Ride the Andaman
Ride The Andaman 2019
Riding the Andaman is a short break or getaway during one of the long weekends public holidays of Singapore. For this break, we have chosen to spend the time along the Andaman coast of Thailand. The Andaman Sea is a marginal sea of the northeastern Indian Ocean bounded by the coastlines of Myanmar and Thailand along the Gulf of Martaban and west side of the Malay Peninsula, and separated from the Bay of Bengal to its west by the Andaman Islands and the Nicobar Islands. As Highway 4 switches from the east flank of the Thailand peninsula to the Andaman coast it enters a markedly different country: nourished by rain nearly all the year round, the vegetation down here is lushly tropical, with forests reaching up to 80m in height, and massive rubber, palm-oil and coconut plantations replacing the rice and sugar-cane fields of central Thailand. Sheer limestone crags spike every horizon and the translucent Andaman Sea laps the most dazzlingly beautiful islands in the country, not to mention its finest coral reefs. This is of course the same sea whose terrifyingly powerful tsunami waves battered the coastline in December 2004, killing thousands and changing countless lives and communities forever. For this ride we shall be passing by some of the popular tourist destinations along the Andaman Coast...mainly the towns of Trang, Krabi & Phuket.
It is not just the physical beauty and activities that make the Andaman coast such a great traveling experience. The region still offers a chance to glimpse rural and small-city life in Thailand. While Phuket has attracted residents from all over the world as well as transplants from Bangkok and other parts of the country, and largely feels like a commercialized tourist destination, if you travel north to Phang Nga Province, you’ll find small fishing villages along the coast where fishing families can often be found clearing nets at the end of the day or setting out squid to dry in the sun. To the south, in Satun, you’ll find a largely Muslim population and a fascinating blend of Islam and Buddhism evidenced in the houses of worship and the dress of the local people.
The Andaman coast is also perfect for island-hopping, and the best way to do that is by boat. There are plenty of ferries, speedboats, and longtails to take you from island to island and beach to beach. You can fly into Phuket, spend a few days on one of the nearby beaches, then take a boat to Phi Phi, Ko Lanta, or one of the other numerous islands in Phang Nga Bay, or hit 3-4 islands in one trip; there are hundreds of islands in the region to choose from. Some, such as Phi Phi, are arguably overpopulated with travelers and resorts. But there are still some beautiful islands you can stay on that feel less exploited by tourism and kinder to the natural surroundings.
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Our Trip Logs and Photos
Ride The Andaman 2019
Singapore - Sadao
This trip takes place on the first weekend of the school's March holidays. We had decided to leave for the trip directly from school once the bell rings at 1pm. From Singapore we shall be riding with Bashir (riding a KTM 1290 Adventure) and Amry (riding a BMW GSA 1200). Some of you might have read Bashir's first trip up north with me. He was riding a Honda CBR600 sportbike up to Koh Samui. I guess the touring bug bit him and he immediately had gotten himself an adventure bike when we came home... a few month later, he is ready to enjoy the comfort of overland travel on his adventure bike for this trip. So we departed Singapore and planned to meet up at Gelang Patah Rest Area at 2pm where we will depart for the Thailand border. We hope to make it past the border tonight and rest just after the border. This would enable us to make a short ride for the next day when we push to the Andaman Coast. There is no exact plans other than we shall be in Phuket for 3 days and 2 nights.
A glimpse of the sunset as we past Gunung Tempurung in Ipoh, Perak during sunset.
Managed to get through the border by 9pm (before it closes at 11pm). It took us about 7 hours to get through the North South Malaysian Highway through the entire spine of Malaysia. With ample rest and rest stops, everyone had a manageable ride and Bashir definitely enjoyed this ride more than his previous. Tearing the highway in the comfort of the KTM 1200 Adventure is certainly a different experience for him where power, speed and comfort all come into one.
Ride The Andaman 2019
Sadao - Trang - Krabi - Phuket
For day 2, we shall be heading to Phuket, our destination for this getaway where we shall be spending 3 days and 2 nights chilling out at the beach destination, one of the Jewels of the Andaman. Meeting us there will be another two friends who have started their journey early in the morning as we planned to meet at the designated hotel by tonight.
