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I am married to my loving husband for more than 38 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 11 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

My Travel Journal

"There isn't much I haven't shared with you along the road and through it all there'd always be tomorrow's episode" - Elton John

I started traveling around the world since early 80s when I had the opportunity to combine business trips with vacations. Then later when my rezeki is in abundance, there were numerous other trips along the way for vacations, most of the time with hubby and the kids when the timing is right. I have also started to compile the journal and photo-pages covering almost more than 25 years of world wide travel. Some destinations I visited just once, others many times. Many of those places are the obvious famous places people would like to visit but some, the casual traveler doesn't even think to try. I have placed links to my travel at the side bar of my personal page, My Life Reflections, and will be updating them from time to time.

My wish is to continue my travel and complete circumnavigate the globe, insyaAllah…

Monday, 23 December 2013

Day 2 : Solo ride - Ranong

"The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one..."

Saturday - 21 Dec 2013
Day 2: Phatthalung - Ranong

(Dark clouds looming on the horizon)
(The rain helps clean the mud off the bike)
(The front facade of Chaikana Thani Hotel)
(Riding with care on wet slippery road)

We were ready to check out by 0830 but it was raining very heavily. We waited for a while but when the rain did not stop, we put on our rain coats and started riding. 

On the way we stopped at a PTT petrol station to refuel and had our breakfast of halal burger and pizza from 7-eleven. We had a tall glass of iced Coffee from the Cafe Amazon to quench our thirst and cool down our bodies. We continued riding north on Highway 41 towards Chumphon.

(Favorite stop for coffee break)
(Halal pizza from 7-eleven)
(Refueling the KTM to the maximum)

By noon and about another 80km before Chumphon we took the junction towards Highway 4006 to Ranong. It was about 105km of hilly winding road but the road condition was excellent. This road to Ranong reminded me of a mini thousand corners.

(Taking the junction to Ranong)
(Good condition of hilly curvy road)
(Lookout for signage to the right direction) 
(Andaman Club Pier - a welcoming sign)
(The ferry terminal in Ranong)

Ranong is located on the Kra Isthmus, a narrow strip of land that connects Thailand with the Malay Peninsula, on the west of the Phuket mountain range. It has a long coast on the Andaman Sea. The province is known for having the highest rainfall in Thailand, the rainy season there lasting for about eight months.

Ranong is the least populated province; 80% of its area is covered by forests, and 67% is mountainous. The Ranong Biosphere Reserve in the north of Amphoe Kapoe, covering 303.09 km², was declared in 1997. It is the fourth biosphere reserve of Thailand, and the only one at the seacoast to protect the mangrove forests. Khlong Nakha Wildlife Sanctuary is in the south of the province.

After taking the winding road with a few sharp curves, we safely arrived at Ranong town. We rode direct to the ferry terminal at Andaman Club Pier and parked our bike at the secured parking lot. Here we settled documentations for Thailand/Myanmar border crossing and did reservation of hotel on Koh Son island. They made a photocopy of our passports and the ferry return tickets were issued. At this point, no payment was made yet. We had our passports stamped at the Thailand Immigration counter.

(Ready to board the ferry to Koh Son island)
(Full house in the ferry)
(A comfortable short ride)

By 1500 we boarded the Andaman Jet Ferry to cross the Andaman Sea to Koh Son island Myanmar. The ferry ride took less than 30 minutes.Once we reached the island ferry terminal we submitted our passports to the Myanmar Immigration. They retained our passports and will return them when we depart. Here we paid B950 per person for ferry and hotel transfer.

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