After spending some time in chaweng, we still had a good few days to kill before we met the others in Koh Phangan so we decided to travel Krabi. Krabi is quite far away from Ko Samui as it is back on the west side of Thailand close to Phuket. Travelling in Thailand is very cheap and we managed to book a bus and ferry to Krabi for 450 Baht which is about £9.
The ferry over to the main land was fine, and when we got off everyone was put onto a big coach with all our bags in the compartment below it. About an hour into the journey the bus stopped, me Jane and two other people where told to get off the bus and were put onto a little van - while our bags were still on the big bus!! The driver just kept telling us to get into the van, so we did and a few minutes down the road we managed to get our bags back. The four of us were then dropped off in what looked like a big garage on a shady street. We didn't have a clue why we were there other than the woman telling us that we would be picked up from here. We thought that we had booked a bus that took us directly to Krabi but obviously not! After an hour of being confused as to why we were in this place, we were picked up again in a mini van and took to what looked like another big garage but this time we were actually in Krabi - Finally!
We had booked a cheap hotel in Krabi town, it was only £3 each for the night and had good reviews so we thought why not? But we were so wrong, the room looked like death! It was horrible. The sheets were dirty and we were given a big towel for a duvet. This is not what we needed after the day we had had, so we upgraded to a slightly better room, it was much cleaner but it did have ants which decided to crawl into my bag - nice!
We wanted to get out of Krabi town as there wasn't much to do so we booked a bus to take us to a nearby island called Koh Lanta so we could spend a few days there. Again we were picked up in a mini van. Me and Jane were sitting at the back so I could see the drivers eyes reflected in his rear view mirror. Quite soon into the journey the drivers eyes began to get sleepy, to the point where he looked like he was going to fall asleep at the wheel! At some points his head would jerk and he would wake himself up. I have never been so scared in my life. Jane had her seat belt on but mine wouldn't open so I had to climb into it. When we arrived in Koh Lanta safely I have never been so happy to get off a bus!
The guest house we had booked was thankfully really nice. It was run by an Australian man and his wife and they could not do enough for you. Koh Lanta it's self is not very touristy so it was good to see the other side of Thailand, away from the busy places that we had been so far. For most of our time on Koh Lanta it did rain, but we did get the few odd hours on the beach.
After a few days there we left Koh Lanta and headed to Ao Nang, it felt nice to be back in civilisation and it mean't we could go to Subway! While in Ao Nang we took a trip by long tail boat to Railay beach, which was gorgeous! It looked very similar to Maya Bay. Whenever we seem to take a day trip to a nice beach it rains, and Railay was no different, it poured down! We weren't too bothered though as it meant we could cool off.
We booked another bus and ferry in Ao Nang that would take us to Koh Phangan in time to meet the girls for the full moon party, hopefully this journey will be much better than the last few!