Wreck dive completed, that was it - back to port, group photo, buy the t-shirt, say goodbye and onto the 12 hour bus journey to Bangkok - aircon arctic cold but have had worse trips.
So, for those who don’t know about diving liveaboards (e.g. me, yesterday) the routine is very simple – up at 6am, then eat, dive, eat, dive, eat, dive, eat, dive, eat and finally sleep...
You could never, ever describe Khao Lak as pretty – it’s a strip mall, happily strung out along dusty old N4 North to Takupua. If you’re in Khao Lak, you’re here for one reason – diving.
Sadly, I was off Phi Phi on the 9am ferry without spending daybreak hanging out with reef sharks. But, big bright blue skies made the ferry trip over to Phuket an early morning pleasure.
Passing through the Andaman Sea's party island
Exploring Ko Mook's Emerald Cave
In theory, I’ve got to find out how to get from Trang to Kuantong Pier, then bag a space on a longtail to Ko Mook, then find my way across the island to Had Farang bungalows on the West side.
In Bangkok, when a tuk tuk driver tells you the Grand Palace is closed, you don’t believe him – even the dumbest farang knows that’s the cold open to a scam of one sort or another.