Taking the Local Way to Lipe.....
Trip Start Dec 26, 2011
11Trip End Feb 08, 2012
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Where I stayed
lipe beach resort
So our options were, pay 1500 baht to connect to two different ferries and an equivalent of about 7 hours of sitting on a ferry, or try the local way, take a long tail boat with the locals back to land, then a few bus connections, and finally a ferry to lipe tagged on the end. Sounds a little complicated? Well, it kind of was, but when you have company along to embark on such an adventure, it's always better
We started with the long tail boat to shore, and along with some friendly villagers, and a motorbike strapped to the front of the boat, we were pretty much winging it after we arrived. Riding in the back of a local taxi truck, we were dumped off in front of storefront in the next town, and that would be where we catch the next arriving bus taking us to the next "big" city, Trang. You never know what kind of bus you will be riding on when traveling in such style in Thailand. Sometimes it can be a “VIP” bus, sometimes a local bus with no doors and open windows and luckily a few rotating fans to keep you cool, or what we got a very old, double Decker bus that was standing room only. Our bus probably sat 32 people, but there were at least 50 or more people crammed on this bus. It pulls up; you get on, and find a place to stand or a floor to sit on. Michael being a rather tall person, in a very short people designed society found a seat on the staircase, and myself sitting on the floor of the top step. We rode this way for about two hours,,,, think of all the money we are saving! Lol…..
We met a really cool couple, Peter and Janet that were from Connecticut , and living part year on a small island off of Koh Jum, called Koh Siboya, They were heading down our way as well, and were also taking the local way! So we weren’t the only ones with this idea, so we had company along our way. We were all dropped off at a restaurant, and had to slump our way in about 95 degree heat to the bus station. There is no logical reason why we cannot be dropped off at the bus stop; it’s just the way it is. We were then to realize that the bus was running late, and there would be no way we could make it to our next town of Pak Bara to catch the last ferry to Lipe…..ahhh, we tried
Our next bus was a little more comfortable, we only had to stand for about 20 minutes before the crowd slowly reached their stops and a couple of seats were available. The buses here in Thailand stop every so often to pick up, and drop off locals. It doesn’t matter what sort of fancy bus you are on, transportation here takes a while. So it’s important to have patience and a great sense of humor about it all.
We arrived in Pak Bara in the evening, and were informed that we were lucky to get a room in the two hotel town since it was the start of Chinese New Year
By the way, our total cost came to around 900 baht, so Michael and I saved about 600 doing it the local way!