R U Serious! 3rd class tickets only!?

Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
Trip End Oct 02, 2005

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Thursday, October 21, 2004

Well after leaving Chiang Mai we took a 5 hour bus ride to get to Sukho Thai. Accomodation was sorted due to the hostel in Chiang Mai having a contact down there. The bus journey was amusing, setting off at 7am, on the dot we may add, we were kept entertained by a 1970's dubbed action movie. 4 hours into the journey we stopped off. I went to get some food for us, and the bus nearly left without me. We arrived at Sukho Thai with a view to seeing the world heritage historical national park, but on first impressions, the dust bowl that was Sukho Thai didn't seem to have a chance of lush green areas. The guy at the hostel gave us a map of the area and sent us on our way after showing us to our room. Well they weren't rooms, more like wendy houses. Pretty cute though. He laughed as we left as we were to tackle the park in an afternoon. He recommended a few days, but we were determined. We stopped off and rented probably the oldest bicycles in the world before racing around the park at lightning speed. All the postcard pictures that you see of Thailand were all taken in this place. Some of the sights were instantly recognisable. Sarah took great pleasure in showing me a large snake by the side of the road, thankfully dead, but enough to put me off. After experiencing lush greenery and beautiful lakes and scenery we headed back to the town to have tea by the river. Next morning we were once again up at the crack of dawn in order to catch a bus to Phitsanu Lok to catch a train. The guy in the hostel gave us a message in Thai to pass to the bus driver so we got off a the correct stop. Now we asked the guy in the hostel if we needed to purchase train tickets in advance, to benefit from 1'st or 2'nd class air con. He said no. And we believed him. We got to the train station and asked for a 1'st or 2'nd class seat. Guess what. They had all sold out. Its was 3rd class or nothing. Public transport is bad enough but 3rd class. After a curry for breakfast, the train arrived at its stated time and left on time. 3rd class was great. The cabin was cleaned every stop, no sheep, pigs, chickens in sight, and fresh food from the hawker stalls every stop. We arrived at Bangkok airport on time, booked ourselves some tickets to Krabi ready for the next day and headed off to our hotel for some well deserved rest.
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