We arrived at the island of Ko Samui after a grueling 35 hour trip from Chaing Mai, consisting of, a tuk tuk, 2 trains, 2 buses, 2 swangathew (taxi ish thing), and a ferry! Needless to say we then slept for a long time after eventually finding a nice beech bungalow, with a great shower (as you can see in the photo). O and there was a big spider living in our soap tray, scaring sam s***less! We found a nice stretch of beech that wasn't too busy or touristy like the rest of the island, we spent 4 days here sunning our selves, lying in hammocks and playing frisbee in the sea!
We found an awesome restaurant and I think they were sick of us by the time we left as we tended to eat our 2 meals a day there! It was run by Germans and Thai's and served the most fantastic filling portions we have had in the last 9 weeks. I got a hair cut (second one since we have been away) this time when I asked for a no.2 haircut they actually used clippers rather than scissors all over! So I did look a bit more presentable until we had a closer look and found that it was still uneven so sam had to use the scissors again!
After a few days here we decided to hop on a ferry and went to the island of Ko Tao (Turtle Island). The island is the main place for foreigners who wish to dive and snorkel, as it's one of the cheapest places with the best visibility in the world! We opted out of diving; although it was cheap it wasn't cheap enough for our little budget! So we snorkeled instead which didn't let us down at all, we saw some amazingly fantastic fish including sharks, barracuda fish and tiger fish! It was definitely the high light of our five days here! Accommodation wise, we found a bungalow, not as good as our previous one and twice the price (without air con too) so we tried to eat cheap food for a few days with moderate success. We spent more time on the beech and just managed to fit in an hour foot massage! Which actually turned into a whole body massage, not that we were complaining (that was until we heard the cracks of our bones on our necks and back.) The island was truly beautiful and has to be seen to be believed, but you can always see our photos for a taste of paradise! We left for Bangkok having packed our day packs full with everything even nearly valuable as we had to get a bus and everyone we have met so far in Vietnam and in Thailand have a story of when their bag was sliced open by a little Thai person sitting in the luggage compartment of the bus! Luckily so far so good for us! Our train journey through the night was pretty uncomfortable and we are looking forward to not having to use the trains again for a little while at least.
Love and miss you all
Adam and Sam x x x x