Bangkok to Cambodia - Day 6 - Chanthaburi to Pong Nam Rong
- Distance 100km
- Max Elevation 250m
Bangkok to Cambodia - Chanthaburi to Pong Nam RongRide Profile
The goal today on our Bangkok to Cambodia ride was to get to Pong Nam Rong, about 20km from the Thai/
Cambodia border. The direct route up the main road was only 45km so we
decided to ride up to the Khoa Kitchakut national park to see the Nam
Tok Krathing waterfall.
Along the way we stopped in amazement, surprised to see a large Buddha next to the road.
We took a quiet road along the riverside and through coconut and oil
palm plantations to Krathing where we had the best coffee yet in
Thailand at a little cafe at a car wash. A few kilometres west of here
was the entrance to the national park where we had to pay $4 each entry
fee. Leaving the bikes at the visitor centre we walked up the slippery
road to the bottom of the falls.
The water descends in a series of nine steps but being surrounded by
lush jungle it is impossible to see much of it. We started climbing the
rough, rocky path up the mountain towards the top. It soon started to
rain and then pour and we were quickly so drenched we might as well have
climbed the waterfall itself. Giving up on ever getting a good photo of
the falls we returned to the bikes and the cafe for lunch. Thinking
that the rain was over for the day we set off with dry t-shirts on but
within 10 minutes had to shelter again. We were beckoned into the porch
of a roadside house by a local couple. While we sheltered there they
were busy in the room inside. The man was moving furniture with his wife
close behind holding a torch in one hand and a broom in the other. We
decided they were after a mouse.
For a second time the rain lessened and we put on the ponchos to
continue but a third downpour soon followed. This time we were stuck for
about 40 minutes, sheltering under a parasol at a disused roadside
stall. A large puddle developed on the road which meant we had to keep
jumping out of the spray when fast traffic passed by.
Finally we set off on our Bangkok to Cambodia ride again, by now anxious to cover the 40km remaining to
our destination. The last 10km took us up a gentle 250m climb but the
heat and high humidity made it seem steeper. Pong Nam Rong is just a
small town at a crossroads and riding through we couldn't find any
guesthouses. There was a signpost to a hotel 1km further so we rode
there. It was in the middle of nowhere, more like a motel and no other
guests but lots of 'staff' and no restaurant or bar. One of them called
the owner on her mobile and Steve spoke to him. He said he would get one
of the boys to take us into town on his motorbike and for the staff to
prepare us a small breakfast in the morning.
So after a quick wash and brush up we both climbed onto the back of the
motorbike, with Karen in the middle with her thighs wrapped tightly
round the young man's, and Steve hanging on at the back for the ride
back into town. He waited while we dined and then took us back to the
At this point of our Bangkok to Cambodia ride we are within a stones throw of the Cambodian border and a whole new adventure.
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