Nice – right?!? I mean, of course, the flower in the glass. πŸ˜‰ And if the question arises – no, it’s not edible.

Bangkok is a monster like many other big cities. The most daunting things are the many mopeds. When a group of 20 to 30 mopeds, all of which use the red light to get in front of the cars, rev up on the big streets, it gets so loud that you can no longer understand the person next to you.

So we were happy to go south to the sea. We had spent a long time thinking about where to go. It was only clear that our goal would not be Phuket.

In my early school years geography was my favorite subject. During this time I went to many places around the world – with my finger on the school atlas! Using my old knowledge I approached our goal systematically: Indian Ocean – Andaman Sea – where Myanmar, formerly Burma, extends far south – the (relatively) lonely west coast of Thailand. We chose Khao Lak.

The fact that the tsunami had raged worst in this area did not stop us. The few huts here north of Khao Lak are called “Lake View Bungalows”. Beautiful here. We are very happy, even if my smile is not recognizable on the dark veranda. πŸ˜‰

And the first three pictures are not a photo montage! Only a few people in the distance on this beautiful beach. A couple of fishing boats on the horizon. Otherwise only an impressive coast full of magnificent palm trees and a deep blue sea. It was a bit of a hassle to get here, but it was worth it.

The first picture shows the view to the north, the second the view to the south. What you can see in the third picture are the three dogs of the owner who accompanied us to the beach.

The place is difficult to reach. We drove in a taxi for almost three hours, and that in heavy rain. The view was so bad that even the driver kept grumbling.

In addition to smiling, Thailand is known for its simple yet excellent cuisine. The picture shows papaya salad. The flower is “handmade”. Two tooth picks hold vegetable leaves together, which are lovingly crafted into a flower. It tasted delicious. It always tastes delicious here in Thailand! You can usually choose the level of spiciness. And the most important thing for me – the food is very digestible!

The last picture shows an old man on the moped. πŸ˜‰ I’m not really sure, but I think the last time I sat on something like that was 55 years ago! Three things amazed and delighted me after my test drive.
1) “My Canadian” actually sat down without hesitation and without comment (!).
2) My loved one has not clung to me for a long time the same way as she did behind me as a passenger.
3) On the first trip together she whispered in my ear against head wind and a speed of 40 kmh that I drove well. Guys – I’m almost stepped on the brakes because of this praise. πŸ˜‰

But when I started to overtake a local at 45 kmh, she shouted a little louder against the wind: “Don’t get crazy, otherwise I’ll jump off!” Even though it was clear to me that jumping off at this speed was pretty impossible, I did a good job of chasing the locals. πŸ˜‰

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