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A couple weeks back, myself and a friend hit the road to Pak Meng for the day on our bikes to have a look at what the big fuss was all about. We were very impressed by what we saw and wanted to see more. When I got back home, I was very excited to tell Ang about Pak Meng, as we had been speaking about taking Ollie to the beach and this seemed like the perfect place. It was about two hours on the bike, there was loads of space for him to run wild, and there weren’t that many people for him to harass (ollie seems to be obsessed with new people and whenever he meets somebody new, Ollie just won’t leave them alone). We had also spoken about doing some camping, so this weekend was going to be a first for many things. Ollie would need to endure a two hour bike ride and we would need to figure out how to build a tent (which I’m sure wouldn’t be too difficult). With the bike packed to the max (a tent, a sleeping bag, Ollie, Ollie’s toys and our bag), we hit the road and made our way slowly towards Trang.
The first 30 minutes was a little scary, as ollie was not used to the bike and he didn’t seem to like the idea of being constricted in Angela’s arms. He would try and wiggle his way out, causing the bike to sway a bit, causing me to pull over, but eventually he found his comfort spot and was relatively quiet. The journey would turn out to be a slow one. Frequent stops for ollie to use the bathroom and stretch his legs and problems with our rear tyre didn’t make things any easier. Ollie spent most of the time in Angela’s arms but for the last 10 km of the trip, Ollie sat up front with me and rode in style. The strange looks we got from the Thai locals, said either two things: 1) “What the hell are two farangs doing with a dog on a bike in Thailand” or 2) “check out those two farangs and there dog. Wow! I thought we Thai were the only ones capable of doing that.” We arrived in Pak Meng in one piece and knew that the difficult trip was worth every frustration. The look on that dogs face was priceless. He was an Ollie pup in puppy heaven.
As soon as we pulled in, Ollie’s face lit up like a firecracker, and we knew we had made the right decision to bring him. He was certainly in his element and would be for the rest of the time there (the happiest I’ve ever seen the poor pup). First things first, I needed to get the rear tyre repaired before any further movement, so I dropped Ang and Ollie off, and explored the area looking for a repair shop. Around Thailand they seem to be plentiful (when you’re lucky), so it didn’t take too long before the tyre was replaced with a new inner tube for the 20th time (okay, a little stretching of the truth there).
We have had some bad luck with the tyre though and without any exaggeration, have changed it seven times. Most of the time, there has been a repair shop close by, but there have definitely been a few occasions, where I’ve had to push the bike a fair distance (obviously hating my life at that moment). Anyway, with the tyre not deflating every two minutes, peace of mind sunk in, and it was time to take a deep breath and enjoy the scenery. We found a quiet restaurant on the beach, sunk our feet into the sand and took in the view, with a cold beer and a plate of grilled prawns.
The rest of the day was spent lazing around on the beach, swimming and playing fetch with ollie pup. As it was Ollie’s first time at the beach, he was loving the water. In saying that, he was a little nervous about going all the way in and would just get his little paws wet. Even a ball game, didn’t get him excited enough to race in and marinate his furry body. However, with some more encouragement and a little persuasion, we finally got him paddling around, which was the funniest thing. He looked like a giant rat in the water. In saying that, it’s probably a little gross to think about.
It didn’t take the pup long to build up confidence and master the art of doggy paddle. He was born to swim I tell ya. The dog was even doing back stoke at one point. He could have been an olympic gold medalist. There might even have been a point where I thought he was a fish. A big black rat fish! Haha! The pup had an amazing time in the water and we were super happy to see him doing so. The little guy has so much energy, that at least out here, he could play until he was all played out (which is hardly ever).
After a full day of exhausting play time with the pup, we were once again shown how a sunset can blow you away. We have been lucky enough to see these magical sunsets often in Thailand and are always over the moon when we see one this radiant. After countless pictures, it was time to set up the tent before it got too dark to see what we were doing. The tent went up easily enough, but a few problems with the front zip, kept us struggling for 20 minutes, while being attacked by ravenous blood thirsty mosquitos. We eventually got it zipped up, but knew a few mozzies had snuck in. Sleeping was going to be interesting. Hungry as ever, we found a lively restaurant and ordered our favorite soup, Tom Yum Gong, and a steamed fish in a lime sauce (phla neuang manao). Both dishes were excellent, and ended off a wonderful day at the beach with Ang and Ollie.
Not much sleeping went on that night. Ollie seemed to bark at everything that walked past and woke us constantly. There was also the problem of those few mosquitos that snuck in while we were trying to fix the zip. They made my life a lively hell, and didn’t stop pestering me until I left the tent in the early hours of the morning. Note to self: Don’t use tents with broken zippers! The early rise did allow the opportunity for a long walk on an abandoned beach, which is always something I like to do, when I get the chance. Ollie was loving the freedom again and had the entire beach to inspect with his full intensity. The plan for the day was to explore two other beaches I had researched online. They were 25km north of Pak Meng. We filled our stomachs with the usual coffee, eggs and toast, packed the bike and took a slow ride towards Haad Yao (long beach).