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A train journey up North

This blog has been dormant for the longest time! Sorry for the lag. ūüėõ

 

Am now at Trang, a province in Southern Thailand, waiting for our mini bus + longtail boat ride out to Ko Mook, where we will stay for two nights, and then on to Ko Kradang, where we will laze for another two nights.

 

Today is Day 5 of our 15 days overland journey from S’pore to the land of thousands (millions?) smiles. Our journey started from a train ride on the jungle line to Pasir Mas (Kota Bharu), where we crossed the M’sian-Thai border on foot (Rantau Panjang to Sungai Kolok) and continued with a train ride from Kolok to Hat Yai.

 

We were looking forward to the ride on the jungle line, unfortunately, the train broke down (read: NO aircon, lights and water) and we had to resort to standing in the tiny space between the train carriages for fresh air, for about 5 hours of the journey. :S More on this KTM boo-boo in future entries.

 

Right now, can’t wait to hit the beaches asap!

 

Oh, have I mentioned that Trang is a nice place already? Check out the Sri Trang hotel where we’re staying.

 

Tata! ūüôā

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Should blog about the trip before the details become fuzzy.

 

So I flew off on Easter eve, which happens to be April’s Fool as well, and spent the night at my cuz’s apt before we set off the next morning to take the domestic flight to Phu Quoc.

 

Things didn’t start off good. When it was our turn to check in, the lady at the counter said haltingly: “Sorry Madam, your flight is delayed.”

 

WTF??¬†We’re only spending 2 nights on the island so every minute is¬†PRECIOUS. So¬†we marched off to the Vietnam Airlines counter and demanded to know why the flight was delayed.

 

Of course, they won’t provide any explanation, just¬†an offer to give us¬†some taxi voucher, and for us to stay at a hotel in town till our flight in the afternoon.

 

At this point, my bitchy cuz (she described herself so) proceeded to raise hell.

 

Excerpts from the conversation:

 

cuz: “Why didn’t you all call the passengers so that we don’t have to come to the airport so early?”

 

staff: “Sorry, we don’t have your number.”

 

cuz: “But my number should be in the passenger details, I remembered giving.”¬†(she has a vn line cos she’s been based there for the past two years)

 

staff turned and asked another colleagues in Vietnamese if he called this particular passenger.

 

staff: “Oh, my colleague says he called, but the person spoke a little Vietnamese and hung up.”

 

(recap: before we left the apt, there was a call, but it was a man speaking in Vietnamese asking if we need a taxi to the airport, or so that was the gist my cuz understood cos obviously her command of the language is not fantastic)

 

cuz (pointing to the name on the flight itinerary): “You know I’m a foreigner, and your staff called and spoke to me in Vietnamese. Do you call all your passengers and speak to them in Vietnamese and expect them to UNDERSTAND?”¬†

 

After giving them a piece of her mind, there’re still no flights to Phu Quoc till the afternoon. So we took a cab back to town and had brunch at this mediterranean style cafe.

 

 

skylight

 

 

 

Then we watched Shutter Island, which will only open in Singapore mid April! Am impressed that I caught a “coming soon” film during this short trip.

 

The movie killed a lot of our waiting time, and before we knew it, we’re back at the airport, ready to board again… tbc

 

 

 

arrived safe and sound in the propeller plane

 

 

 

small small airport

cabbed to mango bay

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over the weekend

never knew sunsets can be so beautiful

 

Spent Easter weekend in Phu Quoc, an island to the southwest of Ho Chi Minh City, along the Gulf of Thailand.

 

Described as one of the five best hidden beaches of the world by some guidebooks, it didn’t disappoint. Will upload more pics once I get the card reader back from office.

 

Have a great week ahead! =D

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a new chapter begins

Today marks another new chapter in life.

 

A little excited, hope everything goes well.

 

Anyway I just confirmed my next trip!

 

Phu Quoc, an island off Southern Vietnam.. supposedly one of the best hidden beaches! =P

 

At $266 return for Vietnam Airlines, I’m a happy girl! =D (budget flights cost more than $300! disgusting…)

 

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