For us since we are already in Thailand we shall do sopme sightseeing in the province of Trang enroute to Phuket. We shall be visiting historical places as well as landmarks that are special to the area. It will a first time for me to roam around Trang and hope for it to be an eye opener. I am lucky to have fellow riders, Bashir and Amry with me who are alright to indulge me in my exploration during the trip. For me a trip is only meaningful if you learn more about the places, its history and geography and also get to meet with its people. That way you get to learn more on your journey.
For the second day we have friends who will be joining us at our destination in Phuket. We had planned to meet Jim and Shennon in Phuket. We figured that we would be able to reach around the same timing as they had left early in the morning and should be in Phuket by nightfall. Although we are already in Thailand, we should be in Phuket by nightfall as well since we had planned to do some sightseeing in Trang Province enroute to Phuket.
The Andaman Gateway
After the corners in the hills of Trang on Route 4, we arrived at this Gateway to Andaman monument (park) signalling that we have entered the province of Trang, one of the province on the Andaman Ocean. A brief writeup on the importance of Trang as part of the Andaman region.
Trang is ancient communities on south. The assumption that Trang is home to the city's commercial center along the west coast, city name: Takola but someone said Takola are the city located on Takaupa in Phang Nga province. There was the archaeological evidence from the CLAUDIUS PTOLE, the western nations on the geography of the book written since 693 or 708 AD, according to a statement of the merchants name Alexander described of the towns on the peninsula of gold which included Takola in the land name: Chryse Chersonesos or Asia continent. In Scripture, MillinThapanha (fermentation problems) on 500 AD had name Takola Suvarnabhumi. Professor Manit Wanlipodom who is of the opinion that Takola is in Trang by referred to Doctor H.G. Kaulitz Wells surveys the Takaupa city nowadays and the way across the peninsula through Khao Sok said that “it’s suitable as a cargo port city across the peninsula” Professor Manit also agreed that Takola based in Trang.”Age of 1 has located above and along Pina Moutain on East river at Kapang canal, Huhnan village, that was the first settled of Trang City with name: KrungThani, However, they became to Rubber plantation in present day, Doctor Prasert Witthayarat, geographer, one of Native ruler said the geographic area on maritime monsoon, trip from Langka or south or India to Suvarnabhumi, when set the ship rudder sailed straight up, influence of the southwest monsoon brings the ship into the shore at 7 degrees north latitude which are Trang City.
Local bikers on Harleys wanting to take a photo with us
Favourite rest stops for most bikers along the way will be CAFE AMAZON mostly found in all PTT petrol stations.
They serve reasonable good coffee (iced, blended or hot) and some biscuits, cakes or tit bits that are ideal to line the stomach on our journey. Ample sitting indoor and outdoor. Bikes can be parked right in front of you.
Tamnak Chan Fort
Situated atop the hill of Tamnak Chan is a fortress that has been built in the early years to deter and prevent foreign attacks from the Andaman Sea. Trang used to be a port involved in foreign trade. It was the first city where rubber was planted. Phraya Ratsadanupradit Mahison Phakdi brought rubber from Malaysia and planted it here before anywhere else in southern Thailand in 1899. Rubber is now considered an important commodity of Thailand. Trang is a coastal province on the Indian Ocean with a long western coastline of about 199 kilometers. The province consists of an archipelago in the Andaman Sea with over 46 islands. A fort was built overlooking the town of Kantang with a 360 degrees view to keep a lookout on the area.
Now the area has been converted into a public park with the military installations open up for visits.
The First Rubber Tree in Thailand
The rubber tree, which is located along a road to Kantang district, now represents the first group of rubber trees Phraya Ratsadanupradit planted in Thailand to pioneer Thailand’s rubber tree plantation. And rubber has later become Thailand’s major exporting product.
We arrived in Phuket at sunset. managed to cover the distance in prettu good time with all the visits and exploration that we have done. From the Sarasin Bridge linking the mainland to the island of Phuket, we have to cross the Phuket Gateway, a mini checkpoint for people entering and exiting Phuket.
