Today we have to return to Bangkok as we will be collecting Ali and Maisie tomorrow afternoon. We set our alarm for 8am and while Simon quickly repacked I went down to the bookshop to exchange my book. After our breakfast we said goodbye to the fella at Ao Phia resort and wandered down to the road to wait for a taxi. 10 minutes later and we’re on our way back to the pier, we pass Ko Samet’s main beach on the way. It does look really busy and overdeveloped but we’ve loved it here and I’m sorry to be leaving.
We buy our boat ticket (50 baht) and clamber across 2 wooden fishing boats to get to the one we want. Glad we don’t have all our gear with us, it has been a lot easier with only 2 rucksacks. Once the boat is full we set off back to the mainland, it takes about 40 minutes and its good sitting on the boat in the warm sun. We make our way up the rickety wooden pier which looks like it may collapse at any moment. I ask to use a toilet and a small boy shows me the way, past his family’s home.
Eventually we get on a minibus to Bangkok; it costs 250 baht each and the journey takes around 3 hours. I read my book and listen to my music on the way, as we near Bangkok it starts to rain heavily. The roads into Bangkok are big, busy highways and the traffic is heavy but despite this the driver speeds along, narrowly avoiding several other cars on the way. The casual approach to safety is something I’ll never get used to and I close my eyes and hope for the best. Happily we soon arrive unscathed and jump out into the chaos that is Bangkok.
As the traffic looks solid we decide to take the skytrain, we are going back to The Atlanta Hotel in Th Sukumvit area. The skytrain is fast efficient, cheap and easy to use and credited with solving much of Bangkok legendary traffic problem. Since our holiday in Thailand an underground metro system has also opened, reducing pollution and congestion. We get off the skytrain at Ploen Chit Station and walk a few hundred yards up the road to Starbucks. An iced coffee and complimentary brownie later and we’re ready for the final traipse up the road.
Back at The Atlanta we get ourselves sorted, hot water shower is good and I sort out my wild looking hair. We are completely starving and head out for some food. We don’t get far, 200 yards up the road and decide the little Italian restaurant we have passed a few times looks good. It’s very quiet there and we are the only customers sat outside but the food and service are both excellent. We chat to the manager who is Vietnamese and she tells us a little about her country. It really sounds so beautiful and I can’t wait to get there. She offers us lemon cello after our meal, Simon tried it before whilst working in Italy but I never have and it goes down a treat.
Get back to our hotel and off to bed the kids are back tomorrow, so excited!! Going to do a bit of shopping and hopefully to Chinatown to buy a hair clip.