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.
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.