To Ko Tao and back to Ko Samui

Trip Start Sep 24, 2006
Trip End Sep 01, 2007

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Bangkok Christian Guesthouse

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

I went with Anita and I by SeaTran ferry, 2.5 hours to Ko Tao on Sunday.  We took a 'taxi' (back of a pick up truck, no extra sides or top on it like a Soengthaew) up island to another resort and went to Blue Wind Bakery and Hotel, as it was recommended in Lonely Planet. Well it was a dump.  We saw a couple of rooms and were not happy but didn't know if we've get antyhting else as it as already 5 p.m. (first clue should have been the emails and phone calls that weren't anwered).  The final straw was the abundance of cobwebs in every nook and cranny of the room, the grounds were strewn with garbage, and there were flies everywhere in the open air restaurant. We started walking up the beach to see if we could finad any other options and came across this lovely spot, The Santi Buri Resport.. with a pool, they had a bungalow free and it was 500 baht less than the dump!  Thhis one had no cobwebs, the bathroom was clean, it was big, the grounds were manicured etc. So we went back to the first place and checked out and got our money back.  By the way, 900 baht was the room price, so actually that is $30 dollars and we split it! so Thailand is very cheap.  That evening we found a restaurant along the beach, which is all lit up at night. Restaurants put mats and cushions on the sand, dig candles and plants in the sand so it is a very unusual sight. We saw a sign saying live music at 8:30 at a local bar so stopped in, and it was an Irish band, with the lead singer from about 5 km from  where Anita is from!  Another Irish guy came in who was from around there as well, so what a coincidence.  I am back on Ko Samui for 4 days plan to take a ferry to from NaThon to Serra Thani on the 28th, then overnight by train to Bangkok, while Anita is taking the ferry to Chumphon from Ko Tao and may or may not be boarding my train while it goes through Chumphon.  All I know is we get there at about the same time, 6 a.m. on the 29th. We are overnighting in Bangkok at the Bangkok Christian Guest House jreally close tothe Urban House Hostel, which recommended it as they were full.  A twin room with breakfast is 1400 baht, about $45 and it is close to the Saladaeng SkyTrain. We booked a hostel in Chiang Mai for 4 days, 31st - 3 Feb. There is a Flower Festival on from Feb. 2-4 we want to see.  Then I may hang around Chiang Mai some more,  while Anita heads to Ko Chang before she goest to Australia for the rest of her trip.
We are only in Bangkok for one night just to get the night train to Chaing Mai and will try to go the Night Market which is in Lumpini Park close to our hotel, and I want to see a movie.  Hope Blood Diamonds is still there or I'll settle for the one about Crossword Puzzle fanatics. 
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