Bangkok ------> Surat Thani -----> Koh Phangan!!!!
23.05.2013 34 °C
Bangkok is lovely. Always promising one thing and delivering something else.
A joyous 19 hours later we have finally reached the island of Koh Phangan (pronounced Ko-pan-young, really really fast). The journey was supposed to be one AC bus and a connecting ferry leaving at 6 pm and arriving at 10:30 the next day. Instead, we left at 6 pm, walked through the alleys of bangkok with the guide picking up tourists at various stops and finally boarded the bus at 7:30. Cool, minor delay, next up at 6 in the morning we had to transfer to another smaller bus which we had to wait an hour for. Finally, we ended up at the pier where we had to wait a final 45 min, getting us to this island at 1:30. The Thai locals take advantage of not being able to speak English and utilize their select few lines to simply give commands and nod to pretend they understand, nevertheless they got us to where we needed to go and our bags are safe and sound!
The second part of our journey begins!
We've come to the land of blue waters, mountains, white sand beaches and bustling beach villages without all the nonsense of the Tuk Tuk drivers (check older post for rant). The view is awesome! And apparantly, it gets even more awesome at every subsequent island. We're on this island for about 4 days with activities such as relaxing, chilling, lying on a beach and soaking up some sun on the schedule (I realize these are all synonomous). Oh and an attraction or two from the list of snorkelling, shooting range, ATV's, safari treks, beach volleyball etc. If you know me you know which one is definitely going to happen !
So coincidently enough and totally not on purpose, we checked into a local beach hostel 100 metres away from blue beaches, named the Om Ganesh Hostel. Quite fitting for two brown guys. (The only other brown people we have met so far have been two cool med students from the UK, seems to be a trend? Looks like the south asian population is sticking to Goa and Europe) It's kind of cool though to actually be able to communicate with a local in broken Hindi as opposed to blank stares from the Thai people we got in bangkok, and hey an all you can eat indian buffet tomorrow night, who can say no to that?
As soon as the camera charges up I'll post some super cool pics of the area!
Time to go explore!