(Thailand) Songkran is so good to cool down the heat!!!

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It was easy to find a cheap hotel and resort in Thailand. But in the small village, there was nothing that I went to a police station to ask for camping since many cyclists told me that they set up a tent next to the police station. And that was true that they let me sleep at the police station. Even they invited me to the dinner which was prepared for police officers.

 

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After dinner, I had the chat with them and one of them showed me the gun. I was a bit nervous because I saw a real gun for the first time in my life.

 

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Although it was a small village, there was so much energy because Songkran was coming.

 

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When I was about to set up my tent, they invited me to sleep inside the building with air condition. It was too hot to sleep outside that I felt heaven.

 

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When I was in Myanmar, I checked the map of Thailand on Google Maps. To see the map was my favorite thing as it gave many ideas. At this time, I tried to make the route where tourists and foreigners would not go much to feel real local culture.
On my route I made, I had to cycle on a small road to cross mountains. It was really steep but quiet. Actually Thai road had amazing good paved roads. But many times it was too steep to cycle. When I went to Seven Eleven, my unofficial sponsor, which provided coldest air condition everywhere in Thailand, there were girls celebrating Songkran.

 

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Kids and the men were waiting for motorcycles passing to spray water. I was expecting they would spray water at me as well. But they were too polite and careful to do at me. It seemed they were worried about my bicycle bags wet. I loved the kind and generous people but this time I was disappointed at it because I wanted to play together with them.

 

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I was not sure why the trees were dead. Anyway, I reached the east coast.

 

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I was cycling on the main road, but no one had water fighting that I was disappointed. Then I decided to turn to a small city to check. And yes, I found the fighting place!! I didn’t like any violence usually, but this time was except that I wanted to fight. But still, people were careful with me. Someone asked me politely to pour water and I said “YES!!!” and they poured water on my back carefully.

 

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And after it, people started to spray water at me. When my clothes and panniers were totally wet, no one was polite anymore. Everyone sprayed water at me and finally, I was involved in water fighting!
It looked so much fun that people were on the truck with a big water tank.

 

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It was so much fun that I kept cycling around the small town again and again.

 

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And some families invited me to their territory and provided me arms to fight together. It was a crazy fun thing I’ve ever had. I didn’t know this town name and where it was. It was just a big surprise gift for me.

 

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After cooling down the heat in the town, I left to find the hotel. Definitely it was one of the memorable experiences on my trip.

 

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I tried writing Thai letters to order a drink. Yes, I was really bad at writing any letters!

 

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20 Baht was 70 cents. There were 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 baht banknotes and all of them had King’s picture at the front. They just made a new banknote with the new king.

 

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󠀠󠀠󠀠󠀠I stopped cycling to look around the temple which was quiet.

 

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󠀠󠀠󠀠󠀠Actually, I didn’t see many monkeys since I came to Southeast Asia. Maybe this was the big number of monkeys I’ve ever seen. And guess how many monkeys are on the picture?

 

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It was a remoted quiet place that monkeys were not used to people. They just ran away from me and played on Buddha’s knees.

 

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󠀠󠀠󠀠I walked up to the middle of the mountain where the big Buddha was. Everything was green in Thailand.

 

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󠀠󠀠󠀠󠀠I slept at the resort next to the beach. Before starting my day, I just sit a bit. It was always a bit afraid of cycling again because of the heat that I liked to relax before cycling again.

 

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󠀠󠀠󠀠󠀠On the map, I found a small peninsular. So I decided to go in.

 

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󠀠󠀠󠀠󠀠But there was nothing special except boats.

 

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󠀠󠀠󠀠󠀠Before going back to the small road, I found a coconut. I wanted to open it, but I couldn’t find any tool. So I hit it on my bicycle’s frame. I gave up very quickly only after one hit cause I was afraid that I would break the bicycle frame by coconut.

 

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On the way, I found beautiful mangroves which had smelly water.

 

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󠀠󠀠󠀠󠀠There was a nice resort at mangroves that I decided to sleep for a night.

 

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󠀠󠀠󠀠󠀠After crossing a small bridge, I unpacked and took the shower at the cottage. The scenery was very peaceful and beautiful. But the peace didn’t go long since I found a few cockroaches and there were many bugs at a bathroom. I was afraid of cockroaches crawling on me while sleeping. I won’t sleep next to mangroves again.

 

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󠀠󠀠󠀠󠀠If you want to see a spectacle cloud, you should go to the place where had lots of shower like Thailand.

 

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󠀠󠀠󠀠󠀠Sometimes I stopped cycling when I found an interesting thing. The local lady ground the coconut on the basket which had a tool connected to the motor. It looked so easy to take all the skin out.

 

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󠀠󠀠󠀠󠀠The scenery was usually quiet in south Thailand.

 

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Through Airbnb, I󠀠󠀠󠀠󠀠 found a nice apartment in a bit city, Hat Yai, closed to the Malaysian border. It was $20 per night, a bit more expensive than hotels I had stayed but it was really modernized and clean.

 

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It had the longest pool on my trip. I had been learning swimming on my trip little by little. I only succeeded to swim all the way at one time. After it, I just swam for fun.
In South Thailand, I had started seeing Muslim people and the main population was Muslim in Hat Yai.
There were only a few foreigners in Hat Yai compared to other cities in Thailand. Maybe many foreigners didn’t come here because of the lack of parties? I wished I knew it before. Then I would have stayed in Hat Yai than Chiang Mai.

 

I made the video of street food in Hat Yai.

 

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󠀠󠀠󠀠󠀠Before the border town, there was the checkpoint to weigh the vehicle. I put my bicycle to see the weight. It was 60 kg (132 pounds). In Thailand, I didn’t carry emergency food nor camping food. Also, I always bought the water in every village and town. So if I checked the weight in the country I have to carry extra food and water, it would be heavier than this.

 

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Finally, I was leaving! Seriously I was leaving Thailand!! Thailand was so cheap but so nice, which made me too lazy to leave.
Thank Thai people for their kindness!
Let’s go to have a new adventure!

 

The vlog of cycling in Thailand.

 

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Route
Days in Thailand = 64 Days
Distance of cycling in Thailand = 811 km (507 mi)
Expenditure in Thailand = US$ 1,676.5
(US$1=33 Baht)
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