24th April Bangkok dash to Koh Tao island
HELLO FROM KOH TAO
24th April cost
Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai Morning bus 3 hrs
Chiang Mai to Bangkok night sleeper train with fan 15 hrs 1900 Thai bart x 4 seats
A quick walking tour around Bangkok 6 hrs
Bangkok to Chumphon night sleeper train with A/C 16 hrs 2000 bart x 3 seats
Chumphon train station to Koh Tao island bus and boat 3 hrs 600 bart each
weather 35 degrees and humid
a glimpse of what its like on a Thai sleeper train with Fan
but surprisingly it was really good fun and airy. All the windows were open so we got a good breeze. You could hang your heads out of them and feel the wind in your face. A real old childhood treat we have lost with new modern trains I loved it...kids loved it
(we didn't realise Chang beer cost 130 bart.... eek usually cost 80 bart. so for grand total of 1000 bart we dinned on the train, to give an example a usual meal cost around average 500 bart with drinks ) very nice through.
|Chang beer ...cheers|
|Settling down in our beds|
So we booked ourselves onto the next sleeper train out of Bangkok, put our luggage into storage and wandered around Bangkok for the afternoon.
|The barricades around some of the government buildings|
Bangkok seemed to be going about its normal business.
|Our destination was Koh San road for a quick look see at the famous backpacker road. Its quite small really as roads go, but had a plethora of tourist shops, bars and clubs.|
|The gang on the move|
|The river at the heart of Bangkok with a temple behind|
Koh Tao Island
|Having fun with Andy|
|Our bungalow in Koh Tao ... O chai, sairee beach |
We managed to get a good, clean room with a double and single bed, ensuite with fan for 1000 bart, on the beach. (£20) This was good going, as most were way more expensive and too high for our budget.
|Our morning walk|
Happy 11th year together anniversary
|Our snorkelling and boat trip around the island|
|Alisha and Seb have become wonderful swimmers and snorkellers|
|Koh Tao main road|
|The pedestrian path that ran from the main town to Sairee beach|
|Our beach bar did great cocktails.|
|A place for fab. BBQ|
After spending nearly 4 weeks it was time to leave.
Andy and I were getting itchy feet, though I think the kids would have settled there for good.. they liked it so much ..
I think we found the island a little too relaxing in a way, we're not into sun worshipping and there's little else to do except drink or scuba dive and I'm afraid being on a budget doesn't allow for much of that unfortunately. Though I really enjoyed the scuba diving I did.
The funny thing was, it was really hard to leave, I swear they put something in our food, or as my friend Sarah thinks, drug the air and keep everyone too relaxed to think about moving .... Every time we thought about leaving we would sit down, have a beer, eat nice food, watch the sun set and listen to the crickets and think... maybe not tomorrow, maybe the day after, there's no rush ....
Bye for Now xx