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Overland the Ithmus of Kra in a classic Mercedes-Benz 280 SE

POSTED BY Yamin Vong ON 18 December 2017

Different people have different ideas of what a holiday should be. My favourite holiday this year was a 3,000km round trip to Thailand in our modern classic car to participate in the 15th Hua Hin Vintage Car parade.

Our vehicle was a Mercedes-Benz 280 SE (W126 model manufactured in 1984), which we used throughout the eight-day holiday that included a 3D2N stay at the Sheraton Hua Hin. This was courtesy of the main sponsor, the Inter Media Consulting group, which is also the organiser of the Thai International Motor Expo.

Due to prior commitments, we could only leave Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday night and checked in at a budget hotel in Changlun to catch four hours of sleep until the border opened in the morning.

Day 2: Bukit Kayu – Chumphon (534km in about eight hours). Driving north along the Ithmus of Kra and skirting the Gulf of Thailand, we passed many resorts that were styled after American motels with a single storey chalet and a car bay. We checked in at the Chalicha Resort in Chumphon, the main transport hub between Bangkok and south Thailand.

Day 3: Chumphon to Hua Hin (300km in about four hours).

The Hua Hin Vintage Car parade is organised annually by the Thailand Vintage Car Club and this 15th anniversary was attended by enthusiasts from five nations – Malaysia, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia.

Next year, the plan is to go with our 1957 Land Rover Series I. That will be a tough drive and hope some classic and vintage motorcycles will join the eight-day odyssey.