Travelling Angel











I am lucky enough to be able to visit Thailand twice this year.
Plus I am glad it gave me my next writing materials for this blog again.

So… let me start with the most valuable topic first (imo) that most travelers look for,
“the transportation”.

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I visited Bangkok, Koh Tao, and Patong, and these are the transportation route I took:


BANGKOK


Don Muang airport – Mo Chit – Khaosan road/Rambuttri road/Thanon Thani road

March 2016

  • I took Airport Bus A1 from outside Terminal 1 arrival (next to exit gate 6). Just wait near the counter. You pay the fare inside (30bath). The bus is really good.
  • I got off at the second stop, that would be Mo Chit bus stop near Sky Train station Mo Chit BTS or exit 3 Catuchak Park MRT Station.
  • It was 15-20min ride from airport to Mo Chit.
  • The. i took regular bus number 3. Again pay inside (6.5-7 bath). Not bad if you are not in a hurry.
  • I got off at Wat Chanasongkram School bus stop, just between Thanon Thani Road (where Nappark Hostel located) and Rambuttri street (where many restaurants and Lomprayah office located).
  • Khaosan road is the next alley after Rambuttri street.
  • It was about 45min ride from Mo Chit to Khaosan

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Don Muang airport – Mo Chit – Hua Lamphong train station

July 2016

  • Again I took Airport Bus A1 from Terminal 1, next to exit gate 6. The fare is still the same, 30 bath, but the bus is way older than the one I took in March.
  • I got off at Mo Chi bus stop. It was 20 min ride to Mo Chit.
  • I used MRT this time. The bus stopped just few step from MRT entrance (exit 3) Catuchak Park MRT Station.
  • After entering exit gate 3, I just follow the sign in to the ticket place. I bought the token at the ticket machine. Make sure you have coins with you. The fare is 42 bath to Hua Lamphong. It’s a bit tricky to buy the token for first time use. Thanks God they have English version. Even so, I did learn how to buy it from this youtube video: “MRT Bangkok – a guide to travel around Bangkok using the MRT Subway” (link: https://youtu.be/lHW8TyuoLuE). It’s very useful!
  • It took about 30 min from Mo Chit to Hua Lamphong MRT station.
  • There is an exit gate where you can go out from MRT station just next to the train station, so you can avoid crossing that traffic runabout. But I had to get out from exit gate 1, where 12Go Asia (https://12go.asia/en) office in DOB building lies just in front of this gate. I had to take my ticket for 5pm train. It was 4.35pm when I reached their office due to the crazy queue in Don Muang. Luckily the staff just handed me the ticket to Chumphon and Koh Tao and I just ran crossing the traffic runabout without paying attention to my safety (not recommended for you to do this). I literally had no time to top-up my sim card. Lucky I still managed to buy water and got in the train by 4.50pm. That was a crazy day.

Fyi, it took me 2.5 hours to pass the immigration. It was high season and somehow the queue there was chaos. People in front just shifted line as much as they wanted. So crazy. I almost miss my train.

Khaosan road/Rambuttri road/Thanon Thani road – Mo Chit – Don Muang airport

July 2016

  • I crossed the street and walked about 5min to opposite direction of where I got off from regular bus number 3, which is a one way street. From Khaosan, just walk passed Rambuttri street, then Thanon Thani Road until passing a river, crossing red lights. Then you’ll find the road becomes 2 way street. Try to look for a bus stop sign which written bus number 3 and 524. It is Wat Sam Phraya bus stop, if I am not mistaken. I got 524 bus, AC, And I paid 14 bath until Mo Chit bus stop.
  • It was about 40min ride to Mo Chit.
  • Once you got off from the bus, try to look a sign written “Airport Bus A1 A2 to Dong Muaeng airport”. I took Airport Bus A2 this time and paid 30 bath inside.
  • The bus dropped me off in the departure hall Terminal 1 for international flight. For domestic flight, you can get off here as the two terminals are connected.
  • It was 15-20min ride from Mo Chit to Airport

Fyi, I took almost 2 hours for check-in and immigration process due to long queue. The queue and the people were crazy, not to mention the Chinese tourists group. It was high season. So just make sure you calculate your time properly when you want to fly from this airport.

