This is a note about the difference between organizing the trip back through the resort in Ko Libong or just do it yourself.
We checked the prices for our transfer from the resort in Ko Libong to the bus terminal in Prang with the front desk. Differences were enormous even when you compared the private services. For example, on our way to the resort we took a private minivan between Trang and Hat Yao pier and we paid 600 bath. The hotel wanted to charge us 1200 bath for the same service.
The total amount for the transfer service from the resort in Ko Libong to Trang offered by the resort was over 2300 bath for two persons.
We decided to go on our own and it went very very smooth.
Considering that it was low season we guessed that there would be less frequencies between the island and the mainland so we left the hotel at 08:30h to the island pier (300 bath). By 08:50h we were at the island quay buying the tickets (100 bath each) for a long-tail boat that left at 09:00h.
We arrived at Hat Yao at 9:45 and then we took a minivan leaving at 10:00 to Trang. The fare was 80 bath each. We got to the railway station around 11:00h.
The total cost was only 330 bath each… and it took us 2:30 hours, no long waits.
- Resorts can be very overpriced
This morning we are moving from Hat Yai to Trang to cross to the islands in the Andaman Sea.
From the hotel we came by tuk-tuk (60 baths) to the bus station in the southern part of the city. This is where the buses to Phuket depart from. It was early in the morning and it was not hard to find the minibuses going to Trang. In fact, we were literally conduced to them after saying just "Trang".
We both slept very well last night so it happened that this morning we didn't have 100 bath face but 170 bath.
That was the price the minivan drivers offer us, per person. Plus an additional 170 bath for the luggage though we knew that the price was just 100 bath.
Besides considering whether it was a fair price or not, the 70 bath difference wouldn't be significant if you covert it to euros (around 2,50€) but here came the discovery (that we haven't found in our travel guides):
There are also regular buses between Trang and Hat Yai, much more spacious than a minivan and with airco.
The price is only 209 bath per person (luggage included) and tu don't need to travel tightly packed in a full minivan.
So here we are, on our way to Trang and then to the islands in the Andaman sea. And the sun is shining.
- Don't panic if everything around you is in Thai language and you cannot understand
- Be cautious with free-lance people in the bus/train stations
- Use the tourist information desks when you are in doubt
- Check other alternatives before accepting what seems "non-negotiable" conditions