10 Hour Bus Ride to Paradise....
Trip Start Jan 21, 2013
15Trip End Mar 16, 2013
In any case, Christine was impressed, being her first long overnight bus ride. We were seated in the very back of the bus which luckily didn't effect my sometimes motion sickness, we propped our feet up and we were out for most of the ride.
The Morning Ferry is surprisingly not crowded for the most popular season here in Thailand. Even though those who know about this island still flock here for a authentic island get away, most go to the hyped up touristy destinations of Phuket, and Koh Samui.
We arrive and get in the taxi que to jump on the back on the motor bike taxi bikes , the only form on transportation on this island, noticing very quickly the advantage on having a backpack instead of suitcase since the taxi driver has to put your luggage in between his legs while you hop on the back.
Christine and I are off to our bungalow, Mr.Gao about a 15 minute ride thru the flower filled meadows with only a few road side establishments dotted along the way.
Every time I have stayed here at Mr. Gao, I have stayed in different bungalows, in fact there are no two that are the same. This time we are right on the beach, next to the beach side bungalow that Sara and Erika stayed in our last visit. Its really cute, complete with an outdoor bathroom and shower, cold shower, but its all part of the experience!
Mr.Gao has gone a little more upscale since my last visit, they have free wifi now! And the electricity works from sunset, to sunrise..
We ended our first day with a sunset beer at the Hippie Bar a short walk down from our bungalow on the beach, over a few rocks, and a must needed flash flight for the return walk to navigate over the hidden rocks with the tide washing back into shore after dark
The Hippie Bar is by far the most creative handmade structure built by scrap wood and whatever else washed up on shore that could be used to create a make shift wood structure designed as a large pirate ship. Michael says it reminds him of a big tree house for adults. It has rickety ladders taking you up to hidden perches and platforms which probably shouldn't be attempted with too many Chang Beers, even though I'm sure many a few have risked such a climb.
Our plan is to stay on this island for a few days with no plans at all, expect what Delicious Thai food we are going to order for our next meal, and what time do you want to head down to the beach. Now that is my kind of vacation.