It is long way
down to South Thailand, through this narrow corridor where
the country is only 20 kilometres (12 miles) wide. I was not
sure if we could make all the way on our own. There was not
too much time left because of last year’s break and
the roundabout route across Cambodia. But again our ambitions
helped us. We made 700 kilometres (414 miles) in seven days.
We often reached our destination at high noon when we had
started at seven in the morning. And on the road we were somehow
exotics. There were almost no cyclists in Thailand –
except for us. Everyone seems to be able to afford a motorised
vehicle even if it’s an old stinky moped. We have not
seen one child with a bike. What a difference to Cambodia
and Vietnam! But still we are taken seriously as traffic participants.
High coconut trees are typical for
the scenery. It is the time of harvest that brings out huge
piles of harvested coconuts. Field workers gave us two gigantic
nuts that were filled with milk up to the edge. It turned
out to be more than half a litre (more than a pint). They
offer the most tropical fruits here: bananas only available
in perennials, sweet mangoes, papayas, pineapple, melons,
tangerines and other fruits we haven’t seen before.
But for lunch I need noodle soup from one of the little kitchens
by the roadside. Thinking of Australia we will miss all these
traders. But for now Malaysia is the next destination.
Jutta and Gerhard