This is the 4th part of my Journal
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DAY 4 – 24.Nov.2012
Chumphon to Kanchanaburi
Getting up from bed at about 3.45 am in the darkness of the morning, I packed my luggage and was out of the motel at 4 am on my Elegan 150cc with my little headlight blazing.
About 5 km before reaching Prachuap Kiri Khan, I stopped at a roadside shop along the highway and had a hot cup of Ovaltine for THB12 and noticed that the rays of the morning sun was illuminating the dark sky. That was my signal to continue my journey.
As I cruised along Highway 4 looking for a place to shoot the sunrise, I spotted a signboard “Prachuap Kiri Khan Bay” and decided to check it out. When I reached the bay, WOW!
I stopped at Ning’s Guesthouse for breakfast. Located beside the esplanade by the bay, Ning’s Guesthouse serves breakfast from 8 am (not earlier) and was run by an Austrian (Gary) who married a Thai women (Ning) whom he affectionately called “The Boss”. While waiting for breakfast to land on my table, I noticed a man on the beach, which I thought was an interesting subject and took his photo.
Most of the time, Gary and I chatted about his time travelling Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia on his Honda Wave 125 cc made to look somewhat like a Harley-Davidson with wind-shield, back-rest and saddle bags. His Honda clocked 160,000 km before he sold it.
After the THB90 breakfast with good coffee, Gary gave me some pointers about Kanchanaburi and the Mae Hong Son loop and off I went on my now noisy Elegan 150cc.
Along the Highway 4 leading towards Bangkok, I noticed many “Factory Outlets” shops along the route near Cha Am. Since I was not in the mood for shopping, I didn’t check them out. I didn’t go into Hua Hin or Cha Am either since the highway didn’t cut through either towns.
At a small town called Pak Tho, along Highway 4, a Highway 35, turning right, leads to Bangkok. I followed the road to Ratchaburi. Passing Ratchaburi, I had to follow signboards for Kanchanaburi and had to stop a few times asking for directions.
Finally at around 12.30 pm, I finally arrived at Kanchanaburi and the first place I searched for was the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) office which I found after 15 minutes of searching.
As I passed through the centre of Kanchanaburi, I spotted the War Memorial Cemetery and took the following photos.
After taking some more shots, I landed into a restaurant and had my THB160 lunch with 2 glasses of fruit juice while waiting for the rain to stop. Once the sky cleared, I went hunting for the “My Home Guesthouse” and found it after asking around for about 20 minutes.
The weather was hot and humid and I upgraded my “Fan” room to “Air-cond” room for THB150 making the total cost for the room to THB500. Had a short nap and at night, walked across to a nearby Thai Restaurant and had Spicy Pork Chop Rice for THB50. Since I had a running nose that day, I went to a Pharmacy and bought Vitamin C, tablets for my nose and anti-mosquito rub for THB340.
Most of the time when I was in Kanchanaburi, it was drizzling and no photos were captured except for the shots taken earlier.
I slept early after the dinner.
— end of day 4 —