The Boat Chalet

The Boat Chalet

This was clearly a very nice resort once upon a time. But it has fallen into disrepair over the years. Perhaps it is because of the location, it is literally at the end of the road. And there is nothing else around it except a waterfall which is part of the National Park in Koh Chang.

It is nothing like I have ever seen before. An old cruise ship had been turned into a hotel in the resort. An amazing feat, since The Galaxy is not in the water as one would think, but a section of land close to the sea had been dug out, the ship beached in the location, and then the land behind was refilled, leaving only a small lake behind the ship. Returning the beach to its’ original state.

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The trip to Koh Phangan

We started in Bangkok

We made sure that we bought the tickets a day in advance, but that was still cutting it close. The travel agent had to call to make sure that there where tickets available.

It would probably be better to get the tickets a few days in advance, essentially if it it Full Moon Party season. We chose to take the Lomprayah bus and speed boat. It is the most expensive choice, but also the most comfortable.

Since it was high season, in other words, the days before the Full Moon Party, we had to pay extra. About 1550 Baht per person. It could have been a lot cheaper if we had taken the government train and the normal ferry. But that would also have taken a lot longer. Thipsx_20151215_142709-800x600.jpgnk around 22 hours with transfers and such, instead of the 11 hour bus trip we had.

We took the night bus, which was delayed by 1½ hours, with minimal information from Lompraya, just saying “The Bus will be here soon, maybe 30 min.” I knew it could take some time and perhaps they didn’t know themselves. But, I knew we could get some food and drink and just find a good spot to wait.

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Learning by doing. Part 1 – Things go wrong.

We stayed on Koh Phangan 3 nights longer than planned. So we changed our plans a bit. But even though I have made this part of the trip before, it still went wrong. Not like the horror story like for a couple from Germany that came to our resort looking for directions to their booked place that they had bought in a package.

Just say’in. Do not book a package. Or if you do, pay with a credit card, in that way, if you don’t get what you where promised, you can cancel the payment for the package, or threaten to if the organizational has really screwed you. They know that there is little you can do when you paid cash and are a 12 trip away. And you end up getting stuck in a bungalow in the middle of the jungle… But I will write more about that when I write about our own island experience.

It is easy to make even small mistakes. I did today. We booked a room for our Bangkok stopover, but since we would be arriving late, I called the hostel how long the reception would be open. We found out that it was open around the clock. Perfect!

Of course they asked if we had made reservations. Which we had via, but I had gotten the date wrong. Our booking was for tomorrow. They had room for us in a shared room, but since we arrive on Khao San Road, it would be easier for us to get a room there. Besides, it is the place where I have my “second” home. So if they are full or anything else, there are so many other places there that you can always find an empty room. But the cheap places go first, so we might have to stay in an “expensive” hotel for 1500 Baht.

But we ended upp staying at a place called The Pillow. First place just off the buss and had rooms for 800 Baht per night with tv and aircon.

We also made the mistake of sitting on the sun deck of the Lomprayah catamaran, for almost the whole two hour trip, with no sunscreen. So we both look like lobsters. It might just turn out to be a difficult night as well.

I turned out like this

And I don’t burn easy. So make sure to stay out of the sun. Or if you have to sunbath, use sunscreen.

And lastly, I had told Hanna to put some warm clothes in the carry on bag, since it does get cold. On the way to Koh Phangan, they handed out blankets for the night, so I didn’t think about it this time. And you don’t really think about warm clothes when it is 30 degrees Celsius outside. But as soon as the sun sets, it starts cooling down. And they don’t turn the zircon off, which means that it gets very cold. But at least that part was solved after the usual pistol for food halfway, when they handed out blankets.

But the best way to learn is to make the mistakes.
Let’s see what we learn until next time.