From Koh Tao via Chumpon to Bangkok, Thailand
The last few days on Koh Tao were beautiful. We met some nice people there, a transvestite who was doing Maria's hair and gave Irina a face mask and manicure. Some nice people we met over at our favorite restaurant and some people we met while being out at night. The most fun part was probably our quad, a four-wheel-drive that we rented out. It's awesome to drive across the island with those things and you have access to most places that you can't go to with a regular car. The roads to some of the beaches are only made from dirt and you have some 3 feet deep cracks in them that are created by the corrosion. We have not had many rainy days but still when it rains occasionally, it pours down at you like it's the end of days.
Anyhow, the quad was awesome and we were able to do some awesome snorkleing at some awesome beaches.
We left Koh Tao last afternoon. We took the express boat which is quite convenient. I even saw some flying fish which was quite cool. We arrived in Chumpon around 6pm and I was once again amazed by the maze of a harbor you see there. It's full of fishing boats and there is a stink in the air that makes you want to throw up, but the rather interesting site keeps you out on deck observing the ever changing scenes.
Once we were off the boat, we took one of these little pick up trucks, quite fun... The driver simply yelled " chiildren and women first... everybody else Spiderman!", that said, the women and children occupied the inside of the truck and the guys were standing on a little desk in the back outside the truck and holidng on to the roof. This is a very common way of traveling here, and it's fun. We definitely had the best view and always fresh air during the 20min drive into the city. After arriving in the city we stopped at a travel agency where everybody was redirected to taxis, trains, buses etc. I had not booked a train ticket nor a bus ticket, because the good buses that have the best seats (like 1st class airplane seats) are not bookable anywhere but locally. We got our seats and then went off to walk around on the night market a little. We had awesome food... a Pork salad, Mango Salad, Intestine Soup, Catfish, some drinks and more food...
After dinner we briefly stopped at a place that is manufacturing china. We bought a pretty tea set and left. Chumpon is not a touristy place and people treat you just nicely... they are very polite and always help out, something I cannot claim anymore about the islands:(We even received gifts at the china manufacturing factory. At the restaurant strangers talked to us, wished us luck and were simply curious to ask questions.
The bus ride back to Bangkok was nasty and tiring, even though the bus was really good, the roads really blew all comnfort away. Yikes, I did not sleep at all and we arrived in Bangkok around 5am and could not check into our hotel until 10am. We still went to our hotel left our luggage and went off to the city which I will write about later...
Things about Bangkok you may be interested in
1. Aug 18, 2007 Arriving back to Bangkok (Bangkok) ( 13)
2. Aug 19, 2007 A little more of Bangkok (Bangkok) ( 31)
3. Aug 20, 2007 Still in Bangkok (Bangkok) ( 31)
4. Aug 21, 2007 Adventures in Ao Nang (Muang Krabi) ( 7)
5. Aug 22, 2007 Railay Beach - Nice Place (Ban Khlong Yang) ( 63)
6. Aug 23, 2007 The best beaches and islands of Thailand (Krabi) ( 87)
7. Aug 24, 2007 A quick stop and great food in Surat (Surat) ( 11)
8. Aug 25, 2007 Koh Tao - My favorite Thai island (Ko Phangan) ( 72)
9. Sep 4, 2007 From Koh Tao via Chumpon to Bangkok (Bangkok) ( 52)
10. Sep 5, 2007 Back again in Bangkok (Bangkok) ( 185)
11. Sep 9, 2007 Traveling to Siem Reap, Cambodia (Siem Reap)
12. Sep 10, 2007 Siem Reap, like in the tales (Siem Reap) ( 71)
13. Sep 12, 2007 Experiencing Angkor Wat (Puok) ( 204)
14. Sep 13, 2007 Great days in Phnom Penh (Phnom Penh) ( 81)
15. Sep 14, 2007 Adventurous vacation in Sianoukville (Sihanoukville) ( 39)
Start from beginning | 1 - 15 Journal overview
Read about Bangkok in our travel-guide
Still in BangkokBack again in Bangkok
Recommended Bangkok Guide
