BP Samila Beach Hotel
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We left Tanjung Bungah under a cloud of drizzle, joining the morning commuters on their journey into central George Town. Our scheduled departure time from Komtar was 8am, but since we were on DaveandJenna time we arrived at 7.45am. Unfortunately, the minivan was running to Jennatime and failed to arrive until 8.30am, at which point the driver gesticulated to us to hurry up because we were running late. We meandered slowly to the van. Our vehicle was bound for Hat Yai, ...
... which was a great shame as I am sure they had stories and advice to share. Elsewhere around town there was little sign of Westerners, even in our hotel.
The highlight in Songkhla, in my opinion, is Samila beach on the East coast. It is well maintained and gives Koh Samui's beaches a run for their money; I could have spent hours here hunting through the piles of tiny shells swept up along the shoreline.
... Maybe this was due to so many partakers of the service. Just inside the shopping centre there was a security check just like at any airport. Obviously they take things seriously in the southern part of Thailand due to the problem area near the eastern border with Malaysia.
The train was now scheduled for departure at seven pm. In the restaurant come waiting area at the station I sat next to an older gentleman who I greeted with: Hello, so I am not the only silver wolf ...
With learning to dive as our goal, we needed to find a way to get to the island of Koh Tao. Flights to nearby Koh Samui were extortionate, and we didn't want to retrace our steps through Bangkok, nor face a two-day train journey. A flight to Hat Yai near the Malaysian border seemed the best option. We would then train back up to Surat Thani, and get the night boat from there to Koh Tao.
Our Nok Air (the Thai ...
... for an early night and another early rise; another leg of the journey to complete and the feeling that we have passed into new, and for us, uncharted territory. We feel a bit like we did when we first arrived in Myanmar, entralled but uncertain about the change in culture about us. We are yet to hear the voice of the Muezzin calling the faithful to prayer, but we have no doubts that we are leaving Buddhism behind as we head toward the steamy equatorial regions ahead of us.