07.05.2006 - 11.05.2006 35 °C
Wow, quite a bit of slackness in my blogging over the last few days so apologies for that! We finally made our way off Ko Phi Phi early on tuesday morning. Since we'd only seen the Andaman coast up until then we decided to head for Ko Pha Ngan in the Gulf of Thailand, so we booked a mammoth ferry-bus-bus-ferry trip through an agent on Phi Phi. Absolute bargain at 750 baht each! Trust me - it's a very good deal.
Caught our first ferry at 9am which took us to Krabi on the mainland. That took us past Ko Lanta, which looked very impressive on the horizon - much bigger than PP too. It's apparently wonderful for its beaches but not much else - so no big urges to stop there although it did look nice.
Arrived in Krabi and transferred to a bus which took us to some little hut with a cafe in the middle of nowhere. Imagine something out of The Lone Ranger - tumbleweed across the road, and little more! Just as we were beginning to wonder if we'd ever get there, another (equally shit!) bus turned up and we all piled on and got going after a bit of verbal abuse from the thai bus man because nobody knew what was going on! Amusing all the same
I don't know what it is about buses in Thailand but none of the ones that I have been on (and I have been on a few) have had working speedometers. As we were driving along we were either doing 0mph or 140mph - quite smooth for such a speed! After travelling for about 3hrs at 140mph with no fuel and an engine that was cooler than a cornetto, we arrived at Surat Thani on the Gulf Coast.
From there we caught yet another bus to the port, and boarded a ferry to Ko Pha Ngan. Schools of flying fish flanked the ferry, incredible to watch - I'd never seen them before. Jumping a good 50cm out of the water, if not more.
Got to KPN and jumped into the back of a Toyota Hilux along with 9 other people(!!) . We were taken to a set of bungalows on the beach in a place called Ban Tai, very cheap at 600 baht with aircon but that's about all! Met up with a lot of really nice people - some aussies and some brits, and we ended up going to Had Rin for the night. Had Rin is where they hold the famous Full Moon parties and it was a pretty crazy place - people dancing to really loud music on the beach, all having a wonderful time! Really good night
The next day we decided to leave KPN as it didn't seem too great other than the nightlife, and we didn't have too much time to explore to give the island a fair shot. So we got a high speed catamaran (3 quid!) to Ko Samui, where we were transferred to Chaweng beach and checked into a simple hotel which seems fine.
That was yesterday - today we made the most of our time by the sea as we're heading back to BKK tomorrow. Nice relax on the beach after visiting a (very disappointing, badly run) crocodile farm and a huge buddha temple (the latter of which was impressive). Jez and I hired jetskis with 750cc engines and bombed around the bay for half an hour and then had a final swim in the sea before coming here. And here we are!
So tomorrow we fly to BKK on a tiny propeller plane at 9am so an early night tonight. Off for dinner now - next update probably from BKK. Watch this space!