Time for the next leg of our journey. We finished cramming our things into our now extremely messy rucksacks, said goodbye to our hostel in Bangkok and headed for the train station. This is where we found out that we would be catching a 12 hour overnight train to Khao Sok National Park. By far the quickest and most interesting way of getting there. It’s fair to say, it was definitely an experience.
I shared my bunk with 3 other girls that soon became my closest friends on this trip! We made ourselves comfortable and decided to order some food… word of advice… bring your own food!! Mistake number 1.
Mistake number 2, was drinking far too much water, as the toilets were DEFINITELY not something you wanted to acquaint yourself with on this train. I’m just going to leave it at that. What was really cool, was that the beds were actually tucked away to begin with, so initially you started with a booth that had a large table, and then when it was time to go to sleep, the train ‘crew’ (I guess you could call them), came and pulled everything out for you in a matter of seconds; one minute its a booth, the next, a set of bunk beds.
Oh and before I forget, mistake number 3, was thinking that I was going to be getting any sort of sleep on this train! I applaud anyone who is and was able to sleep on this train, I am very jealous.
Once we’d survived the train journey, we had breakfast a local cafe. They had the cutest dogs and puppies which kept everyone occupied while we waited for the bus to come and take us to the national park.
After many trains, buses and boats, we finally made it to Khao Sok, where we would spend the next 48 hours sleeping in floating bungalows, eating an abundance of thai food and spending endless amounts of hours in the fresh water!
Beer for breakfast, don’t mind if I do!
Staying here was absolutely surreal, unfortunately the weather wasn’t quite on our side, with it being overcast practically the entire time we were there. But that did not stop us from having a good time! Everything was elevated above the water, so everything had been built on stilts. The rooms were very simple; 2 beds, and a fan if you were lucky.
After partying in the city and swimming in a national park, it was finally time to head to the beach! Next stop.. KHO PHANGAN!!