The next morning, we checked out from our room but kept our luggage at the hostel itself.
Since it was already noon, we took the BTS to Asoke and checked out the recently opened Terminal 21 mall.
As always, Ramesh needed pure vegetarian while I had my mind already set on another. We decided to split and I sat down at the The Manhattan Fish Market (a Singapore-based chain, not American).
I re-grouped with Ramesh and the next few hours were wasted on trying to get my SM Town tickets. I’m not going into the details, because I’ve already talked about the ordeal here.
Back at the hostel, we freshened up, collected our bags and made our across the street.
The bus was full and I didn’t get a seat next to Ramesh. Instead, I got some French backpacker… who stank! You could tell he hadn’t taken a bath. Everytime he lifted his arms, you could sense the heat emanating from his armpits! His feet smelled even worse.
From there, they divided the passengers into two groups – those going to Koh Samui and those going to Phuket.
We were surprised to know the ticket fare (฿850) we paid in Bangkok was only until Surat Thani. We had to pay an additional ฿200 for another van taxi to take us to Patong beach!
We had reserved a double room at Bangphu Inn using Agoda, and as per the map, the hotel looked pretty close to Patong Beach. When we finally got to our destination, we couldn’t have been more pleased with our decision.
As soon as we stepped out, we were lured by a Nepali staff to lunch at the restaurant that employed him. We weren’t keen on eating Indian food all the way here, but at the same time, we were too lazy to find another place. We didn’t have a proper breakfast, and just wanted to be done with lunch so that we could get some sleep!
It was a good thing we decided to sleep after lunch. It rained rather heavily the rest of the evening. At night, we stepped out after the rains had stopped.
For dinner, neither of us wanted to have a heavy meal. I was still feeling stuffed!
Tomorrow, we would go on an island-hopping tour, which included a stop at Koh Panyee village and James Bond island.