Thailand West Coast - Day 9 - Khuraburi to Ranong
- Distance 115km
- Max Elevation 78m
Thailand West Coast - Khuraburi to Ranong Ride Profile
The morning was cool and we got an early start on the Thailand West Coast ride opting to have breakfast on the road. The way was much hillier than it had been of late. After an hour we came across a typical roadside cafe with a couple of pans of steaming food. These places are always a bit of a lottery. i.e. you never know quite what you are going to get. This one was at the lower end of the scale. As the lady took the lids off Steve's heart sank. The first was some dried fish in a curry type source with green leaves, but it was mostly bones. The other a thin broth with celery like chunks in it and some pork bones but no meat. It was the least appetising meal we had eaten, but needs must. We had to stop later to fill the gaps with some bananas.
A little further along the Thailand West Coast was a signpost to a Tsunami Museum. It was just a small room in the village community centre. This part of Thailand West Coast was one of the worst affected by the Tsunami, being close to and in direct line from Banda Ache where the epicentre was. There were many deaths in the small fishing villages along the coast as well those fisherman out fishing at the time. There were harrowing video testimonies from some of the villagers.
The Thailand West Coast road rolled up and down between the high mountains on the right and the sea on the left, although we were not close enough to see it. It was hot but there was thankfully quite a bit of shade provided by the trees at the roadside. The Thailand West Coast road continued through lots of small villages where the hard shoulder was covered with grasses and reeds drying in the sunshine for thatching, baskets and broom making.
Lunch in Kapoe was a better experience than breakfast. They even had an English menu, made very simple because the only served four dishes, but the crispy pork was wonderful. The road was a lot flatter after lunch but the sun was intense. Just as Steve was praying for an ice cream seller, one appeared from a side road and we stopped for refreshment.
As we continued along the Thailand West Coast road and got closer to Ranong the mountains became a rocky escarpment with two impressive waterfalls tumbling down the side of the rock face.
Ranong was manic. Riding through the centre of the town all of the school children were being dropped off and people were piling into the local buses. Finding our accommodation, the Sutra Bungalows was straightforward and after such a long day we couldn't wait to wash off the grime of the road.
The town is the place where ex-pats go to cross the border into Myanmar and come back again to renew their visas. There are quite a few western style bars and restaurants and the place has a slightly ex-pat vibe.
Our ride up the Thailand West Coast was complete and tomorrow we would cross the Peninsular over to the east side.
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