I now sit aboard a flight bound for Colombo, from where I intend to set out once again looking over possibilities for a new PaintedRoads cycling tour in Sri Lanka.
The airport I have just watched disappear below wispy white clouds is Phuket, where a very pleasant month of Thailand tours drew to a timely conclusion. I have already rambled on about the success of our inaugural North Thailand tour, and so will trouble you no more with tales of just how much fun riding through the beautiful countryside that borders Burma and Lao is. Instead I would like to quickly say just how much fun the beachside riding in the south has been. As is the norm in Thailand these days the weather was a mix of clear sky and cloudy days, with lots of those big fluffy clouds that look so beautiful from the ground but cause your wine to spill over your britches if your airline pilot doesn’t notice them in time.
New for this tour was a foray deeper into the Kao Sok Park than usual. We have always visit the beautiful lake created by Ratchaprhapa Dam, but passing the park without going further in has been niggling away at me for a while, and with a wonderful jungle resort built on the side of a natural amphitheatre not so far off of our route I finally decided to see how it would work as part of the tour – “absolutely stunning, do you think we can have two nights here please?” Was how Marry from near Oxford summed it up. So that’s that decide then, an extra night incorporated into a tour that is constantly evolving and improving; as Natt and I discussed, this tour had never been the same twice. What’s new for next time? A rather stunning new resort and, for February only, a special offer for those wishing to join both the North and the South tours, more of which soon. For now, Sri Lanka time.
Cheerio for now