Monday, December 12th, 2016
Trading the bicycle for a kayak to explore the limestone caves and karsts of Ban Bor Thor. Like most days I plan on not riding, I end up riding anyways, this time to see the sunset on a lonely beach 20 kilometers southwest of where I'm staying.
One of the French guys actually lives here and does guided tours. Last night they sold me on a kayak trip to see the limestone caves and mangrove swamps of the national park nearby. I have breakfast with the guy from Alsace who is heading to Phuket today. Everyone else is still crashed, probably to recover from all that drinking. The guide comes by at 10:30 and we hop on a scooter to go to the pier where the kayaks are.
At the last cave we run into a bunch of other kayaks coming and going. The guide sets a goal: make it back to the pier before everyone else. Some kayaks have a large headstart, but we crank as fast as we can and manage to beat everyone back. I'm going to be sore tomorrow.
I want to see the sunset on the west coast, I'm suspecting that it will be good, so despite my pledge to take it easy I'm back on the bike to ride the 20k to the beach.
I have to do the return 20k in the dark. Never a good idea, as usual I take a few bugs in the eyes. I arrive back in Ao Luek famished. I stop at a street stall to pick up dinner to go, ride back to the bungalow and wolf it down. The owner invites me to some kind of party where the others are hanging out but I'm knackered. A thorough shower then it's bedtime for me.