|the Big Bus bbirtack to the Airport in Bangkok|
So it all started with the arrival at Bangkok International Airport, followed by the 3.5 hour trip back to Chan. Honestly, the road between the two is awful and you get some scary potholes that just suddenly appear in the road when you're least expecting them!
Actually, on that note, Ross commented he would have preferred another 1 hour internal flight to Trat and then a 1.5 hour drive back to Chan as he had no desire on this visit to see Bangkok. He's got a good point. For instance, I would never put a "long haul" visitor straight in the car and bring them back to Chan. When Leon visited, we spent two nights in the capital and then got the big bus back. This seemed to work really well. So if you're planning to visit, you might want to take all this into account. I should also point out that our trip to the airport was longer than Ross took to get to Hong Kong airport and fly in!
Anyway, it was Tan's birthday on that first Saturday and although we missed the visit and prayers by the Monks, we were back in time to join in the free drinks and karaoke OK, so we didn't really join in the singing because the words were all in Thai. We had a lovely dinner that night too with friends Russ & Ann. I must have been enjoying myself because I have no photographic evidence this even happened. Not at all like me, I think I'll blame the 8 hour round trip drive.
There were lots of things we didn't do during his time here like the waterfall, local beach, craft centre, Khlung or even a walk around town, but we did get to do some good stuff like see the Cathedral, visit Pii Kob at the Hangout where Ross made his Thailand singing debut, walk around the lake, visit a few other bars and a few coffee shops.
We spent a bigger chunk of our time in Koh Mak and I'll give you a run down on that in my next post. Meanwhile, Mr John still has a week's holiday left and the rain has returned with a vengeance - which isn't great when you're trying to catch up on 10 days worth of washing!