The journey from Bangkok to Surat Thani took about 12 hours. During the night, me and my friends play some poker games to kill the time. Apparently there’s a lot of backpackers too in our coach. Some of them are from Europe and some of them are from South America. As a traveller, I always believe that books is our best friend. So I did bring a couple of books to accompany me , especially during long-distance travel. For this trip, i brought over with me a book entitled “The Voluntourist”. Ken Budd’s The Voluntourist is a remarkable memoir about losing your father, accepting your fate, and finding your destiny by volunteering around the world for numerous worthy causes: Hurricane Katrina disaster relief in New Orleans, helping special needs children in China, studying climate change in Ecuador, lending a hand—and a heart—at a Palestinian refugee camp in the Middle East. I find it the books very interesting as it shows the reader the other way of travelling, which i believe is something I would do in the future.
The sun rise about 5.30am. By that time, most of the passengers had already woke up. I took the chance to stand in the space between the couch to feel the morning breeze. The feeling was just soothing and relaxing. When the wind blows your hair, it blows together all the problems that have been lingering in your head. We had our cup of tea at the train cafeteria, just to get the feel of morning in a train. It was just perfect.
We safely arrived at Surat Thani around 7.30am. As stated before, we did not pre-book any transport from here to Krabi because of the exorbitant price quoted by the travel agent in Bangkok. So we simply walk out from the train station and seek for any modes of transportation randomly. We managed to hop in into a double decker bus eventhough there is no seat available. Some of the passenger, including 3 of us had to sit on the floor for about 30 minutes before they drop us at one point to board a van. From that van , we were dropped off at another jetty, but its not the place that we thought. That jetty is meant for those who want to go to Koh Samui Island. We were kind of screwed up.
I asked my friends to asked around about our whereabouts. I confronted the person that brings us there. However he looks as clueless as we are. Then I saw a woman that was wearing the same stickers that we had from the conductor in the bus. She said that there will be van transporting us from that jetty to Krabi. We patiently wait for about 40 minutes and then a van come up . So we hop into the van without any hesitation, eventhough there is chance that this is another scam. At this time of troubles, I can only pray that this choice will lead us to the place that we want to go.
3 hours after that, we finally reached Krabi. It was a relief for 3 of us. The van dropped us at one meeting point for their company vehicle. The place was isolated and we had no choice but to use their van to send us to Ao Nang I guess that is their way to made money. Once we reach Ao Nang, we checked in at the hotel and had our lunch. Halal food is everywhere in Krabi. However, their price is quite expensive, as usual for a tourist spot.W spent the evening looking around for the most affordable island package offered for tomorrow activities. We also look around for the most frasible way to get back to Malaysia. The initial plan was to use van to Hatyai. However , due to unforeseen circumstances (we almost finish our thai Baht cash) , we had to book flights to KLIA as we still can pay it through online transaction, which requires no thai Baht cash. Lesson learnt. Do activate your account for use in overseas. I knew it about those kind of things, but I keep delaying things until i forgot about it. I only realised that I have not activate my account when we were already in Cambodia. Luckily my sister helps me to buy the ticket. If not, we might be stranded in Thailand !