Last from Bangkok

Its 4:15 Monday afternoon, back in Bangkok. Got the ferry from Ko Panghnan back to the mainland last night and jumped on the night bus, getting in at 5:40 this morning. Awoke the overweight lady who sleeps in a tent in the reception of our hotel for an early check in. Good to be back in familiar territory.

Thursday morning last week we left our beach shack in Ko Sumui and got a 50 minute ferry north to Ko Panghnan. Similar island to Ko Sumui but smaller and more heavily frequented by partying backpackers, home of the infamous Full Moon Parties. We just missed one by a few days. We found a cheap bungalow close to Sunset beach in Haad Rin, and spent the remainder of the day on Sunrise beach (the other side).

Friday we hired mopeds again, one each this time. We spent the day zooming around the island, stopping for swims and views of temples and waterfalls. In search of the latter our exploration took us a bit offroad, but the bikes seemed to handle it and we had great fun weaving in and out of the hills and bumping along on dirt tracks. Went to a pool party in the evening hosted by a resort just along the beach along from us.

Saturday was spent on Sunrise and Sunset beaches again, engrossed in the second hand books we have picked up along our travels. Sunday morning the same, getting a taxi to the ferry port late afternoon.

Today we have done yet more walking around the city of Bangkok. Read more of our books. Picked up our suits from the tailors. Tomorrow will be much of the same, just making the most of our final days. I anticipate on indulging in a Thai massage tomorrow evening. Ready for the flight out on Wednesday.

This will be my last email before flying out. We depart Bangkok Wednesday evening, a couple of hours to Sri Lanka and a good few hours of kip in the airport. Then the final leg into Heathrow, touching down in the afternoon.

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