What a fantastic trip! Certainly one for the bucket list, and all I can say is, Malaysia should be on every SE Asia bikers short list! Day 1- Neil and I left Bangkok bright and early on Wednesday March 28th to escape the Big Smoke ahead of morning rush hour. Frank and Brian would put their bikes on the night train from Bangkok to Surat Thani and meet us there the next morning. Gixxer packed and ready to roll! Breakfast of champions just outside of Bangkok We made excellent time, traffic was light, the highway to Surat Thani is in good shape heading south (*but really rough heading north!) and we breezed through a few police checkpoints without any hassles. Gas and coffee stop somewhere just south of Prachuap Kiri Khan- We made excellent time and reached the Surat Thani train station shortly before 1. Turns out the train station is quite a ways from the actual city and there didn't seem to be much in the way of accommodation near the station so we rode over to the city proper and checked in to the Diamond Plaza Hotel- big clean rooms for 1300 Baht, secure vip parking for the bikes out front, a nice pool, in room massage and a fantastic restaurant nearby.