We boarded the ridiculously large catamaran that was to take us to Koh Samui, and were relieved to find seats in abundance and kIng Kong showingon the various tvs! However, the trip soon took a turn for the worse as we entered very choppy waters, Think Bay of Biscay in gale force winds, and sick bags were handed out too all passengers and promptly filled by the majority! with Alex and Nat, seeing their breakfast again in rewind over the back of the boat, we were extremely relieved to arrive on dry land and shake off our sea legs! We arrived at our resort of Hi Coral Cove and were deligted to find numerous bungalows,clustered on the steep hill side overlooking the sea, complete with its own pool! Sunbathing by the pool was a complete luxury and helped us recuperate from the deathly crossing!
into Samui that night to experience the local nightlife, which was all situated in Soi Green Mango, or Green Mango road so-called due to the large club situated at the endof it. It was very simliar to the nightlife in HAad Rin, Koh Phangan, but a little on the seedier side, with a much larger smattering of strip bars and bridal dress shops, whose adverts featured young Thai women in wedding dresses amd the grooms were older Western men!
After a very sizeable bbq at an 'African' restaurant, we were treated to an impromptu dance display by all the staff from our restaurant vs the staff from the bar next door, as they proceeded to go into a full length dance routine in the alleyway next tothe restaurant. Much to our hilarity, i managed to film the whole thing and will try to upload it asap!
Dinner over we bumped into some Aussie gents who were celebrating one of their party's 21st birthdays. After telling us they were competing with the other half of their party by taking part in challenges such as buying something from a street vendor and eating some of the creepy crawlies that the vendors rustle up on the roadside, we were eventually persuaded to be their bonus prize, ie they would get 12 free drinks if they brought some 'hot babes' (their words not mine), back to the bar with them! So at the promise of free drinks, we headed off with them to a huge sports bar which was playing the Man U game, completed with lager swilling, skin headed British men in vests, quite the home from home! Few drinking games later, we headed to the infamous Green Mango club, where I befriended a group of ladyboys who had a thing for my hair and we danced the night away with the very drunken Aussies. Deciding that Koh Samui was a bit too commercialised, kind of like Blackpool on the beach, we were glad to be leaving the next day, despite being quite sad to leave Thailand behind for a couple of weeks. Next stop: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.