Final days in Bangkok and a new destination (delayed entry)
Koh Tao Travel Blog› entry 19 of 28 › view all entries
February 7th, 2010 – by: kirowind
By now, the pattern should be familiar. I wake up a little later in the day than usual and Mike didn't stay in the same room. But at least in the afternoon, Anna decided to show us around Bangkok's Chinatown. In a way, it wasn't as unique or as bustling as I would have expected considering the numerous places we've been to before. But car traffic was still as heavy as in central Bangkok. One interesting thing though was that every intersection corner seemed to have a goldsmith or shop selling gold. And in a few of these, there were a TON of people inside. I'm not sure if it was because they had good service or a special deal or something related to Chinese New Years, but they were unnaturally packed at times. We didn't find too much of personal interest there so Anna eventually took us to a Thai open market she was more familiar with.
By then, I had already planned our next location. We'd be heading to Koh Tao, one of the majestic islands in the Gulf of Thailand. It is also pretty much the cheapest place in the world to get scuba diving certification. So I could not resist passing this up. We'd leave 6 PM Saturday evening so that day, we just relaxed all day and mooched off free wifi in a coffee shop after we bought a drink there.
To start the description of this leg of the trip, I should first note that at around 4 AM, our bus dropped us off at a roadside stop that looked like it was in the middle of nowhere. The only reassurance we had that this was indeed a planned stop was the scattered few other tourists sitting at the bus stop with their luggage as well. By chance, I got into a conversation with a Chinese guy named Jacob. We conversed mostly in Chinese, but his English was good enough to cover for any words that I didn't know in Chinese. Then to pass the time, we started a game of Chinese Chess. Let me just say that nothing says FOB (Fresh Off the Bus) more than playing Chinese Chess on a cheap paper board at a bus stop at 4:30 AM.
Since this was a delayed entry (originally typed after the 3rd day of my Open Water Diving course), I will save those details and my time on Koh Tao for later.
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