Travelling in SE Asia or how we got from Koh Tao to Siem Reap.

We have started our journey in Bangkok (BKK) and then moved south as we were desperate for some beach time. Now that we want to go Cambodia it means we will have to go all the way up back to Bangkok and east to get to Siem Reap. We dont really want to fly during our trip – flying is boring, you can’t really see the country plus all the means of transportation that you have to take to move around add up to the whole experience.
With that in mind we settle on:
– getting a combined ticket for a boat from Koh Tao to Chumphon and a night bus to BKK;
– bus dropped us close to Khao San road so we took metered taxi from there to train station Hua Lamphong;
– from Hua Lamphong we took a very cheap 3rd class train which took us to Aranyaprathet, town which is the closest to the border with Cambodia;
– from the border we got a shuttle bus to the bus station and a minivan that took us to Sieam Reap.

It was a very long and difficult journey which tought us a lot about ourselves.

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Relaxing at Koh Lanta and why I’am not going to be an astronaut

Koh Lanta is one of the quieter and more relaxed among all the neighbouring islands. Not yet as popular among young backpackers as the other islands, it’s muched more chilled out and have less beach parties. It’s a great place to relax after busy but otherwise lovely Koh Phi Phi. We were supposed to stayed there for 3 nights but we stayed for 6 and it was totally brilliant! We’ve managed to completely unwind in our magnificiant swimming pool with a stunnig view on the whole Kantiang Bay and shared some time and meals with a lovely couple: Galia & Mark, who we’ve met at our resort and who btw moved to Thailand from UK and has been leaving in Bangkok for some time.

We also decided to do our first steps in diving at Koh Lanta. Read more to find out how we did.

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First impressions of Bangkok

As our third day in Thailand slowly comes to an end, we are sitting on a train that will take us south, close to Krabi and the island that we want to visit; the famous Koh Phi Phi.
So far it has been… interesting, surprising, confusing and emotional. Let’s just say that Bangkok and us, we didn’t really get off on a right foot. And to be absolutely honest it was as much BKK fault as it was our own ignorance. The few things we can say in our own defense is that we’ve been tired, jet lagged and too busy before the arrival to do much research about the country. Plus we’ve never really been anywhere outside of Europe.
We arrived on Monday 16th of March, late in the evening and went straight to the hotel and to bed. Thanks to gods for fans and aircon it’s so hot! We’ve spent the next 3 days in BKK.

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