Thursday, April 28, 2016

Day 6 - South Thailand Tour 2016 - Trang - Wang Wiset

After rolling through a market place we decided to patronise this place for our breakfast, it was located at this location GPS: 7.55777, 99.60744. Basically we had porridge and dim sum again.
Our usual stop at 7-11 store to replenish our water supply and some snacks.
The journey continued with some climbs, the weather in the morning was bearable but as expected it would get hotter in the afternoon.
Passing by small towns and villages has been our common sights everyday.
Wang Wiset was our final destination of the day, we were on Route 4 of the Thailand road network and we had a plan to stop by a cave which is one of the known unseen places in Thailand.
After pedalling for more than 37km we reached the cave known as Le Khaokob Cave
This is one of the must visit places in South Thailand for eco tourism sited at GPS : 7.79346, 99.57222. One of our friends Kit volunteered to guard the bicycles as he has been and tried this cave before.
One has to take a boat to go through the cave and it costs 300baht per person. A captain rowing in front of the boat while an assistant at the rear to guide us through the flow.
We were asked to lay down flat on the boat, the head room is minimal. As the boat moved in, we could see the moving ceiling like the scenes of Star War battleship moving surfaces. 
As the boat moved in the cave the lighting suddenly got dim, we were able to take some shots at the beginning but not during the last part when we were moving out of the cave. The encounter was so close that the ceiling hit my tummy once, my toes had to be positioned horizontally and literally tucked in my tummy as small as possible while our eyes witnessing the moving darkness and closeness of the surfaces upon us.
A clip of the early part of the boat ride.

After 10 minutes on the boat we were directed to disembark and take a walking tour in the cave.
The cave is well maintained, clean, bright with proper access and path. The return ride was the most scariest, the encounter of the ceiling getting so close to the face was the most memorable. 
A cold local ice cream was the best at a time when the weather is crazily hot.
Butts shifting is common in a long and continuous journey like this. I normally would place my butts on different spots of the saddle in fact I had bruises at the beginning and after a period it got used to it.
It was time for a lunch and plenty iced cold drinks, we were the only customers at the shop and the lady boss was friendly and served us a special papaya salad Som Thum with salted egg & century egg. A location after 49km from Trang.

There were two friends found lagging behind and so I waited for them at this bus shed. They were actually resting down the road, obviously it must the hot weather.
We were desperate after failing several times to look for a place to stay in this small town, thank goodness at the end we found a nice motel. Immediately we checked in and enjoyed the air conditioning. I like Tonyo Greenview Resort.
The owner, Mr. Kitiipong Klinchan is a helpful and kind person, his son in law offered and took Joe out to pack some food back. We had a good dinner at the resort and got to know the owner more.
All dirty clothing washed and hung. Tomorrow we shall move on again.
The route and elevation we took for the day.

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