So....an 18 hour bus journey later and i arrived at Koh Samui (to find it has an airport and is only an hours flight from Bangkok!).
I sayed at a resort for 5 days in Samui just to re group after Bangkok and form some kind of plan for the next month. Calm beach was tranquil, staff were freindly and i met some fantastic people who were holidaying..but in the back of my mind i was aware that this was not the experience i had come to Thailand for. As a traveller i felt restless at the resort as i was reluctant to spend my days simply lying by a pool or on the beach..which in fairness is what many people go on holiday to do, and thats fine for 2 weeks. Having formed a volleyball team purely for my own entertainment, changed the resorts playlist to my own ipod and exhausted the entire cocktail list, i knew it was time to move on...amd my choices were Koh Phangan or Koh Tao....which boils down to partying or diving really.
Koh Phangan won and i've been on the island for a week now. Im staying at a quiet resort in Baan Tai with backpakers coming and going every few days, and although its more basic than Koh Samui - i much prefer my cheap and cheerful stay here.
Phangan is more than just the moon parties than its reputation suggets - but in fairness they are one of the best things about the island so its diffifult not to focus your time on themwhen here. Im spoilt for breathtaking scenery..and dare i say, that every white beach with aqua waters i vistit is starting to merge into one. Having had a laid back boat trip snorkeling i feel much better about the fact that my time here hasnt simply been about the beach parties. I've started to address my inate fear of swimming amongst fish and am due another day amongst the reef. I hope that by the time i leave Thailand i'll have completed a full dive. Koh Tao will be the island to sort this out it seems.
I'll be breaking south Thailand up with a trip down to Malaysia. This serves 2 purposes...1. Visit another country. 2.Extend my Thai visa so they dont fine me 20,000baht each day im here in April. As soon as i realised my visa was running out i decided to cross into Malaysia and break the 3 week beach cycle that i've fallen into by travelling the country for a full week down to Singapore and back up. Whilst i dont begrudge my time in Thai paradise..i am aware that theres more to these countries than beaches and boats.
Time to get some culture in Malaysia..........(and a visa)