Day 17 started with yet another mammoth thunderstorm, this was the strongest by far! We were waiting under a tiny shack for a taxi to take us to the ferry port for our trip to Koh Tao. We got to the ferry, soaking wet, with the sea very choppy. The journey was pretty rough, and Burns was the first to crack. He was pretty much green in the face, so went to the bathroom to throw up. He did this another 3 times, and said he felt like Alan Partridge being sick on stage. When we got to Koh Tao, we got a taxi to the Big Fish resort on the south of the island, and managed to get a room for 5 people. We chilled out on the beach for the afternoon and then wandered into Mae Haad for the evening where me and Burns found a bar to watch the football in. Both Arsenal and Liverpool won so all good.
Day 18 and we all got up late as we were exhausted. We chilled on the beach for a while and then in the afternoon we walked about an hour to Sairee town where we saw hundreds of Billabong shorts than Luke seems obsessed with. We played some pool, cards, and had a few changs. We then went to get some food at 'Choppers Bar and Grill' which was awesome. Great atmos and great food. There was some live music from this excentric American singer, Lee Shamrock. He was rolling out the classic tunes and everyone was on the tables singing and dancing.
Day 19 and we decided to rent out some kayaks and head for the ominously sounding Shark Island. It looked pretty close, maybe 1 or 2 km off shore, but with Burns, the worst Kayaker in the world, and the girls, is was a bit of a struggle getting there in the choppy sea! They thought I was bad, but I just think they couldnt work with me. Once we got to this rock, there were no sharks, so we circled it and headed back to the beach. My arms were literally falling off by the time we got back. For dinner we went to a Buffet restaurant that was popular with the locals. You were given 3 hot bowls of coal and you had to cook your own food and soup, which we did really rather well.
Day 20 and we woke up and did the usual, chill on the beach in the morning before having some brekkie. We then decided to go to the Crazy Golf course, which was pretty damn good. Some epic holes with bridges and castles. I was 12 under par for the front nine, leading by 12 shots. I finished the round 9 under par and clear winner, with Laura a distant last as she seemed to lose patience. For dinner, we wandered down the beach where I had some fresh seafood and kebabs. We then sat at a local chillout bar with some beers and blue lagoon cocktails.
Day 21 and we were heading off early to Koh Samui. We woke, with a bit of a hangover! and also another thunderstorm. It always seems to rain when we travel. We got on the back of an open top truck and got soaked to the bone, the rain was so hard and violent, Burns and I were actually screaming in pain. We got on the Catamaran and had a 2 hour journey to Koh Samui. We arrived with no accomodation planned and ended up trekking ages with our bags to a resort called Silver Sands which was very good for just over 3 pound a night. We went out in the evening for some food which was pretty poor actually, our first dissapointing meal. We then headed to the Ark bar on the beach where we got offered numerous drugs etc. Luke got owned by a small fat Thai kid in a Arsenal kit. He came up to luke and said "Hello my friend, you want to play game?" Luke said no, so the kid went to shake his hand but pulled away as Luke did and slid it through his hair. Me and Burns were in stitches, its was priceless.
Day 22 and we all woke up and are relaxed as it should be our last day in Koh Samui as we are planning on heading to Phuket tmoro. Samui is ok, apart from the hundreds of people trying to sell you stuff, and the fact everyone on the street wants to sell you suits and claims to be your best friend.