Woke up today about 09.30 and played around on the internet all morning in between doing a load of laundry, a cup of ovaltine and green tea. Early afternoon set out for an afternoon of exploring on the bike.
Stopped at one of my favorite little local roadside restaurants that offers some of the best fried sun-dried beef strips I’ve tasted. Stocked up to go and set heading east on Ekachai road towards Samut Sakhon. Roughly 3 and half kilometers outside of town, stopped at the Siamese Twin monuments.
Here is a statue of the famous In and Jun, the twins which the term ‘Siamese Twins’ takes its name from. Nothing spectacular at this deserted excuse for a tourist attraction other than pointing out that In and Jun were originally from Samut Songkhram.
My journey brought me several kilometers east down congested, half-dirt, half concrete-blacktop expressway before finally finding a feasible u-turn spot just past a Semi-truck weigh station. I missed the turn by a long shot at first notice but ended up driving against traffic backtracking a kilometer or so– to have enough way to build up the speed needed to safely cross over to the right lane and make the u-turn.
These monkeys were probably less exploited than their cousins in more populated areas like Lopburi, Phetchburi, and Chonburi, but certainly no stranger to humans–initally shy and ever suspicious of my intents approaching them for a close up picture with my mobile phone as they nibbled on tree trunks and candy wrappers left behind by other human visitors.
From that point, Don Hoi Lort was several kilometers down. For my first time entering in from this its Eastern side, I was surprised of the extent of coast side restaurants. On my previous visits coming in from the West/North route, I had only ever eaten at one of the first three restaurants but had I known how vast the selection was, perhaps I would have ventured to another restaurant further east. Anyhow, this time, no need to stop anywhere, especially as the Thai tourist crowds were packing the street near the mouth of the Mae Klong river heading to/coming from eating seafood or buying souvineers.
Continued on northbound parallel to the mighty Mae Klong back towards Samut Songkhram city 10 kilometers away, came in and that was the afternoon drive for today. 50 kilometers were put on the bike. Next time I hope to explore more of the coastal areas, only on the west side of the Mae Klong river, stretching south west towards Phetchburi.
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