Very pretty drive, past beaches, mountains, National Parks; tidy towns with flowering bushes and trees; temples with gold Buddhas and elephants, and a few mosques. Stopped at Castrol sign to pick up some engine oil... So funny watching BoyRob trying to find the specific oils from list stored on computer, guys from shop running around taking photos asking him to stop and smile, them then taking photos of each other in front of truck, and when they finally stop to listen, no one understanding each other - and in midst a German on a push bike asking the trilogy where you from? where you been? where you going? Apparently GirlRob wasn’t helping cracking up laughing and taking photos of melee, but finally BoyRob saw the funny side, one man bought out a whole selection of oils, transactions made, more photos, much bowing all round and we were on our way again (having only done 30kms in an hour and half! Have to remember "it’s about the journey"!)
Aquaculture ponds extensive, well aerated and maintained, netting over top. Interesting seeing the loads of vehicles on the roads (eg taking home fish for dinner). Traveled up Isthmus of Kra to Ranong, with Burma on other side of river... looked just the same with banana plantations, jungle and mountains. Turned east past Kra Buri, through Chumphon and up the coast until the shadows lengthened and we turned right towards the ocean. Drove to the port then found picturesque road north past extensive area of (smelly) fish drying racks until found an opening to the beach beside a picnic table - perfect.
View across to north point - spectacular temple and giant gilt Buddha on mountain facing water. Hopefully we will get close up tomorrow. Walked on beach, stilt outnumbered by soldier crabs, very few people. Long line of green lights appeared on the fishing boats out to sea as night fell – used to attract squid.