Saleng expedition, 6!

Our crazy road trip around Thailand and Laos on a tricycle.

Ko Phayam to Ranong, hot springs & Loy Krathong!

To take the saleng back to Ranong (mainland) there was one option, the boat from 08:30. Luckily the pier wasn't filled with other salengs so reaching the boat on time was easy. In no-time the saleng was carried on board and on the way the apparently variant ticket price was charged without details. If the fee for taking the saleng on board and offloading was still 150 bath each there's a 'mainland fee' of 200 Bath? :)

Taking the slow boat back to the mainland.

Time for some marketing/branding, putting our name on the helmets!

Arriving at the harbor of Ranong, offload at a different pier (luckily with high tide).

In Ranong you can find several hot springs. Do not confuse them with swimming pools as the area is like a spa and the water is bloody hot! At the Raksawarin Hot Spring the main spring is about 65° Celcius and the pools are about 40° Celcius. With an outside temperature of about 40° Celcius there's no way to 'cool off' other than the cold showers. But, that's not the purpose anyway.

Raksawarin Hot Spring, 40° Celcius not more than 3 times a day!

Healthy ground, relaxing on a hot plate.

The real hot spring, 65° Celcius - steaming hot!

Free entry, even dogs love it!

Loy Krathong is one of the best holidays/festivals in Thailand. It is called the festival of lights and is a beautiful way of reflecting over the past year and letting all the negative things float away for a fresh start. It also focusses on thanking the Goddess of water (Phra Mae Khongkha) for the supply of water and apologizing for the pollution of it. The lotus flower shaped basket is typically made from a trunk of the banana tree, banana leaves and flowers. It holds a candle (for Buddha), three incense sticks and sometimes people cut hair and nails to let go of the past.

Selecting a handmade flower boat (Krathong) for Loy Krathong.

It's lovely to see people carefully selecting, ordering or making their krathong. Obviously it's not something you 'just buy'. When asking around where to buy one, where to celebrate and at what time the answers were different every time. So, we ended up at the festival down town Ranong. At midnight the official release was supposed to happen, but at 8 o'clock fireworks were lighting the skies and krathongs started to float down the river. Families took their time to take pictures, lighting their krathong, giving it blessings and setting it off in the river. This memorable day continued with music & traditional dance, food stalls and little gambling games.

ATM/bank wishing you a happy Loy Krathong!

Loy Krathong festival in Ranong!

Funny gambling games like throwing rings around cigarettes and lighters, only in Thailand!

Trying out different things!

The moment of truth, floating away the krathong!

Thansila Bed and Breakfast also named Andaman Talaytai Hot Spa Resort!

Accommodation recommendation: Andaman Talaytai Hot Spa Resort, Ranong
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  • 354 km / 220 miles done total
  • 5646 km / 3508 miles to go
  • 6 days done
  • 86 days to go
  • 3 provinces crossed
  • 42 provinces to go

Phuket - Phang Nga - Ranong - Chumphon - Prachuap Khiri Khan - Phetchaburi - Ratchaburi - Kanchanaburi - Suphanburi - Ayutthaya - Lopburi - Singburi - Chainat - Uthai Thani - Nakhon Sawan - Phichit - Phitsanulok - Sukhothai - Uttaradit - Phrae - Lampang - Lamphun - Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son - Chiang Rai - Bokeo - Luang Namtha - Udomxai - Luang Prabang - Vientiane (khwaeng) - Vientiane (prefecture) - Kamphaeng Nakhon Wieng Chan - Bolikhamsai - Khammuan - Nakhon Phanom - Mukdahan - Kalasin - Roi Et - Maha Sarakham - Buriram - Nakhon Ratchasima - Nakhon Nayok - Pathum Thani - Nonthaburi - Bangkok

