I got a massive fright when I nearly ran over a cobra. It reared up and flared its hood, but luckily I was outside of striking distance. I spent much of the day on the Royal Tourist Drive, a scenic route passing pretty fishing villages. At times I veered off the main road to explore the communities and bays that dot this coast. So picturesque were they that I instantly found myself thinking I should spend a whole day at one. I inquired at one place offering accommodation, but discovered they were closed for renovations. As I was making my inquiry, a storm that had been moving towards shore from across the ocean finally hit, furiously lashing the coast with strong wind and torrential rain. I took cover in the reception area and ended up dozing off while waiting for the storm to ease. As I waited, I decided not to stay, thinking that if I keep stopping at every beautiful place then I would never make it anywhere. I don’t have to stay a whole day in a place to soak up its beauty – it doesn’t hurt to enjoy the moment, if only for an hour or so, before moving on. I continued my way along the coast, stopping in at Laem Son Beach before reaching Suan Luang Beach where I spent some time looking at the accommodation offerings (all major resorts though), deciding in the end to return to the main road for a cheaper place to stay.
Earlier in the day I came across a disturbing place. Lured by a ginormous statue of Buddha that was under construction, I stumbled across a park where I took a photo of a nice statue of a kangaroo. Walking on, the next thing I knew I was surrounded by statues of humans being subjected to all sorts of torturous acts. A sick feeling developed in my stomach and I started thinking I’d better get the hell out of there. Just as I was leaving I came across a little sign that provided some kind of answer as to what was going on. It said: Hell Area: portraits of humankind who have committed sin while alive, as Buddhists believe. The kangaroo had been part of the Heaven Area. Heaven help you if you have sinned!
|Distance ridden today||122.41km|
|Average cycling speed||19.1kph|
|Total distance ridden||12,461km|