“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection..." - Lawrence Durrell
|(4th 4-Nation Ride official sticker)|
Day 1: 10 December 2015 (Thursday)
Route: Kuala Lumpur – Surat Thani
Distance: 847 km
After a short briefing and reciting of prayers we started riding north bound.
Some riders friends who were at the R&R Sungai Buluh to flag us off were Zali, Taufik, Pok Deng, Fazli, Syed Zain, Ajilong and family. Most of them had participated in at least one of the previous Kembara rides and could not join us because of other commitments.
The day was bright and sunny. It was a good day for riding. We stopped for refuelling at Petronas Simpang Pulai and Changlun, completed our paper works at the usual coffee shop in Changlun and entered the Malaysia/Thailand border at Bukit Kayu Hitam. In addition to the normal Arrival/Departure white card and Custom Declaration Form, we had to submit two copies of the Conveyance and passenger list forms at the Thai Immigration.
We entered Thailand without hassle. The first stop was at a PTT after Hatyai for refuelling. There is a halal stall for refreshments and a surau to perform our prayers. We had a few more pit stops along the AH2 highway before we arrived Surat Thani around 20:00.
Dinner was at a Muslim stall before we checked in Princess Park Hotel for the night. Everyone was in high spirits and looking forward for another long journey towards Thailand/Cambodia border tomorrow.
|(A group photo before the start of the journey)|
|(Riders and pillions, ready for the long haul ride)|
|(A clear blue sky, a good day to ride)|
|(First refueling at Simpang Pulai)|
|(Entering Thailand without any hastle)|
|(Riding with care at night)|
|(Having a sumptuous dinner at a Muslim stall)|