25.02.2013 - 10.03.2013
Day 399 – Monday 25th February – Day 412 – Sunday 10th March
Once I made it back from my visa run, I spent a bit of time in the port catching up on the internet and writing the blog and things, before meeting up with Ter again to tell him I want to go back instead of going to Bangkok. So we hopped on his bike, picked up some supplies, and my bag from the bus station, and then got back on a boat to Koh Chang. At the time I was worrying if I’d made a mistake, but once I got back to the island and got all the confused looks from people who expected me gone, I was very happy with my decision. I decided to mix things up a bit and move to a new bungalow. This bungalow is a bit further away from the beach and more in the jungle meaning it feels really cut off and nice and quiet, perfect. Unfortunately due to the fact that no one really stays here, the place was full of ants, and brushing my bed became a regular occurrence, as did waking up in the middle of the night with loads of ants on me, and having to hang up all my clothes outside to stop them from getting covered. Still, despite the ants, the bungalow was really nice and I quickly got settled in to my new home.
My last 2 weeks have been very much the same as usual, I spend all day reading in my hammock, then spend a couple of hours playing volleyball, then some dinner and a couple of hours chilling out watching a movie. The only real difference in the past 2 weeks compared with before has been the water shortage. At first there was literally none left and people were being turned away but after the full moon and the crazy tides, we magically had some more water. I guess the tides pushed the natural water underground and filled up the tank, still don’t really understand how. But, we got no rain and inevitably the water ran dry. And then it completely ran out and we all had to leave! So come Friday, we had a party with everyone left in the place and in the morning everyone had moved out and Ter had decided that he too would be leaving and closing up shop on Sunday. This was a huge bummer for me as I didn’t need to leave until Monday, and it meant a 6am wake up on Sunday so that they could clear out my room and finish closing stuff up. So I spent all of Sunday just bumbling around not really knowing what to do next, my family of the last 8 weeks just disappeared, just sat around feeling all depressed that I had to leave before jumping on the 2pm boat to Ranong. I’m really going to miss this place, it’s got something special about it, going to miss Jen’s great cooking, their huge library of books, the super cheap bungalow, and the daily workout of volleyball (which I am now an absolute pro at).
When I made it to Ranong, I was still completely lost as to what I should do next. First things first, my visa runs out on Monday and I couldn’t decide whether or not to just do it on Sunday and jump on a bus to Bangkok or spend the night in Ranong and do it all the next day. In the end I decided to stay and check myself in to a hotel, haven’t spent a night on the mainland in so long, it’s such a weird feeling to be back. Most importantly there’s an abundance of internet, so once I was checked in and showered I sat in a café for a good 3 hours catching up on things and downloading lots more TV and movies. After some dinner I went back to my room and watched Argo, the Oscar sensation, which was pretty good if not a tad overrated and too patriotic.
Then this morning I got up nice and early and went and got myself a new visa meaning at least 2 more weeks in Thailand, and now once again I’m sitting in an internet café passing the time before getting an overnight bus to Bangkok later. My plan now is to head all the way up North to Chiang mai, where James (met in Indonesia) is hanging out, so I’ll go catch up with him and most probably make my way up to Pai, one of my favourite places in Thailand. Hopefully this means a lot more interesting days ahead and therefore a more interesting blog.