Arrived at our hotel and got message from Jim and Shennon that they will be reaching Phuket Late night due to some delays.
Anyway Phuket was very quiet tonight with many shops closed and less people out in the streets. This was because Phuket was under curfew due to the voting period. Thailand has always had very strong demonstrations during their voting period with many supporters of the different parties in contest always showing their support through street demonstration. At times these demonstration can turn violent.
So we shall roam the empty streets and meet the two tomorrow morning.
Ride The Andaman 2019
Woke up early morning to make sure that both Jim and Shennon have safely arrived and checked into the hotel where we are staying. Went down and found their bikes parked in one corner of the carpark. We went for breakfast where everyone came together and met each other. For today we are planning a trip roaming around Phuket on our bikes.
Premium Outlet Phuket
Went to the Premium Outlet to check out what is on sale. Not many places are open due to the Thailand Election...hence we just spend our time lazing around and chilling in Patong.
Ao Tho Li Viewpoint
Ao Tho Li Viewpoint is situated on the edge of Phang Nga Bay in Southern Thailand. While there are 155 islands in the Andaman Ocean on the West Coast of Thailand, 42 small islands amongst those sit in the shallow-ish water of Phang Nga Bay territory. From Phuket Town we decided to head down to Ao Tho Li Viewpoint to catch the amazing view of the little islands popping out of the Andaman Sea. The last section requires some offroad riding up and down a steep slope.
Phrom Thep Cape
Planned to visit my favourite place in Phuket just before sunset so that we may watch as the sun disappear into the Andaman Sea. Phromthep Cape or Laem Phromthep is the Phuket's southernmost cape and the most beautiful Sunset viewpoint in Thailand especially in late December-March. The gold glimmering light is gradually painting on the water surface is the breathtaking view of many visitors. From the Cape you can see Kaew Island in the front, Nai Ya Beach on the left and Nai Han Beach on the right. Sugar palm trees and grass painted with gold sunlight in the summer are the unique things only seen in Phuket. One of the landmarks in Phromthep Cape is Kanjanaphisek Lighthouse which was built on the occasion of King Bhumibol's 50th anniversary accession. Light from the lighthouse can be seen afar for 39 km. Inside the lighthouse, there is an exhibition of the process of construction of the lighthouse including the standard time and how to calculate the time of sunset. On the top of the lighthouse is the most popular viewpoint where you can see a 360-degree panoramic view of the Cape. Nearby places Ra Wai Beach, 3 Beaches View Point, Nai Han Beach, Kata Beach, Karon Beach
Back to our hotel and spending the time around our hotel...
Ride The Andaman 2019
Phuket - Hatyai
Heading down back to Hatyai for another 2 nights in Thailand. Along the way we shall be visiting a few interesting places.
Koh Yo Island Bridge
Arrived in Hatyai in the late afternoon, checked into a hotel and off we go roaming the streets in search of food. Hatyai being one of the main town on the southern border of Thailand has plenty of halal food options to offer. Hatyai is famous for serving Malaysian tourist who comes here over the weekend to shop, eat and have fun.
We have Adli joining us in Hatyai. He has just rode up to Hatyai with his wife on a Ducati Scrambler
Ride The Andaman 2019
Today is our last day in Thailand before we depart for home tomorrow. A lazy start for everyone as most prefer to just laze around and spend the morning and afternoon in Hatyai Town. For us, we had decided to visit a few places around Songkhla Province. There are plenty of history in Songkhla as it used to be under the rule of the Malay Rulers.
Songkhla Historical Park
King Sulaiman Tomb of the Singgora Sultanate
This will be about 330kg to lift up
Help Needed In The Abandoned Cemetery
The old Fortress of Singgora
**Just a note, please be careful when hiking alone in a unfamiliar place.
Kromluang Chumphon Khet Udomsak Memorial
Tang Kuan Hill
Khao Saen Rocks
Sunset just in time when we are back in Hatyai town for the night.
Riding The Andaman
Hatyai - Singapore
Today we are making our way back to Singapore, 880km away.
Total Distance for this short trip = 3152km
Singapore - Sadao -Trang - Phuket -Hatyai- Singapore
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