Khao Sok

Trip Start Sep 27, 2012
Trip End Jan 16, 2013

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Baan koa sok resort

Flag of Thailand  , Surat Thani,
Wednesday, January 2, 2013

As a London commuter I solemnly swear not to moan about over crowding or late transport again! (Or for at least a month when I'm back!) Ok.. So we headed to the pier after hailing a taxi and prepared ourselves for a battle with the transport people (Songserm). The tickets that we didn't use to get to Koh Tao due to the six hour late train we were going to try to use now, usually no refunds, no exceptions. We did good, she was unimpressed and made a phone call but scribbled something on our ticket and sent us off to wait for the ferry... Yay!! So we got to use our, already paid for, tickets for the ferry from Koh Samui to Donsak and for the bus from Donsak to Suratthani.. This being where we can get a bus to Khao Sok (about an hour and a half away)... Or so we thought!
Firstly, the ferry was massively overbooked by about three times over so naturally we couldn't all fit on the boat. Dan and I missed the first one but made for daamnn sure we was on the second one, after a couple of hours wait and a few nervous looks at the guy counting passengers as they got on we were on board. Unfortunately there were STILL people left at the port unable to get on board. Easy ferry ride as the water was very calm so neither of us felt sick (yay!) and two hours later we were collecting our luggage and stampeding towards the coaches waiting for us. After a lot of confusion we managed to get two remaining seats on the bus to Suratthani... Again, unlucky people remained at the bus stop as the full coaches pulled away.. Dog. Eat. Dog!

We reached suratthani bus station, by now it's 7pm and dark and everyone is madly trying to get tickets to where they want to go (mostly Krabi & Phuket) we queued only to be told, no buses to Khao Sok, tomorrow, tomorrow....shit. We decided to grab some food while we could and figure out a plan of action, we ate and said we'd find a tuk tuk to the main town then try and get a taxi to Khao Sok... Both wandered out in the pouring rain with all our bags.. No tuk tuks..double shit! Eventually one turned up and Danielle was all over him like a rash for a lift haha.. Trip to the town sorted. We were squished in the back of a tuk tuk with 12 other people and all of our bags, if I could have reached my camera I would've taken a photo but I think it was squashed somewhere under my legs. The tuk tuk even had to pull over and get rid of some people onto another one cos the wheelbarrow wheels couldn't handle the weight, haha.. All in the namely of deathly fun!
We got to the town and managed to get a few guys on the case calling any taxi driver mates that fancied a trip to Khao Sok, while they were doing this Danielle ran into the hotel we happened to be outside and asked for a price for the night, 380 baht for the room (£3.80 each!) SOLD. We figured losing a night in Khao Sok and spending hotel money here was better than spending £30 in a taxi, we also booked the first bus to Khao Sok in the morning (6.30am!!!).. But that was us sorted, cold shower with a lizard or two, both had a sew of our backpacks that are falling apart and hit the sack.
Got our bus in the morning without any problems.. But they don't know the meaning of "full" in Thailand.. Their answer to a full coach is to get plastic stools out and people sit in the walkway haha!

Ok so finallllllyyyyyyyyy we got to Khao Sok around 9am a day late but early enough to do everything we wanted to do in one day. We had two nights booked at the Baan Khao Sok Resort but having missed the first, just the one night in the jungle... Danielle was actually delighted haha.. Less bugs to worry about. The lady at the desk actually offered us two nights still which was nice but we're moving on to Krabi having already booked a couple of nights there.

(Jeez, I've written all this and we've only just got to the point of arrival, essay!)

We were straight in, breakfast ordered, Krabi coach booked for the morning and elephant trekking booked getting picked up after breakfast!

So we arrived by tuk tuk to where the elephants were and immediately ushered onto an elephant before we could even think. Our elephant was female and 31 years old, her name was ponthon (or something to that effect!) so what we didn't realise was when they said trekking they didn't mean on a flat bit of grass or road.. They meant up and down the biggest hills you've ever seen while a tiny piece of rope holds you in! An amazing experience through the jungle but crikey I'd be lying if I said I didn't get a little scared. The guide spoke to the elephant all the way through and she did as she was told.. Sometimes she ignored him and did what she wanted like have a giant poo or eat a tree haha, Danielle immediately liked her for being contrary (much like herself).
We got to feed our elephant after with bits of tree and stroke her, brilliant experience!

Ok so we got back and had some lunch, went for a walk and decided the only thing to do was to have an hour long massage seeing as we've been in Thailand two and a half weeks and haven't had one yet. I opted for an oil massage and Dan went for a Thai massage.. So funny seeing her in all sorts of positions, my massage was nice but a bit rough, afterwards I felt beaten up but in an oily way, dan loved hers and we both fell asleep when we got back so it must have done the trick.

As we were getting picked up to go to Krabi the driver takes a shine to Danielle, says his girlfriend just split up with him after four years and has gone to Canada (that explains his mood) then went on to ask Danielle if she has a boyfriend, she replied yes, in England? He asks.. Yes! And bang, he slaps the seat in disappointment lol! Too funny. We got moved to the front of the minibus and Danielle sat next to him for the two hour ride with him saying he was a (Thai accent) "crazy man, crazy in the love" haha!

That brings us to the end of our Khao Sok time, short and sweet but so worth it... Krabi next!
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