Living above a massage parlour
Trip Start Sep 28, 2009
92Trip End Apr 22, 2011
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Had another early start but was able to share a cab down to the port so money saved. We had an easy crossing on the ferry.....surprisingly no rain for this move which makes a change.
Arrived in Thailand and managed to get our 60 day visa with was a relief as it is often down to the passport control officer to decide this. Bought a ticket to Trang for no other reason than there was a bus going there. We got loaded on to the back of a small truck with our bags thrown on the roof, only to be unloaded from the truck on to a mini bus again with our bags thrown on the roof. The bus driver must have stolen my dad iPod which helped make the 2 hour journey fly.....hmmm. The bus driver made an unscheduled stop at the side of the road to pick up his dinner, fresh crab....so fresh they were still moving in the carrier bag by my feet.
We miss a great photo opportunity, while on the dual carriageway, we saw a scooter with a whole family on the back including the family dog who was sitting on the drivers lap with his paws on the handle bars, he looked like he was enjoying every minute of it.
We have found a fantastic room, the fact it is above a massage parlour only adds to the greatness of it. I haven't worked out if they do extras yet, but we have a very giggly, smiley girl on reception who I would ask if she spoke English. Every time we ask her a question she has to run next door to get her friend to translate. Our room has a massive queen size bed, cable TV, fresh towels and is almost too posh for us mear travelers. All this for only 6.50 a night.
It's a bit of a shock to the system after Malaysia that not many people understand English, I know this makes us lazy tourists but everyone spoke English and made us lazy. It probably doesn't help that this is only a transit town and therefore tourists don't usually stay for more than a day. Food maybe a challenge as all the menus are in Thai symbols, last night was ok as we ate at the night market....that just means pointing at what looks good, and it was!!
We had a good walk round the market last night and found a stall that sold sausages, Mmmm pork I have missed that, over two months in a Muslim country it's nice to have the choice again. We also had some of our old favorites Chicken on a stick, corn on the cob and banana pancake.
Trang is a big town, but as I said doesn't have much tourism, people seem friendly....or they could just be laughing at us not sure. We are going to get a bus or train from here in a couple of days to the port town of Chumphon (we keep calling it Champion...really got to learn the proper name for towns) where we can get the ferry over to Koh Toa, fingers crossed we will get a room for Xmas on one of these three islands (Koh Toa, Koh Samuii & Koh Phangan).
11th December 2009
We left Trang yesterday by train, the three days we had spent there flashed by. I had a very exciting day on Tuesday as two doors down from us was a cinemas and it was showing the new Twilight film I have been trying to see for weeks now. We planned the whole day, even bought drinks and nibbles for the show. Got up to the counter only to be told the film was dubbed in Thai - for a moment I did think about watching it whatever just to get my Edward fix -but no we went for food instead. We found a fantastic restaurant over the road from the guest house we were in and it had only been open 2 days so they couldn't do enough for us. The food was excellent and we both ate too much.
We booked our tickets for the train up to Chumphon which is the port town for Koh Tao the first island we are going to try for Xmas accommodation. The train left at 1.25pm the next day so no early starts ...that makes a change!
The next morning we got up at leisure and hit the supermarket, we had a 7 hour train journey ahead of us and need to stock up on food. The bread here is ok so we bought a loaf and some tuna and ham, but I really wanted some salad in it. The supermarket didn't sell any produce so Gary went off in search of salad while I started the butties.
He came back pleased as punch with his bag of treasure. He had negotiated the fruit and veg market and with a lot of pointing and hand signals he came back with a lettuce, two tomato's and an onion....well done Gal!
So Sandwich's made and rucksacks packed we head out on to the streets to flag a Tut Tut down - walking through the streets with your rucksack on in the midday sun just before taking a 7 hour train journey would have been a health hazzard for the rest of the passengers. Have flagged one down we then spent more time taking pictures of it rather than getting in it. We said goodbye to the smiley receptionist and headed off to the station.
The train arrived on time and we found our seats, Plenty of leg room and a big window to let the air in and to hang out of. The journey started off and within 5 mins the first of the sellers came round. This was a man with a bucket of cold drinks on ice. No problem we had our slightly warming water. The next seller was a fat man selling hot rice dishes on paper plates covered in cling-film. This when on for the whole journey, lots of different food and drinks where brought round for offering. It all got very manic when we pulled into a big station and the food sellers on the train increased as well as the ones on the platforms selling chicken, rice, fruit, you name it through the windows. Now you see why the windows were so big, you have to hang out of them to get your lunch. By this time we began to wish we hadn't been so practical and made sandwiches. We did treat ourselves to a Dim Dim....which started off as coconut ice-cream in a plastic cup but as we ate the Ice-cream we found a layer of bread and then a layer of rice....very odd!!!
The journey didn't seam to take too long, we did have a problem shutting the very large window so spend most of the after dark journey being bombarded with bugs and confused mozzies. Once we arrived in Chumphon station, we found our hostel easily. The room is pretty basic and I mean basic and had a share bathroom but the promise of hot water sold the room to me. The room was only 150BH which is less than 3 pound...bargain, cheapest room yet.
We had a walk round town and found a shopping mall, always great to find some A/C and window shop for a while. They also had a KFC, now as a rule we don't like KFC abroad we have had a couple of dodge meals with them, plus they offer rice with their dinners and give you a knife, fork and plates....what's that all about!!! We popped in for a quick snack, now when they say spicy chicken in Thailand they mean spicy...OMG it took my head off and I felt like a dragon breathing fire, needed icecream to cool my mouth down....I'll stick to McD in future.
We have booked our ferry tickets and leave in the morning, another 5am start and no doubt it will be raining, even though we haven't seen any rain yet.
Now there has been some mention that most of our photos center around food, well yes this is because that's all we have to really think about and from the minute we get up to the minute we go to bed we are planning what & where we are going to eat. It's a sad fact that we do indeed live to eat!!