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Arriving in Chumpon in the rain after midnight, I booked a ticket to Koh Tao at the Farang Bar & Guesthouse. This included explicit instructions that a taxi would pick me up to go to the dock at 6am for the 7am boat.

My first taxi didn’t come.

Come 6:30, i fogured I should starts being enterprising myself and flag another down. My second motorbike taxi didn’t know where he was going, and went to 3 different docks asking directions. So I missed my 7am boat.

Instead I am taking the 1pm fast boat at an entirely different pier. And I have to lay in a beach chair and stare at this scenery for 4 hours.

Life is harsh.


Benjamin Williams

Hi all, my name is Ben. I’m a native Michigander with a passion for human culture and new places, and more than that, new experiences. I have degrees in archaeology and writing, pursuing a career in the latter. However, I never quite lost that fascination for archaeological theory. For the past 11 years, I’ve been living and travelling between Asia, Europe, and North America, documenting ancient sites and the peoples who built them, and then adapting them into practical archaeological travel information at

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