We arrived at Maenam Pier at 7:30, half an hour before departure, to be told the service had moved today, and we had to go to Bangbao(?) Pier. They had a transfer set up waiting - so it wasn't the worst thing. I guessed it was to do with the sea conditions. Foreshadowing...
Upon arrival at the other pier we were given a sticker with our destination on it, and told to board straight away as it was about to depart.
The catamaran is a nice, modern looking, boat. Our luggage was stored inside the cabin, at the front. The cabin is air conditioned. The crossing itself was
truly awful. Hours of being bumped around and people being sea sick. Staff were handing out sick bags constantly. I have never been sea sick before and can say that it was one of the worst experiences of my life. I'm sure it would have been fine if the sea were flat as a pancake, but it's been quite stormy, and as catamarans skim the water it was seeing a lot more movement than another kind of boat would have - obviously the weather/sea conditions aren't Lomprayah's fault, just stating how the crossing was. I can't comment on any other part of the boat other than my seat because I couldn't leave my seat from when I sat down to when we reached Champhon. There is a snack bar, and it sounded reasonable, from what people who weren't stuck to their chairs were saying. 20B for a coffee. 30B for biscuits - what we had been paying on any other ferret service in the Andaman. The seats didn't recline and weren't that comfortable, but I was glad of the hard upright seat given the state I was in.
After getting off the boat we walked along the pier, directed to another check-in desk and got given a coloured sticker and told the bus would go at 12:30. There were 3 buses headed to Bangkok, and we were told to get on number 10. I was really worried that we were going to get out into a minibus, and I was feeling really delicate. I was relieved to find out the bus was a double decker, had air-conditioning, quite comfortable reclining seats, and a toilet. We made 1 stop for half an hour about 2 or 3 hours into our drive. There were toilets, lots of places to get something to eat and drink, and plenty of time to get some fresh air on solid ground. Then straight onto Bangkok. The toilets did start to smell a bit towards Bangkok, but I think that's understandable with the length of journey and number of people.
We arrived bang on time, at Lomprayahs office. There were lots of taxis waiting to take people to their destinations. We ordered a Grab, having experienced Bangkok's taxi rip-off-republic a few times too many.
Overall, the service got us to Bangkok, on time, without any problems on Lomprayah's part. The catamaran journey was the worst thing I've ever done, but that was down to the sea conditions. The bus was a relief, and a smooth journey.