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Cycling mad couple on 9,000km journey

PHUKET: A newly married couple are spending their honeymoon in a rather unconventional way – cycling 9,000 kilometres on a tandem bike around Thailand.


Paritta Wangkiat

Friday 15 June 2012, 02:17PM


Nattharee and Paul Haman.

Thai national Nattharee and her Australian husband Paul Haman arrived in Phuket this morning (June 15) on their two person bike, a Hase Pino.

They started their trip in Surat Thani on May 29.

The couple live in Bangkok and their trip is expected to end around November, after they visit every province in the country. They will cycle around 100 kilometres every day.

“We just wanted to do something different for our honeymoon, and also wanted to promote green tourism and cycling,” said Mrs Haman, who works as a tour guide.

The Hase bike is perfect for the couple, she says, because they used to have difficulty staying together on two separate bikes.

“This bike make us share strength and we can interact more. It’s not like two separate bikes, where you are often separated because he is riding far ahead of you,” said Mrs Haman.

The trip has given the couple more understanding and knowledge about Thailand. For example, they found the three southernmost provinces did not appear to be as dangerous as reported in the media.

Unlike being in a car, cycling means you can smell and get a real sense of each place, they said.

“You can interact with people,” said Mr Haman. “The best part of the trip is meeting people.”

The Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket office, Bangornrat Shinaprayoon, said the bicycle touring market in Thailand is continuing to expand, and she encouraged it.

It is not the couple’s first visit to Phuket; three years ago they cycled from Chiang Mai to Phuket.

Follow the Harman’s cycling honeymoon trip at everyprovincechallenge.com.

 

 

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