We were all so shattered on the flight to Thailand, all we wanted to do was sleep but the chairs were obviously built for Asians (we flew AirAsia so I shouldn't be surprised), the chairs were minuscule, had to sit bolt up right because all our knees were touching the chairs in front. It was only a 90 minute flight but it was 90 minutes to long. Kate and I started to watch The Wire but before we had even taken off the battery went, we tried to tried to put a pillow in between our heads and both lean on it but that didn't work either so we turned to reading the in flight magazine, which in the end had some really good tips on what to do in the different Islands, it got us in the planning mood so we mapped out our time between now and when Kate and Liv's boyfriends are coming out, so much to do so little time. The air hostesses came down with the refreshment cart, we were parched so inquired how much water was, 3 ringit (malaysian currency) and we only had 1 1/2 ringit between us.. I think the air male hostess felt bad later on because he came an brought us two free waters, we got PITY WATER!!! And boy did we appreciate it, we were like little scroungers, thanking him and trying to open them as fast as we could. After the flight and the hour long que to get through customs, we got on an hour long bus to the ferry port then an hour long boat to Koh Samui then an hour long cab to a hostel we had researched but forgot to actually book - luckily god was on our side and there was room at the inn, well at Nids bungalows. We got in our beds and bearly moved for the rest of the evening, well only to eat, which was so so so worth it. We had a delicious (and I'm going to say authentic considering we were in Thailand) Thai Green Curry at the hostel, lovely and vegetarian too! The rest of the night was pretty much a waste, consisted of lots of laying, Facebook/Twitter and reading my book. We loved the hostel though so we were quite comfortable just doing that, they had a really nice pool, loads of seats, little gardens at the end of each bungalow, loads and loads of animals; chickens, dogs, cats, fish, rabbits, guinea pigs, an endless list of farm life.
I didn't get a very good night sleep so the morning was a bit slow but the only reason I got out of bed was for the hostels free breakfast, fruit salad and scrambled eggs on toast, oh my. Tasty tasty. We went on a mini adventure around the town, I say town, we went through the town to get to the beach. It was beautiful, not quite Fiji-esque, but beautiful all the same. Where we started there was lots of families, couples, quiet bars and a massage place that we definitely would be going to later, we carried on walking and stumbled across the party part of the beach, managed to grab 3 sunbeds that belonged to a resort, we figured we would have to pay but never did. Result. They had the best house music, the sun was shining, I had a chang beer (cost £1.20) and I was in Thailand. Absolute bliss. I got my book out but couldn't even open it, I was happy enough listening to the music and people watching! I could have easily been in Ibiza, I don't think I stopped going on at the girls about how much I loved it. For a light lunch we bought a 'corn on the cob' from on of the sellers on the beach, despite getting most of it stuck in our teeth, it was delish. A couple of hours later we went for a massage on the beach, £6 for an hour was to good to pass off. We had the choice of several different types of massage but all wanted the traditional full body Thai massage, which involved pulling, clicking, rubbing, cracking and walking over most of our bodies. Best massage I've ever had, half way through we had to turn over, I opened my eyes slightly and look at my masseuse, oh hi Lady Boy. Yep that's right. A Lady Boy. The other girls had women but I had a cross dresser. To be fair, it didn't take me long to forget it, I was quickly back in relaxation mode. Once we were done, the girls wanted to go on a wander but I have my post massage tradition of having a nap (Mum, Carol and Deb - I'm sure you'll agree from our many spa breaks in the UK), so I went back to the hostel - only to find out the cleaners were in our room stripping the beds and washing the floors so I couldn't go in. Grrrrr. By the time they were done I couldn't sleep, the girls soon returned and we quickly ordered another Thai Green curry for early supper. After a ickkle nap, we headed to the main strip for our first Thailand night out experience and I have to say it felt very European, bar after bar after bar. I'm not complaining mind, we had a brills night. A first experience of drinking out of buckets, which is a Thailand social drinking tradition. A bucket was about 350 baht which is £7 for 5 shots and a mixer and most place are buy one get one free so we shared two between us. We then went to the famous Green Mangos which is the well known club on the island, we've had lots of recommendations from lots of people about it, and they were definitely right!! We laaaaved it. Proper music, huge club, lights, hundreds of people and stages to dance on. Aweeeesome. We stopped off in macca's on the way home, I bought food but couldn't face it, gave it to Kate to vacuum. I managed to fall off my top bunk that night, yep, you can imagine the pain from my now shattered knee cap - well feels like it anyway. I slept with Liv that night, she was on a bottom bunk so I felt more safe. I had a limp for about 3 days! I manage to injure myself so much, always cut, grazed and bruised somewhere. I'll need to wrap myself in cotton wool a couple of weeks before I come home to make sure I'm presentable.
