From Battanbang to Koh Lanta
Trip Start Sep 19, 2007
71Trip End Jan 19, 2008
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Our last night in Battanbang was quite interesting. Specially because during the whole day we did not do much only wander around the streets and also argue a bit, cause we were really tired and hot. But we managed to find out where to get our taxi for next day ready, to go to the thai border. It is a shame that we were so lazy today cause there a few interesting things to see around here, but i suppose that after a while you need to slow down and don't do much. We manage to find out that we could get to the border by going to the market and bargaining the price down with the taxis there. In the evening we decided to go to a restaurant called smoking pot, a cambodian place. REally good place, and they had in the menu "happy chicken soup", we tried and loved it. I was laughing non stop for a while, we had dinner and shared our table with a belgian guy, and later on another belgian joined us. They are a bit worried about their country's situation but to the point that they are actually quite nervous about what it might happen in the future. Then another guy, italian, who is living in Battanbang working in an irrigation project, joined us too. Everybody was sort of talking about "important" subjects, like political situation in Belgium, what the future would be, maybe two or three different countries come out of it, then global warming and the intalian's guy family, he was working in africa as well for the last 23 years. All very interesting but I was playing with Chiel's mosquito racket and he couldn't keep a straight face either. It was lots of fun. Back to the hotel I was relieved that it was just the two of us so i could behave as silly as I wanted to be, and I started imitating a chicken going around moving like a chicken and making chicken like sounds, and apparently I spent quite a while during my sleep laughing and talking.
Following morning we had to get up at about 6.00 to get a decent ride to the border.We arrived to the border without any major delays or hassle and we were a bit suspicious becuase of that. But then we crossed the border and it was just so easy, what a difference, from the Lao Cambodia border crossing. The thai officials as soon as they saw my passport were talking about Raul, and other football related stuff. It was really relaxing. Then we crossed the border had vietnamese spring rolls and then we realised we were in thailand, the roads are mostly paved, people are smling and it just feel relaxed. But you still get lots of people trying to cheat you selling you their trips or wanted to get you on their tuk tuks.
well never mind. We got on a really nice bus to Bangkok and after five hours we were in Bangkok eastern bus station, then we took another bus and went to the south bus station, as we had finally decided to buy a ticket to go to Satun province and from there go to Tarutao national park and Ko lipe and Koh Adang. There are about the furthest thai south island. But once we bought our tickets I thought that our travel insurance wouldn't cover us if the Spanish Ministry of Foreing Affairs advises against travelling to this provinces. So i checked their web page and then it is actually like that, which is totally stupid because this area doesn't have any problems. Like the other provinces of Hat Yai and Pattani where last year there were two bombings I think. Never mind chiel rushed to the ticket counter and changed the ticket to go to Krabi, and we had to leave inmediately. So we did not have lunch and off we were again for 11 hours bus ride.
the seats were comforable and our fellow passengers were not too noisy or annoying, but as soon as we opened our books they switched off the lights and off you go, you can either look out of the window or fall sleep, becasue the little light above your head, did not work.
We stopped for dinner, included in the price, really weird. but it was good to fill up my hungry belly. Once we arrived to Krabi in the morning we bought the transfer to the island called Koh Lanta, I had been here 4 years ago, but I really liked it, so it was a good last minute decision.
We found a place to stay but everything is really overpriced as it is the Christmas period, but we will manage.