Having enough of buses we decided to get the train out of Bangkok and got the last 2 tickets for a sleeper. We arrived at Chumpon station where were to take a transfer to the ferry. However, in our haste to leave Bangkok we got the 5 o'clock train, which arrived a 1am, so we had our first experience of sleeping rough on a station bench, until our transfer to the boat. Note, that the taxi, wasnt the conventional car sort but of the pick up truck variety and were thrown in the back with luggage.
After being hassled continously on the ferry by a ridic number of touts we chose a mainly british dive school which included a free beach bungalow, that if any closer to the beach would have been in the sea.
For the next four days we undertook 5 dives and more than enough written work. To our shock on the 1st day we were ushered to a classroom with text books and videos, after our long journey it wasnt long before almost fast a kip.
The dives were amazing and went down to 18m, which is enough! Also swam through a couple swim through caves and are both now qualified SSI open water divers.
After being invited by our dive instructor onto her boyfriends speedboat we had a couple of afternoons wakeboarding and beers, which was absolutely amazing.
Hopping across the gulf of thailand tomos to the island of Ko Phangan. Heading there for the world famous Full Moon party where we may encounter a 'Changover'* or two.
- Ridic strength lager (6.4%) that makes Stella taste like Kaliber.