Ko Chang and Surin
Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 81
Temperature : 35 degrees
Weather : Humid, overcast with sunny intervals
As a result of intermittent power cuts, travelling, and no internet connection, it has been over a week since our last blog…the longest break in our blogs of our travels so far so I really feel like I've been slacking!!
Our last few days in Ko Chang were spent on the beach relaxing thanks to the slight relief in the rain, but they were not entirely uneventful. Sadly two tourists drowned whilst swimming as a consequence of the fierce rip tides which occur in the monsoon season, despite there being warning signs everywhere
We left Ko Chang in torrential rain, crossed on the ferry to the mainland and boarded the bus for the 5 hour journey to Bangkok. All was well until we hit the infamous Bangkok traffic at which point we ground to a standstill and by the time we arrived at Bangkok train station we’d been on the road for 7 hours! We dropped a group of tourists off at the train station but after 40 minutes of crawling through some back streets, turning this way and that, we then passed the train station again…!! It was clear the driver was totally lost. After 8 hours on the bus we we all tired and hungry and so we persuaded the driver to open the doors and let the remaining passengers off the bus….in the middle of no where!! Kevin and I jumped into a tuk-tuk and made our way (past the train station for a third time!) to our hotel. We decided to treat ourselves to a nice hotel with fluffly white towels, plasma tv, clean bathroom, and nice soft bed….luxury! Unfortunately it cost £4 to use the internet for 20 mins and a cup of tea was £2 so we got completely ripped off on all the extras!
The following day we boarded our overnight train to Surin. We left Bangkok at 8.30am and were due to arrive at 4.30am
Amazingly enough the weather has been great in Surin!! No rain for three whole days!! It’s been great to catch up with everyone and we’ve spent the past couple of days taking the girls swimming, eating absurd amounts of ice-cream, drinking lots of Baileys (or Singha beer in Kevin and Antony’s case) and seeing the sights of Surin and the surrounding villages! We’ve also managed to get all our laundry done!!! And it even smells clean which is great! Yesterday evening the ice-cream van came by the village and we bought ice-creams for half a dozen of the village children...however, word spreads fast over here, and within minutes we were surrounding by 20-25 kids all eager for free ice-cream! The ice-creams were only 5 Baht each, so it was fine to spend a couple of UK pounds...somehow I think the ice-cream seller may be back tonight though as he definitely thought he was onto a good thing!!
Tomorrow we head back to Bangkok on the day train for a couple of days before we leave Thailand ready for the next adventure.