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1.9 km (1.2 miles) N of Ban Nong Ri, Surat Thani, Thailand
Approx. altitude: 47 m (154 ft)
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Antipode: 9°S 81°W

Accuracy: 8 m (26 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the South #3: View to the West #4: View to the North #5: View to the East #6: GPS Reading #7: Ground Zero #8: The Confluence Hunter #9: The Hut with the big Jars #10: Rubber Tree

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  9°N 99°E (visit #3)  

#1: The Confluence from 15 m

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

13-Feb-2013 -- This confluence visit is the seventh out of a series of 15 visits in Malaysia and Thailand. The previous confluence is 8°N 100°E. It is in turn part of a 4-months bicycle trip starting in Tasmania at 43°S 146°E.

In the morning of confluence day, I started in Ban Na San (บ้านนาสาร) and continued my trip further northwards. Visiting this confluence caused a deviation of 20 km to the east on National Road 401. At a distance of 3.5 km I turned into a minor road. The shape of this road is a loop, where the confluence sits right on the northern most point of this loop. So I went along. The very last kilometer was on dirt surface, but through flat land (although there are steep mountain ranges towering a couple hundred meters from the road).

The confluence point is located in a caoutchouc plantation with young rubber trees. The distance from the road is only 80 m and I was able to bring my bicycle to the exact location. In 50 m distance, there is a little hut with big jars in front of it. My first thought was that they are used as containers for caoutchouc, but more likely they are used as a freshwater reserve.

It is remarkable, how this place has changed within those two 4-year intervals, see 2005, 2009 and 2013. But the big jars seem to have survived these changes.

After the documentation I continued the loop until I got back to road no. 401. Then, I headed further north and stayed the night in the little town Chaiya (ไชยา).

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to an asphalt road: 1000 m
  • Distance to a track: 80 m
  • Distance of bicycle parking: 0 m
  • Time to reach CP from bicycle parking: 0 minutes
  • Time at CP: 10:00 AM
  • Measured height: 34 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 1 m
  • Position accuracy: 8 m
  • Topography: slight inclination, but steep cone-shaped mountains nearby
  • Vegetation: rubber trees, pineapple, grass
  • Weather: sunny, 32° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Big Jars Confluence

More pictures of the trip can found at mautz.net.

The story continues is at 10°N 99°E.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 15 m
#2: View to the South
#3: View to the West
#4: View to the North
#5: View to the East
#6: GPS Reading
#7: Ground Zero
#8: The Confluence Hunter
#9: The Hut with the big Jars
#10: Rubber Tree
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