It was a sad day when we had to say goodbye to Ko Chang and travel back to Bangkok. The journey was amazing. It took us 8 hours. 3 Hours longer than it should have done. On the mainland, after crossing on the ferry there was floods.Very entertaining to look out of the window and see people swimming down the road, in boats and even fishing of all things!!
Dan was a bit hung over as the owner of our guest house, Net had taken us to a thai pub for a goodbye party, along with some of the other friends we had made that were staying at the place. We had become really close over the week and will miss Net and his family dearly. We are also thinking of going back to Ko Chang in the summer season when he has promised to take us out on his boat to one of the little islands for a party and fishing and diving in the clear azure blue sea.
Feeling decidedly queasy the next morning we then departed on the ferry and bus back to Bangkok. The flooding has been really bad this year (more so than previous years - some blame the building of new dykes to protect new building developmets and have channelled into the poorer areas instead) so had to drive through several foot of water in our bus (at points it was so bad that it was seeping in through the doors of the bus!) and it knackered the engine to the point where we thought that we would have to abandon ship and slosh our way back...
We then spent a few days lounging around Bangkok, enjoying the bustle and bright lights and ease of access everywhere. We went on the new underground to Chatuchak market on Sunday which is MAMMOTH. In the guide book it says that 15,000 traders sell everything and anything to 200,000 people over the course of a weekend. Just astonishing - we spent hours there and merely touched the surface and nearly died of heatstroke as it was so hot and humid.
Having researched the train times we then got out laundry in order and got ourselves ready for the next stage - Ayuthaya.