$1 more for first class?

Trip Start Jan 01, 2011
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Trip End Mar 21, 2011


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Flag of Thailand  , Nakhon Ratchasima,
Sunday, February 6, 2011

This morning we headed over to the Mochit Bus Terminal to catch the bus to Nakorn Ratchasima, which is also known as Korat. Our plan was to go out to Phimai today to see the Khmer ruins from the 12th century and then the next day to go to Khao Yai National Park.

We arrived at the terminal and Jeff found out about the tickets. The first bus to leave was departing too soon (my stomach was a bit off this morning), so we went back to information and found out that for $1 more we could take the first class bus and that would depart in 30 minutes. Turns out that the $1 was well worth it. There must have been 2 feet of leg room between the seats and the hostess gave you a snack, coke, water and showed us how to recline our chairs. They also played a great Thai movie. We didn't understand a word, but it was truly entertaining.

After 3.5 hours on the bus, we arrived in Korat and took a taxi to our hotel. We tried the bed out and it was hard as a slab of concrete. Sleeping tonight is going to be a treat!

We then headed back to bus terminal 2 and caught the 1305 bus to Phimai. With some asking around, we managed to find the bus. At first I thought the cost was 150 Baht, but turns out the driver was saying 1 for 50 Baht. Oops. The ride was quite hot, but we did have seats and for less than $2, you can't really complain.

In Phimai, we headed to the Khmer complex and wandered around the ruins. They were pretty well restored and it was a lot less crowded than Angkor Wat. We really enjoyed wandering around. Late afternoon was great time as the lighting was perfect with the afternoon sun.

Around 7pm we caught the bus back to Korat. This was way less comfortable than the way there, which was not the best as my stomach was still off. Luckily, I was able to sit on the cushion near the front. Everyone else was standing. My favourite part of the ride was that the driver had stuffed animals lining the windshied and therefore had about a foot of viewing room - lovely.

Back in Korat, I stayed in the room while the others went for dinner. Our trip to Khao Yai hadn't been researched, so I started looking into it. Well, it turns out that unless you are on an organized tour from Bangkok, visiting the park is very difficult. From Korat you would have to take a bus to Pak Chong for 1.5 hours and then take a big covered tuk tuk for another hour. Once at the park gates, it's another 5 km to the visitors centre and there is no transportation there. So instead of going to the park, we have decided to go back into Bangkok tomorrow and to go to an airport hotel with a pool so that we can relax before heading off to the islands.
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