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Around Bangkok

March 2016

  • I went to Siam area and back to Khaosan using Grabbike service. Paid 100bath. It was crazy ride, just like tuktuk. Unfortunately, Grab doesn’t offer this service anymore in my next visit in July.

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Bangkok – Koh Tao (lomprayah bus-fast boat)

March 2016

  • I took Lomprayah service, joint ticket bus and fast boat, for 1,100 bath. Bought the ticket at their office in Rambuttri, as soon as I reached Khaosan. The schedule to Koh Tao is from 9pm but people have started queuing for check-in since 7pm.
  • The bus came after 9pm. We were asked to wait in the park near Rambuttri intersection. The bus is convenient for sleeping and stopped one time after midnight at a place where you can find foods and drinks.
  • The bus reached Lomprayah pier around 6am.
  • At 7am the fast boat departed, first they stopped at Koh Nangyuang and 15min later they reached Koh Tao at 8.45am.

Bangkok – Chumphon – Koh Tao (train + lomprayah bus-fast boat)

July 2016

  • I tried to take train this time. I craved for more adventure and I had fun. I booked the tickets online at 12Go.Asia for the train to Chumphon (963 bath for Class II Sleeper AC, lower berth) and Lomprayah service from Chumphon train station to Koh Tao (904 bath). I was afraid of not getting the ticket due to high season. It is way cheaper if you buy it directly from the train station, which I read providing a special office for tourist in the station where we can also buy connecting ticket.
  • The train departed Hua Lamphon station at 5.10pm and reached Chumphon station around 2am, almost an hour delay.
  • At 5.30am, the Lomprayah office in the station open. Don’t forget to check in here and wait nearby as the bus will come around 6am in front of the station. So you need to be ‘awake’ and ‘aware’ which bus are you taking.
  • The bus arrived at the pier around 6.50am. Then we just went straight to check in counter, and got in another line to get into the boat.
  • The fast boat departed around 7am. First they stopped at Koh Nangyuang and 15min later they reached Koh Tao at 8.45am.

Koh Tao – Phuket (lomprayah fast boat-bus)

March 2016

  • The fast boat left about 6am. It is convenience. I bought the ticket at travel office in Big Blue Diving for 1,100 bath.
  • 3 hours later we arrived in Donsak pier. There are buses waiting soon as you got off the boat.
  • We stopped at a place where we could get some food/drink.
  • Then we arrived in Phuket around 3pm, in a place inside a gas station.

Koh Tao – Bangkok (lomprayah fast boat-bus)

July 2016

  • The fast boat left on time, at 2.45pm, check in starts from 1.30pm. I bought the ticket at Island Travel Koh Tao for 1,100 bath.
  • The ferry reached Chumphon pier around 3.15pm. Then I waited for like 30min for the bus to Bangkok.
  • As usual, it will stop at a place where we can grab some food/drink then we reached Bangkok around 1.30am, an hour delay.

Around Koh Tao

March/July 2016

  • Mae Haad pier – Sairee: I got free transfer from my dive center, Big Blue Diving. It was like 10min ride.
  • Sairee – Mae Haad pier: paid 200 bath for taxi transfer since I had to catch 6am boat. They picked me up at 5.30am. It was like 10min ride to the pier.
  • The most convenient way to go around is by motorbike. I browsed about it but I found some worrying storing about rental bike in Koh Tao, how they used passport to scam tourist that I decided not to rent one, not when I’m travelling alone. Even so, this rental shop looks trustable: Koh Tao Scooters (https://www.facebook.com/kohtaoscooters/)
  • My convenient way to get around here is by walking. I just enjoyed myself around Sairee. It is safe, even when I walked alone along the beach at night. Then I also had a friend to take me around in his motorbike ^^v .

 


PHUKET


Phuket – Patong (lomprayah minivan)

March 2016

  • There was a minivan waiting in the gas station where the bus stop. I paid 200 bath.
  • The ride took about 30min to Patong, if I am not mistaken.

Patong – Phuket airport

March 2016

  • I booked airport transfer from Patong Hemingway’s Hotel since I had to catch 8am flight. The fare for private car was 800 bath + early surcharge of 200 bath. It was expensive but I had no choice. Hopefully in the future, there will be plenty of Grabtaxi or Uber service there with reasonable price.
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{10 Feb 2014}   Welcome to My Blog!!

