simple, painless and easy exit from Vietnam and re-entry back into Thailand via the lesser used Don Mueang Airport. We had to transfer across to Suvarnabhumi Airport by free bus link to meet our daughter, Samantha, who is joining us for a Christmas break. That all went like clockwork and...

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May 8, 2009 - Phetchaburi

Totally different from Pattaya, Petchaburi is a temple town with goodness knows how many Wats all in the name of worshipping Buddha. Ilona took to Petchaburi immediately and more of less insisted on staying an extra day, probably insisting on being the boss after her time in Pattaya. We hired a scooter and went on the search for the cave temple on a very hot day and eventually found it together with its not inconsiderable number of resident monkeys. We spent the afternoon searching out more temples and the evening eating in the nightmarket.

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Where's Malcolm?

May 26, 2007 - Phetchaburi

We awoke well rested and famished. We got ready quickly and walked next door to the guest house (Rim Nam) restaurant to have a hearty breakfast. While waiting for our meal, we chatted with the ladies that ran the guesthouse and thanked them for their hospitality the night before. A little cat nicknamed Mot Dan (red ant) charmed Matt and by the time he was done petting it and hugging it, the two ladies were eating out of the palm of his hand. They kept nudging each other and smiling at me while giving me the 'thumbs up' signal. I smiled...

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May 25, 2007 - Phetchaburi - Getting there

I had not yet heard the whooping gibbons and with only a colony of ten in the park, I knew that my best chance of hearing them was first thing in the morning. Matt was not too interested in hearing the gibbons so I set out solo. I reached the park entrance gate by 6:30am and by 6:35am I was on the trail. This was an entirely different trail than Matt and I had taken and, from the looks of it, more frequently traveled. But it was a hard climb also because it consisted of hundreds of stairs ascending into the surrounding mountains. The trail...

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Mar 9, 2007 - Bangkok - Phetchaburi

After a night in Chinatown I threw a clean shirt into my smaller camera pack and left my larger pack at the hotel. I then ferried across to the Thonburi side of the city and hopped onto a bus headed in the direction of Wong Wain Yai train station. It is an obscure little place, hidden in a small alleyway, in a congested market area just off of a large traffic circle. Even though I used this train last year, I still had a difficult time finding the alley with the station. The train is a small commuter that runs between Thonburi and Mahachai,...

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Jan 13, 2007 - Phetchaburi

Phetchaburi. It has precisely one restaurant. Which I suppose makes it slightly better than Canberra because you can buy beer almost anywhere here. There's lots of street vendors selling food, it's just a shame I don't speak Thai and most of them seem to feature fish so I'm not too inclined to eat there. Anyway, there's lots of temples here. Lots and lots. I hired a motorbike to go and visit some. Unfortunately I got lost trying to find the first one which meant I didn't see that many in the end, but on the upside I did get to see more of...

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Geraint's World Trip

Feb 24, 2006 - Working with Asian Elephants in ChaAm

We are working at the Wildlife Rescue Center, and among the 200 animals that call this place home, we are working with the Asian elephants under the careful eye of the mahouts. There are 4 elephants here: KjaewTa, NongBo, Tia, and Namphon. Three of the four elephants are over the age of 40, and NongBo, the liveliest and most animated is only 21. We are having the most amazing and rewarding time here. Our daily routine begins just after sunrise, when retrieve the elephants that have been foraging in the forest at night and ride them back to...

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