|We have had to most excellent cycle trip over the last 2 days, after spending the first night at the Pung Waan Resort on the banks of the River Kwai Noi. This is a lovely activity centre resort where you can canoe on the river or complete an assault course. We started the day by cycling round the grounds and then toured the area cycling on tracks among the fields. They grow many crops and fruits in this region including tapioca, which is a root crop which they make into cakes and biscuits.The scenery was fantastic and we were never far from the limestone cliffs on the mountains that form the border with Myanmar. It was sunny and humid around 29C so we all perspired in buckets but Spice Roads organise plenty of water and we had fruits stops now and again. Tao the driver was called upon in the back up van to change wheels for 2 punctures in our group but this was all done very efficiently. I think the outstanding memory of the day was the close proximity we gained of the lifestyle of the local population as they go about their daily task of living by gathering the fruit and vegetables. A one point we cycled right through someone's property and virtually into the eating area of their house which Tao assured us was OK. Distance on day 2 was 45km.
The 2nd night we stayed at the beautiful River Kwai Resotel, again on the banks of the River Kwai Noi. On the 3rd morning we cycled throughout the forested areas in the north of the Sai Yok region in which predominantly teak and rubber trees are grown. It was fascinating to see the rubber sap being collected from some of the trees - in rather a hurry as it was starting to rain and water content ruins the sap for making rubber. We finished by visiting the Hell Fire Pass Museum at Hell Fire Pass which commemorates the manner in which so many POWs lost their lives in appalling conditions. We have eaten a great variety of Thai food over the last few days, mainly in local restaurants and this has been an excellent way to see the way many of the local people live getting off the normal tourist track. Overall distance about 90 km over the 3 days.
There is a lack of pictures so far because I am having trouble downloading them to the site because of their size and need to work out a way of reducing them.