Khao Sam Roi Yod to Prachuap Kiri Khan – 43 miles and a Monkey Temple
If you are going to cycle tour in Thailand, I suggest waking up early. Really early. Get on the road before dawn, early. We didn’t set out from Khao Sam Roi Yod until 6:40 am (10 minutes after sunrise!) and sothe sun was already unbearable by the time we reached our destination of Prachuap Kiri Khan around 11:30 am.
But the ride was amazing: gorgeous cliffs that rise up out of nowhere, a roadside monkey tribe, a Thai cowboy with his flock, many friendly scooters, and so many prawn farms. We spent part of the day on the main highway again, and were rewarded for our endurance of giant trucks whizzing past us with a stop to enjoy an entire watermelon – which we ate by the side of the road, watching more giant trucks whiz past.
After lunch and a quick nap at our hotel in Prachuap Kiri Khan (the Suksant Hotel – not exactly charming, but clean and great value for money), we walked to the big tourist site in town: Khao Chong Krachok – a hillside monkey temple.
You might think we were monkeyed out after Monkey Island, but no. Those monkeys are just too darn photogenic! Especially when they are posing at the top of a hill, with 360 degree views of the bay and the countryside, at sunset. And even more especially when the local monks come to feed them, and put on a monkey show. These monkeys were much more aggressive than the ones on Monkey Island – in fact, the guidebook strongly cautioned against carrying a plastic bag or any food around the monkeys. After the temple, we stopped by the 7-11 across the street for water and snacks and walked out with a plastic bag full, causing Dmitry to utter the best line of the trip so far: “Hurry – I don’t want the monkeys to see me!”
If this monkey pace keeps up, we are going to have to rename the blog. I am taking suggestions – maybe monkeytime.com?