After a few days in Bangkok, we decided it was about time we headed South to the islands. We reviewed a few of our options. We could either take a flight, a bus or a train to catch a ferry over to Koh Tao, an island off the East coast of Thailand. We settled on the night bus from Bangkok to Chumphon where we would catch the ferry. We figured that we’d lose less time by travelling overnight and it was a cheaper option than a flight. We also had a pretty decent overnight bus ride from Chiang Mai to Bangkok and were hopeful we’d have a similar experience. We didn’t.
The bus was narrower and taller so it swayed a lot; the air-conditioning was on full blast and dropped the bus to near freezing temperatures; the seats were leather so we slid with every bump; and there were plastic blocks protruding from either side of the headrests. Needless to say we didn’t get a lot of sleep and when the bus dropped us off for the ferry at 5am, 2 hours before it was set to leave, we realized sleep was going to be a long ways away.
The bus ride, the wait for the ferry, and the sleepless night, was all worth it when, shortly after 6am, we started to see the first hints of dawn breaking. Stepping out onto the small beach by the ferry pier we watched one of the most beautiful sunrises over the water. It was an amazing start to the day and our time in Southern Thailand. Most of all, it made us realize that some of the most amazing things can be found at the end of a rocky path.