More beach bumming in Ko Phangan
Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
124Trip End Feb 01, 2012
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Our trip from Malaysia to the island of Ko Phangan reminded us of how much more you get to see and experience when you avoid using planes. We arrived in HAT YAI one of the southernmost towns of Thailand, on an overnight train from Malaysia. We had to change trains and so spent a few hours (which quickly became many hours when the train was delayed by 3 hours) at the train station. Since not many travellers make it to Hat Yai we invariably were the only 'Falang' the locals had seen in a while and immediately we were the stars of the show. Contrary to the usual shy nature of the Thais a couple of people came up to us to show their interest. One guy ran after me, grabbed my hand, shook it vigorously while exclaiming 'very good very good' and went on his way before I had a chance to respond, another guy went up to Paul, took his phone out and took a picture of Paul while laughing his head off. Clearly we had very different effects on the locals.
8 hours later we finally made it to Surat Thani, our stop for the night. Immediately a Thai guy tried to swindle us with the sweetest smile sending us in the opposite direction of the Taxi stand and then offering to drive us himself for an exorbitant amount when no Taxis turned up. A quick walk around the block got us to the real Taxi stand and we got in with a smug look of satisfaction on our face. The hotel we stayed in was a great surprise. It was a proper hotel, with pool and all, nice sheets and a proper breakfast in the morning. We'd paid something like fifteen pounds so we were delighted.
And I have to admit that Ko Phangan will always have a special place in my heart as it was on this island, 6 years ago, that I dreamed a little dream of one day travelling the world and sharing it with someone special. I guess dreams do come true! :)
See you in our private jacuzzi overlooking the Gulf of Thailand next
Karen and Paul