Update: Oct 2016


Traveling around the world, visiting many places, experiencing new cultures

have always been a dream of mine

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Hi!
Thanks for visiting my blog.

This blog consists of my travel journals which I divide into 4 subjects:

Each subject is summarized  and put on a sticky post in this homepage. I put travel tips and some reference as well there. Meanwhile, each travel journal consists of its travel expense too which is (imo) the most essential info to look for when browsing for my next trip.

I also have another blog covering my experience staying in budget hotel or any type of accommodation which meet my budget of course, that is ” My Stay In Budget Hotel “. It’s just too much if I put them all here 🙂

Well, hope these journals would be useful for you!

Cheers.

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The following are the trips I have not been able to finish the journals… But feel free to ask if you need any info about these places.
– Shangiang island [April 2015, 2 days]
– Kampung Inggris, the English ‘speaking’ Village in East Java [July 2015, 4 days]
– New Year in Bali [Jan 2016]
– Thailand (Bangkok, Koh Tao, Patong) [March 2016, 9 days]
– Thailand (Bangkok, Koh Tao) [July 2016]

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Ow.. this post is gonna take too long to finish it so I just post it with less picture and writing.
Hope the info here still could help you : )

Part 5 of 6

Partying in Koh Samui Island


[ chaweng beach from ark bar ]

Brief Schedule
January 2012

  • Day 7 (part 2)  Koh Phangan to Koh Samui
  • Day 8  Koh Samui
  • Day 9 (part 1)  Leaving Koh Samui for Penang

Staying at Samui Mandalay Resort, Chawengwhich is part of Ark Bar group now ^^

More pictures coming soon

TRIP JOURNAL

In general, Koh Samui is more populated and develop than Koh Phangan. It looks like a small capital city in an island. It has complete facilities. One thing I notice here is that it offers all kind of nite entertainment, especially for the guys ^^

Day 7 (part 2)  – Koh Phangan to Koh Samui

Ferry ride from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui takes about 30m. We landed in a harbor called Big Buddha. My friend and I planned to take minivan to Koh Samui. We read that it only costs 100 baht to Chaweng and it’s true. We found the minivan in the pier yard with the same fare. They put our luggage on the top f vehicle. It was a bit rainy that day so my backpack was a bit wet.

It took about 30min (I guess) to reach Chaweng. They drop us in the street to our hotel. We stayed at Samui Mandalay Hotel which is located just behind Ark Bar, a resort with a nice beach bar. Apparently the hotel management had just been taken over by Ark Bar so we could use Ark Bar pool. Nice!! It was not even check in time so we just dropped our bag in the reception deposit area then wandering around to find lunch.

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Part 6 of 6

My Fifth and Last Stop.. the Old Penang Town..

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[ sunrise from penang airport ]

Brief Schedule
January 2012

  • Day 9 (part 2)  Koh Samui to Penang
  • Day 10  Penang departure

> Staying at Old Penang Guesthouse, Georgetown

More pictures  soon

TRIP JOURNAL

Day 9 (part 2)  and Day 10:  Koh Samui – Penang – back home

It was a rainy morning. The minivan was on time, 6 o’clock sharp. I shared it with other 6-7 passengers and 2 of them were friends I hangout with in Haad Rin and Koh Samui. After an hour ride and few stops made to pick up other passengers, we arrived in Nathon pier where we would take our ferry to Surathani. We were given the ferry ticket and a sticker with our destination written on it eg. mine was Penang.

[ ferry ticket / sticker ]

The ferry to Surathani is really big, bigger than other ferries I took on this trip. Unfortunately I was so tired to take a picture so I spent the time to sleep till reaching Donsak pier, Surathani. From Donsak, we were directed to take a bus, a big one, but it was full. So we waited for another bus about an hour and were dropped at the travel agent in Surathani. Then again, another one hour waiting in the agent, which I used to have a lunch. Then we continued the journey by minivan with few stops made along the way to pick up other passengers, and in souvenir shop and passenger registration in Hatyai. Then an hour later, we arrived in immigration and continued the ride for another 2-3 hours and finally we reached Penang. They dropped us at Banana Guesthouse, opposite to Love Lane, the alley to my guesthouse.

