Day 10 - Night Train
Trip Start Dec 17, 2007
30Trip End Feb 14, 2008
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After breakfast, I headed to the travel agent to pick up my train ticket and then wait to be picked up to be taken to the Surrant Thani train station over 200 kilometers away. The transportation was late and it wasn't clear how I was getting there. Finally 45 minutes later, a van shows up and we then drive around picking up other passengers until the van was packed full. OK, it was going to a cramp ride I was thinking. But we drove to the company's bus depot where everyone got out and we registered where we were going
I was amazed about how few people lived in the area as there were more tree plantations and the land was relatively flat. Coming from Japan where every square meter of flat ground was used for development or rice farming, seeing thousands of square kilometers being used for low intensity agriculture was shocking to me.
After three hours, we arrived at the company's bus depot near Surrant Thani which was way out of town. Most of the passengers transfered to other buses to go to other locations. I met some Canadians who were also going by train so company called in a truck and we all piled in the back with a family (from Poland?) with our bags for the journey to the train station that took 30 minutes.
The station was full of shops and people and it was lay-ed out like Yonago station where when you walk through the gate, there is track 1 and to get to track 2 and 3 you have to cross the track (there was also a fence between track 1 and track 2)