“You have to believe in yourself when no one else does. That makes you a winner right there… “ – Venus Williams
|(Route 41 - Western themed Rest and Recreation Area)|
Day 01: 1 September 2016 (Thursday)
Route: K Lumpur – Surat Thani
Distance: 865 km
Hotel: Princess Park Hotel
It was a beautiful sunny day to travel.
Hubby and I are still having slight fever and still taking our medications. Instead of riding our KTM 1190, we planned to drive across the border and brave the ‘Death Highway’ to Umphang, Thailand, just the two of us. We are celebrating our 37th anniversary there!
|(A beautiful bright clear day)|
Our 4x4 Ford Ranger Extreme is still in the workshop, waiting for spare parts since a week ago so we will be driving our Mercedes E300. This is a first time for the E300 to drive across the border. Around 10:30 am we started driving north from our Bidara House. We stopped at Simpang Pulai for refuelling. Around 2:30 pm we took a break for lunch at Restoran Mee Udang at Sungai Dua. It was not as good as expected. We have tasted better Mee Udang than this, elsewhere!
|(Mee Udang and Nasi Goreng Udang Sungai Dua)|
We refuelled again at Changlun, completed documentations, insurance and bought some Bahts. We finally crossed the Malaysia/Thailand border at Bukit Kayu Hitam around 5:00 pm.
|(Many more eateries to be opened at Route 41)|
|(Our E300 crossing the border for the first time)|
We made a brief photo shots stop at Route 41 and drove direct to Surat Thani where we had a late dinner at our favourite Muslim stall. By 11:00 pm we checked in Princess Park Hotel Surat Thani at B600/night with complimentary breakfast.