It was really a long journey from Koh Samui to Penang (about 15 hours). Lucky I had friends to talk to along the way but we had to say goodbye that nite cause I had to go back home the next day.

[ my route : koh samui to penang ]
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Penang looks like a big city, though in my hostel neighborhood, it looks old town with British/Dutch building nearby. That time was still on Chinese New year celebration. I saw Chinese lampions decorated along Love Lane.

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Happy New Year All!! Thanks for reading my blog.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 14,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

In addition, let me put in more summary of my 2012 trip.

In 2012, I traveled within Indonesia (Tidung island in north of Jakarta, Karimunjawa island in north of Central Java and ofcourse Bali). I also traveled to overseas (Thailand and Malaysia for island hopping starting from Phuket til Penang).

JANUARY 2012

I traveled solo to Thailand for 10 days visiting some of the islands in southern part of this country: Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui then taking a very long road trip to Penang, Malaysia to catch my flight back to home. It was scary thinking I would go to foreign country mostly on solo. But it turned out to be an exciting experience. I got to meet wonderful travelers on the road. What I like about this trip is  hanging out in the beach cafes in Ao Loh Dalam, Koh Phi Phi. What I don’t like is that I lost my money on my last day in Thailand when clubbing in Green Mango, Koh Samui. It’s my first time getting robbed when clubbing.

related journal: Islands Hopping from Phuket-Thailand to Penang-Malaysia

APRIL 2012

I was back to my second home “Bali” to relieve my ‘homesick’ after 8 months away :D. I went there for 4 days, mostly to enjoy  Kuta and Legian and also to go diving in Tulamben. What I like in this trip is that I met new friends who showed me the places I’d never been before. Ow.. and I got to dive with my friend too. What I don’t like is nothing, I guess. Well, I might be upset knowing that my friend lost her camera at La Vida Loca club in Double Six Legian. First I experienced it in Thailand then saw it it Bali. Fuh..  the clubs are not safe anymore…

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{10 Oct 2012}   OVERSEAS TRIPS (summary)
My trip journals when travelling outside Indonesia with expense report, hotel info and reference tools
My Trip Journals
list of relevant trip journals include travel expense report
Reference Tool / Useful Trip Information
travel tips and blog or website I use as reference during my trip, my travel tips, hotel info, things to do etc.

Review of Accommodation I stayed during this trip can be read in my other blog at MyStayInBudgetHotel.wordpress.com .



Part 4 of 6

Visiting the Host of Fullmoon Party, Koh Phangan island…

phangan - haad rin sunrise beach at daytime[ sunrise beach at haad rin where the fullmoon party held ]

Brief Schedule

January 2012

  • Day 4 (part 2) Koh Phi Phi to Koh Phangan passing Krabi-Surathani
  • Day 5 Koh Pha Ngan
  • Day 6 Koh Pha Ngan
  • Day 7 (part 1) Leaving Koh Pha Ngan for Koh Samui

> Staying at Baan Talay Guesthouse, Haad Rin

More pictures soon

TRIP JOURNAL

Day 4 (part 2) – Koh Phi Phi to Koh Phangan

The ferry left Koh Phi Phi pier at 09:00 am, as scheduled. The boat is different from the one I took from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi. It’s a bit smaller, not much space between the seat, not really comfortable to sleep there. This joint ticket is part of Chao Koh group travel.

It was a long journey to Koh Phangan: an hour ferry ride to Krabi, few minutes ride by a big pick up truck, half an hour ride by a good enough bus, then few hours ride by a regular bus and last, an hour ride by Lomprayah speed boat . There were 2 stops at the agent place along the way. The first stop was near Krabi for about 15 minutes and the next one was in Surathani for more than an hour. Krabi and Surathani look like a small town, lots of red soil and trees along the road. It was so hot that it looked like a dry land. At Donsak pier Surathani, we took a Lomprayah speed boat, which is a Cataram, that is ofcourse much better and faster and the seat has more space for my legs. The ride is a bit bumpy inside, but you wont feel anything once you are up in the deck. You’ll feel fresh air breeze and get to watch sunset. The total journey was about 9 hours. It was a nice ride and I didn’t really feel tired.

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