Day04 Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia to Narathiwat, Thailand

11:59 pm Malaysia, Motorbike/Motorcycle, Thailand, Travel
Departure Time 8:13am
Departure Location Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
Arrival Time 6:45pm (7:45pm Malaysia time)
Arrival Location Narathiwat, Thailand
Distance Travelled 279km

Day04

We started the day early, so that we could spend some time enjoying the scenery along the way.  The first stop was the Kuala Terengganu Market.  It is called a wet market because it sells seafood, etc and is constructed with good cleaning facilities.  You can see that many of the stands are using tiled areas for easy cleaning.  The first photo shows two children sleeping – the mother is sitting a few stands away.

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Some of the houses are built on the river.

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After the markets, we returned to the hotel to pack and post the weblog for our first three days.  On the wall in the business office was a huge kite – kite flying is a significant activity in this part of Malaysia.

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It was 12:35pm by the time we actually left the hotel.  As we departed Kuala Terengganu, we noticed that there were several new Mosques all side by side.

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We reached the little beach town of Penarek at 1:45pm, and decided to stop for lunch.  It is a very beautiful spot – the locals were very friendly, and we got a special meal cooked for us as there was nothing vegetarian to choose from.

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This is the spot where we ate – beautiful islands in the background.  Notice also the locals having a siesta under the gazebo, and the many goats that are around..

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As we drove further north, I couldn’t help but wonder when I had ever seen this many palm trees before.  The locals aren’t rich, but they sure live in paradise.  The roads were great too!

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At 3:20pm it was time to stop again for a break.  Rebecca was starting to fall asleep again.

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Once we left Terengganu state, the roads got a lot worse.  At 4:32pm we arrived in Kota Bahru, and instead of looking for a hotel, we decided to push on to the border.  Rebecca slept for about 20 minutes, and at 5:06pm we were on the road again.  This photo shows the bus terminal where we rested for a little while.

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As we headed to the border, I was a little concerned because I didn’t see any vehicles with Thai license plates.  However, about three 3kms from the border I spotted a couple and felt a lot better after that.  This is the Malaysian Immigration building.

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The first picture shows the border – with Malaysia on the left side of the water, and Thailand on the right side.  The second picture shows the immigration building as we were leaving it – the photo was taken from my rear view mirror.  The final two photos are the immagration buidings for Thailand.  As you can see, it is almost an ‘honour system’ – locals can cross the border on their motorbikes without having to do any paperwork or show any identification.

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Once we arrived in Thailand, the sun was starting to set, but the roads were great.  We were able to travel quickly and arrived in Narathiwat without any issues.

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Once we arrived, we had to find the hotel that was mentioned in our travel guide.  Some local youths noticed that we were looking for something and provided us with assistance.  They were very helpful and friendly.

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After we checked into the hotel, I went out to get some cash.  There were military at each intersection, but I didn’t really realize the full scale of the military presence until the next day.

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