Back in Thailand
Trip Start Jan 25, 2007
19Trip End Mar 22, 2007
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So we had one more evening in Vientiane, which involved a very fraught Man U game (for James). This inviolved a nail biting 90 mins until man u scored in extra time and james sent a liverpool supporters beer flying, which didnt go down too well.
We got up the next day and headed straight for the Friendship Bridge border crossing into Thaialdn. As border crossings go this was relatively painless. We had decided that this leg of the trip would be a bit more of an adventure and we would do it all ousrselves on local transport and not through travel agents. We were disappointed to find that everything went very smoothly, we managed to get a train to Korat for 64 baht and were bemused by the fact that the sandwiches we bought for the train cost more than the train ticket (70baht). The train was sticky and hot and cramped, but a cool thing to do. I have never felt so unfeminine as when i got off though. We spent a fairly chilled evening wandering Korat, and on visiting the night market discovered it was very westernised in clothes etc, but nice asd thge whole place was untouched by tourism.
Next morning, more public transport and another smooth bus ride to Pak Chong. We found a hostel and spent the afternoon and evening doing guess what???? yes....another night market. shocker. but got some amazing fresh food for dinner.
Following day Dave left us to go visit hus mum in Ko Samui. Me James and Babs had a very early start for Kaoh Yai National Park. It was a lovely day and we had a vrilliant guide, pointing out all the different plant life and scenery. We saw A LOT of monkeys, gibbons, and also hornbills, as well as some black squirrels, deer and an elephant. We also swam underneath the waterfall used in the film 'The Beach'. It was a 12 hour day and we were shattered so we did nothing that evening.
On Wednesday we got up and got another publ;ic bus back to Bangok, where we booked our bus ticket to Chomphon and the connecting ferry to Ko Tao. Upon wandering for a while looking round China Town we headed for familiarity. Khoasan Road. Packed with backpackers as ever. We killed a few hours there, and booked our diving course in Koh Tao then went to get the bus. It was very comfortable and we had a table and room to spread out, so we had a comfortable journey until 2am when we were dumped at a wooden bus shelter where we had to wait for all the arrivals from bangkok. We were then taken to the tourist office where we slpet on the concrete floor waiting to be taken to the ferry port. At 6am we were woken to go get the ferry. Besides the failure of an engine it was an easy crossing of about 2hrs and we finally arrived in Koh Tao......