by Roy on January 15, 2013
DAY 41 – We began the day with another spectacular sunrise as we left Prachuap Khiri Khan and rode north along the bay. Being Sunday morning, we were treated to the weekly propaganda broadcasts that are played over the loudspeakers hanging from the lamposts in the streets. We aren’t sure what they are for, but happens every Sunday morning, and we can listen as we ride along.
The quiet roads only lasted so long, but our options were limited when selecting a route due to Thailand being so thin at this point, so we ended up back on Highway 4 for a long 50km stretch, which seemed to drag, especially in the dry heat.
Only after about 80km did we manage to get off the highway and onto some quieter roads which brought us into the outskirts of Hua Hin. This area of Thailand seems a lot drier, almost desert-like, and with almost no shade to escape the afternoon sun we were boiling hot and relieved to pull into Hua Hin after a 105km ride.
We headed to the main tourist drag where we found a guesthouse we had researched on the internet. At 200 Baht it was as cheap as we were likely to find in Hua Hin, and we definitely got what we paid for! One of the worst so far! We were just too hot and tired to carry on searching so we stayed.
Hua Hin started out as a weekend getaway for Thai’s, however the Farang have definitely discovered it. Heaving with tourists, it is the place where we have seen the most old white guys with young Thai girls on their arms.
We had a walk around the town, and visited the each then stumbled upon the night market, which is one of the best we have seen so far. The shopping in Hua Hin is excellent, and Yami replaced her sunglasses which had broken earlier in the trip. Being on the coast, the seafood on display looked amazing with a wide selection available. After riding for so many hours we had worked up a big appetite, which we satisfied with mixed seafood soup followed by fish kebabs. Both were excellent!
Our guesthouse was located in a quiet alley just away from the centre of the nightlife area/red light district. We were tired from the long ride but we managed to stay out long enough to see the beginnings of another night in the red-light district, where the flocks of Thai prostitutes crowded in the bars waiting for the hordes of white guys to get drunk and start flashing the cash!