We were all feeling vom-tastic the next morning so opted for a breakfast and lunch around the pool, topped up the tans a little, I had to get rid of some questionable tan lines big time. I carried on reading me new book 'One Day', I'm worryingly into reading now AND listening to classical music while I do - what the hell has happened to me! Does this come under getting 'cultured'. Maybe travelling does change people... Only 78 days in, what will happen next, scary thought that!! Don't worry I'm still addicted to my Disney album, that's love and in the words of 'Love Actually'; "True love lasts a lifetime". Anyway, back to my story, lazy day by the pool followed by a trip into town for a late dinner. Liv had read up on trip advisor about a place that did amazing food, it was to far to walk so we had to get a cab but we didn't mind though because we had eyed up these weird looking cabs since we arrived. They were like pick up trucks but with seats in the back with bars to hold onto, funny little things. I'll upload a photo because that wasn't a very good explanation. We made it to the restaurant after our cab took us on a little detour, the food was really lovely - another Thai Green Tofu Curry and I'm embarrassed to say that was my second of the day, I had already had one for lunch too, oops!!.. An Israeli guy from our room joined us so we learnt a bit about his country and discussed the differences between there and the UK. I think we're so lucky that so many countries in the world learn the English Language at schools, I would be stuffed otherwise, English people get it so easy, imagine travelling and no one speaking the same language as you, frightening thought. Sorry I keep trailing off; we were so full from dinner but had already eyed up a pancake stand on the road so we had to make room for one, plus they called them Thai Roti's and you all know how much we loved our Roti's. Banana and Chocolate, b-e-a-utiful. I felt a little rough, little bit sun stroked I think, we were all a bit weary from the sun and my hangover was still lingering so we just went back and caught up on emails, facebook and phone calls. Although it was another restless night sleep for me.
The next morning we had ANOTHER day by the pool, no excuse this time, just pure laziness and the fact that it was meant to be raining and it wasn't so we felt rude to not make the most of the sun. I attempted to swim to try to exercise my knee a little but not very successful, I did ponder on having an x-ray but figured time will heal and I didn't want to be faffing around with insurance stuff (Mum - I am fine). The hostel had over booked the rooms and had first of all told us we have to leave as they're fully booked but then we kicked up a mini fuss and they somehow managed to fit us into a bungalow, which was okay, a double bed with a mattress on the floor, bathroom and a fan on the wall. After lunch; which was veggie Pad Thai, I hopped back to the room, raised my leg with several pillows and had a couple of hours kip, I needed it, I haven't slept well since I've been here. To say I'm jet lagged would be ridiculous but I do feel it. We went into town for dinner, no where in mind this time so just wondered until we found somewhere nice and busy. On the way we came across an outside basketball court, football pitch, and an early evening exercise class, kind off Zumba looking, it looked like fun! It's to hot to exercise in the day so why not do it at night, there was about 30 women all dancing along, it was cool to watch but with our stomachs grumbling, we carried on in search of a restaurant. We half heartedly decided on a BBQ grill kind of place, Kate and I had pizza (vile vile pizza), Liv went for the classic green curry. I needed a little bit of western food in my life!! It turned out to be a kids size pizza, uncooked and a slab of cheese on top, not worth it! Still I cleared my plate and I didn't mind to badly as I knew there was a crepe stall just outside so I could satisfy my belly with another banana and chocolate delight. We were bores again tonight, just went back to the hostel, packed our rucksacks, showered and washed hair ready to check out the next morning. I don't know what's happened to us, we've hardly gone out since Sydney!! Maybe this is the travelling version of my dry January?! We had an early start the next day, up at 6am to leave the hostel just after 7am, we had to go to the visa office and beg the embassy to let us stay 10 days longer then our visa, we dressed as smart as we could (I read that we should in a travel book before we came out, not sure if they take that into consideration but worth a shot!!). We were booked onto a midday ferry over to the infamous, Koh Phangan, home of the Thailand Full Moon Party. Catch you another time Koh Samui, as much as we've been lazy bums, we've loved our time here.