Koh Samui to Bangkok

Koh Samui had a tough act to follow after Koh Phangan. We kept saying we should have gone there first as it just couldn’t live up to what we had been used to on Koh Phangan. That said, we still had an enjoyable four nights here. We stayed at the Ibis Bophut resort, booked through Agoda for $AUD94 for a family room, which was actually two adjoining rooms. One room had a double bed and one had two singles and a wii player which kept Dave and Lil busy. The Ibis was a standard comfortable hotel. Rooms were small, but we had two! The beds were the most comfortable of the trip so far. Bophut Beach couldn’t compare to Haad Yao on Koh Phangan and we didn’t go further afield to explore other beaches. Most of our time was spent at the pool or resting in the room or eating.

dinner time

Bophut Beach Koh Samui

We left Koh Samui last Friday on what turned out to be a rather epic travel day. It started at 12:30pm with a 30 minute taxi ride to the ferry pier. We ran into a family there whose daughters Lil had made friends with in the pool on Koh Phangan so she had fun playing while we waited. The ferry ended up leaving an hour late and took one and a half hours to get to the mainland where a bus was waiting to take us on to Suratthani. The bus also took longer than we had expected and we arrived at the train station just after 6pm. Great! We thought. Less time to fill in before our 8:15pm train departure. Let’s get dinner and buy some snacks.

We're at Suratthani train station. Time for dinner before we get the sleeper train to Bangkok.

Dinner at Suratthani

Dinner done we headed into the train station to find out that our train was delayed. This board became our focus for the next six hours as every time it got within about 20 minutes of the train’s expected arrival time someone would come along and rub it out and put a new time in.

361 minute delay

Delay Board of Doom

All the trains before and after our train came and went with various minor delays but ours was nowhere to be seen. The kids made friends with a couple of Dutch girls sitting near us. Thank goodness for them and their entertainment! Edward did not sleep during the whole wait and Lil only slept for the last hour.


My face says it all

Finally at about 2:30am the train arrived, we climbed on, found our bunks and settled down to sleep.

2nd class sleeper carriage

2nd Class Aircon Sleeper Carriage

Our overnight train turned into a night/day train as we didn’t get to Bangkok until after 3pm the next day instead of the expected 9am.

coming into Bangkok

Coming into Bangkok

On arrival to Bangkok we found a taxi (that would use its meter) and were soon at our air bnb apartment. I was very glad I’d decided to splurge on this place for our three nights in Bangkok. (We paid $AUD86 a night for this apartment with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, washing machine, pool. Highly recommend!) We were all exhausted and after a wash, a rest and dinner nearby it was time for bed. Which is when disaster struck.

Lillian’s beloved pillow (seen above at dinner) was nowhere to be found. We remembered her carrying it off the train, she remembered having it in the taxi but after that nothing. It was still in the taxi. All we knew was that the taxi was pink. Do you know how many pink taxis there in Bangkok? Lots. There were many tears that night but eventually she fell asleep while I googled madly trying to find a central taxi contact number. In the end we found out there are some radio stations that the taxi drivers listen to that make announcements like this.

The next morning the security guard at the apartment pulled a random English speaking passerby in to help us and she called one of these stations. Our air bnb host, who I had emailed the night before also called a radio station. But alas, pillow did not return. This photo makes me a bit teary. Lillian’s last ever sleep with pillow. She used to say she loved pillow more than me (I was number 2) so perhaps I should be pleased.

last ever sleep with pillow

Last sleep with pillow. Sniff.

Our few days in Bangkok passed quickly with preparations for our teaching homestay. We got all the things on the list ticked off and on Tuesday we flew off to Ubon Ratchathani for the real adventure to begin.


7 Responses to “Koh Samui to Bangkok”

  1. 1 Beck August 30, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    How sad for lil. But glad to hear you are having a good time! I’m enjoying reading all about it. Keep the updates coming when you can xo

  2. 2 amyblythy September 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    We have had the same experience with train delays in Thailand so far; one overnight journey to Chiang Mai took an extra six hours, another took an extra three – crazy!

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