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.
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.