After my adventure through Koh Sok National Park it was time for me to head East, eventually making my way to Vikasa yoga resort on Koh Samui island. In my head I had it all worked out, I found the cheapest route, planned my time accordingly and crossed my fingers. I actually remember texting my friend "I hope everything goes as planned today" but of course that did not happen. The first leg of the journey was simple, the owners of Smiley bungalows drove me to the bus stop and, although 30 minutes late, the bus picked me up with no problems. It was once I was on the bus and decided to read the wikitravel article for Surat Thani that I realized I'd probably be encountering some problems.
Basically my entire trip to Thailand revolved around my yoga teacher training course at Vikasa yoga so I had to plan a travel route around that. I arrived in Bangkok a week before it was due to begin (since that's when my Cambodian visa expired) but knew that I didn't want to spend an entire week in the city. I did a little research and realized I could head south and make a stop at Koh Sok National park to get in a little nature and hiking before being held captive on a gorgeous island for a month. (note the sarcasm).
When I first heard about Sak Yant tattoo's during my many hours of deskwarming, reading travel blogs I knew that I'd one day find myself in the 'hot seat'. As I wrapped up my travel in Cambodia I realized it was time to plan for the next leg of my journey, soon finding myself in Bangkok. Through word of mouth and some online blogs I've heard such mixed reviews about the city so I really didn't know what to think or how to prepare myself. I also knew that I wouldn't be jumping right into the tourist attractions as I want to save those for when my friend Laura comes out to join me at the end of April. Ultimately I wound up with only one plan while spending my first few days in Bangkok and that was to make the trek out to Wat Bang Prah for my Sak Yant tattoo.
High on the tourist track for a reason, home of good food (mostly) happy people, rich history and culture. Thailand as many tourist soon learn is just easy. Easy to visit, easy to get around and even easier to stay.