I have a system-centric mind and it launched itself on Thailand’s domestic transportation system. The result is a plan worthy of NASA, only time will tell whether I am a genius or someone will have to come find me cowering in a train station in Cambodia.
So here is what the “mastermind” came up with:
- Jan. 10, Thurs. – Fly Hong Kong to Bangkok, arrive 3:50 pm
- Jan. 10, Thurs. – Train Bangkok to Chaing Mai depart 7:35
- Jan. 11, Fri. – Arrive Chaing Mai 9:55
- 2 weeks of elephants elephants elephants!
- Jan. 27, Sun. – Fly Chaing Mai to Bangkok depart 4:20, arrive 5:25
- Jan. 27, Sunday – Train Bankok to Suratthani, depart 7:30
- Jan. 28, Mon. – Arrive Surratthani 6:27
- Jan. 28, Mon. – Bus to Donsak to catch 9am ferry to Ko Samui, taxi to Mae Nam beach to catch the 12:00 longtail taxi boat to Than Sadet Beach on Koh Phangan.
- Feb. 1, Fri. – somehow do it in reverse, catching the train from Suratthani to Bangkok at 6:20 pm.
- Feb. 2/13, Sat. – Arrive Bangkok 6:05am
- Feb. 2/13, Sat. – Fly Bangkok to Hong Kong 10:45am, arrive at 2:30pm.
- Feb. 2/13, Sat. – Fly standby Hong Kong to Vancouver.
Isn’t it cute how they make it :05, :55 etc as if they truely believe that Thai trains could be so accurate? Bless their hearts. It is a good thing there are so many temples in Thailand, I will have lots of places to pray that they are even close to those times.
In theory this looks pretty do-able, right? Right? This is another reason I will need to pack light, it is never a pretty sight – a crone stumbling along trying to run with a mountain of suitcases to catch a train/plane/ longtail… whatever.