Whilst waiting for loads of photos to upload on the fastest internet link we have found in ages thought a few words to describe the reasonably mammoth journey from yesterday would be in order!
We booked a one way ticket from Koh Samui on the east to Krabi on the west for 600 TBH each, around 10 pounds, and we were told that the journey should take around 7.5 hours ish, depending on our pickup time, it is becoming more evidenet as time goes on that these times are to be taken with a rather large pinch of salt! We left our lovely little bungalow accommodation (a few photos of their cute little dog later) in a people carrier that took us around the island, picking up a few other people and dropped us in Nathan, where the boats go from. After being ushered onto a pretty modern coach we were driven to the ferry and ushered to get off the coach and onto the boat. I am not sure how many times this boat had completed this relatively short journey, but it croaked along at such a slow rate that I am sure it will not have many more journeys left in its lifetime! After a few hours on there we were ushered off the boat and luckily we found our coach, with bags intact, without any issues and on we went to Suratthani, where we got off the coach and had to wait around in a small travel agents with a very charismatic sales lady who I am sure could sell Ice to the eskimos! I think she took pity on us looking a little shell chocked (that and wanting commission I guess) and booked us into some accommodation in Krabi as we hadn't taken care of that, due to believing that with the journey being short we could sort it when we got there, luckily we did away with that idea and booked the bungalow she suggested for her 'good rate'.
After a little more waiting we were ushered onto a really old, banger of a 'local bus', not sure how local it can be said to be going from coast to coast but it was full of people going various lengths of journeys and loads of school girls, we are not sure if they were going home for the weekend or if this is their usual commute, but if it is its a really daft length of time to be travelling, poor things. Creaking along the road at a ridiculously slow speed we got to get a good, albeit passing view, of Thailand. Lovely lush and rocky hills, hundreds of small villages, as many wedding dress shops as there seemed to be food stalls, that's a lot, and some of the most amazing sights on motorbikes/scooters. One man on a motorbike isn't enough, oh no, a family of 5 I saw on one, bikes with sidecars selling food, ice-cream, souvenirs, clothing, washing services, you name it, its on wheels, incredible sights, and hardly a helmet in sight.....
After a lot more creaking along the road we eventually made it to the bus garage in Krabi, we were met by the local tourist office representative who would take us to the next local bus, unfortunately this car developed a flat tire a little way along so we got into another one and along we went to wait for the local 'bus', cute little vans with two benches that you sit in the back of, along to Al Nang, which is where we are staying. After all of that, 12 hours of chopping and changing, we were pleased to eat some food and fall asleep to the sounds of frogs, geckos and many other types of wildlife outside! It was a really entertaining journey and will set us up well for the Bankok-Cambodia journey I am sure! Krabi is lovely, if not a little overcast, really quite excited about the events of the next few weeks, bring it on!