We did some island hopping from Koh Tao, we stopped at Koh Phangan (the home of full-moon parties) and then Koh Samui, where we ended up staying for a week. It was a pretty eventful week.
After a lot of thinking, we decided to hire a scooter to get around the island as it was larger than Koh Tao. We were dicing with death, Thai roads basically work like this:
1. No rules
2. No less than 3 people per scooter
3. Overtake anywhere you like, Inc. blind bends
4. Strictly no indicating
5. Use horn as often as possible
6. No helmet
We went cruising around the island and saw signs for elephant trekking and waterfalls, it was a really sunny day so we decided to follow them and ended up having one of the best days of the trip so far, despite the 40 mozzie bites we got each due to climbing through the jungle barefoot to get to a waterfall. Our ride on 'Linda' was a pretty mind blowing experience and we'd been dying to ride on an elephant since we got here!
The climb to the waterfall was a steep 500 meters but thanks to the monsoon season we had to wade through waters, jump from rock to rock and use tree branches to pull ourselves up.
We thought the climb was hard but we realised that coming down was the hardest part but swimming in the waterfall pool at the top made it all worth it, even if we did have to pull out a load of splinters after!
The last day trip was at the national marine park called Angthong. It's a chain of about 40 islands. The first half of the day was kayaking (same boat) through the islands and climbing to the viewpoints for the tropical lagoon. We could have snorkelled for the second half but decided against mingling with 500,000 jellyfish!! This was one of our best days here.
The weather was due to get worse and riding a scooter through a monsoon is only fun the first time around! Before it could get worse we headed back to Bangkok airport to beat the floods.