The 5 am ferry seemed like a dream – none of us had slept and we were all feeling sad to be leaving Ko Pha-ngan and Bottle Beach. All four of us missed the epic sunrise and woke up with the Pier in sight and the sun blazing overhead. One of the hardest goodbyes was next – Chelsea and I said goodbye to our friend Park who lives in Railay and our friend Carter who is a tour guide and country manager for Beach Travellers and also one of the coolest people I met on my travels and someone who helped to make our trip as amazing as it possibly could have been. Chels and I just looked at each other, waiting together in the train station so early in the morning, and burst into tears. I’m not sure whether it was a combination of sadness, being so tired, and sleep deprived, but we were super emotional that whole day. Our last full day together as platonic wives and we would be spending it on a fifteen hour train journey to Bangkok together. Euchh.
The train journey was something new – we had both done this journey before, but overnight both times. It was a completely different experience during the day. The country rolled by our window – verdant, lush and never-changing green. We reminisced over our experiences together, laughing, crying and comparing stories. That ride was one of the longest I took while travelling – all I can say is thank Buddha for air-conditioning!
We finally noticed the scenery start to change about two hours outside of Bangkok and veryyyy slowllyyy made our way into the heart of the city for one last tuk-tuk ride to Khao San Road, our home away from home. I found a very cheap and clean room for the night at the 7-Holder Guest House and we shopped for bit until I felt like I was going to pass out from exhaustion.
We had our tearful goodbye that night when Chelsea went to the airport. When I started my journey alone a month and a half before, I had never dreamed I would meet so many fantastic and interesting people on my journey, and I couldn’t have asked for a better travel buddy than the one Chels ended up being to me. It seemed at every turn we were on the same page with what we waned to do, see and experience on our trip. She was incredibly easy-going and fun, easy to get along with and full of life. Our adventurous spirits we definitely matched – and now I not only have all of these incredible memories but a new friend for life! Needless to say, our goodbyes were pretty emotional – silly girls! We are already making plans for our next adventure – we shouldn’t have been so sad!
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