Another great Thailand Tour
I think the group were genuinely amazed when, at the end of the latest Thailand tour, they took a taxi south to Phuket’s tourist mecca Paton beach. After two weeks of tracing our way along narrow lanes, red dirt tracks and quiet byways with nary a Western face to be seen the hordes of lobster red tourists wobbling from Patong’s crowded bars to its beach brightly decorated with multi coloured sunshades came as something of a culture shock.
Needless to say I was as pleased as Punch with the tour. Still I feel a great feeling of satisfaction whenever I ride this route, it took a lot of work to create the route and the whole way is quiet with stunning scenery and every friendly people, and, although pride is a sin I am very proud of it. The nine kilometres stretch of national highway we had to use in the past is now whittled down to just five. Three kilometres on the first full day on the road and then, some days later, we have another two, all on a wide shoulder.
New for the next tour
A while back I had occasion to use a resort deeper into the Khao Sok region than we venture at present. So beautiful was the resort and the setting that I found it irresistible to incorporate into the tour. So as from February 2014 we will have only one inclusive night in Bangkok and one extra day on the road (extra nights in Bangkok can of course be organised with no problem). The extra day is just a morning’s cycling leaving a whole afternoon free to either relax on you private balcony, explore the local trails and lanes by bike or enjoy the river at the bottom of the hillside upon which the resort sits; oh, or of course enjoy a beer by the pool side.
And finally, a few pics
Once again we were fortunate to have a great photographer aboard, this time a much respected friend from tours gone by. Being the kindly and generous chap he is Ivan has send me a selection of his images from this tour to share on the blog and on the website. Many Thanks Ivan and many thanks also to the rest of the group and our wonderful usual crew for making the tour such a great success.
All images courtesy of Ivan Sikic (except of course the one he is in).