Michelle and I just got back from the Yala Province in Southern Thailand. We toured a few places of interest in this little-known part of the Thai Kingdom called 'Betong'. Back in the days when Malaysia had declared the state of emergency, there were border skirmishes between Malaysia's security forces and communist troops from the Malayan Communist Party. A peace accord was signed in 1987, ending all conflict between 1948 - 1960 and through the 70s and 80s in Peninsular Malaysia. Most of the ex-communist troops (mainly of Malaysian-Chinese heritage) have settled down in the Betong Basin and became successful farmers and businessman.
Our contact in Betong had given us some World-class hospitality and during our stay, we toured the infamous Piyamit tunnels (used by communist troops to evade Malaysian security forces), Hot springs and the beautiful Winter Flower resort.
We've had a great stay and cycling tour of this town and hope to do Bangkok sometime in the future.. Here are some pix from our touring adventure..
It took us about five hours to drive to a small border town called Kroh - which is now known as Pengkalan Hulu in Northern Perak to access Betong..
Our ride organiser Mr TT Siang and wife Angela seen here setting up his ride: A heavily modified Dahon Curve SL near the border checkpoint.
Leaving the Malaysian border for Thailand..
Getting our travel papers stamped at the Malaysian immigration..
Riding into the DMZ