Jim'll Fix It
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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What to do? Jim had decided to try and get a bus to Phuket down the west coast via Ranong and cycled off promising to email us with any info he discovered. We quickly decided to try and get the boat to Ko Tao and hope we could cycle down the east coast after getting a boat to the coast. At the train station a helpful tout shoved us into a rickshaw with the bikes and told the driver to drive like crazy as we only had half an hour before the boat left. We thought we were in with a chance until the engine started making some terrible noises and eventually conked out.
Bikes out of the defunct rickshaw we pedalled back into town and made for a the Fame bar to eat mozzarella and tomato baguettes and rethink our strategy. The night boat to Ko Tao seemed like a good option until we read into the east coast and found that it had suffered severe flood damage. Eventually we decided to head for Phuket the East coast route (considerably longer) and hope that the ferry from Phuket down to Langkawi Island in Malaysia is running. If not, we have an epic cycle to get to the Thai border before our visa runs out.
Decision made, we headed to a hotel where we bumped into Jim again
Stayed up until 1am (normally 10pm is a late night for us) as we were investigating/booking fights to Borneo. Giles, Charlotte, Mikey and I are now booked to fly to Kota Kinabalu on the 20th - Can’t wait!!!!!