A couple of friends and i decided to take a short trip north. We've been to most of the touristy spots so to make this ride interesting we planned to ride from KL-Ranong D1 about 1050km ,the next day spend half the day in Myanmar sightseeing. In the evening head to Phuket D2~390km. D3 in Phuket free and easy.And head back on Day 4 diectly from Phuket to Kl ~ 1050km..My previous longest distances were 860km 2011, 930km this year and the new record is 1050km now :-)
Early morning RV
2 of our rides
We set off at 5am. first rest stop at Tapah here
Another at Sungai Perak.The sun is finally out.
Me love you long time :-) :-)
The border was full as many riders were going to the 3 nation ride in Krabi
Many many bikes
A short break after the border formalities
Thailand here we come
We're on our way pic by Han
Weather still cloudy pic by Han
Some where near Surathani
Back on the road pic by Han
Off the highway the roads got narrower pic by Han
And curvier pic by Han
Close to our destination we saw this
So we decided to make a rest stop here
Cool.See the rider??
Another 100km to go
Nice quiet kampung roads. Awesome FJR lights really made the difference.
Soon we reached Ranong.Checked in , unpacked and went out in search of food
All the halal shops were closed ,but the lady on the right who could speak fluent Malay took us here
We only remembered photos after eating :-P
Back to the hotel crash and sleep.
The next morning we could see our surroundings.
After breakfast we headed here
Cause its the gateway to Myanmar
lighthouse or observation tower ???
While waiting for our next ride ,we decided to take some pics
Thats Myanmar behind my bike.
I'm took lazy to walk
Han rode down for more pics .i'm lazy
Being bums we took the cart instead of walking :-)
our ride is coming
Our first stop is here-Thahtay kyun Island
Home to the Andaman club
Looking back at Thailand
Standing on Myanmar soil .HOORAH
Anatomically correct ha ha :-)
We walked around and enjoyed the sights
A last look
Time for part 2
We're headed west
Mainland Myanmar proper
A year ago i was standing at Ranong on my way back from Cambodia and i promised myself i'll stepfoot on the mainland here
Welcome to Kaw Thaung AKA Victoria point
So cool to be standing here looking at this
Streets of Kaw Thaung
Myanmar soil :-)
We walked around,taking in the sights
No smiles anywhere
First we went to see the king of Myanmar
Meet his Royal Highness
The Royal View
Close up of the Last King of Myanmar
From there we headed to the main Pagoda
Third world alright
We would have to had taken off our shoes to go in.With boots on we said nevermind....
A final look before leaving.
We walked down town
Cooking with a wood fire.No Coal or gas
It was damp and deary
People were really cold,sullen and wary
Going to a central market.
All the shops were open,but no-one tried to sell us anything.
All they did was just look at us
Finally we had some local coffee before leaving.Thick and sweet.
Back on the bikes through Ranong pic by Han
Still a bit cloudy pic by Han
We took one ferry back to Andaman Club,and another back to the mainland Thailand.After immigration formalities we hit the road again.
A short break.
Great Thai roads as usual.
Empty roads pic by Han
Todays distance is not too long pic by Han
Another 100+ km to go pic by Han
We finally rode into Phuket around 9pm
Traffic as bad as KL
After checking in its time for yummies
Early the next morning we took a look around
Passing Kata beach
To head up here
For the view, and what a view.
All around view....awesome.
Then we headed here
To see Phukets big buddha
The view from the top
Inner part of the temple
I've been to the top during my last visit here last year.So this time i just sat at the bottom.
Then we headed to see more Wats
Great design and carvings
The main Wat
After looking around we headed back
To catch our next ride.
Also packed here
Nice beach though
We swam for a while in the clear water.
Back in the boat to the next isle
Here we anchored on the sea to snorkle for a while
Awwwwwwwwwww. Letih ke :-P
Then its of to the 3rd and final island
Nice beach again
We took a walk around
full house again
A forest of umbrellas
Nice clear water
As usual,i'm trying to take a picture and these ladies block my view
Time for contemplation
More view blokers...sheesh
Finally ,got away from those ladies ,and we headed back to the pier.
Full house again.
Back to Pa Tong we took a walk around.
Bangla Stadium ??!!?
Hard luck Cafe
Good musicians ,so so singers
Dinner at a Middle Eastern restaurant.
Not too bad
We left Phuket around 9am pic by Han
Bye Bye Pa Tong pic by Han
Crossing Phuket's bridge pic by Han
Today was going to be long.Here we stopped along the way at an empty store front.Turns out it was a police station.Once the cops saw we were friendly,out came the cameras.
Its was really fun for all of us.
After saying goodbye we headed on our way
From the cop station we continued our way pic by Han
Nice limestone formations pic by Han
Big huh pic by Han
A last photo before the Malaysian border.
From the above we crossed the border and headed south.We finally reached KL around midnight.
Its has been a few days hard riding but the experiences have been amazing...especially walking the streets of Myanmar..A good ride and amazing experiences.As usual now we have to decide where next :-)