From Bangkok..... To Sadao Border

 

 

Nov 30, 2001

We departed from the head office of Tourism Authority of Thailand, on Ratchadapisek Road at 5.00 p.m., Friday, November 30, 2001. It was one of the worst traffic jam days in Bangkok. We passed Jitlada Grand Palace and biked to Suan Sam Pran, Nakornpratom Province. Our family and friends stayed with us to give us moral support. We stay overnight at Banrie Coffee.

 

 
 
 

 

Dec 1, 2001

Our friends drove to meet us to give us the support we needed. Thank you Khun Pongsak and Khun Adisorn for your kind support and good wishes. Banrie Coffee had dinner waiting for us on arrival. We were given a warm welcome in their home. In the morning, we read the article about us in the front page of the Daily News.


 

 
 

 

 

Dec 3, 2001

It was a hot day. We arrived at the Khao Yoi post office, in Phetburi Province and rested for a while. We went to an Internet public booth, and sent email to our family and friends to update them on our journey. We decided to mail the unnecessary things back home, as our panniers were overweight.

That day, we met a cyclist who knew of us from the media coverage. We shared each other's experiences.

We met Khun Charoen and Khun Suntaree who has been following news about us a long time. They are bike enthusiasts, and members of the Phetburi Cycling Club. Later, we had dinner together at Banrie Coffee, also known as "Bann Lad". They supported and contributed financially towards our trip.

 

 

 
 

 

 

Dec 4, 2001

The weather was nice today. The atmosphere was foggy, which gave the palm trees in the field a fresh, yet mysterious appearance. Bann Lad, Phetburi Province is truly beautiful.

From hereon, we are without a specific destination or schedule. We are winging our way through. Today, it is 36 degree Celsius. It is very hot. We arrived at Amphur Pranburi late in the evening when it was dark. We asked the managers of the Electricity Region, Pranburi for permission to camp on their grounds. They happily obliged us, and provided us a guard to watch and protect us in the night. The guard and staff was honored by this responsibility, as he had been following news about us and wanted to meet us.

 

 
 

 

 

Dec 5, 2001

Today is the King's birthday, we wish him well.

We biked to Prajuabkirikhan Province, and stay overnight at Thupsakae Hospital. The director of the hospital welcomed and allowed us to camp there. He gave us some medicines for travel.

 

 
 

 

 

Dec 6, 2001

We found interesting places such as national parks. The narrowest of Thailand was 10.960 Kilometres, in Prachuabkirikhan Province. We avoided the highways and rode in the rural areas to see the beautiful countryside. The view is truly spectacular, yet gives the feeling of tranquility. We passed Bang Berd District, which is known for its sweet watermelons.

We arrived in the Prathew District, Chumporn Province in the night, and had difficulty finding a place to stay. We ate at a restaurant nearby and met a group of college students in King Rama IV Ladkrabang Institution. They were very kind to give us a room to stay overnight. We greatly appreciated their hospitality.

 

 
 

 

 

Dec 7, 2001

The sunrise and the view of the coconut trees on the beaches is so beautiful. We planned a 120 km ride to Langsuan District for the day. We encountered many steep uphill and downhill roads. Mou's sister and brother met us on the way. His brother biked with us for 40 Kilometers, and arrived in Amphur Muang, Chumporn. We gave a live radio interview at MCOT, at 10.00 p.m. and ate dinner later.  

 

 

 
 

 

 

Dec 8, 2001

We paid respect to the Langsuan District director, and met the Langsuan Cycling Team. They gave us a warm welcome. We had a good meal at a restaurant. Later, we were invited to another welcome dinner by the Paknam District director, who had won an award for her outstanding contributions to society.

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Dec 9, 2001

Phukhaoya Cycling Team from Ranong Province met us and joined the bike ride from Langsuan, Chumporn to Amphur Sichon, Nakornsrithammarat. We saw palm trees, rice fields and beaches. We visited ancient temple called Chaiya Pagoda.

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We arrived at Tapee River, the main river in southern Thailand. We took photographs at the King Rama V Bridge. We camped on the grass fields of the Phunphin Police Station. Late in the evening, we had dinner in a market place. We met a member of the Phunphin Cycling Team. He welcomed us and contacted the team to join us on our route to Surathani Province.

 

 

 
 

 

 

Dec 10, 2001

The Phunphin Cycling Team met us at 7.00 a.m., and took us for breakfast. We biked altogether to Amphur Muang, Suratthani, and paid our respects to Sann Lak Muang and Kanchanadit District. The team took us for lunch and then biked back home. We biked to Wiphavadee Waterfall and rested there. We carried on until we arrived at Mou's home at Nakornsrithammarat.

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We got a big surprise! All our cousins and villagers welcomed us with a grand feast. We were given beautiful flowers. We were thrilled and moved by their actions.

 

 

 
 

 

 

Dec 11, 2001

The remaining Phukhaoya Cycling Team left for their home today. We have fond feelings for Ranong Province, and highly recommend cyclists to tour it. The scenery is breath-taking.

