Reluctantly moving on

Chumphon Travel Blog

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Thai fishing boats moored in the estuary in Chumphon

This morning we packed our bags, checked out of our little bungalow and waved bye bye to the beach on the wonderful island of Ko Tao.  We were sadly forcing ourselves to leave, having spent almost three weeks here we thought that we needed to leave now in order to do justice to Malaysia but it was probably the place that has been the hardest to leave.  We will definitely return here.

We got on the ferry at 2.30pm back to the mainland, it took about 3 hours and just before 6pm we arrived in Chumphon.  We had booked our train ticket to Butterworth in Malaysia but that wasn't until 10pm so we killed a few hours in a traveller cafe in the town.  At about 8pm we made our way to the train station.

Diane on the train
  Not long after we were joined by another English guy - Liam, who came and asked where we were going.  We discovered we were all heading the same way.  He informed us, as he had just found out, that the train had been delayed by 2 hours.  So we got comfy, played cards, chatted and waited.  At 11.45 a train rolled into the station, unfortunately it wasn't ours.  Another hour we were told.  By 12.45 the train still hadn't come and we were beginning to wonder if it would ever appear.  It was however, quite entertaining at the train station at this time of night.  All along the platform were people cooking and just hanging around.  Everytime a train came in they would all spring into action and jump onto the train selling all kinds of food to the people on the train.  We also spent some time in the waiting room watching the local wildlife - cats, dogs, rats, cockroaches, gangs of ladyboys.

At 1.15am our train finally came and we jumped on and found our beds, got in them and went to sleep, we were all pretty tired by this point. 

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Thai fishing boats moored in the e…
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Diane on the train
Diane on the train
photo by: RyanCorrea