Hello all Left Bangkok by overnight sleeper train which was surprisingly comfortable - even had curtains across our berths for extra privacy, an breakfast brought round in the morning! Arrived in Surat Thani at 6.40am, took a coach to catch a boat (2.5hrs) to Ko Samui, one of the southern islands. The one in the picture is Krabi which we are visiting in the next two weeks. Staying in a simple but very pleasant resort. Our room is a few hundred yards from a tropical beach with palm trees etc. Spent some time on the beach, swimming in waters as warm as a bath - lovely! Hawkers on the beach pester you constantly - at least 30 in the short time we were there. Ate Thai food (Phad Thai - noodles with chicken) for our meal tonight and wandered up and down the main street - mostly souvenir stalls, bars and restaurants. We plan to spend four nights here and then we are island hopping until the 14th June, when we return to Bangkok, ready to fly to Beejing the next day. Still very hot, so tan is looking good! Got your message, Alice. Hope this updates you on my progress. Love to all.