Thailand

At the end of September I finally got round to racing the 3 Peaks Cyclocross, such a good event! This year the weather was stunning, with an inversion in the morning providing a sea of clouds visible from the top of Ingleborough. I crossed the line a few minutes later than my target of sub-4 hours… maybe next year!

A week later and I was flying off to Thailand, my first journey to Asia. The first week was spent on Phuket, where we wandered around the locality, explored limestone archipelago by sea canoe and went diving. The landscapes, flora and fauna were beautiful, and the constant heat was lovely. Any time of day or night it was easily warm enough for T-shirt and shorts and the sea was probably warmer than many swimming pools.

Wat near Nai Harn beach
Wat near Nai Harn beach

Nai Harn beach
Nai Harn beach

Taking the sea canoe through a cave to a lagoon inside the island
Taking the sea canoe through a cave to a lagoon inside the island

Lovely limestone landscapes
Lovely limestone landscapes

Finding delicious food in the run up to the Phuket vegetarian festival
Finding delicious food in the run up to the Phuket vegetarian festival

Stunning coast line on Phuket
Stunning coast line on Phuket
We then took the boat via Koh Phi Phi to Ao Nang, where we spent a few days climbing in one of the most picture-postcard-paradise locations I have ever been. The Phra Nang peninsula is a great place to go for sport climbing with loads of routes and Tomb Raider style caves to explore!

Archipelago
Archipelago

Long tail boats at sunset shot
Long tail boats at sunset shot

Day one of climbing, getting high by the beach like Lana Del Rey
Day one of climbing, getting high by the beach like Lana Del Rey

A cave within a cave on a sandbag of a 6a
A cave within a cave on a sandbag of a 6a

Abseiling out of the end of a cave
Abseiling out of the end of a cave

Happy Island
Happy Island

A tropical storm rolling in, heavy rain to follow
A tropical storm rolling in, heavy rain to follow
The final leg of the journey was spending a few days in the incredible city that is Bangkok. It was fascinating to visit such a huge city of contrasts: ancient wats and modern architecture; bourgeois shopping centres next to slums; and delicious food with… durians.

Bangkok from the 67th floor
Bangkok from the 67th floor

Beautiful detail on the Grand Palace
Beautiful detail on the Grand Palace
I can’t wait for the next time I’m in this part of the world!