On our trip to Thailand we flew from Seattle through Taipei before arriving in Bangkok. We intended to head first to Koh Samui and debated whether to take the train or fly. Since we only had 15 days and the flights on Air Asia were so cheap we decided to fly. A minor wrinkle was the cheap discount carriers don’t fly directly to Samui but to a nearby town on the mainland – Surat Thani. But there’s just a small strip of water between that city and the island so it would surely be a quick hop over. In fact I’d done a similar transfer before, albeit after an overnight train, and remembered the short jaunt being fairly painless. Arriving at our hotel in Bangkok after a 20 hour flight at about 2pm we had an afternoon of swimming, eating and exploring the market and then to sleep early. We slept very well, woke early, and prepared for our quick trip down to Koh Samui. Maybe we’d be having lunch on the beach!
Up early and waiting for our flight in the Bangkok airport.
A bus ride from the airport in Surat Thani to the ferry terminal that – for a variety of reasons – took a couple of hours more than expected.
A friendly police officer while waiting for our ferry.
After a few hours wait a short walk out to the ferry.
It was a great to be on the ferry and finally getting close to our destination. Here’s Kipling reading Curious George just before he started throwing up.
Exhausted! The boys fell asleep on the hour long taxi ride to our hotel. In the semi-mad rush to get out of the taxi we just started piling bags, backpacks and boys on the steps of the hotel.
Ahhh, but it’s all worth it. It being so late when we arrived the previous night we didn’t get a chance to explore. So the next morning, as we wandered down the paths and through the palm leaves toward the beach, we got that feeling that you only get from drinking strong coffee, playing drinking games or traveling in foreign countries. That incredible sense that anything is possible.