5.9.10 84 °F
We enjoyed our last day in Bangkok by taking full advantage of our nice hotel room air-conditioning. I didn't move from my bed until around noon. I needed time to recover and get the "Hotel California" ringing in my ears to stop. I managed to pull myself out of bed around two and went down the street for some lunch. A mouth-watering bowl of Thai soup warmed my tummy and did just the trick.
I packed my bags and lolled around until it was time to bid adieu to Bangkok. We had a long overnight bus ride to Chumpon followed by a two hour boat ride to the Island of Koh Tao. I was not looking forward to it.
We booked our bus the day before and were promised a ride of luxury. The agency told us that we would have the front two seats, a lot of leg room and fully reclining seats. We'd seen pictures of the bus and were pleased with the ritzy exterior, so we crossed our fingers and hoped for the best.
We left our hotel around 8pm and headed for the train station, where our bus would be picking us up. We waited with a large group of other passengers while our bus took it's sweet time.
When we were finally called, we were in no rush because we had assigned seats. We leisurely picked up our bags and followed at the back of the crowd. We ended up being the last people on the bus.
When entered the double-decker, almost all the seats were already taken. We asked the driver where our seats were and he informed us that there were no assigned seats; it was first come, first served. Great. The bus was divided up with two seats on each side of the aisle except for the back row, which was comprised of a row of 5 seats. This is where we ended up, crammed in between three strangers. For the cherry on top, when we went to recline our seats, they didn't budge. Ours were the only seats in the entire bus that didn't recline. Of course the people in front of us had a great night sleep resting their lazy boys on our aching knee caps. It was an dreadful night of travel.
- SIDENOTE: The show I was working on at AMS Pictures in Dallas TX, entitled "Ma's Roadhouse", premieres on September 15th at 9pm! http://www.trutv.com/shows/mas-roadhouse/index.html
From Executive Producer Andy Streitfeld and AMS Pictures, comes Ma's Roadhouse a new reality show on truTV!
Rick Fairless is the owner of Strokers Dallas, a Texas motorcycle shop, tattoo parlor and biker bar. His greatest asset is his 71-year-old mother, who's also his best, but most outspoken, employee. Can Rick keep his business afloat? And can Ma keep her hands off the bartender?
I wish I could be there to watch it with all the hardworking people at AMS but at least, by then, I will be back in the states and watching intently from my TV at home You guys are the best!