|Waiting for the bus to Suri Thani|
We got picked up from our hotel at 4pm.We were the first to be picked up, so then followed a round trip through most of the beaches around Ao Nang to pick up more travellers before we arrived at the bus station at Krabi around 5pm. Here we got our train ticket and we were told to wait for the bus to depart to Suri Thani at 6pm.
we made our way over to the station and set up shop at the far end. And started
to wait or the train. And waited. And waited. The scheduled departure time came
and went without any train showing up. At last, at 1 am the train finally
turned up and we hauled all our luggage, one sleeping baby girl, and one very
sleepy 4-year old onto the train.
We had bought 1st class tickets in
a sleeper car with three beds. In Thailand there are two types of 1st
class tickets, either seats in an open carriage where the beds are behind
curtains, or slightly more expensive, seats in a private compartment. We weren’t
sure which one we had ended up purchasing as the travel agency guy didn’t seem
to know nor care and only kept telling us “yes, 1st class, yes, yes”.
But to our delight we had ended up with private compartments. Normally I am
quite happy with the open carriage, but with a baby and a 4-year old in tow it
was lovely to not having to deal or interact with anyone else. Actually, we got
two tiny compartments as each compartments only holds 2 beds (an upper and a
lower) and we had bought three seats, but there were a door between the
compartments which could be opened, and the fourth bed was empty (lucky us).
For all this we had paid about 5200 bath including the bus from Krabi to Suri
Thani (US$175). The 4-year old were thrilled with the upper bunk. It was his
very first time sleeping in an upper bunk, and on a train to boot…
morning we were woken by some brisk knocking on our door at 9am. A man from the
restaurant carriage was standing outside holding a menu with pictures, wanting
to know if we would like breakfast. We ordered fried eggs and toast, and rice
porridge. Both meals came with orange juice and coffee and set us back 100 bath
The bus trip to Suri Thani was pretty uneventful although a bit bumpy, and at one point big brother fell of his seat due to the bumpy ride. But, no one got hurt and after a kiss and a cuddle all was good. Little sister slept through most of the bus ride, and woke up in an excellent mood when we arrived at the train station.
|Having some grub at a street stall|
We wanted to find a restaurant where we could eat and drink a few hours seeing that we arrived at the train station at 8pm and our train was scheduled to depart at 23.30pm, but that worked out more difficult than we expected. The only two restaurants close to the station was in the process of closing up, and besides that there were only a couple of street stalls and a coffee shop located on the second floor. Seeing that we are lugging 75 kg of baggage around (25 kg of presents and clothes to be given away and 15 kg worth of baby pram) we decided to stay on ground level and sat down at one of the street stalls. But, not a bad decision. Had a yummy meal of green curry, shrimp omelet, spring rolls, and an egg roti with chocolate sauce for dessert. And all this for the net sum of 350 bath including drinks (about US$12).
|Watching over our pile of luggage|
|Waking up at the train|
|Yummy breakfast on the train all|
wrapped in plastic
Then we wheeled away a few hours admiring the scenery and waiting to arrive in Bangkok. When we arrived at 11.50am there were lots of men with trolleys waiting to help passengers with their luggage for the net sum of 60 bath. With the amount of luggage we had we couldn’t fit into a taxi, so to the 4-year old’s delight we ended up getting a tuk-tuk to the hotel.