Just the details

Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
Trip End Feb 02, 2013

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Flag of Thailand  , Surat Thani,
Monday, January 28, 2013

So I am going to do the next three days as a sort of breeze by of what happened. Mostly it was traveling and I think it would be tedious for writer and reader alike if I wrote out all of the details of these days out. Instead I'll just do the gist of what happened. Ready? Let's go.

Carlo and I woke up early on our last morning in Koh Phangan and got ourselves ready to head out. The plan was to take the earlier ferry to Koh Samui to spend our last island day before flying back to Bangkok.  Our bungalow called us a cab and we were on the road by 6:30 am.  We got to the ferry and got in line to buy our tickets when I realized that I had forgotten my purse in the back of the cab.  Panic ensued and we realized we would have to go all the way back to the bungalows to get the staff there to get my purse.  We got a shared taxi back and waited around the bungalow until my purse finally arrived completely intact.

            Seeing as we had missed the first ferry and the next wouldn't be going for a while yet we decided to grab some breakfast before going back, once again, to catch the ferry to Koh Samui.  Once there we found our hotel, the Samui Mermaid and got ourselves checked in.  We were more than a little tired, physically and emotionally, and neither of us was in much of a mood to mess around.  We found that our hotel was… fine, I guess.  Being so close to the airport meant that we could hear planes taking off every so often and it was rather distracting. The grounds of the hotel were pretty, but our room was a little run down looking and simple.  Oh well, at least it was pretty clean. 

            We found the hotel’s restaurant and discovered that it looked out in the beach and had a lovely view of the ocean.  Carlo and I were happy to spend the rest of the afternoon just lounging around by the pool, looking out at the sea.  We could have explored, but with most of the day gone we didn’t really have enough energy to actually act on it.

            The next morning Carlo and I woke and packed the rest of our belongings in order to fly back to Bangkok.  We ate breakfast at the airport and then boarded our flight.  It is still shocking how brief the flight is to get from Samui back to Bangkok.  It barely feels like you’re in the air before you begin your descent. 

            Once we were back on land we headed to the Airport Road railway that would take us to the Sky Train.  The system is pretty simple so we didn’t have too much trouble navigating through it.  Once we got to the Sky Train Carlo and I were surprised when the doors opened and we found a wall of people inside.  We hesitated for a second but decided that we needed to push on in, after all, how else would we get to our guest house?  We squeezed in, trying to make room for ourselves before the doors shut, struggling a bit with our luggage.  As the doors were closing a Thai man pushed me away from him, yelling at me that I was a foreigner and wasn’t to be pushing him.  I blinked in shock and stuttered my apology.  I wasn’t trying to push anybody; I was just trying not to get shut in the door of the train.  After the man got off the train a few stops later another man told me that he was shocked at the Thai man’s attitude. 

            We made it to Suk 11 Guest House just fine after that and had some time to get cleaned up before meeting Dave and his family for dinner.  We went to an incredibly fancy French restaurant and gorged ourselves on lovely food and fantastic company.  Dave was kind enough to get us back to the guest house before bed time because Carlo and I had yet another early morning ahead of us.

            From Bangkok, Carlo and I would be going to Siem Reap, Cambodia for the second half of our trip.  We got up early and were on the Sky Train by 7:00 am to catch the bus.  The bus terminal was harder to find than expected, but we made it onto the 8:00 bus all the same.  Our bus was more than a little run down, but it was comfortable enough and the air conditioning worked, so what more can you ask.  We traveled for more than five hours to get to the border between Thailand and Cambodia and there was still a lot more traveling to be done.

            The visa process was… extensive.  First was the obvious con that we had to dodge where the rickshaw driver brings you to a fake visa place.  Thankfully we were all aware of this and with a bit of urging he took us to the actual border.  We waited in line to get stamped out of Thailand, not too hard.  Then we moved on to get our Cambodia visa, which was also a rather painless process.  Lastly we had to get checked into Cambodia… which took just about forever.  The line was massive and was moving at a snail’s pace.  We waited for more than an hour to get our passports looked at and finger prints scanned.

            But, just because we are in Cambodia doesn’t mean we get to rest yet.  We then booked a taxi with two girls from the bus and had a two hour ride from the border town, Poipet, into our destination, Siem Reap.  After so much traveling the taxi ride seemed surprisingly long and we ended up arriving at our guest house at 6 pm. 

            Carlo and I had booked a room at the Ta Som Guest House, which had been recommended by some other Native English Teachers who were traveling over winter break.  I had mentioned it to Ben, a NET who lives in Dangjin and he decided to stay there as well.  We were arriving on Ben’s last night in Cambodia.  When Carlo and I arrived we found Ben in his room and decided to get dinner together.  
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Long travel days, but worth it to be in Cambodia. I know you've dreamed of going there. The two of you traveling together can navigate any obstacle. I'm sure this is the beginning of a lifetime of adventures.

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