our year end ride for 2016 took us on the little explored regions between Bangkok and Krabi.
somehow, us SG bikers will just gun for Chiangmai and skip the hill regions of Khaosok and Ranong.
On the road to Ranong, a whole row of road side shops selling Pau of 3 different flavours!
Here's a video of the terrain we ride thru in Thailand :)
Midway between Khaosok and Ranong, there is a quiet little cafe on a lookout point. As usual, there is a HUGE expresspo machine in there and lots of cakes / coffee :)
We make it to Ranong, a quiet quiet little town with a Big C supermarket. They sold motorcycles for a song!
Stayed two nights in Ranong and even found the local hospital has a sideline business of running a spa!
Enough of the quiet spots... so we headed into Hua Hin, planning to stay at Mana Thai, Hua Hin. It was the perfect little hotel, with huge rooms, secure parking and walking distance to EVERYthing a travelling biker could want :) On a day trip northwards, we went to seek out Santorini Park, a man-made theme park.
On another day trip out of Hua Hin, we find the Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, approx 35km away from town and in a beautifully set countryside.
The tourists in us wanted to also have pics in front of the legendary Hua Hin Railway station.
On our return journey, we spent a night at Chumphon and picked this cute google inspired container hotel :)
We also went seeking for Thayang Hotel, a place we stayed in 2002, when we did our 1 month tour of Thailand. Thayang is still standing AND fully booked for the night!
Southwards we went, to spend some time in Krabi. We attended the Ya Cooking School and she was even interviewed by Gordon Ramsey for some Thai cooking tips :) her spoken English is fantastic and we had a great time doing the "Bang Bang".... (Ya speak for using the mortar and pestle) Pounding brings out the fragrance of the spices, not blending!