We got up around 7am and packed up excited to see what Koh Samui would have in store for us.
Our taxi turned up on time and we arrived at the pier half hour early so headed for some egg on toast to start us off. We departed late around 10.20am and arrived about 1, the sea sickness tablets did the trick and we snoozed for most of it.
Upon arrival, a lady called Loy offered us a cheaper means of getting to our hotel at 100 bhat each for a mini bus ride, she has been working in this job for 35 years and loves it. We take advantage of the deal and arrive at Kings Busch reggae beach in no time. It's beautiful, covered in bamboo huts, Bob Marley on in the background and a beautiful setting with coconut palm trees lining the private beach area.
They take us to our hut and although gorgeous we immediately ask for another, it's next to a busy noisy main road and the bed itself has the top end practically on the main drag. We are told that we must wait for the manager to return to discuss it
Whilst waiting we order some drinks and a coconut curry and a chicken fried rice - really tasty the chef is obviously as good as the trip advisor reviews promised. they have a bull, not joking, walked on this beach every day, see attached. The owner Carston is a German man and he returns from the market near the end of our meal.
We tell him our issues and ask if he can resolve them, highlighting Jacq emailed him yesterday asking for a sea view bungalow with no response. He says she will look into it and 10 mins later returns offering one three feet in front for an extra 500 bhat a night which will also mean we cannot afford the breakfast. Originally, we were paying 2100 for three nights plus 700 for brekkie we can't justify 4000 but need to sleep so Jacq renegotiates with him and gets the room for an extra 400 a night we pay a total of 3300, agreeing to get brekkie cheaper elsewhere. The lady at the desk charges us 4400, perplexed we go back to her discovering she charged for 4 nights - you really must be on your guard travelling!
We unpack and head off to cheer ourselves up by hiring a scooter, as standard Jacq negotiates from 200 to 170 bhat a day booking for two days - such great way to get around the island and all they asked Matt for was his passport funny enough it appears anyone can drive these things (slightly worrying).
We drive off towards the east of Reggae beach up to Ban Mae and stop at the lush Mimosa resort for a green lotus cocktail with a stunning view of the beach. Driving on we stop at a seven eleven for some drinks for the room and spot a couple of Irish bars we'd like to explore the next day.
We head back for some grub around 7pm ordering a sweet and sour chicken, basil and chilli chicken and rice followed by pancakes - we realise we only need one to share, the portions are so big but it's lush and sets us up for a good night's sleep we think - that's until we get to the hut. The noise is awful apart from roaring vehicles, you can head the guests drunkenly roaring and laughing and then around 3am to 5am a local dog seems to take a shine to our hut patrolling and growling none stop - following a c*** crowing at 6am - being bamboo u can hear every step he makes also - it's a long night!