After Koh Phangan, I’m heading to Krabi which is quite a journey. After that, I’m not sure where I’ll be heading. Going from Koh Phangan to Krabi is easy. You just need to follow all the other tourists that are doing the same and believe me, there are a lot. I bought this ticket to Krabi at my Hostel and it’s very easy to find other places selling the same tickets.
The pier is full of tourists waiting for the same. Everything seems organized and each person has a stamp that glues on the clothing that indicates where are you going. So, basically the people with the same color as you are going to the same destination. It starts raining a lot while we were waiting for the boat, and there is no place to hide from the rain. No problem.. it is so hot that no one cares to have some water on their eyeglasses so you can’t see anything, and having your feet walking on water.
However, the organization to put each tourist in each boat doesn’t look so organized… There is one guy with a big board calling for some colors and you need to pay attention. I didn’t know my boat was already boarding and I was one of the last ones getting in. I guess I was lucky enough to ask again when is my boat departing in the middle of that tourist chaos.
The boat to Surat Thani still takes a few hours and this trip takes the almost whole day. I left Koh Phangan around 1 pm and arrived at Krabi at around 9 pm. Still, it is a very pleasant journey to make. When you reach Surat Thani, you will have to wait for around 30 min for the buses. There is a place to eat here at the pier. There are 3 or 4 buses full of tourists going from Surat Thani to Krabi. Each person is addressing a number and that will be your bus number.
The bus ride is long but the view is very good. This is why I like to ride buses a lot, you are able to see the country landscape and in Thailand, it is truly worth it. It’s on this bus that I meet Callum, a Canadian guy with whom I will spend my days in Krabi along with other friends I met on this journey from Koh Phangan to Krabi. In fact, Callum was the traveler I spent more time with during these almost 4 months trip. And this is one of the great things about traveling alone! You are able to meet more people closer than when you are traveling in groups, and I enjoyed to meet Callum as well as other solo travelers I hanging out during this trip.
Once we get to Krabi, we need to wait several minutes for a minivan that can take us to our Hostel. This is another 20 min ride. And this is where I met other travelers that were heading the same Hostel as me, so from that moment on, we were together the most part of the time in Krabi. You can buy the ticket for this minivans on the place and the bigger your group heading the same place is, the faster you will get a minivan. I was actually one of the last ones standing…
So far Krabi looks very touristic, and it really is!