Dan "indiana" Jones and the travel adventures
Whoa! So we now know what it feels like to REALLY travel. We were finished on Ko Tao and it was therefore time to move on. We caught a night ferry back to mainland. It left at 9pm on Sunday the 30th April. Conditions were a little cramped to say the least! Em and I were sandwiched between two fatties (that's the politically correct term). I managed to get a bit of sleep but Em barely got a wink. We arrived in Surat Thani at about 5am. Our plan was to catch the jungle railway down the east coast and in to Malaysia eventually arriving in Kuala Lumpur. We found out that the train was full but we had the option of catching a coach. A couple of other backpackers advised us that this was the best plan so we did. We travelled down to Hat yai where we were told to get off the bus and get on another one. We then travelled down to the Thai border where we were once again told to get off to show our passports. Then we had to get off the bus again 20 mins later, bags and all, to get in to Malaysia. Grrrr. We then got going and made it down to Butterworth where we were told to get off AGAIN at about 4pm and that we would be getting on another coach that would take us down to KL. The driver promptly drove off, right around the time we found out that our connecting coach wasn't until 11:30pm. Grrrr. Lots of time to kill and not much to do. We caught the ferry over to Georgetown for the sake of it but, being May Day, a lot was closed. Grrrr Our coach eventually picked us up at just gone midnight. We travelled down and arrived in KL at just gone 5am on the 2nd May. Some guy was offering us a bed in a guest house for cheap. A few of us took him up just because it was a bed. And there you go. A long journey lasting over 30 hours across hundreds of miles. I suppose you take the rough with the smooth though, eh? Besides it all adds to the adventure. Where would the fun be if everything went well?