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5.9 km (3.7 miles) NNE of Ban Khlong Krim, Chumphon, Thailand
Approx. altitude: 88 m (288 ft)
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Antipode: 10°S 81°W

Accuracy: 7 m (22 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: Mangosteen Tree #10: At the Dinner of the Obsequies

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  10°N 99°E (visit #2)  

#1: The Confluence from 25 m distance

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

14-Feb-2013 -- This confluence visit is the eights out of a series of 15 visits in Malaysia and Thailand. The previous confluence is 9°N 99°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 cycling in the little town Chaiya (ไชยา) which is 72 km beeline from the confluence point. In the afternoon, I had reached the road no. 4006 that took me up to a distance of 2.8 km. The remaining approach was on sandy tracks between palm oil plantations. I poked around a bit on those tracks until I gave up cycling. I parked my bicycle 190 m from the cp. The walk was steep up and down and required some bush bashing. At the end, I found the confluence at the edge of a palm oil plantation. But this plantation was mixed with some mangosteen trees. Actually, one of the mangosteen trees is growing exactly at the confluence. Down at the ground I found some sweet fruits as a reward.

After the visit I took road no. 4006 further westwards in order to get into Myanmar the next day. I stayed the night in the little town Phato (พะโต๊ะ), the only place to stay in the mountainous jungle area. All restaurants were closed, but on the main street a lively party seemed to go on. Some people invited me to take dinner from the buffet. Only after my dinner, I found out that the reason for this party was actually a sad one: the husband of an elderly lady had died and this was the obsequies.

The next few days I was not able to visit any confluence points on my route northwards. All the confluence points are located in Myanmar in off-limits area.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to an asphalt road: 2800 m
  • Distance to a track: 190 m
  • Distance of bicycle parking: 190 m
  • Time to reach CP from bicycle parking: 20 minutes
  • Time at CP: 4:00 PM
  • Measured height: 101 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy: 7 m
  • Topography: steep undulating terrain
  • Vegetation: oil palm and mangosteen trees
  • Weather: fine, 31° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Mangosteen Confluence

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

The story continues is at 13°N 100°E.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 25 m distance
#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: Mangosteen Tree
#10: At the Dinner of the Obsequies
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