The advantages of cycling are numerous, the main one being, that with its help I discovered so many places purely by chance. One of such places became Koh Surin national park. It was a highlight of my trip, the most favourite bit of the whole trip for more reasons, than one.
I like Thailand. In fact I liked it there so much, that I decided to extend my stay by one week. Normally people get a 30-day permission to stay on arrival, unless they apply in advance at the embassy and request a 60-day visa. If you do get a regular short-term permission, but wish to stay longer, than there a a few options available.
Trains in Thailand are late. No, the are terribly late. I heard about it, but I was thinking:”Ok, I shall just sit for half an hour with a book in a shade. Wats the great deal?!” How about 3 hours late? Trains leave on time from their starting point, but as the journey progresses, they accumulate lateness. It is so habitual, that many stations have a white board, where they update estimated arrival time with a pen. One local lady told me, that she always called the station first, instead of showing up unnecessarily. I learned it the hard way, when all my plans got messed up.
Cycling Thailand gave me a good opportunity to see a lot of places along the way – big cities, small town, tiny villages. Every night I stayed in a different place. There is no point to write a post about every single place I visited, so I’m just going to make a compilation about things, that impressed me most.