Day 70 Lamae to Surat Thani

107km/7hrs

Country roads most of way (4112 & 417 into Surat Thani). Flat but few slight hills. Good road. Food and drink available. Ban Don hotel 400B is fine and good friendly service. Even got bars on the windows to hang ones washing.

I got the impression that the youth managing the resort was not too sad to see me leave. I gave him a cheery hello and thank you while offering him the key but he just nodded at the counter and turned his back. No matter, I don’t thinkĀ  we were destined to become close friends.

I didn’t get lost for a change but did have a dog attack. Two women were chatting at a road junction and as I passed their dogs rushed me. I managed to out run them when expressing my disapproval to the women. ‘I would appreciate it if you could keep better control of your lively dogs’ or something very similar. I have a respiratory infection so left a trail of phlegm in my wake today.

Paddy has made way for plantations. Rubber but mainly palm. People beeping and waving encouragement and generally very friendly. Lots of places for food and water.

Lonely planet guide made Surat Thani sound very sleazy. They suggested getting here and leaving the same day and if one had to stay not leaving the hotel. It is not so bad. A few nice coffee places, a good night market with better food than in most other places and a Cool club. I imagined girls mobbing you as you left the hotel shouting, ‘Hello, you handsome’. Actually the town is a bit dead after 9pm.

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garbage picker, Surat Thani

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street from my hotel

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not a nice road going into Surat Thani for last 20km

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motorbike mechanic

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quiet country roads for most of the day

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roads in south are a bit too straight

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obvious large Chinese community in Surat Thani

obvious large Chinese community in Surat Thani

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I didn’t see much other night life around

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Doesn’t look a bad hotel just up the road from Ban Don hotel

 

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Day 69 Champhon to Lamae (total 3,038 km so far)

105km/6.5hrs

Small roads and highway (AH2). Little hilly in places. Plenty of places for food and water but gaps of about 20km.

Veg breakfast with Ralf. Then he wanted to rent his second motorbike so I drove it from his place to my hotel. Thus left late. Local road for first 10km. Turn right out of Sri Champhon hotel and keep going straight and diagonally across the highway when meet it. Then highway until Lang Suan after 70km and then took 4134 to signed turn off to Lamae (25km).

Lang Suan is a reasonably sized town but didn’t seem anything special and actually became boring as I tried to get out of it. Turn right straight after going under the railway line and keep going.

Light showers until about 5km before Lamae and then opened up where there was no shelter. Why does it do that? Arrived at Lamae soaked to a sour faced cow at the resort and a youth that had obviously just woken up and didn’t appreciate it. Only thing he said to me was, ‘Money!’. I showed how I was soaking wet and tired and would give it to him after a shower. He replied, ‘money!’ and I closed the door. Some resorts and hotels have very pleasant staff while others have studied being surly and rude.

Lamae has a railway station, few shops and few places to eat and one resort in town and one just before. First impressions are not too positive which are correct. Got accommodation (no wifi again) food and beer so not so bad for a night. There are also statues of the famous Thai wallaby at the garage. That is about as exciting as it gets in Lamae.

However, even one horse towns like this have a restaurant where people gather at night to eat, drink and socialize.

river and cables

river and cables

most foreigners do not know about the Thai wallaby

most foreigners do not know about the Thai wallaby