Thailand Wins – Ben Around the World Diary – Day 166 – 7th February 2020

Thailand Wins – Ben Around the World Diary – Day 166 – 7th February 2020

– ODO- 20884-21021km
– Location- Palm Forest near Bam Saphli, Thailand
– Weather- 26-35

Thailand is my favourite country in South East Asia to ride in. Before Bangkok I’d had a taste of the north of the country crossing into Laos and back in from Cambodia some months later. There have been some busy highways and densely populated areas I’ve struggled to camp in or find hotels. Overall though the roads are super smooth, there’s good food everywhere and the people are relaxed and friendly.

The last couple of days I’ve been skirting the coast. Jumping off the highway and it’s plentiful 7-elevens and Amazon Cafes, to take the slick coastal roads. Yesterday either side of the road was full of salt beds. Workers drove back and forward on dried white shreds with rollers and in others they raked the result into piles.

From this morning, after camping just back from the coast, the road opened up on miles of white sand, small blue fishing boats, nets and hammocks hung from trees. Some remote tourist spots spilled with portly tourists and retirees. I meet a Norwegian who’s lived on the beach for 15 years. “I’m going to die here”, he told me. As I sit drinking a soft drink, escaping the rapidly rising sun, I watch a fisherman lying in a hammock swinging gently to the onshore breeze. I listened to the sounds of the waves and of the birds and my mind was empty.


Hi, my name is Ben and I’m a startup founder and adventurer. Highlights of my career include building three startups from zero to exit (, StreamOn and working on Aux) and cycling – halfway – around the world in 2018. Subscribe for updates, blog posts and videos on my startup life and adventure travels.
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