After 5 great days on Koh Tao and 5 great nights in the Viking House, we had to part ways with our new friends Douglas and Brittany. They were heading to Bangkok and Catherine and I were traveling back to the other side of Peninsula Thailand – Phuket. We bought our tickets at a booking agency and left our bags there for the day.
Walking around looking for lunch we realized that during lunch, everyone liked to relax.
Free Wi-fi sets some restaurants ahead of others and usually pulls in additional travelers.
Making travel plans.
Lipton Ice Tea on a warm day really hits the spot.
This is how I like to relax in the sun. Don’t judge me.
We wished that we could stay in Thailand for ever!
Baked potato with meat and grated cheese.
One last lunch on our island. Such a great view!
We said goodbye to our new friends as our journeys took different paths.
Here is our (not so) luxurious cruise liner back to the mainland. We booked an overnight ride to the Surat Thani. From there we would take a bus to Phuket.
What are these?? We have to sleep here?!?!?!?!
The beds on the bottom bunk of the boat weren’t any better. Once again, we did not get a very good rest in!!
We took a van to this dodgy bus station. We arrived here around 4:30am. We had to wait here until 7:00am for our bus to Phuket. It was brutal – We wished that we could go sleep and wake up at our final destination!
Luckily there were old rows of bus seats for all the people to rest on. There were a over a hundred people waiting here to travel all around Thailand by bus. We waited here for a couple hours and then we got the call. A truck pulled up and they told 5 of us to pile in. We weren’t quite sure what was going on so we grabbed our bags and jumped in the back of the pickup.
The truck took us to this travel agent where they told us that they were just getting taken to the city, but where everyone wants to go in Phuket is to the beach. If we wanted them to take us to that part of town we would have to pay these people an additional $10. In SE Asia, many people try to take advantage of you and always try to trick you into paying extra money for things that you shouldn’t. We knew this and were very skeptical. We expressed our feelings to the travel agents and he got very offended. I don’t mind paying more for something, but I can’t stand getting ripped off and being taken advantage of. That is my least favorite thing about traveling. We ended up paying the money after speaking with the other passengers traveling to the same area as us. We got back in the truck where they drove us to the bus that would take us to Phuket.
Next Stop: Phuket