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Surat Thani

Written on: Tuesday February 22nd, 2005

A journal entry from: South East Asia 2005

We made our way from Haad Yuan, back to Haad Rin and across the gulf again to the mainland.  We actually took a big car ferry this time which went to Don Sak first (a small port city), and then from Don Sak to Surat Thani by bus.

We never really stayed in Surat Thani, it was more of a hub city.  We would end up travelling through it a couple more times in our trip but never had the draw to stay.  Its the province captial of the self named Surat Thani province in lower Thailand, one of the biggest, and the city is large too, but has a low ratio of awesome to 7-11s if you know what I mean.  There are no real famous attractions in or around Surat Thani and most farang usually just pass through.  We were no different.

We booked a trip to Krabi from Surat Thani aboard the public bus which proved to be quite an adventure.  The bus was packed and we were late, so there weren't enough seats for the 4 of us (Sarah, Simon, Drew, and I).  Simon and I ended up sitting on the engine cover beside the driver for the 5 hour bus ride that snaked its way across the Thailand interior. 

It was boiling hot in the bus, and the engine cover was vinyl and excruiatingly hot as well but we had a lot of fun.  We smiled along with the driver and cheered everytime we had enough momentum to pass someone, with a barrage of horns and the engine vibrating us around.  It was an awesome trip because we went to every small village along the way from Surat Thani to Krabi dropping and picking people up as we went.  We got to see a part of Thailand a lot of foreigners don't get to see.  Not because its hard or "special" or anything, but because most tourist offices will sell you more expensive tickets that get you across the mainland faster in nicer buses.  Pft. Who needs comfort when we got excitement and wonder... plus I think I sweated about 40 pounds off, good way to cleanse the Haad Rin from me.