Archive for April, 2012

Apr 10 2012

Cycling from Bangkok to Singapore: From the border to Penang

Published by under Bangkok to Singapore by bike

Things change the minute you get into Malaysia. For one thing, most of the roadside food stalls disappear, as do the paved verges. In Thailand, almost every road we were on had at least half a metre of paved verge — a sensible road building policy in Southeast Asia, where many of the vehicles are … read the full post

Apr 07 2012

Thailand’s Ang Thong National Marine Park

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Ang Thong (Golden Bowl) National Marine Park is located north and west of Ko Samui, and is within sight of Samui on clear days. The park, which includes 42 islands and limestone massifs, was once a hide out for pirates but these days gets patrolled by the Thai navy. The islands of the park are … read the full post

Apr 07 2012

Cycling from Bangkok to Singapore: On cycling through the far south

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As Gaby and I were planning this trip we knew that we would have to transit the south of Thailand, which has suffered from an on-again, off-again insurgency for almost a decade. Like most insurgencies, this one doesn’t have much to do with outsiders, and foreigners haven’t been targets specifically because they are foreigners. That … read the full post

Apr 05 2012

Cycling from Bangkok to Singapore: Finishing Thailand

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Our days cycling from Bangkok to Singapore developed into a routine. Awaken early (which proved to be easy, as most evenings we were in bed and unconscious by 22:00) and take ibuprofen. This trip has taught me what it will be like for me when I am very old and the simple act of getting … read the full post

Apr 05 2012

Ko Chang noi: Thailand’s most laidback island?

Published by under Andaman Sea islands

As far as countries go, Thailand is known to be an especially laidback one, and some of the Thai language’s most frequently used phrases express this. There’s sabai sabai, which most phrasebooks translate simply as “relax”, but to me it’s more like “chill chill” or better yet, “just kick back and relax because everything is … read the full post

Apr 02 2012

Bangkok to Singapore by bike: Packing

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Packing for a 2000 kilometre cycle journey is an interesting proposition, especially if you’ve never done a long distance cycle tour before. I had no idea what would be necessary, really, so it was all educated guesses and asking advice that helped us create our packing list. And by packing list, I mean stuff we … read the full post

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