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People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia)
Our trusty Lonely Planet informed us that the train station in Sungai Kolok was only a few hundred metres from the immigration office, so once stamped into Thailand we foolishly declined the offer of a tuk tuk ride and kept our money in our pockets. 20 minutes later with sweat dripping off us and swearing that i was going to start a bonfire with my trusty guide book, the train station was reached! The first train to Hat Yai was full, but when i looked at my watch, the next train was due in just under 2 hours. After buying a ticket and sitting down, i looked up at the station clock and to my horror realised that there was a 1 hour time difference and we were actually going to have to wait for 3 hours.
The wait was kept interetsing by a huge group of women, army officers and monks, some of whom were keen to be in photos with Julia, whilst i skulked off, looking like death after only a few hours sleep! As our departure time neared, a big train pulled into the station and i was sure that this would be ours. After all, the station was tiny and this was the only train! We moved our bags near to a carriage entrance and sat and waited whilst the train was cleaned. Waiting, waiting, waiting.... i began to think something must be wrong as there seemed no rush to clean the train and it should have left 15 minutes earlier. I wandered up to the ticket office and to to my surprise found another train on the opposite side that was completely packed.
The journey to Hat Yai took around 4 hours and as it turned out, i quite enjoyed sitting on the back step of the train and watching the countryside whizz by. There were plenty of stops along the way in tiny stations and many strange looks when they saw some westerner with his legs dangling off the back as it pulled away :)
Having found a hotel and booked a minivan on to Krabi for the following day, we bumped into an English girl called Rebecca and 2 German guys and went to the night market with them for some food.
A couple of chang beers were calling our name back at the hostel bar and it was a real treat to be buying cheap beer again! It was limited to just a couple though as it was a very early start the next day, but it gave me enough time to give Julia a good thrashing at poker and ludo - although i'm sure she'll remember differently - i.e maybe she won... but its my blog and i'm the story teller :)))