Today started with a trip to Starbucks!
Promptly12 hours after we discovered it RIGHT OUTSIDE RACHELS BUILDING. One banana muffin and a croissant later and we were ready to go!
Our mission of the day was to travel to Koh Samet, a small island in the Gulf. Yet our first problem was getting on the correct side of the road. Once we were on the bright side of the road (after a near miss with a motorcycle) we saw minibuses and counters selling tickets for the island. Once we paid (200bahts for a 3 hour trip!!!!!) we climber aboard the bus only to realise we were waiting until it was full. Unfortunately for us, waiting until it was full meant waiting until we were squashed shoulder to shoulder with someone we didn't know (as we were stuck at the back next to the 'empty seat').
Finally it was full and the driver pulled off. I'd like to say smoothly, but that would be lying. I'd also like to say that the boat crossing was perfectly smooth, but that too would be lying. :-)
Anyway on arrival we decided to dump our bags and go for food on Koh Samet. This was easy as there were places everywhere. Luckily we found a placebos the beach and settled there for the night. Settled there so well that 3-4 hours after ordering our first sitting of food when we ordered our next sitting and apologised fob eating so much (all together) the lady laughed at us. And then when I walked past the bar later the lady said 'are you ok!' And her manager (British) said 'of course she's ok, she's had 5 beers!' I'd be offended if he didn't then tell us where the next 'happening' place was for us to go to.
On our way to the next bar I gave Laura my camera and told her to catch my 'cartwheel' on the sand on film. It wasn't until after seeing my masterpiece that she asked how often I'd cartwheeled before. My answer, of course, being 'never'. In a nutshell the picture is of me sitting on the sand laughing at Laura's expectations of me doing a cartwheel!
We found a beach bar with outside seating similar to large beanbags, but not quite as cool!
After ordering a beer each we sat outside and watched as young people in swimwear danced, with energy we didn't have, to a large pulsating beat. It was after this that we went for a paddle and headed home!!!