17th December 2010: Day 8
Today was our last full day in the Jungle and we were supposed to be inner tubing down the river however after the immense trek the day before we decided that a Thai massage would be more in order and would relax us. Not knowing what a Thai massage was I was quite surprised when This larger Thai lady started doing judo moves on me and trying to pull my joints out of socket. Sometimes it felt good but for me on the whole it was very painful due to my aching muscles. Needless to say the mentalist Ian loved it!....although I think thats because he had a petite Thai woman and she seemed gentler...Ian denies this saying he thought she wouldn't stop until she had pulled his foot off. The rest of the day was all about relaxing and doing a bit of reading. Later that evening we headed down to the bar for dinner and a drink. Our last night was quite stressful as there were tons of screaming kids there...thank god they hadn't been there the whole time!!!
18th December 2010: Day 9
Ok so it was time to leave the Jungle. Ian looked a little sad as I know he loved all that Mowgli stuff, roaming round the Jungle, swinging off trees and watching fires being built and Bamboo being cut. I know that really he want to be the man with the massive knife who cut down trees and built fires to boil water! We got up early and jumped in our taxi at 8:30am. It was just shy of a three hour drive to Don Sak pier where we were catching a ferry to Koh Samui. We were not very organised at all, we didn't know ferry times or how to get tickets or anything but when we turned up we managed to figure it out and at 12 noon we boarded the boat. So far the whole day had been rainy and as we headed across the sea we found the waters choppy due to the inclement weather. At one point Ian got up to have a look around the boat, peered down the side and was almost thrown up on by a man who was not finding the crossing very agreeable. The weather was as sucky as we feared it would be. We had seen and heard all about the horrendous rain and flooding on Koh Samui and that day was no different :( 'Oh s***' we thought, it's going to be crappy weather for the whole time we were here. After docking we managed to get a taxi to our resort and when we turned up we were amazed. It was seriously plush, there was a bell boy to take our bags and in reception we were greeted by a lovely Thai man who presented us with a delicious juice drink and some cold towels to refresh ourselves. We were shown to our little cottage which was lovely and had aircon and a minibar!! After this Ian and I braved the rubbish weather and headed in to town to have a look around. It all seemed so run down and busy, not to mention wet. After looking about we went to the minimart to buy some provisions before heading back to our cottage. We did go down to the pool bar for one drink but it just depressed me because the weather was so pants and I knew it would be beautiful if only it was better weather.
19th December 2010: Day 10
Today we woke to bright sunshine (after torrential rain all night!) and the difference it made was incredible. The whole resort looked lovely in the sunshine. We headed to breakfast and feasted on the Thai version of a full English. After breakfast we walked down to Fishermans Village, a renowned and popular part of Bophut Beach....and part of the reason I booked here. Whilst walking down there we discussed our fellow residents....they all seemed to be German, which was really odd, and not very friendly Germans at that. Very strange!!
After reaching Fishermans Village we walked around thinking how quiet it was, took some laundary to be done and then headed back along the beach to the resort. We spent the afternoon relaxing and met a lovely Australian lady called Jude. She said that she was surprised by how many Germans there were and how unfriendly they were. She even said that one lady had been disgusted at Jude because she had come on holiday without her husband....how rude!! Any way Jude explained she had come out to Thailand for a bit of RnR as she works really hard, 6 days a week, and her husband felt she deserved it. She is from the Queensland area of Australia and has a large farm. After a couple of Happy Hour drinks at the pool bar with Jude Ian and I headed back to Fishermans Village to collect our laundary and seek out somewhere for dinner. This time the whole place had been transformed, it was alive! People were everywhere trying to entice you in to eat, or to buy something. The odd thing about this place is how many tailor shops there are!!....all promising Armani suits (yeah right) and trying to persuade you to buy from them. I ask you, what on earth would we want with suits and evening wear in 30 degree heat? After our enjoyable but a little pricey dinner we headed back to our cottage.
20th December 2010: Day 11
This morning we awoke to yet more sunshine....hurrah!!! We again headed for breakfast and decided to go visit the Big Buddah. After breakfast we headed down to see the bell boy and ordered our taxi to take us there. When we got there our taxi had fun driving down the massively pot holed road to the Big Buddah. It was huge, gold and shining in the sun it was everything we hoped it would be. After walking shoe-less up the hot steps we reached the Big Buddah and walked around admiring both the statue and the scenary. Once we returned to the bottom we perused the shops looking for presents for people and came across the most incredible shop. Ian was in heaven. This guy made all manor of things (particulary Alien and Predator figures) from car/motorcyle parts....they were amazing, but given that we were by now a little strapped for cash they were a little rich for our blood, mores the pity. Also I don't think our baggage allowance would have handled us bringing anything back, it was all incredibly heavy. We were supposed to be collected at 5pm but after a couple of hours we decided we wanted to leave so we jumped on a Songthaew (Thai form of bus service) and headed back to Fishermans Village. We were dropped off and again it was relatively sleepy so we got Ian some new awesome Ray Ban sunglasses (Yeah right!) as his had snapped that morning, and headed back along the beach to our resort. We went back to our cottage to read our books and then headed back to the bar for happy hour before our dinner on the beach, again we met with Jude and discussed more about life in Oz and she gave us a present she had bought us, it was a postcard of some rocks on Koh Samui that are shaped like parts of the male and female anatomy, which she (and we) thought were hilarious! The beach dinner was lovely except all the people stopping every two minutes to try and sell you 'lucky balloons' and fireworks. Part the way through the evening a Thai man strolled up and plonked a cute monkey on Ians shoulder and then offered to take his picture with the monkey for two hundred baht. We tried to say no but he wasn't having any of it so in the end we gave in and paid him for a picture. I felt sorry for the monkey as that was the brightest flash you have ever seen!! After our dinner we decided to head back to our cottage as we couldn't keep saying no to everyone.