We left Koh Phangan on 3rd of May, the ferry only took an hour to get to Samui - which was lucky because we had to stand the whole way because they packed it to the brim!!Â Made sure we were standing outside so that if anything happened we would be able to jump off!!!
Arrived in Samui and headed fo Chaweng Beach - this is where I stayed last time.Â Last time I was here it was really nice, but now it seems to have turned into a little Phuket - a lot of westerners with their thai 'girlfriends' that they have bought for their holiday...
The weather was still not so good, but we managed to find a nice place that had air con, a hot shower (wow, first hot shower for 2 weeks!!) and a TV.Â When the weather did eventually get better we got down to the beach, which is pretty packed, and you cant really relax because people come round trying to sell you bracelets, necklaces, corn on the cob (the one thing we did buy!) every 2 minutes (not an exaggeration).Â So you'll be reading your book, and have to say 'no thankyou' all the time it gets really annoying.
We went on a jeep safari on Saturday which took us up to the highest point of samui.Â First of all they took us to see these rocks called the Grand Mother and Grand Father rocks - when you see the pictures you'll see why they are called that...!!Â Then we went to a monkey show - I wasn't really impressed with that, because it was a monkey tied to a rope who they made climb up a palm tree to get the coconuts at the top.Â Jack got his picture taken with the monkey afterwards - i didnt because it smelled of pee.
After that, Jack went on an Elephant Trek - I didnt because i'd done it before and once was enough!Â He enjoyed it - he was sitting next to an Italian guy who he talked to the whole way!Â After that, we saw a crocodile show, which was pretty impressive - the guy actually had his head in the crocodiles mouth(see pictures!!).Â
We went to a really nice waterfall where I went for a swim (Jack didnt) it was much needed, as it was so hot it was really nice to cool down.
From there, we realised that we could sit on the roof of the jeep - it seemed like a good idea at the time (we were packed in the back with a retired Danish couple, a Thai family of 4 and two Germans with their Thai 'girlfriends')!Â We were going along nice tarmack road, then it started going off road and we were hanging on for dear life (with no seatbelts) while trying to keep the branches from smashing into our faces!!!Â A bit bruised, we reached the top and it was worth it - the view was stunning.Â We had lunch there, which was really nice thai food.Â On the way back down, the tour guide found a massive spider - there is a picture of it on his hand and his face, neither of us volunteered to hold it!!Â Jack did hold a snake that they found though!!!
We came back by Big Buddha beach, then back to the hotel.Â Pretty tired after that, but we stayed up to watch Liverpool v Fulham - Jack was very happy with that! (We still miss Chris though, especially me..).
We were findingÂ that we weren't able to relax at Chaweng beach, so we decided to move to Bo Phut.Â We're both really glad we did, we have a lovelyÂ bungalow next to the beach, this place has the best sunsets in Samui, and the beach is very quiet - easy to relax, although we can only spend about 2 hours at a time there because it gets very hot!
the Bungalow is lovely, probably they best place we've stayedÂ atÂ yet.Â Â It's run by a Thai family, who are very friendly and theyÂ have a cafe aswell that weÂ have rice soup for breakfast,Â noodle soup for lunch and some noodles for dinner....!!Â They have a cat, which is theÂ scariest cat we've ever seen - it attacks the owner every morning, but then just mopes around all day, its quite funny!!
We'll be here till 14th doing absolutelyÂ nothing before heading toÂ Koh Tao to meet withÂ Jacqui and her friends.Â
Hope everyone is well!
Linsey and Jack xxxÂ