Met a lovely group of Australians, who invited me along on their boat tour of the canals. Whoop!
Getting back to my bus terminal, I snagged a ride with this character! He was very informative about those “bad tuk-tuks” who take you to “mafia shops.”
Also, apparently Thai people weekly come to the royal palace to pray to their king. The king is quite a big deal here–his picture is everywhere, usually surrounded by some sort of ornate, gold frame, and word on the street is a tourist once spent seven years in a Thai jail for drawing a mustache on the king’s picture that is on all their currency. Whoops.
That was pretty much the day! Nothing too exciting. Chatted with a Scottish guy whilst waiting for the bus, and since we happened to be taking the same one, we loaded up and headed SOUTH.
- Scottish people are NOT English, despite technically being under U.K. rule
- Shrek has a pretty good Scottish accent
- He (the Scottish guy, not Shrek) works in a company running walking tours in major cities around Europe, and is looking to expand. I actually gave him a bit of business advice along the lines of non-compete laws, which made me feel special. Guess my education wasn’t completely wasted!
He was headed for Koh Samui, but luckily the people sitting behind me were also bound for Krabi with me. I was going to head to Tonsai first, but instead went along with them to Koh Phi Phi. Didn’t much matter to me the order of things! (Later I discovered the dive shop in Tonsai took you out to Phi Phi to dive, so I could have had more time on Tonsai and skipped the mayhem of Phi Phi. *Sigh* again. However, then I probably wouldn’t have met the people on Tonsai that I did, and for that reason, I’m glad everything went as it did!)
The overnight bus was decent–double-decker style. We had the front seats on top, so lots of room to stretch out. I think I slept four or so hours. Story of the next 10 days!