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2017 OCTOBER - THAILAND RAIL JOURNEY part four

WE TAKE A SLEEPER TRAIN TO THE THAI/MALAY BORDER

THIS BLOG IS BEING WRITTEN FROM MEMORY SO NOT MUCH DETAIL.
I AM CATCHING UP ON MISSED BLOGS WHILE RELAXING ON TIOMAN ISLAND

DAY 247 TUESDAY 10TH OCTOBER 2017

HIN TO PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN

Back on the train we are continuing to travel south from Hua Hin to Prachuap Khiri Khan, just a short less than 2-hour distance so we opted for a 3rd class seat @ 19 baht = aud 75c.

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We are booked into Safe House Hostel for the next 3 nights @ 650 baht = aud $25.56 per night, no breakfast. This hostel had really good reviews regarding owner who advises on what to see and do in area.

On arrival at PKK before leaving the station, we sit and have lunch that we purchased in Hua Hin before leaving. Herring on a roll from the Dutch restaurant – it was very good. A little extravagant at 160 baht = aud $6.29 each but where else in Thailand can you get real Dutch herrings?? Washed down with a flask of coffee that Lyn had made back at the hotel before we left.

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We take a tuk tuk from the train station to the hostel for 60 baht = aud $2.36 ,no compromising on price.

Owner is not at hostel and we are checked in by her parents so no help with what to do in area. Room is ok, with 2 single beds and our own big fridge.

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We head out in the late afternoon to take a look at the sea front. Not what you would call a swimming beach, but it is on the coast.

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We walk out onto the jetty and spy a temple gracing the top of a ‘small’ hill and decide that climb is a job for tomorrow or the next day!

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Food stalls are being set up along the waterfront and we try a couple of Japanese deep fried balls as a snack. Then take a seat in one of the seafood restaurants to have the cheapest beer we had found in Thailand. Large Leo for just 70 baht = aud $2.75 , so we had 2!

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Walking back to the hostel in the dark we did not have much cash on us so just bought a couple of pieces of fried chicken to have for dinner.

DAY 248 WEDNESDAY 11TH OCTOBER 2017

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN

We didn’t do much today, highlight being the seafood dinner that we enjoyed in one of the beachside open air restaurants. We had natural oysters, garlic clams, little deep-fried fish and crab rice. Delish – and all for just 445 baht = aud $17.50, washed down with a 70 baht = aud $2.75 beer.

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DAY 249 THURSDAY 12TH OCTOBER 2017

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN

We did even less today than yesterday, highlight being the fact that last night’s yummy seafood dinner may not have been as fresh as we would have liked. Although it tasted ok and good at the time, obviously something was not good as both Lyn & I are struck down with toilet duty for the day.

knew something was amiss when I woke up burping the taste of the crab rice. I had abdominal pain most of the day with minimal trips to the bathroom, which was just as well as I would have had to share the toilet seat with Lyn as she occupied it most of the day. To add to our misery, the beds in this hostel would have to be the most uncomfortable beds we have had the whole trip. It was like already being laid out on a concrete slab!
We did not leave the room or eat anything all day! Not bad odds really, this is the first time on this long trip that we have been bailed up with upset systems.

DAY 250 FRIDAY 13TH OCTOBER 2017

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN TO PEDANG BASAR

Thankful that our train was not departing until 8.30pm, the hostel allowed us to keep the room until 6pm for just an extra 150 baht = aud $5.90.

We were feeling a lot better than yesterday, now that everything had passed through us, but still a little weak. We had to go out to get some cash from the atm, but still food was not a priority. We did toss up hiring a motorbike for the day to explore, but I soon kyboshed that idea, not wanting to risk anything too strenuous or too far from a loo just in case.

7.30pm we decided to get a tuk tuk to the station, of course when you want one, there is never one in sight. Our hostel grandmother said she would take us up for the usual 60 baht = aud $2.36 , and we happily agreed. Only thing was she seemed to ride very warily and at a speed that I could have walked faster. And she insisted on taking us in 2 trips. Lucky we had plenty of time, and thanked her with 100 baht = aud$3.93, because of the 2 trips she had to make.

Our sleeper train arrived on time, and we only had a few minutes to scramble on board with our luggage. Due to the time the seats had already been converted to the sleeping bunks, and our carriage looked like it was full. We both had upper bunks, because this is all that was available when I purchased the tickets a few days ago when we arrived in PKK. 764 baht = aud $30.04 each. We must take a sleeper train to get us to the border because our Thai visas expire on the 14th, so we must leave the country tomorrow. Our luggage half blocks the passageway, but does not seem to be a problem, we are both sleeping with a bag in our bunks too.

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Top bunks in sleeper trains are always cheaper than the lower bunks, this is due to many reasons. Firstly, the lower bunk is obviously easier to get into, you need to climb up a ladder to get to the top bunk. Secondly, the lower bunk is MUCH wider than the top bunk, more room. Thirdly, the top bunk is usually artic cold due to the air con vents blowing straight into the curtained compartment. Fourthly, the top bunk curtain rail has a gap to the roof, where the passageway lights shine in on the sleep all night! Despite all these drawbacks it was not long before I could hear the sound of Lyn’s nasal music, even over the noise of the moving train. Obviously, these draw backs to not prevent some people from having a good night’s sleep on the train, others are not so lucky.

Posted by Cindy Bruin 02:06 Archived in Thailand Tagged penang khan besar prachuap khiri Comments (0)

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