Night transport from Bangkok to Koh Tao.
Bangkok Travel Blog› entry 2 of 4 › view all entries
December 5th, 2009 – by: eiebjan
I had bought the ticket there a few days earlier for 800bht, and my main concern was that it would be pretty crowded.
It wasn't. When getting on the bus, a few hundred meters from their office, I got a two seater to my self, and although this bus wasn't completely new, it was really comfortable. I have actually been on first class flights with worse seats.
So the bus started moving right on time, and we got just about one meter, before we came to a complete stop. Apparently, we had touched a tuk-tuk when pulling out from the bus stop, and they spent exactly one hour filling out the insurance forms.
So we all sat in the waiting room, which was actually a patch of sand with some beach chairs, watched the sunrise, and smoked with both hands before walking what felt like a kilometer out the (not so steady) pier to the Lomprayah Catamaran ferry
On the Top Ten list of jobs I Don't want, we have reached number seven: Puke attendant on the Chumpon-Koh Tao catamaran ferry. The poor guys were handing out barf bags and tissues as fast as humanly possible, and still I saw people hurling into their own mouths, some leaky plastic bags they had brought their snacks in, running out out of the cabin with both hands covering their mouth etc, etc.
Allthough I rarely get seasick myself, I actually felt a little queezy after listening to that mess. Thankfully my noise cancelling earphones and Porcupine Tree on full blast managed to keep most of the sounds from Hurl-Fest 09 out.
We eventually hit calm waters, and arrived at the beautiful Koh Tao in the morning, after just a quick stop at the little neighboring island. Most of us got of the boat, but some people stayed on to continue to Koh Phangan or Koh Samui.
All in all, a really nice trip, but for Gods sake, if you are prone to getting seasick, take a pill. Those poor guys on the ferry really didn't deserve that. Also, Bring enough water and snacks for the bus ride and keep a sweater in your carry on luggage, the bus got really cold during the night.
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!