Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We planned 385 km down the 4 to Ranong and the sky is cloudy, but looks dry.


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    We set out later than planned at 830 and stopped at the Wat at the edge of town for some photos, at 7-11!!! for some cold drinks and then for gas and we still made 200 km by 1030.


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    There is some traffic, but the speed of it is mostly 80-90 and most of the road is 4 lane divided highway. Plus in Thailand the drivers are not constantly trying to kill you!

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    We had planned to stop when we had 100 km left, but of course by then it was raining moderately hard. This is too bad, since the last part of the road is curvy, 2 lane, and mountainous. We arrived to the hotel just before it started really pouring.

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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It is a drag as we are in prime beach paradise over the next few days and the forecast is for rain for the next week. We borrowed some umbrellas and braved the storm to get a late lunch and for Dan a shave and a hair cut. Despite the forecast we booked tomorrow at what is supposed to be one of Thailand’s nicest mainland beaches not that far south from here.


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    We got up and walked to the “palace” and city shrine, which are actually quite small, but there is a great breakfast place across the road called “sunny side up”. It is very overcast and grey, but at least not raining.
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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had 312 km south to Koh Kwang beach north west of Krabi. We drew a crowd from the bus station as we were leaving.


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    Just south of town we stopped at this large Wat complex.

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    The route is mostly on the #4 and it is a 4 lane divided and so we made great time. Surprisingly after 70 km from Ranong we did not see another gas station for 100 km and we were cutting it pretty close when we finally found one and they of course only had 91. There are a few 2 lane sections with construction and we had some light rain for the last hour. This made for a pretty humid afternoon and it was sweaty even thought it was only 28.

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It was also raining when we left the 4 to ride on the small roads over the mountain towards the coast and they were a bit “mossy” so we had to take it pretty slowly on the narrow serpentine roads.


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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The place we booked is in the town, but on the sea shore. We hid out in the air con most of the afternoon to recover from the intense heat and humidity.


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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we rode just 6 km down the road to the beautiful Tubkaek Beach. This is a very shallow bay when the tide is out and you have to walk a very long way out to swim and the water is very warm. We were lucky we left when we did as about 45 min after we got back to the guesthouse it started torrentially raining. There was an amazing thunder and lightening show. The town was pretty quiet because the roads leading north here have been flooded.

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    We are only going 129 km south to Pak Meng Beach as we still have two days to get to Hat Yai to meet Faizal and Trevor.


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    The road south is now open since it had been closed for the last 2 days because of the flooding. This guy looks like he has a monkey hitch hiker!

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    We made good time since there is no traffic, but stopping at the long traffic lights was brutal in the humidity. The skies continued to be dark grey all morning, but we had only the odd sprinkle.


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    We had booked at a place on the beach and though check in was at 3 and we arrived at 11 they let us shower and change so we could enjoy the pool.


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    The sun set was pretty incredible.

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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The forecast has improved for today and we opted to take the long way to Hat Yai via Satun.

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    There was quite a bit of flooding still in spots.

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    We were planning to meet Trevor who was riding from Ko Lanta island and Faizal who arrived yesterday from Kuala Lumpur. We have now met Faizal on 4 continents ( at the Porvenier ferry in SA, in Vancouver in NA, in Luxembourg in Europe, and in Hat Yai in Asia). He has been here many times and was able to book us a hotel and treat us to some great food. Interesting that I get the daily Canadian Government travel alert emails (mostly for natural disaster info) and Hat Yai was listed this week as “avoid all travel”. Wonder why?

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    Trevor also arrived from Ko Lanta about 20 minutes after we did. Today we also met Andy who arrived from the UK to pick up his bike that came by truck from Bangkok today. Lunch was at a local spot with lots of seafood. We had a few too many [​IMG]s at the Irish pub (every tourist town in the world has one), some food at the night market, and then headed to bed.


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    The plan today is breakfast at the Hotel with Trevor, who will stay here another night and then the rest of us will head to the border. It is 60 km down the 4 south to the border zone and we left at 930 (1030 in Malaysia).

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    About 4 km from the border you are directed into what looks like the border zone, but this is just for trucks to stop and you must keep going. The road pops back out onto the main drag of town.


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    When we arrived at the actual Thai border zone we were met by Malaysian biker Nor, who lives nearby and who came to help us thru the steps here since Faizal has never used this border with a carnet. She also knows the routine for the insurance and the International driving permit (IDP). (Agencies will charge 60R to do the IDP, which the police actually do for free).

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    We parked to the left and then crossed over to the insurance office across the street. You have to get the insurance here at the border before you cross as the next place to get it is KL 475 km away. They want your passport, bike registration and your Thai TVIP (they use this as it has your VIN and engine number where they know where to find it). The ladies keyed all the info into the computer, but then they needed approval from the Kuala Lumpur office. They initially could not get ahold of them and then it was noon there and they had gone to lunch.

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    So we rode back into town 2 km to have our own lunch. When we returned the insurance was done and we paid the 90 Ringet ( Thanks Faizal our personal money exchange) or 22 USD for the minimum 1 month.

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    You then ride south under the gate and go left and follow the “motorcycle” signs. These ultimately direct you to a coned off lane that goes right in a U turn and back to the entry side of the border.

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    They are under construction here and it is a bit disorganized. You park to the right and go to the first building on your left where you hand in your Thai TVIP and get your Thai exit passport stamp.


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    Next you ride back north and to the left and park to the left just after the car Thai exit gates now on your right and just before the road south/left to the Malaysian side. This is where you would just keep going if you got into Thailand without using your carnet.


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    From here you walk 400 m west to the building with the green roof and go to the far window beside the new fancy entry gate to Thailand and talk to the customs officer. He had to take us inside to discuss this with his boss, who initially did not seem to keen to give us the stamp. Luckily we had Faizal to discuss this with them. Ultimately they relented and we all walked back with the officer and “said stamp” to see the bikes.

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    He did not check the VIN or engine numbers just the plates. He needed a bit of help to fill in the exit piece of the carnet, which we need, but did not seem to want to fill in his section (which we don’t need but he probably did), and he left it in the book. We are done with Thailand in 30 minutes not counting the 2 1/2 hours for insurance.

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    After this you ride 500 m to the Malaysian border zone where Nor was again waiting for us.


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    Here you park on the left and get in line on foot (or pillion on a scooter like Dan) with all the people in line on their scooters. You get your fingerprints done and a passport entry stamp and exit sticker.

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    Next you walk 150 m to the left to the new building and have your carnet entry stamped. They also needed help on how to fill this in and in fact spoiled a page of Andy’s carnet as they put their entry stamp on the very top section, which remains in the book when you return it instead of on the bottom, which is the entry section that they keep. Luckily he has extra pages. They did all 3 in less than 15 minutes.


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    Then we went with Nor to the traffic police office. This is back past the bikes and then 150 m to the right to the not so new building, which is next to the old collapsing customs building. Here the very friendly police completed our International Driving Permit. They also wanted stickers from WWR. Now back to the bikes and we hit the road after 3pm.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We made it about 15 km when it started to pour and we pulled in for shelter and gas, which is half the price here it is in Thailand. We said goodbye to Nor about 10 km later and headed south.


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    The idea was to book it on the highway and we have a hotel booked in Perak Tengah by a friend of Faizal’s. We still had 150 km to go at 6pm, but we had to have a break and a coffee. We had only an hour of driving in the dark and managed to get to the hotel at 830 pm after a day of 372 km and a border.


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