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Monday, 2 February 2015

Hua Hin Rayong return

Hua Hin and back                  

We (that’s, Rene, O, Wanna and myself) had been planning a trip to Hua Hin for some time. Really we have been planning a bike trip but every trip needs and purpose. Going to Hua Hin at this time had a good purpose as it was to visit Ryan, a chap who had recently set up an aquaponics system. He had recently decided to set up an aquaponics system on a small commercial scale with lots of room for expansion. While doing tis he has made some very informative videos on the subject all posted on Utube. It was through the utube that I got in contact in the first place. Small world as he also knew some mutual acquaintances/growers in Thailand so some synergy there as well. Ponic Wars

Anyway suffice to say we had good reason to head off to Hua Hin. Hua Hin is famous in Thailand as being where the King has a Palace. It is a beach city with all the amenities to be expected. So off we went. It’s about 350 kilometers from Rayong. Rayong Hua Hin rtn

Route takes you up into Bangkok then across the main Chao Phraya River and down the west side of the gulf of Thailand. Being on motorbikes we are not allowed to use the toll roads which in this case did not make so much difference. The frontage and main dual carriageways are more than adequate for us. And a beautiful bridge over the river. All in all a good trip. Stopping off for coffee breaks and giving our backsides a break !!!! Long ride on a hard seat and I did find most of the potholes.
Only thing we did not could on was rain. Yes I know every day beautiful sunshine and then entering Bangkok we hit the tail end of a storm. I think we missed most of the rain but drover through plenty of water. Chao Phraya 
So Saturday morning saw us leaving early about 06.30am. First coffee stop.

Beginning of the trip
Rene and O on the move

Reason being we planned to get an early arrival in Hua Hin and then plenty of time with Ryan.  We left on time and met up with Ryan about 1.30pm. Then round to his farm and a spent a good few hours discussing the ins and outs of aquaponics farming. Most of the time was spend on looking at his system and discussing with Ryan his approach. And it was impressive stuff. Early days and he will only get better at it for sure. Rene could not wait to get back home and play with his set up and me, my brain cells were worring around as well. Well I was in my mind already designing my next system… So yes a very useful visit.

We have dinner in Hua Hin. Nothing special. However the most noticeable thing to me about Hua Hin was the number of old retired European tourists around. Loads of them. A sort of Pattaya 40 years older !! If you’ve been to Pattaya you will know exactly what I am talking about. If not forget I mentioned it.
Coming back on the Sunday was easy. Unfortunately it was the same route in reverse, However we did make one small diversion to stop off at Wat Hua Hin a famous local temple. 

Then back home. I could add a lot of photos of us on the road but honestly most dual carriageways look very similar. Next trip will probably be to Koh Chang, or down the bottom eastern most part of Thailand. Why ? Cause it’s there that’s why
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