The start of the trip
08.07.2011 36 °C
So here it goes the first blog post of the trip. 2 days ago we arrived in a very humid Bangkok after an epically long and tiring flight on Cathay pacific via Hong Kong. We met Dan (Rob's mate from university) and Dan's mate Ollie (who had arrived earlier in the day), who we plan on doing a lot of the trip with in the D and D hotel in the backpackers' hub of Khao San Road. We had dinner and a Chang Beer (or three) and got some much needed sleep on an actual bed.
The next day was a late start and our objective was to head to the train station and book tickets which we headed over to using the river bus service in Bangkok. When we got there we headed to a TAT tourist office to plan our route. A lot of our initial plans have been complicated by the fact that there is a Full Moon party on the 14th/15th which drives the prices up for our travel further south towards Malaysia and that it is a Thai national holiday on the 17th meaning loads of things are closed or fully booked by local tourists. Also the office confirmed foreign office advice that travelling by train across to Malaysia was very dangerous as bombs and gun attacks occur regularly. This meant our itenary has been changed and we have had to break our rule of not flying.
Our new iteinary is that we left Bangkok today on Friday in the afternoon to go to Aruthaya and then tomorrow pate afternoon we go to "monkey town" for a few hours. Then we get a sleeper train to Chiangmai. Stay for just under a week. Then fly to Bangkok get the train+bus+ferry to Koh Tao. Stay there for a few days and go to Koh Samui. Then Ollie needs to fly back so Dan and Ollie will go to Bangkok and me and Rob to Phuket where we will fly to Kuala Lumpar. Dan will fly from Bangkok to KL on the same day. We then shall explore Malaysia. The. Rob and I will head to Singapore where we fly back from. So that's all the technicalities here's the adventure so far.
In bangkok we also went to a Golden Buddah temple near the station. Then we went back for a few hours of fun and games in the hotels pool where we engaged many fun activities. We then went on a night out which involved 2 6 litre tower of Chang Beer, kfc, general craziness and bumping into school friends. But that is enough about that.
Today we caught the train to Aruthaya which was very long and hot but relatively spacious. When we arrived we checked into PU guesthouse and did a boat tour of the outer temples followed by dinner at the night market. Tomorrow we cycle around the inner temples and go to monkey town and get the sleeper train to Chiangmai.