After staying in Bangkok for over three weeks straight, I decided it was time for a change. So when a couple of my new guesthouse friends asked if I wanted to spend three days on an island, I jumped to the occasion. At first, we weren't sure we would make the last boat of the day. After all, we lazily left at 1:30 in the afternoon, and had 3-4 hours worth of bus rides just to get to the ferry! The last ferry was supposed to leave at 5:00.
The first bus dropped us off waaay too early: a half hour taxi ride from the second bus stop. We had also stopped to eat, figuring we might as well fail with full stomachs. By the time the taxi brought us to the second bus, it was 3:30. The bus departure time was 4:00, and the trip was supposed to take two hours. With a ferry leaving at 5:00, we stood no chance of getting to the island. At least the bus was air conditioned; it allowed us to resign to our fates in cool comfort.
Indeed, our bus arrived at 6:00, and we realized we'd have to stay the night, then catch a boat the next morning. We walked to the pier just to check out the departure times, and...VOILA! There was one more boat leaving that day, at 7:00! Totally unexpected, but a pleasant surprise.
After eating a delicious seafood dinner at a local restaurant, we sought out a guesthouse. Because the island was full of Thai vacationers, we expected accommodations to be expensive. However, the very first guesthouse we found, offered really cheap housing: roughly $5 a night per person! This is way cheaper than my guesthouse in Bangkok, plus we get to stay on a beautiful island! Just another reminder of Thailand's great eco-diversity and affordability!
The town is very relaxing, and a lot quieter than Bangkok. My next few days will be spent soaking in the sun, sand, and fun. I'll also take a few pictures to share!
My name is Yonah Paley. I quit my job in the United States to travel. I also write movies and do photography. As I backpack across the world, I share stories, philosophy, and travel tips.