I have safely arrived in Bangkok yesterday morning at around 6am local time and went straight to Khao San Road. I immediately recognized everything from a couple stays last year and felt comfortable in the neighborhood.
As all the hostels only open much later in the morning I first went to look for a place to grab some breakfast and ended up in Lucky Beer where I had a good amount of meals last year and remembered that the food was good. Well, it wasn’t as good as I had in my mind but eating the pad thai and watching the Thai slowly opening up their stores and stands along the road, I finally “arrived” in Thailand.
I looked online for a good hostel since the one I knew was booked out and ended up at Rang Kha Mhin Home Stay on 28,30 Tani Road, one of the parallel streets to Khao San Road.
I immediately got a free bed in one of the dorms for 350 BHT. The receptionist / owner was very friendly and helpful as are the other staff members later in the evening. The rooms and bathroom are clean and served my requirement: a place to –shower and leave my belongings as I stroll along Khao San Road.
I planned to also go to Lumpini Park in the afternoon but ended up taking a short nap instead as I had to already check in at 7.30pm for my 9pm bus and ferry transfer to Koh Tao. I booked the transport with Lomprayah which has got the best recommendations online and offline being the only agency where the luggage is not searched to steal valuable things. Right they were and the service was exceptional as well as I made a mistake in my booking (the website changes already made selections depending on the order you enter them for your booking…) which was no issue to be changed right away without additional charges.
The bus was late as was the ferry and I arrived on Koh Tao at 9.30am to meet my friend. After breakfast we looked for a dive school where he would do his Advanced and I could join the group as a leisure diver. We ended up at Ban’s Diving Resort which claims to be the biggest PADI dive school in all Asia with 70 instructors belonging to their staff. I doubt they all teach at once whole year around but was still quite shocked by that high number… The dive school belongs to a resort where we got a fan room for free due to the Advanced course booking. It’s starting tomorrow at 10am and I’m so looking forward to blowing bubbles again. It’s the season for whale sharks and I still have a little hope I could finally see one even though they only saw one this year and that was already a month ago. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!
We spent the rest of the day at the beach and snorkeled in the ocean with the corals starting already a few metres into the sea. Unfortunately, the water is no refreshment at all (way too warm) but I don’t care – I’m at the ocean again and I’m loving it. 🙂