So we left Koh Tao after a pretty amazing week. We got a taxi to the pier and then waited. We got on the bus and had a look around, it all looked pretty cramped but there were beds which were more than we were expecting.
The boat didn’t leave for another few hours so guess where we headed…. you guessed it! The pub. We had a few beers and then wondered back to the boat by now it is chaos people everywhere, trying to get in the right beds. We stayed outside the boat for a bit and then the queue started to dramatically increase. Joe and I had already shown our tickets and put our bags on our beds so that they were all sorted. We got up to our beds and were next door to three girls from Brighton who were less than pleased with the sleeping arrangements but seemed like a good laugh. We left Joe to guard the beds as me and the girls headed down to the toilet/smoking area.
Moving around on this boat was making me feel very sick even before the boat had even moved. The people the other side of Joe were causing a slight amount of drama. Basically when you get on the boat you get a bed number stamped on your ticket it is not rocket science! We got quite good seats/beds as we got to the boat early our seats were okay. These 3 guys had got their numbers and got to their beds to find 2 girls and a lad were sat in their beds. They politely showed them their tickets and asked them to move to a different bed. At this point the boat was full, there were already people sleeping in the corridors etc, so although I can see why they were refusing to move it was still pretty pathetic. The people who man the boat refused to get involved and told them to sort it out amongst themselves. One of the girls was getting really mouthy at which point the boys who’s beds they were just sat down on the beds anyway, and once again politely asked them to move. At this point the gobby ones boyfriend got involved and offered one of the lads outside. This I found hilarious due to the fact that by now the boat had started moving and we’re in the middle of the sea. The bloke eventually calmed down and everything settled. it started off again about half an hour later due to the someone farting, I actually felt like I was back in yr3. Joe had no problem falling asleep and I stayed up with the girls for a bit then kind of dozed. I don’t think I actually slept at all! All in all it wasn’t a very good experience there are 150 beds on this boat and I estimate about 300 people not including the crew. No sign of one life jacket… and it takes 9 hours. I’ll let you do the math but i’m not sure this boat is all that safe and not sure we’ll be getting on another one.
We had to wait at the travel agent for a few hours before we got the bus. This bus was another horrible experience. I sat in the back of the minivan and the chairs were not clicked in so kept getting flung all over the place. We made it in one piece to Phuket and then got a taxi to our hotel feeling very excited and relieved that the journey was over…
New Years Resolution update:
22.03.2017 (Week 12 of challenge) Books Read:
- A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
- A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
- Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
- Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
- Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
- Girl Undone – Marla Madison
- The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
- The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
- On The Road – Jack Kerouac
- Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In the Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
- The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
- Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
- Sabotage – Dale Wiley
- Dracula – Bram Stoker
- **Currently 100 pages into War And Peace so might take a while***
Status: TWO WEEKS AHEAD