03.12.2011 - 06.12.2011 30 °C
Helloo, sorry its been a few days since we updated but we've been non stop since leaving Bangkok!... ( last Saturday morning). Our last day in Bangkok was a good'n we managed to visit some really interesting places. One of those places was a man called Jim Thompsons' house.. sounds odd but Jim Thompson seems to be a bit of a celebrity in Thailand. He was an american that came over to Thailand in the early 1950's, re-invented the Silk printing industry to a commercial level using all his inspiration from various antiques he had collected during his time traveling Thailand..... it all sounds a bit boring im sure but type him into google and you'll get a better idea! ( it is worth it) After a day touring his house museum we went back to the Koh san road, had a drink then packed our bags for our train journey down south ( not before abit of shopping though )
The journey ( starting from getting in our Tuk Tuk to Bangkok train station) was a whirlwind.... unfortunately for us we were leaving the city at the busiest time of night on a Saturday! So ten minutes in the tuk tuk and we hit BANGKOK traffic..nightmare....our driver tells us to get out and WALK the rest of the way ( and to pay him the same price for a quarter of the journey! also offering a motorbike ride instead with some dodgy thai man ...brill) Anyway we managed to get out of that one by smiling grabbing our bags and power walking to the station just in time for our train. 7:30pm we found our seats, took off our shoes and breathed a sigh of relief knowing that we didn't have to carry our bags anywhere for the next 9 hours... Sleeper trains are not the comfiest and we started to feel like we were in a freezer after about 30 mins but we got on with it, got our beds out ( TOP BUNKS ) and tried to attempt to get a few hours sleep... didn't work.. firstly I was paranoid that i would hear a thud and mike would be on the floor ( as thats what he seemed to be doing our first few nights in bangkok :s ) secondly it felt like the train was either changing or about to come off of its tracks every now and again and that seemed to jult us into consciousness anyway! ... We finally arrive in Chumphon at 5am - - wait a few hours sitting on a bench for our connection bus to the pier, a bit of confusion with tickets etc but it all worked out in the end!
0 hours sleep later and we arrive in KOH TAO...it was raining and continued to do so for 24hrs after but the island is beautiful! Our dive resort accommodation was basic.. bed shower toilet but thats all we needed. I started my dive course on the monday, a whole afternoon of classroom assessments whilst Mike took his Scuba review...Monday night we decided to do a bit of exploring, the Thai people were celebrating the kings birthday so the beach was lit with resturant BBQs and candles so we got involved with the traditional celebrations, had something to eat and headed back along the gorgeous sandy beach to our bungalow!
Tuesday morning we got all our scuba gear on and headed to the pool to practice some of our skills, Mike decided to take his sketch book to the beach to do a bit of drawing. Finished the day with a few beers and an early night ( first night since arriving that we've had a full nights sleep..wooopee)