Saleng expedition, intro
Phuket Town to Laem Phrao, and we're off! (Saleng 1)
Laem Phrao to Khao Lak, the Dutch bobsled team! (Saleng 2)
Khao Lak to Praphat, thumbs up! (Saleng 3)
Praphat to Ko Phayam, saleng on board! (Saleng 4)
Ko Phayam, time to relax! (Saleng 5)
Ko Phayam to Ranong, hot springs & Loy Krathong! (Saleng 6)
Ranong to Thung Wua Laen (Chumphon), coast to coast! (Saleng 7)
Thung Wua Laen (Chumphon) to Bang Boet Bay, scenic route! (Saleng 8)
Bang Boet Bay to Thap Sakae, we have a problem! (Saleng 9)
Thap Sakae to Prachuap Khiri Khan, aircrafts crossing! (Saleng 10)
Prachuap Khiri Khan to Hua Hin, snakes and dead end roads! (Saleng 11)
Hua Hin, we need business cards! (Saleng 12)
Hua Hin to Petchaburi, visiting a tropical vine yard! (Saleng 13)
Petchaburi, amazing cave temple and aggressive monkeys! (Saleng 14)
Petchaburi to Kanchanaburi, discovering the walking directions of Google Maps! (Saleng 15)
Kanchanaburi, King's Day & Light & Sound Festival 2015 (Bridge over the river Kwae)! (Saleng 16)
Kanchanaburi, Bridge Over The River Kwae! (Saleng 17)
Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya, being the attraction and escort service! (Saleng 18)
Ayutthaya, writing Thai and some cultural differences! (Saleng 19)
Ayutthaya, ruins, strange tuk-tuks and Christmas time! (Saleng 20)
Ayutthaya to Lopburi, going Dutch! (Saleng 21)
Lopburi, bikers in monkey town! (Saleng 22)
Lopburi to Pho Prathap Chang, why didn't we get a car? (Saleng 23)
Pho Prathap Chang to Sukhothai, HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Birthday! (Saleng 24)
Sukhothai, saleng at UNESCO World Heritage site! (Saleng 25)
Sukhothai to Phrae, we're not the slowest! (Saleng 26)
Phrae, think big! (Saleng 27)
Phrae to Lampang, 2000 km done! (Saleng 28)
Lampang, ladies not allowed! (Saleng 29)
Lampang to San Kamphaeng, visiting an elephant hospital! (Saleng 30)
San Kamphaeng to Chiang Mai, we made it before Christmas! (Saleng 31)
Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son, Christmas time in the tropics! (Saleng 32)
Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son loop with saleng! (Saleng 33)
Muay Thai in Chiang Mai! (Saleng 34)
Countdown party 2016 in Chiang Rai! (Saleng 35)
Saleng to Mae Salong, the little engine that could! (Saleng 36)
Mae Salong to Chiang Khong, opium at the Golden Triangle! (Saleng 37)
Border crossing with saleng, we're in Laos! (Saleng 38)
Luang Namtha outdoor adventures! (Saleng 39)
It's too cold in the tropics! (Saleng 40)
Off the beaten track! (Saleng 41)
Relaxing in Luang Prabang! (Saleng 42)
Peak performance: Saleng at 1900 meters /6233 feet! (Saleng 43)
Tubing in Vang Vieng! (44)
Eating dust while reaching 4000 KM / 2485 miles! (Saleng 45)
Fixing the bike, one more time! (Saleng 46)
Reaching base camp, Thakhek loop with extreme cold weather! (Saleng 47)
Konglor Cave, underground river adventure! (Saleng 48)
Finishing the Thakhek Loop with the saleng! (Saleng 49)
Relaxing in Thakhek! (Saleng 50)
Border crossing with an unidentified object! (Saleng 51)
Farang in Isaan! (Saleng 52)
Reaching 5000 KM / 3107 miles around Roi Et! (Saleng 53)
Tree hugging and Khmer temples in Phimai! (Saleng 54)
Tasting new latitude wines in Khao Yai! (Saleng 55)
Cruising through Khao Yai National Park with the saleng! (Saleng 56)
We made it to Bangkok! The final chapter! (Saleng 57)
SOLD the saleng! (Saleng 58)

To be continued, stay tuned!

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