We suprisingly had a safe flight back to Bangkok (after the train breaking down in Thailand and the bus breaking down at least 3 times in Cambodia we didn't hold much faith in the plane!!).
Our third time in Bangkok was probably our best, after travelling with the group through Cambodia and Vietnam we now felt like real travellers. And had now learnt how to say no thank you in Thai, Cambodian and Vietnamese which can get you along way in Asia or can at least get rid of the the scam artists (They can speak perfect English when they're trying to get you in their tuk tuk or buy their gems but "no thank you" doesn't seem to be in their vocabulary until you say it in their own language). We had also learnt to not just bargain but bargain hard, you're kind of comprimised with feeling bad with bargaining in such a poor country but at the same time not wanting to be ripped off. So on our first night back Katy put her bargaining to work and got herself some comfy black fisherman pants for travelling in and a boob tube top on Koh San Road for roughly 5GBP for both which is roughly what she had paid on the first night just for her board shorts which at the time we thought was a bargain!!
We got back to Bangkok on a Saturday and decided to spend 3 nights there before heading to the islands. So before leaving Bangkok we decided to go to the weekend market again for some more bargains. Jamie bought 2 more t-shirts and Katy got a new tank top and a bracelet, the weather was a little cooler this time around and more stalls were open as last time it was during their new years celebrations so we were able to enjoy the whole experience a lot more.
The weather wasn't too great for our last day in Bangkok with it raining for most of the day so we didn't do much that day apart from buy our train/bus/boat combo to Ko Samui, buy a few last souveniors and a new blue poka dot bikini for the islands. Then Katy entertained/annoyed Jamie for the rest of the day singing "Katy wore an itsy bitsy teeny weeny blue poka dot bikini".
Then on Tuesday we checked out of our hotel and put our bags in the left luggage facility and killed a few hours on Koh San Road whilst waiting to leave for the train station to get our night train. At 5pm we got a tuk tuk to the station to get our 6pm night train.
We arrived in Surat Thani at 6am feeling a little worse for wear after little or no sleep on the train and still a 2 hour ferry journey to do. So by the time we arrived in Ko Samui and had been driven raound to a few hotels by our minibus driver we were both ready for food and sleep. So our first immpressions of Ko Samui were not great mainly due to severe food and sleep deprivation. But after some dinner and a good nights sleep everything was looking sunnier and better in the morning.
Ko Samui was one of the more expensive places we visted in Thailand mainly because it is so tourist orientated. Although after travelling for a month and a half in S.E. Asia we decided that maybe we'd become too acustomed to everything being so cheap when we were referring to a meal at a restaurant that cost the equivalent to 2GBP as being expensive as we were so use to paying between 50p-1GBP for a meal.
We spent 3 nights on Ko Samui before getting the ferry over to Ko Phangnan for another 3 nights. We didn't do too much on the islands to write about as we spent most days sunbathing by the beach, we bought a bat and ball to play with and had a bucket of vodka redbull on the beach (which was literally in a seaside bucket). The weirdest thing that happened on Ko Samui was when you walk down the main street at night you have people suddenly producing monkeys, snakes, lizards and eagles out of their jackets for you to pay to have photos with!!
Ko Phangnan was our favourite island out of the two, for one it was much cheaper than Ko Samui and the food at our hotel was some of the best food we ate in Thailand, it was also a much younger crowd of people mainly coming for the full moon party (which unfortunately we weren't able to stay for as we had to make our way down to Malaysia). Ko Phagnan also had a much more relaxed atmosphere with lots of funky hippy type stores.
Whilst in Ko Phangnan we bought another bus/boat/bus combo ticket to get to Georgettown in Malaysia. After our 3 nights on Ko Phangnan we got up at 5am to get our 6am bus to the ferry port. A minibus picked us up at 6am and we got our 2 hour ferry to the mainland and were given stickers so that we'd know what minibus to get when we reached Surat Thani (So far the journey was going well). Then we arrived in Surat Thani....