Spent the whole day killing time at my hostel, waiting for my sleeper bus to depart from the train station at 7 PM for Ko Samui. Chatted in the common room with a Canadian who had been in Thailand for three months. He recommended seeing Ko Chang, a small island to the east, and skipping Pattaya, in his words a place where old white men go to get native girls. Got some insight from his stories into the way Thai family members support each other, and why so little money is saved per paycheck.
Rode the BTS and MRT to Hua Lamphong station to arrange transportation to Ko Samui. Bought a sleeper bus ticket to Surat Thani that would depart at 7 PM on Sunday and a ferry ticket from Surat Thani to Ko Samui. The bus company would get me from the bus station to the ferry pier. Then I rode the MRT and BTS to Mo Chit station and explored the JJ weekend market for several hours.
Rode a minibus to Ayuthaya and rented a bicycle to see the ruins. Returned to Bangkok by minibus and then rode a taxi and the BTS to the Patpong night market to buy a couple t-shirts. Returned to my hostel to plan my trip to Ko Samui.
Sunday, January 8, 2012 Arrived in Bangkok around 10:45 PM. Checked into my hostel just after midnight. No problems finding the place, thankfully. Monday, January 9, 2012 Let myself sleep in. Rode the BTS to Saphan Taksin station and then rode the Chao Phraya Express boat to Chang station to see Wat Pho. Backtracked to the BTS and rode it to Udom Suk station to meet the Thai girls that I had met in Dalat, Vietnam.