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Published: January 11th 2010
It’s our last day in Koh phangan before we have to do our visa run back to the border. Jacinta did a Silver smithing course for the day and it only cost 1500THB. She made a really nice ring and had a great time with Amy doing the course. I spent the day getting free Wifi across the road from the café until the heavens opened up and I had to seek cover. Oh well I was hungry anyway so I didn’t feel so guilty getting Wifi in the shop because I had lunch there. I caught up on my blog, shares, accommodation in India, flights and everything else I needed to get us through the next few days. and the day flew passed.
The visa run consisted of catching the boat overnight to the mainland and then getting to the border and back to the jetty by that afternoon. We had some yummy street food to kill a time and it was really nice. We left our bags with the tourist operator so we can collect them again tomorrow afternoon.
We hopped on the boat early 8:45pm to get a bed and rest, the lady before us was
trying to bribe her way upstairs asking how much to get up top, I didn’t understand at the time so we showed the man our tickets and he pointed to the bottom of the boat. I had to crouch down just to see what he was pointing at. There were bamboo woven matts on the laid out the boat floor and one single foam pillow running the full length of the boat and people lying down on them. I looked at Jacinta and though it was a mistake, I went back and pointed to the beds upstairs the man checked our ticket again and pointed in the same direction as the first time. I said “Where’s the beds?” I looked at Jacinta and she was not impressed. We were told there would be bunks and beds to sleep on for the night and we were hoping for a good sleep after the night before when we slept on the worst mattress ever, it had springs poking through the mattress and every time you moves one would dig into your back thigh or leg. Well at least there would be no springs this time. We tried to lie down and get
comfortable, it didn’t matter what position you tried to lie there was no way to get comfy. I managed to steel some life jackets and laid them out to make some sort of bed. Jacinta didn’t say one word and I could tell she was not happy at all. I couldn’t believe that people were still coming in and the boat was full. I started to get worried when birds and chooks were being brought just before we set off. Everyone was in good spirits though and we had a small laugh to ourselves and realised that this probably won’t be the last time this happens. After brushing my teeth and spitting out the window behind me I settled down and read our Indian Lonely Planet guide book.
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