We set off early in the pouring rain (yet again, well I suppose it is a rainforest) to get to the first Island, Koh Samui. What a big fat effort that was. We first had to get on a truck which 6 of us squeezed in the back of a pick up truck which had been converted to carry people, it had bars and a roof. The truck drove for 3 hours and dropped us off at the pier -l I was so car sick. I fell asleep half in the truck half out of it - I can sleep anywhere, literally.
Then we get on the boat and set sail to Koh Samui - well it was just stunning. We stood at the front of the boat with the wind in our hair and the japanese taking our pictures. Yes, a group of Japanese tourists with weird Croc Claw shoe things on start taking my picture. I put my shades on and acted like a celeb of course.
As we got closer to the island I began to understand the true beauty I have previously heard of. The island was breathtaking with rainforests, white sands, clear water, palm trees and long tail boats.
We hop off the boat and Tui guides us to our transportation to our resort. The mini bus has minimal space for our bags due to the boot being taken over by sub woofers and other misc sound systems. The base was pumping out Sean Paul and the like so I sat in a seat and had a little sing a long to myself.
We arrived at the gorgeous Sandy Resort which was equipped with bungalows, pool, jacuzzi (which looked minging) all right on the ocean. Bliss! That day we had a free day so I topped up my tan. Then it was karaoke in the bar!! I was made to sing Spice Girls with the rest of the girls - I sounded fantastic. ha ha ha!!
The next day I woke up early to go visit Ang Thong Marine National Park. We set off towards the set of islands which took a couple of hours and were treated to a breakfast of old croissants, flat coke and bananas :). We arrived near the location and half the group set off towards the look out in Kayak's and the rest of us went one a long tail boat.
At the beach there was incredibly high stairs in one corner. Well they were the stairs from hell, trying to climb stairs in flip flops is a challenge.. trying to climb stairs with huge gaps between each step in flip flops is even worse. I thought I was going to either fall or lose my flip flops, both were frightening. However, the view at the top was out of this world.
The scene in front of my was where part of 'The Beach' was filmed and it was just outstanding. My eye filled up at how beautiful the lagoon was with surrounding rainforests and small little beaches. The only thing that ruined it was the hoardes of tourists pushing and shoving for photographs. It didn't help that all 15 of us posed for a picture at the same time taking up the whole balcony!
After making our way down to the bottom we then kayaked around to the second beach. Well, what a nightmare that was at first. Waqar and I just couldn't get to grips with it and first headed towards a cliff. Then EVERYONE over took us and we were the last to the beach. We landed on the sand and a few of us went for a dip in the sea. It felt like walking into a bath it was boiling!! We then kayaked to the boat and Waqar the slave driver made us race and we ended up crashing into these two people - they weren't very happy with us!
The boat then travelled to a final beach where I decided to sun bathe whilst the others did a trek. I didn't have a hat with me and I get sun stroke easily - that's my excuse and i'm stick with it. I got sun burnt here.. after a horrible 3 hour boat journey back.. our tour guide Tui took one look at me and burst out laughing. I was a rather strange colour. But what is it with sun burn and everyones need to tell you as if you hadn't already realised?
That evening after using foundation to tone down my crimson face, I went out for tea and had a pizza. It was delicious. Then I was boring and went to bed :)
The next morning we checked out to make our way to Koh Tao.. to be continued. ..