The journey home

After 651 days travelling the world, we decided it was time to return to New Zealand for Christmas, spend some time with our families and work out the next stage of our lives. We had one final, epic journey to get there though as it wouldn’t be a Karen and Reuben adventure without some overnight fun!

We checked out from our wonderful hotel in Samui in the morning (after a sacrifice on the beach) and then spent the afternoon lazing by their pool.  In the late afternoon we heaved our packs on for a last walk out to the main road, where we flagged down a songthaew which took us across the island to the bus station.

 

Not our actual Songthaew as I found this picture online
Not our actual Songthaew as I found this picture online

 

Our bus then took us to the ferry station, where we (and our bus) boarded as the sun set.  We had some cool views of the small islands pictured above as it turned into night.  This ferry took us back to the mainland, where we hopped back on our bus bound for Bangkok.

 

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Getting on the ferry
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Last view of Koh Samui

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Boarding our ferry

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Still energetic after only a few hours of travelling

 

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Sunset from the boat

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Getting off the boat

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Reubs making sure we boarded the right bus

 

Our bus headed back to Bangkok, stopping for food along the way at around 11pm. The food turned out to be included in our ticket – we got off and joined our fellow passengers at a shared table, where we all snacked on rice and various curries – most delicious! We reached Bangkok at around 5am and decided it was time for an early breakfast at our one of our favourite Thailand snack stops – 7/11.

 

7/11, located in the bus station
7/11, located in the bus station

 

One of us was alert...
One of us was alert…

 

...one of us was not!
…one of us was not!

 

We took a taxi to the airport, where we hung out for a few hours before boarding our Air Asia plane to Singapore.

Our green taxi
Our green taxi

 

Ready to check in
Ready to check in

 

Entertaining ourselves in duty free
Entertaining ourselves in duty free

 

Ready to fly
Ready to fly

 

One step closer to New Zealand
One step closer to New Zealand

 

We arrived in Singapore and “entered” Singapore for an hour or so as we cleared Customs and went back through! We then had a few hours to kill at the airport – luckily Singapore is one of the best airports in the world, so this wasn’t hard. We were too tired to make it to any of the beautiful gardens in the airport that we have been to before – but we did have fun duty free shopping, playing with technology and eating at the food court.

Playing with technology
Playing with technology

 

Last stop!
Last stop!

 

We had an overnight flight back to Auckland, where we arrived at 10.00am, excited to be met by our wonderful friends Murray and Shona.  After 36 hours of travel, we were really excited to be in one place, with the prospect of sleeping in a real bed for the first time in three nights!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Comment Add yours

  1. Lynette Olson says:

    So pleased to know your adventures have not finished yet.

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