After our week in Phuket we headed across Thailand to the East coast and caught the ferry across to Koh Samui. We only spent one night in Samui and stayed at the tranquil Mae Nam Beach. The bunglows here were comfortable and were right on the beach. Unfortunately, we had to be up early to catch another ferry on to Koh Pha Ngan. When we arrived we caught the bus (pickup truck with 2 rows of seats on the back) across the island. This journey was by far the bumpiest we've had so far as there are not many paved roads just dust tracks. in the middle of no where the bus driver told us to get off!! Didn't think this was where we were sposed to be, but there was no chance he was driving any further. He told us to wait over by the 'service station', where an old man wearing only a blanket as a skirt said he would hail a passing 4x4 to take us down the hill to the beach. We sat there, and we sat there. After an hour we asked the old man how long we would have to wait, to which he answered "me, me"??????
Eventually the old man hailed over a bus, who came over to us and explained that the last bus had gone for the day and the only way we would be able to get to our bungalow was to walk the 3km down to the beach! So backpacks and all we headed off down the dirt track and an hour later arrived at the beach and our bungalow, in desperate need of cooling off in an air - conned room with a nice comfy bed.
No chance. We were staying in what looked like a treehouse with not a fan in sight. Than Sadet was descibed as a quiet beach and it was very peaceful and isolated. There was only electricity for a few hours a day and you could only leave by taxi boat or car taxi once a day. The 4 days here gave us a chance to rest as there was very little to do. We went up to visit Than Sadet Waterfall one afternoon, and spent the rest of the time on the beach or relaxing on our balcony. The views were brilliant as we were right next to the sea, and could see out of the window from our pillows as the sun came up in the mornings.
Our second stop in Koh Pha Ngan is the most popular beach of Haad Rin. At the moment its really quiet here as there is no full moon party which is the big attraction to the island. We were fairly glad to get back to civilisation and have some hot water! It's really nice here because it is like a tourist area but there is about half the people you would expect. We have gone to the beach most days and we went snorkelling today off 2 beaches - Ko Ma and Hat Yao. We saw loads of fish in the coral reef, just like you see in the aquariums and thousands of sea cucumbers!
Off to Bangkok on an overnight bus tomorrow before moving onto Koh Chang the next day.