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Published: October 28th 2009
After a long and smelly flight from Sydney (we sat next to the toilets where some poor guy was throwing up for 8 hours! )we arrived in Thailand to a warm and humid Bangkok. We took the first available local bus from the airport and got dropped off just outside our hostel, excellent service and much cheaper then a taxi.
We stayed one night in Bangkok, at Lub'd, we spent the time sorting out Steve's visa for Vietnam. I was happy to find out that I don't need a visa for Vietnam, just one of those perks you get for being Swedish. We didn't want to hang around in Bangkok for too long so we decided to leave Steve's passport at the Vietnamese embassy and to pick it up again just before our flight to Vietnam.
Early the next day we set off to Koh Chang (which means elephant island in Thai), a six hour bus jouney south of Bangkok. The bus was very comfortable and took us straight to the pier where we boarded a ferry that took us to Koh Chang.
We had decided to stay at Logan's, a Swedish owned hotel, in
the middle of White beach. The hotel would normally have been way out of our price bracket, but we had heard that prices were a third of the normal price in the low season, so we gave it ago. In the end we got a 1500 bhat room, for 400 bhat (8 pounds) a night, it was great, especially when I found out that the mini bar consisted of Swedish salt liquorish, marabou chocolate and other Swedish treats. Life was all good!!
We spent about 10 days on Koh Chang, mostly relaxing, reading books, eating good food and drinking cheap Thai beer. The weather was not great, some days it rained so much it was knee deep and a canoe, instead of a moped, would have been the suitable transportation method. Other days the sun was shining and we could go to the beach, the beach was beautiful and lined with little bars and cafes.
We met a really nice couple from LA in Koh Chang, Michelle and Elek, they were both in the film business in Hollywood and were telling us all the gossip about celebreties they knew.
They stayed in a really posh hotel, so
Bang Bao Stilt Village
we used to pretend we stayed there too (we tried to look the part) and use there amazing pool and other facilities. We also hired a car one day with Michelle and Elek and visited Bang Bao, a fascinating village on stilts.
The journey back to Bangkok was pretty smooth, until we arrived at Bangkok bus station. A guy (who looked like police) stopped us and asked to see our passports, Steve didn't have one, so after a long discussion on whether he was a real police or not, I showed him mine.
He was not satisfied. He told us he was looking for herroin and that he needed to search our bags, we were petrified that they would put something in our bags and very relived when he told us we could go, phew!
The next day we left for Vietnam to see our pals from Ski Rider.
Lots of Love
Maja and Steve xxx
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