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand is one of the world’s top tourist’s hotspots. The urban city of Thailand, Bangkok has its roots in the ancient Thai culture. This city of angels is a disciplined city with lowest crime rates compared to other cities in the world. An exciting vacation is guaranteed when you visit this ancient Thai village. December and August are popular months where tourists visit Bangkok in large numbers. This city has moderate climate most of the year and hence you can visit Bangkok at any time you wish during your holidays.... Read more »
Recent reviews for Bangkok
Back again in Bangkok - Sep 10, 2007, by MadSuh
Arriving in Bangkok felt really good, especially because our VIP 24 seat bus ride didn’t really turn out that great. I could barely sleep because we were sitting in the back and the road was quite bumpy. Anyhow, we got to our hotel... Read more »
Alle über Bangkok - Jun 27, 2009, by mary
Wo liegt Bagkok? Bangkok ist die große Hauptstadt Thailands und heißt Übersetzt „Die Stadt der Engel“. Ca. 6.859 Millionen Einwohner wohnen dort. Die Jahresdurchschnittstemperatur beträgt ca. 28, 4 Grad... Read more »
Still in Bangkok - Aug 24, 2007, by MadSuh
So I picked up my Irina and Maria at the airport and then we headed for the first culture shock. I guess we did stop at our hotel first, where we took a quick nap. I also had to run back to my old hotel where I had left my airplane tickets... Read more »
Arriving back to Bangkok - Aug 18, 2007, by MadSuh
Finally I am back in Bangkok. My trip was alright, I was flying with LTU and it turned our to be very convenient. One thing that was funny was that now they charge €60 for the Emergency seats, how funny. "Would you like an upgrade... Read more »
The amazing Bangkok - Dec 15, 2008, by MadSuh
One of the best places to visit. Bangkok is cultural, diverse, interesting, amazing, friendly, and really lots of fun. Make sure you stay away from the bad places though... There are beautiful sights for those who want to admire the Thai... Read more »
More reviews you might be interested in
Niagara Falls reviews - Ontario
This was my second trip to the Niagara Falls. I was here about 17 years ago, so it's been a while. However, it was perfectly stuck in my memories....
Watching the Niagara Falls from Canada
Toronto reviews - Ontario
Still a youth town by worldwide principles, Toronto is rising up fast and pleasingly. It’s Canada's largest and most significant city, and...
Great clubs and music in Toronto
Glasgow reviews - United Kingdom
It is advertised that Glasgow is a place of many cultures, what a pack of lies. If you are a foreigner and want to get into a nightclub, try and...
Bad club experience in Glasgow
Kalamata reviews - Greece
Very small village, only with some buildings and small store, at least one restaurant, directly at the train station. The city is well known for...
The best climate in Greece
Mikinai reviews - Greece
If you're near to Mykene, you should really go there. It's a well preserved antique Greek city, digged out by the german Heinrich Schliemann in the...
Daytrip to the ancient Mykene
Miskolc reviews - Hungary
This was a really snowy morning in Miskolc:) Sadly, I haven't took a picture of our car... it's natural color is red but this morning it all turned...
Winter trip to Miskolc
Florence reviews - Italy
Florence is one of the biggest Italian cities, you absolitely shouldn't miss it. It offers a wide range of history, a beautiful historical city...
Florence is a must-see in Italy
Rosarito reviews - Mexico
Well, if you are up for some cheap fun South of the border, go to Rosarito. I never really liked the place though, it's dirty and dangerous a...
Visiting Rosarito in Mexico
Boulder reviews - Colorado
Healthy food It’s amazing how many people still believe that taste and health do not go well together. We believe the contrary is true and...
Healthy but tasty cuisine in Boulder
Chamonix reviews - France
Chamonix, this beautiful alpine town and skiing resort is one of the most visited natural sites in the world. It has so much to offer that it is...
Discover the breathtaking Chamonix