Hua Hin to Khao Sam Roi Yot: Our First Cycle Tour
We’ve had our folding bikes for more than two years and traveled with them on three continents, but Sunday was the first time we used them to move ourselves and all our stuff from one town to another. In other words: it was our first ever day of cycle touring with the Bromptons.
After five very hot and smoggy (but super fun!) days in Bangkok, we were happy to take a train out of the city Saturday morning. We arrived in Hua Hin, a charming and well-touristed beach town around 1 pm, walked to the beach, and immediately made plans to leave. Not that there was anything bad about Hua Hin – provided you are prepared to fend off near-constant offers of jewelry, sun dresses, and light-up Santa toys. But since we have our own personal mobility devices, we figured we might as well take advantage of them to find a slightly more out of the way spot.
So early on Sunday morning, to the sound of roosters crowing, we loaded our bikes and headed out of town. After a quick stop for iced coffee (every morning must include at least one iced coffee) we were on our way.
The overnight temperature in Hua Hin had fallen only from the high 90s into the high 80s, and by 7 am the air was already stifling if you stood still, but on the bikes, with wind blowing past us and an iced coffee to hand, we stayed cool.
The ride took us through small towns just waking up, along a major highway with a nice wide shoulder, over the Pran Buri River – dotted with fishing boats, past a mountain shrine – where the shade of the mountain felt like air conditioning after the heat of the sun, and through an unexpected herd of unsupervised goats.
Thirty miles (and three hours) later, we found ourselves just outside Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, just in time for a sleepy afternoon lounge on the beach.
Dmitry made a video to capture the feel – it was a little bit different than riding in Bangkok.