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Oct 10, 2005 - Surat Thani

Not an exciting day for scenery but the road was dual carriageway, tarmac and few bumps all the way. We bought some lovely small bananas from a stall beside the road. We made good progress and arrived mid afternoon. The hotel is fine and Robin has gone to see if he can get the exhaust fixed. He has got rid of the squeak and the bang so now we could do without the extra exhaust noise which resulted from an argument with a pot hole. The navigation was easy so I dozed a bit and we have been listening to The Honorary Consul (Graham Greene). I...

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Aug 19, 2005 - Waiting for the train at Surat Thani!

We're sitting in a steaming internet cafe in Surat Thani on our way back to Bangkok. Let me tell you how we get from Phi Phi to Bangkok... Speed Boat from resort to main harbour (one hour) - Free Ferry from Phi Phi to Krabi (2 hours) - 300 Baht Songthaew to Krabi bus station (15 mins) - 40 Baht (tried to con 200 Baht out of us!) Bus from Krabi to Surat Thani (3 hours) - 130 Baht Songthaew from Surat Thani Bus station to Train station (1 hour) - 100 Baht Wait for 4 hours Train to Bangkok (Sleeper)(14 hours) - 500 Baht Underground from Train...

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Aug 2, 2005 - Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

The morning of August 2, we arrived back at the Bangkok International Airport courtesy of the hotel shuttle for a short flight (about 1 hour) on Thai Airways to Surat Thani, located near the northern end of the southern Thailand peninsula, about 3.5 hours northeast of Phuket (see map). We were met at the Surat Thani airport by representatives from Paddle Asia, the tour company I'd selected for a 3-day, 2-night trip in Khao Sok National Park. Lex and his mother, both long-time Thai employees of Paddle Asia, with limited English-speaking...

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Jul 23, 2005 - All aboard the night train!

After seeing Mum off we made a last minute decision to get out of dodge (Bangkok) and head for the islands to begin some serious chilling out. We certainly needed to relax after our Gran Turismo tuk-tuk ride through the streets to make our train. For 50 baht that level of excitement just doesn't get any better! Made the train with precisely one minute to spare having legged it down the platform to the far end carrying full packs! So glad we booked a sleeper....next stop Surat Thani and then Koh Phangan!

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Jul 18, 2005 - Bangkok to Koh Pa Ngan island

18th July - Koh Pa Ngan Island, Thailand Boy did we have a journey to get here! The nightmare started on 15th July when we got the one hour late sleeper train from Nakhon Pathom (home to the birth of Buddhims in Thailand) to Surat Thani. Unlike the trains in Viet Nam, this was a carriage without compartments and the bunk beds were in single file along the sides of the carriage. You did have the privacy of a thin curtain on a rail though!! Arriving in Surat Thani it became instantly clear that there were no minivans there to meet us. Our...

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Gary On Tour 2005

May 18, 2005 - Hat Yai to Surat Thani

So im in Thailand proper now and im getting hassled left right and center as they see im awhite boy and they just see the Baht flowing out my wallet. By this point I could not be arsed to go searching for a good deal to get me to the islands so i took the first one and did not even haggle, so I probably got done a treat. Paid 600 baht to get me form Hat Yai to Surat Thani in a mini bus and to get the night boat to Koh Samui departing at 11pm. So im waiting around for this minbus to come nothing happens all the other thais go and im still...

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May 9, 2005 - Koh Samui

Greetings!! Well, we're in our third day of Koh Samui (one of the islands just off the coast from Surat Thani on the map) and its been real nice. The first two days were gorgeous, nice sun and really fantastic water. The water levels are really low this time of year, so the beaches aren't as crowded, and you have to walk out a far ways to get into deep water, but its just so relaxing to cool off in the ocean. The water is so clear, and the perfect temp. The last couple days though have been kinda rainy and we saw the forecast saying it's...

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Apr 13, 2005 - For My Meditative Friends

The meditation thing - 10 days in the confines of Suan Mokhh. March 31, 2005 to April 11th, 2005 This was quite an extraordinary experience - Lots of sitting standing and walking meditations each day. The environment less than friendly - in fact downright noisy at times. (They were constructing a new meditation pavillion during our stay). There was a fine group of international folks present. - One just shows up the day of the retreat begins. My kind of spontaneity. Lots of rules to follow and two meals a day to eat. Rice porridge in the...

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Apr 3, 2005 - Bus trip to Surat Thani

The trip south was pretty uneventful, save for the fact that it was the first time in the previous 24 hours that I hadn't been sweating buckets thanks to AC that worked. I was also able to put my new found skills in Mancunian to work as I deciphered the conversations of a couple of genuine Skanky Mancs behind us. Not sure I got it word for word, but I think the gist of it was that any number of young gentleman in Phuket were going to have a fun week. To top it off, a Pommy bloke came down from upstairs to be violently ill in the stairwell...

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Andrew & Claire

Mar 23, 2005 - Surat Thani, Thailand

TS: Train from KL to Haat Yai, Southern Thailand. Overnight, and we slept in very cool bunkbeds. Quite comfortable except bit short for me. Had to sleep like a foetus again....getting used to it in these countries. Train took 17hrs !! 4 hrs late. Then bus to Surat Thani. Missed last boat to Koh Samui to stayed the night there.

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Dec 27, 2004 - A Brief Synopsis of the Tsunami on Ko Phi Phi

I'm sure you all have heard it from the news, so I won't bother with stats. The wave hit at 10:30 in the morning. I was getting breakfast, and was fortunate enough to see it and react. I survived the wave but lost most of my possessions. I headed up into the mountains with the rest of the survivors on my part of the island. We made it to the top of the island. And spent the night there. A Canadian family took me in and took care of me, kept me sane, and in general were my guardian angels. We spent the night up there and in the morning...

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Dec 9, 2004 - Surat Thani - Gateway to the Gulf of Thailand

Overnight bus from Bangkok to Surat Tani, AU$25 each. Will pay the extra $5 for the train on the way back. Airconditioned and great roads but not much sleep. Truck stop food is better than home but the toilets...... Don't see anything of Surat Thani as we are on the ferry to Koh Samui almost straight away.

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