So back in Bangkok, not where we wanted to be, not a time we wanted to be awake at, not a situation we wanted to be or had planned for, but When in Rome...(or for others apart from my mates, this is traveling!!!) We got in to Khao San Road at around 7 am and after a little bit of re orientation we along with he Irish couple headed to find somewhere to eat. I was surprised by the amount of people out driving and things, but I think thats more down to the point that it felt a lot earlier in the morning than it actually was to me!!!
We decided to eat what I thought was a Western place that we had turned down when we last in the city due to expense. Ray wanted to stay there and I wasn't moaning. It was actually a middle Eastern restaurant, and sitting in there along with the travel agent we were to use later that day I realised the sheer amount of Israeli travelers there are in Thailand!!! A bit of a surprise for myself!!
After eating Jade and I booked a coach to Laos that night while Ray and Ailish booked a coach down to the South, I believe it was to Koh Samui, the most Southern of the three most visited Islands on the East side of South Thailand. Our coach was a further 700 Baht out of our budget we hadn't planned for, but having got down to and then out of Bangkok up to Laos for 50B ,ore than 1000 Baht for me was a nice surprise, as I had expected the round trip to cost closer to 2000. After booking our coach we headed off to the Post office which we planned to send a box full of purchased things home from. When we got to the post office that Sophie had previously given us directions to get to, we found it wasn't open untill 10, it was only 9. Therefore we decided to run our other chore first, to head down to the train station to book our train out of the country to Malaysia, for when we reenter from Cambodia. We had been told we'd need this if we were to gain a second visa. We had both decided by this point that the only way we weren't going to collapse or just be moody bast###s for the whole day was if we were to get over excited about everything. There our bartering with tuk tuk drivers got us better deals, we enjoyed the journeys more and we generally had a quite a fun time until....We once again found out that we had been lied to previously. We attempted to book a train from Hat Yai in the South of Thailand, more in land than Phuket on the Western coast, to Butterworth, the train station for Penang in the North of Malaysia. We wee told this was a possibility last time we were in the country but now that we had to buy a ticket from Bangkok to Butterworth, a lotttttt longer journey. Having considered our options and cooled down a bit in our heads we did buy this ticket as it was much cheaper than buying plane tickets. Our plan is to use the ticket for slightly longer than half the journey and jump off, which means we have proof of an outward ticket, and also a way of transport from Bangkok to Southern Thailand, and more time on the Islands if we want it, but at the extra cost of the ticket.
We got another Tuk tuk back up to Khao San, not being able to beat our previous 70 Baht journey in price. The post office was open when we got back so we sorted out our parcel home. More and more money was dropping out of our wallets. We had both had to get money out of my account earlier that day, because Jades card wouldn't working, causing me two withdrawal fees!!!! The parcel cost us a further 47 pounds!!!!!!! not funny, when worked out like that!!!
The rest of the day was spent sitting around in bars spending as little money as possible, watching the films they had on, I saw half of Rambo 4 and the whole of I am Legend, might as well get something done!!! After hours of nothing really, I went off to Khao San, (we were chilling in bars a couple of roads away) on my own to get some cheap street Pad Thai, noodles basically. While walking up and down I, knowing I only had 30 Baht knew I couldn't buy anything but was very willing to talk to the salemen about. A suit salesman esspecially, even though I told him about 4 time wasn't goping to buy a suit, bought me in to his shop and showed me a catalogue and we started talking about traveling, it was very weird and yet this discussions with the salesmen were highly entertaining!!! OOOh I was also told I had a lucky face by a fortune teller, who preceded to start telling my fortune, I told him I couldn't pay him to which he replied I was turning down my luck or something weird!!! When I got back to Jade the other were leaving to make a call on the internet 'skype''. I told Jade about what I was doing on the 'strip' and she decided she wanted a bit of it for herself, so we went off again. This time Jade was bought in to the suit shop while I talked to another of the suit salesman about his prospects of working in the UK. He was Burmese, had been living in Thailand 1 month, but really wanted to move to the UK. He asked about foreign workers and the like, so I replied with the Polish and Aussies. But try explaining an EU agreement to Burmese man in Thailand!!! ha apparently I did it fairly well. Although thinking his chances of getting in to the UK were minimal esspeacially to work, I didn't want to blow his dream and told him to check in the internet!! Jade on the other had had a chat with the same guy I had early in the afternoon, who was also Burmese, and was really sweet apparently!!!
After another look round the adjoining roads and the stalls w headed back to the travel agency to see off Ray and Ailish and to get ready for our bus an hour later. We had left our bags there and needed to get a few things out. It was once again dissappointing to say bye to more people from the trek, these were the last guys, but it wasn't as bad as having said bye to Dave in Chiang Mai,for the reasons I explained!!! Jade brushed her teeth and sorted her self out, I used the toilets ha. When our destination was called we followed a man to an area where our coach was waiting but once again we had to wait about 50 minutes to get on. We chatted to a very attractive Swedish girl, who was then interjected by a North Italian warning us about the dangers on Cambodian beeches where he had just been robbed by three guys with a machete, I told him to stop scarring me and tell me what to do in Laos!!!! His partner or lady friend was from Laos and after giving me sopme Melon she gave me a few hints.
On the coach we got the seats we thought had the most leg room but once again I found in nigh on impossible to sleep. They did at least play a film this time, Rush Hour 3, but they wouldn't let us put on pour lights to read or anything, so it was a case of I-pod yourself to sleep. As I say I struggled immensly with this!!!. Jade, although I believe slept better than the night before, still didn't exactly have a smooth nights sleep. We stopped twice, once for food and toilets and things, this was when I had just got to sleep, typical, and the other was to sort out arrival forms for Laos. When we got off our coach completely we had to sort out visas and things on the Laos border, but that is actually not the 15 but the 16 of March and therefore Jade shouldn't have written about it!!!!!!!!!