Eighteen hours on a plane, 9 hours on a train and 6 hours on a ferry- that’s how long Christian and I have traveled so far, and it’s only day three of our trip.
Traveling in Thailand
The flight from LAX to Taiwan wasn’t too rough, considering I was in the middle seat for 14 hours. Eek! We arrived in Bangkok at 2 am and took the 6 am subway to the train station so we could head South.
Our plans to take the first train out were quickly derailed.
The 8 am train was full, so we bought tickets for the next one at 1 pm.
So what do you do when you have time to kill? Eat Thai food, drink Thai beer and get a Thai massage.
We decide to cruise around Bangkok and stopped by a few temples. They tell me this one is called “the lucky Buddha.”
Did I mention it is hot, not just hot… But sweat dripping down your face hot!
The train was vintage, so you can imagine what it was like for 9 hours in the middle of the day with one tiny little fan, and the windows open. It was about $12 from Bangkok to Champhon.
When we got to Champhon at 10 pm, we had originally planned to stay the night but plans quickly changed after a chance encounter with another couple, who knew how to get to Ko Tao. In a matter of thirty seconds, we got in a cab with them and booked our tickets on the overnight ferry to the island.
This is Ko Tao at 6 am, on Chalok Baan Kao Beach. And this is me… Finally at the beach!
Read more about diving in Thailand here.