Bangkok to Krabi… A 12 hour bus and breath taking sights.

It was another restless, jet lag filled night. Maybe it was because we knew we couldn’t sleep in until 2pm. We were both awake and watching episodes of The Office at 2am. Michael Scott was our saving grace to the pain that was jet lag.

When the alarm went off it felt like we had just fallen asleep. Luckily we had packed the night before so we could easily check out and leave our bags for the day. We logged  on the Wifi to get ideas of what to do for the day. We narrowed it down to heading to the river or going to Koh San Road. We decided on the latter. We started walking to the bus stop and gave up. We were just too hot and sleepy. Anything that involved even the slightest bit of effort was just too much for us. We thought we would jump on a Sky train and head to Chit Lom as there was lots going on there. Turns out it was just more shopping malls. Hunger got the best of us (This won’t be the last time I use this phrase) so we tried to find some street food. We found a place outside one of the malls and bought some chicken and pork skewers.

 

I started to feel a bit sick, the combination of the heat, walking and round and lack of sleep had gotten to me. We went to look for a toilet for me to vom in (This won’t be the last time I mention being sick either). After a delightful vom, we decided we just needed to kill some time before the 12 hour bus to Krabi. We hopped back on the sky train, but by this point I was ready to be sick on a small child’s head, so we went back to our stop called Nana. We found a Starbucks so Sam could have a coffee and I could have a sick. I bet you’re thinking what a delightful Blog this is!

 

We decided to just head to the bus station and wait for the bus there, rather than in a Starbucks. Sam logged on the wifi and ordered an Uber. After a bit of confusion to where we were going, the Uber started taking us to the Southern Bud Terminal. We drove though loads of parts of Bangkok we hadn’t seen yet. Mostly more shopping malls. The driver took quite a while so I was worried to how much it was going to cost. Turns out about £4.

When we arrived we had to walk through more market stalls. It’s a shame we weren’t here to shop. We then found the ticket hall. We booked the next bus to Krabi with the first booth we found. The bus was leaving in less than an hour and only cost us around £14 each. As we walked past the other ticket booths we realised there were many other operators to choose from. We thought we had made a huge mistake as the price was so cheap. When we got on the bus we were surprised to good it was. We had a decent amount of space. However the guy sat in front of me pushed his chair so far back I thought he wanted me to perform a dental procedure on him. I didn’t fancy checking out his moulers. Just after setting off we were given a bottle of water, a snack and a blanket. For £14 this was turning out to be a bargain. The journey wasn’t too bad. We had a few small naps between us. Around midnight we told, well more like shouted at, to get up. We were at what I guess is a Thai service station. We got off the bus and were told “Free food” then were guided in a large room full or round tables. There were a few other backpackers on our bus but none of them had ventured in this room. We sat with some of the Thai people from our bus at one of the tables. There was  a lazy Susan with food on and a bowl of glupy rice in the middle. If you’ve seen the Hangover 2 it’s the kind of Rice Stu is described as in the wedding speech from his Father in law. We have no idea what we ate, but it was pretty tasty. We just looked at what everyone else was eating and followed suit. For £14 this was totally top trumping The Mega bus.

Once back on the bus we watched some more of The Office before finally getting some sleep. For a 12 hour bus journey it wasn’t so bad. We woke up about an hour outside Krabi. We were too excited to go back to sleep. We arrived at the bust station and got a bus to Ao Nang. It was similar to the Colectivo we used in Mexico. You sit in the back of a lorry and they try sqeeze as many people in.

As we were getting closer to Ao Nang we could see the limestone mountains and cliffs, they were amazing. When we pulled up to the ocean it really did take my breath away. It felt like a different universe compared to Bangkok.  It was how I had imagined Thailand to look.

We got off the bus and went to look for a place to call home for the next few nights. Sam spotted a place called Adam Bungalow, which he thought we had seen online. So we headed there. It was the right decision as we had a Bungalow. Now we have stayed in many more I guess it’s not that incredible, but as it was my first one of our travels I was over the moon to be staying in one. We had a stunning view of the limestone cliffs.

After a small nap we went for a wonder and a bite to eat. As we were exhausted from the journey down, we just chilled out. That was the night we finally said goodbye to the bitch that is jet lag.

 

 

The next day. The 12th December to be precise. We  decided to head to Railay Beach. We had read so many great things and been recommended by many people to visit. We would have loved to have stayed there but accommodation that part of Krabi was out of our Budget. We caught a longtail boat over to Railay. The journey over felt unreal. At one point I actually pitched myself. Do people even do that?! It just felt so unreal. The lime stones cliffs coming out the water are just beautiful.

Once we arrived at West Railay we had a bit of a wonder. We past bars that sold “magic shakes”.  We wanted to find the view point as we had read there are amazing views from there. So we followed some signs, but couldn’t seem to find it. We kept wondering which was a good thing as it probably meant we saw more of the place than we normally would. On the way to the East side of Railay we saw some monkeys. My first encounter with them. I can see why Michael Jackson was best friends with one.

The East side is so beautiful. I was deeply in love with this place. They had some of the longtail boats that were selling food. So we had lunch on the beach with an ice cold Singah. It was the best setting we’ve ever eaten lunch in. Any stress we had from work before had literally melted away. I will always treasure that lunch on Railay.

We never did find the view point. The only thing close was a point, but you  had to do a two hour climb up a cliff to get to. We can barely climb stairs let alone a cliff.

Before heading back we decided to do some scrambling along the beach. Not the best idea in sandals.

It was a sad moment to say goodbye to Railay, It was such a beautiful place. The highlight of our adventure so far.  As our day on Railay was coming to an end so was our time in Ao Nang, as the next day we were off to our first island, Koh Lanta.p1020591p1020596

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