It was defiantly time to move on from Kuala Lumpur by the Sunday, luckily we had a FireFlyz flight booked from KL's smallest airport, Subang, to Koh Samui. The whole journey was fuss free, just arrive half an hour before, we had a yummy doughnut and board the flight ten minuets to the scheduled take off time, 5 minutes ahead of schedule with everyone on board off we were going along the runway and 2 hours of snoozing later the plane touched down in a lovely blue skied Koh Samui, yay! The customs desk was outside and covered with lovely flowers and with our luggage in hand we found a lovely taxi, that shock of al shocks, knew where he was going!!
Our accommodation for this element of the trip was called Hi Coral Cove, lovely little bungalows with balconies, sea views and if that wasn't enough, a private bathroom, the first since LA I think, bliss! The first two days on Samui were lovely weather wise, lots of bright sunshine and we took in some sun on the sun loungers by the pool. We were a bit concerned that as we were not in the main throng of the main resorts, Chaweng and Lamai that we would be too isolated and spend all of our time going back and forth but we were pleased to find that there were 6 or so lovely restaurants nearby so we walked to those. The first nights food was by far the best of the trip, a lovely, make your eyes water hot, Thai Beef curry and Thai beer, followed by pancakes- yum yum yum! Much to the amusement of the waiter I ordered the same thing again a few days later, it was too good to miss, and when you are as fussy as I am about food over here, you make the most of all good options passed your way.
Anyway, enough about food. We awoke on the third day to loads of cloud and rain, that lasted for the best part of 2 and a half days. Although we have come in the cool season, and the wet season is meant to finish in October, clearly nobody has told the weatherman! Ah well. There was lots of time for journal writing, eating, reading and snoozing, which after moving about as much as we have made a really nice change and was very relaxing! On our last day on Samui the weather cleared and we had a chance to visit the Big Buddha, one of Samui's more famous landmarks. Its a very large, golden buddha, set up the top of loads of steps with great views of the island. Pretty cool.
We then booked our trip to Krabi on the west, by bus and boat for the next day and had some Phad Thai before leaving to pack up the mess in our room, 5 nights and a whole room to ourselves, means a lot of mess, to get ready for the next leg of our journey. That deserves a little blog of its own.
Koh Samui is a really lovely island, real picture postcard type of a place with lovely coloured water, little coves and really lush (probably due to the amount of rain). Its the kind of place where you can be busy all of the time and in the middle of the hustle and bustle if you want to be in the Chaweng beach area, which although not for us, has loads to offer, or have a nice quiet time elsewhere. It was a good, gentle introduction to Thailand for us and we certainly like what we see so far! Luckily my bargaining skills (?!) are coming along as I now need a new camera, as mine has just given up on me :(