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Drive around Thailand in 14 Days – Day 3

Date : 20th December 2006
Time : 1.00pm – 9.15pm
Destination : Cha Am – Nakhon Sawan
Distance : About 450KM

Today, we are going to spend the whole morning at Cha Am to enjoy the seaside. The beach is clean and the sand are soft. It is still too early for others to enjoy the beach, my family basically occupied the whole beach where my kids have a wonderful time there.







The following photos taken at the rooftop of our hotel. Basically Cha Am is a small beach town like our Port Diskson, but the beach is just cleaner and the sands are just softer.

We left Cha Am at 1pm and heading north via highway 4 to Nakhon Sawan about 450KM away. We by pass Bangkok city as we do not want to caught in the traffic, anyway we are going to stop by Bangkok on our way back later.

As we hit the highway, we did our routine fuel stop as well as visit the popular OTOP shop beside the highway. OTOP stand for one town/district one product where that particular OTOP shop will sell the most pupular product or food can be found in that vicinity.

As you can see in the photo above, we just cannot resist to eat and buy buy buy….

The luxury of travel by car is that you don’t need to worry about overweight laugauge, you only need to worry about over spend. :)



We reach Nakhon Sawan late at night, about 9.15pm. To be honest, it is very difficult to travel at night in a new area. We have to keep focus and follow our member’s car in front of us and also need to make sure that the car behind us is not out of sight.

The rule to travel in our convoy is we have to make sure the car behind us is always within our sight. If we about to make a turn and the car behind us has not arrive, then we have to wait for them.

It is easy to see in day time as we can identify the car by model and colour, but you can’t do that at night because all we see on just lights . We have to rely a lot on our walkie talkie to make sure that the car behind us is still in the convoy. For your information, walkie talkie is a must when you travel in convoy as the convoy leader will inform the convoy about the direction and the condition in front of us.

There are few types of walkie talkie or radio that you can use. If you want to transmit more then 5km, then you have to use VHF car radio unit with external antenna with about 5o watts transmission power. Model like ICOM2200. V8000 are very popular chiose.

If you are travel in smaller group and the distance is not more then 2KM, then you can use some handheld unit like Motorola UHF GP328 with 4 watts transmission power.

Please take note that in order to operate VHF in Malaysia, you need to obtain a licence from MCMC after your pass the exam. For UHF 477MHz, it is a free frequency can be use by anybody without license.

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Drive around Thailand in 14 Days – Day 2

Date : 19th December 2006
Time : 7.30pm – 6.30pm
Destination : Nakhon Si Thammarat – Cha Am
Distance : About 550KM


A good night sleep at Twin Lotus Hotel recharge our energy. Wake up at 6am, proceed to standard american breakfast and depart at 7.30am. Before we start our journey, we gather together to get more detail of our journey today.

Our destination, about 550KM away, Cha Am, a popular beach destination for Thai facing South China Sea. It is less glamous then its neighbouring beach call Hua Hin where a lot of luxury resort resided.

From Nakhon Si Thammarat to Cha Am, we follow highway 401 going north, passing Donsak ( Ferry Terminal to Koh Samui) and rejoin Highway 41 at Surat Thani. Along the highway, we have our regular stop at pertrol kiosk cum rest area and also testing the popular coconut jelly.

The stall shown on the above sitted beside highway selling coconut jelly, its similar to our agar-agar here blended with fresh coconut and housing by the fresh coconut shell. It cost about RM3.00 each.

At 1pm, after travel about 330KM, we stoped at a large highway rest area for lunch, it was very crowded and we can see full bus load of Thai traveller.







As you can see on the above, the foods are just superb. We spend about an hour at the rest area and we are just eating none stop.

At the rest area, I notice Thai people are very artistic, just look at your buses you will understand what I am saying.


After lucnh, we continue our journey via Highway 41. There is an interesting place that we visited along the way. An elephant temple beside the highway. According to the local, before the highway 41 was built, this is just a normal trunk road and a lot of elephants are crossing the road, a lot of elephant was killed at the area. The vehicle passing by this area will sound their horn to warn the crossing elephant and this practice still continue until today. During our stop there, we can hear most of the car, bus and truck passing by sound their horn assuming they are warning the crossing elephant like old time. One more thing about this elephant temple, you can light fire cracker here… legally.


The elephant temple is located at a small hill slope beside the highway, at the road side, there are a lot of stall selling local stuff there, guess what, they sell banana, all types of banana and only banana by product. Deep fried banana, banana cake, banana biscuit with different taste. Check out the photo below.



Finally, we reach Cha Am at 6.30pm. We are so lucky that Cha Am is having an Sea Food festival where food stalls setup at the seaside promoting the delicious local seafood. We decided to check out the festival for our dinner.




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