There are many beautiful places in Amphur Sichon Nakornsrithammarat where Mou comes from. The Khaoluang National Park and Khaonun National Park is wonderful. It has the third highest Mountain in Thailand. It has the Thongyang Beach, which is clean and tranquil.

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We visited counsins, and gave a talk at the Sichon Prachasarn High School and Bann Khaofai Elembentary School, where Mou had studied. We told the students our mission, which inspired them to pursue their dreams.

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We rested at home for a few days. The Sichon Cycling Team and the little kids biked with us to Amphur Muang Nakornsrithammarat.

 

Dr. Rangsit Thongsamak gave us a warm welcome, and took us all for lunch in the Thasala District. He also biked with us to his home in Nakornsrithammarat. We encountered heavy rain all the way. Dr. Rangsit accommodated us a few nights in his home. He took us to pay our respects to Khun Sawat Kleawthanong, the principal of Nakornsrithammarat Province. He contributed financially towards our mission. We gave a talk about our trip and mission to the Siam Thani villagers.

 

 

 
 

 

 

Dec 17, 2001

It has been raining continuously for two days. We met Khun Pupe, a pharmacist at the Ronphiboon Hospital. She offered accommodation for us at the hospital. We met the director of Ronphiboon Hospital. He kindly treated us and the team to dinner. We were very grateful.

 

 
 

 

 

Dec18, 2001

We were contacted by a member of Phattalung Cycling Team from Khun Sak Pulead, who offered to host us in Phattalung. We were honored, and accepted his invitation. We arrived at the "Sor Kor Yor" office, which funded the agricultural sector of the village. Five cyclists from the team biked with us and took us to the Phattalung Technical College. We were greeted by the principal, who treated us to lunch. We also went to the Thungyangplea School to meet the teachers and students, and relate to them our experiences.

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A reporter met us at the Sor Kor Yor office (S.K.Y.), and interviewed us. S,K.Y. gave us a warm welcome and found a house for us to stay for two nights. We were active in Phattalung giving a talks to Weeranat School, Phattalung Phittayakom School, Agricultural Technical College, Technical College and Muang Phattalung School. Late in the night, we did a live radio interview at MCOT.

 

 
 

 

 

Dec 20, 2001

The Phattalung Cycling Team biked with us to Hat Yat, Songkhla. One team member, Mr. Pien, is 65 years old, and a great cyclist. He had ridden 999 Kilometres from Amphur Natawee to Bangkok to visit our King on Dec 5, 2001 He has our admiration. The Manager of S.K.Y at Phabon Office contributed funds for our journey. We gave a talk at the Thedsabarn Wat Phuphapimuk School.

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We met fifty cyclist from the the Hat Yai Cycling Team at the Big C Department Store. They biked with us to Bann Suan Rim Nam Resort. The resort owner, Khun Sak, was happy to have us as his guest for four nights. Dr. Rungroj Kuapanich, the leader of the Hai Yai Cycling Team had arranged that for us. We were all invited to a fine Sea Food Restaurant. In Hat Yai, there are many cycling teams. The Loy Chai Team is one of them. The team took us for a health-check at Bangkok Hospital. We were given a certificate of health and a medical kit to take with us. The Loy Chai Team also treated us to many meals in Hat Yai. Suansamran Restaurant gave us lunch on the house. We visited McDonalds' and got a free meals and drinks as well. We visited Tourism Authority of Thailand in Hat Yai Office to get more info about tourism in the south. We went to the Diana Department Store where the manager had invited many students from different schools to bike with us. We told them our experiences and mission, and encouraged them to strive for their goals.

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We were honored to meet the District Director of Hat Yai. He wished us well. On the day that we left Hat Yai, the leader of the Hat Yai Cycling Team, the Loy Chai Team, the Managing Director of Diana Department Store and members, and our friends wished us a safe journey. On the way, Haad Thip, a company producing Coca-Cola for south region, supplied us drinks, and wished us a safe journey. We took pictures with the Haad Thip team members.

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The Tung Lung Cycling Team met us and biked with us for some length of the route. They treated us to lunch. Then we meet Klong Ngae Cycling Team who biked to Sadao with us. They also bought us lunch. The Police Tourist Car led us from Hat Yai to S.K.Y. Sadao Office in Amphur Sadao. We stayed overnight in a house at S.K.Y. Sadao. We are grateful to all the S.K.Y. office personnel for their hospitality.

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The Loy Chai Cycling Team, Khun Rome, Khun Surin and wife, Khun Pook, Khun Sunet, all wished us well at the Sadao border. The Loy Chai Cycling Team coordinated with the Lee Run Bike Shop in Had Yai to contact the Soe Beng Bike Shop, Aloe Setar in Malaysia, and asked them to join us for part of the route. Five Malaysian members of the team greeted us at the border Border!!!

Please follow our journey in Malaysia.

     
 

What impressed us the most in our journey are the hospitality, warmth and kindness that the people gave to us. These people went out of their way to help us. We will forever remember them and appreciate their deeds.

 

 

 

 
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