For one reason or another we had decided last minute to change our plans and stay travelling with Laura and Gavin. So back to the train that first bought us to this lovely place we headed south to Bangkok. We had managed to secure the last 4 seats on the train for that day leaving at 4:30. Once again stocked with more food than we needed (i have never once under prepared myself for a picnic, this skill is useful for train journey's, unexpected guests, nuclear winter ect.) visiting Dada's and the 7-11 for snacks, huge salad sandwiches, and plenty of water and ice tea. Unfortunately we weren't lucky enough to get put in the same carriage although i'm still not sure who ended up with the worst deal. Our companion for the trip was the train security guard, i can't decide weather he has never learned how to smile or if he just saves it for it for a rainy day, whichever it is he he mostly ignored us or just huffed if we got in his way. On the complete flip side Laura and Gavin's bunk buddies were exact opposites. The reason we only just got on the train was due to a tour bus full of 18ish, English or Australian's just released from uni/ private school/ daddy's hobby farm to travel somewhere exotic, with full supervision of course. One a girl from the UK who i can honestly say i disliked instantly, i know that sound awful but can't stand that upperclass 'i don't need manners because i can afford not too'. Thankfully she was far more interested in what are boys had to say which suited me just fine. The other was the tour leader that apart from speaking at least 4 languages fluently had the squeakiest voice and laugh i've ever heard, i quite liked her. Like i said not sure who had it worse. Anyway the trip continued as the previous one had except i had the entertainment of thinking up new and more imaginative ways of killing half the train (saying very horrible things about the Addams Family being an 'old, boring film that they were not expected to have seen' was the last straw).
Once back in Bangkok we headed back to Lub'd to pick up some things Laura and Gavin had left, which gave us a nice hour to wash and have some yummy brekky. The boys had the Lub'd special, coffee & croissant while we went to the yummy noodle place over the road for the most amazing duck noodles. As this was a quick stop off we headed to the bus station for the bus to Trat. The bus was mostly full of Thai's so the customary overly loud TV played a Thai version of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway' and a very strange film about alien stress balls taking over the earth, i think it was a comedy but you can't always tell. After approximately 800 stops we arrived in Trat. Thinking we were prepared and oh-so cleaver we decided to walk to where we had booked to stay. This appeared to be very untrue. After walking a good couple of km and asking quite a few people we eventually ended up where we were supposed to be, ok i'm very sorry i didn't know Trat had 2 bus stations, but at least we found the Tesco.
We stayed in Trat for 2 nights first night at the lovely Baan Jaidee and second at the very 'original' NP2, that the nicest thing i could think to say about it. NP2 is run by a guy called Dylan (we could only assume that was the name he gave himself as there were pictures of Bob Marley everywhere). Apart from being very gay he giggled, a lot, there was very little you could do but giggle with him. Its a shame he wasn't one of the stereotypical clean and tidy gay people as i'm pretty sure the rooms have never seen a mop or duster. Anyway we were only staying the one night as we were heading to Koh Chang in the morning.
So a songthaew later we were taken to a tout office (i dislike tout offices) where we paid 120baht return for the ferry to Koh Chang. The internet says the ferry is 30 baht each way, i dont think anybody ever get chance to pay that! Anyway we setted in for the slowest ferry ride in history, just over 1 hour for a 5km ride.
4 days, 1100km - 2 songthaew, 2 taxi, 1 15 hour train, (why they say 13 hours is beyond me i don't think it has every been that quick) 1 5 hour bus ride and a ferry. I think we need a holiday.