KO PHANGAN - THAILAND
Trip Start Dec 03, 2008
73Trip End Oct 14, 2009
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The bus then dropped us off in a town where another bus was going to pick us up
The four of us arrived in Surat Thani about 8pm and Brian and I decided to take an overnight ferry to Ko Tao. Darrell and Ingrid were having to change their plans to meet up with their friends the following day. They got a hotel room and let us store our stuff and we got a bite to eat. Great food here. So we took an overnight ferry, but changed our minds at the last second and decided to go to the island of Ko Phangan instead
Having no schedule has no left us here, on Ko Phangan for 7 nights. We thought we would stay 4 and now it is 7. We have decided it is harder and more stressing to leave, then to simply stay. We are on the very north part of the island that is fairly remote. There are few hotels here and one small village with just the basics. No fancy hotels, bars, restaurants, backpackers, just real Thai people. We are at a small hotel called Coral Bay Resort, and yes, there is a bay of coral right off the beach that Brian has snorkeled (I've tried). We are staying in a private bungalow on stilts. We have a wrap-around deck that looks right over the water and the surrounding mountains and it is costing us a whopping $10.50 per night. The weather hasn't been wonderful - lots of clouds, but its not so bad. We can still swim everyday and the temperature is perfect. Our bungalow is great, except for the bathroom. It has a manual flush toilet, meaning you have to scoop a bucket of water into the toilet after every use. That has gotten old, but its not a deal breaker. We also have lots of wildlife surrounding us as you can imagine. There is a 6 inch gap between our bathroom wall and ceiling, making plenty of room for unwanted visitors. We haven't had too much of a problem luckily (knock on wood). The only thing that has really gotten to me is this mysterious poo. That's right, poo. It seems every time we leave the bungalow, when we get back there is a brand new present for us on the bathroom floor. It is small and we're not too worried about it, but it is really annoying. One day i fell asleep in our hammock outside and woke up to some on my shoulder, whet into the bathroom to clean it off and found some on my contact case!!! It won't leave me alone! I have come to believe that it is a lizard of some sort
So, we've been here a week and have had to think long and hard about what day it is and we don't even bother trying to figure out the actual date anymore...its too much work. But this is our vacation from our trip. We have basically slept late, napped in the hammock, swam at the beach, read, and have eaten! My biggest goal for this week: eat a banana and chocolate pancake everyday - and I have been very successful at that. We also have met some fun people staying here. The most exciting thing we have done is rent a motorbike...
We decided we would just share one because that way one of us could look and the other could drive. However, the bikes here are a little weak and I found myself realizing that we are the Willbond verison of Dumb and Dumber
The road to Hat Rin though is nothing but steep scary hills. I had to get off a few times and walk up the hill because the motorbike can't take the two of us up. Pretty embarrassing. On the way out of the city, instead of me getting off to go down the hills I stay on. We discover the brakes don't work so well and I have to try, with all my power, not to completely loss it and scream at the top of my lungs. I'm pretty sure my heart stopped for about 10 seconds going down one hill that had a sharp turn at the end. I just kept thinking of my parents telling me that morning to be careful on the bike. But, we made it down all those scary hills and are still alive - Thank You God! But instead of quiting while we were ahead, we thought "Hey, lets give Becky a shot at driving".
We were in the middle of the jungle after taking a road to find a waterfall (that was completely dried up) and the road was long and flat. I got on and drove it for a few seconds by myself, then Brian got on. He was enjoying it and not having to worry about the road, just enjoying the scenery (which was wonderful by the way). I hadn't got down how to turn yet, so when we came up to a sharp turn and saw another motorbike coming at us, something clinched inside me and I gunned it instead of put on the brakes
After our really FUN day out, we went for a swim and on the way back we saw a couple that had bandages on both their knees and elbows. I knew exactly what had happened, they had rented motorbikes. Sure enough, they said their brakes had gone out on them. So, I spent the rest of the day thanking my lucky stars.
We were planning on leaving yesterday, but twice now we have asked to stay another night. It is harder to leave than to stay (as I said earlier) but we have to get going, so tomorrow is the day...we are taking a 45 minute boat ride to another small island - Ko Tao. It's a rough day of travel ahead.