Published: August 6th 2008August 6th 2008
We left Bangkok the day after we said our goodbyes to Sue and Dave. We bought our sarongs as beach towels and was ready to leave the City for some relaxation onthe beach.
Our last night we were having a quiet drink when a local lady (well we think she was anyway!) who was wearing very very small shorts, more like knickers, no shoes, no top or bra arrived on the busy drinking street in Bangkok and laid down a plastic sheet, ran around it several times, twisting and throwing around a sarong, laid it onthe floor, placed some flowers on top and walked off, looking back a couple of times to admire her art work...... it was quite entertaining, sorry lads no pics!
Early the next morning we caught a coach to Chumphon, from there the sea ferry across to Koh Tao, took around 7hrs on the bus, then 1.5hrs onthe boat, all in all a very smooth run.
We found a nice place to stay in Koh Tao, it was called Blue Wind and we had 2 bungalows near the sea front. The sand here was so soft and the water was crystal
blue but very shallow.
After a couple of days of doing nothing but sunbathing, eating and drinking, we hired some snorkels and fins and went looking for some fish and amazing coral, it was the first time Lisa and Dan had done this and it was amazing, really wish we got a water proof camera to show you what we saw, the water was so clear, loads of bright fish and sea cucumbers and loads of coral. We celebrated my (lisa's) birthday with a few beers, cocktails and a nice fresh seafood meal onthe beach, lovely! We stayed here 4nights and moved to Koh Phangan, the location of the Full Moon Party.
We caught the ferry across which took 1.5hrs. The full moon party wasnt on, just missed it - which Stu and I were quite glad about, but i think Dan would of liked to have gone! So we found a nice beach but there wasnt much nightlife.
We didn't find any bungalows so we booked ourselves into a resort (Bay View Resort) with a nice pool and expensive resturant, so each night we would head down the beach to cheaper places for food
and drink. We didnt think the sea would come in as far as it did on our first night, We left Dan chatting to a Thai man about dogs (Dan had a bit too many and started talking nonesence - it was time we left!) ha ha Stu and I started to walk back but the sea had come in right up to the bars, so we waded our way back home. Dan came back around 2.30am, we were all sharing a room, so Stu was worried when we woke up and Dan wasnt there, so went looking for him!
We stayed here 3nights and just stayed around the pool, sunning ourselves, this travelling is hard work! On our last night, we did find a backpacker bar which had the F1 on, bonus for Stu!
On the way to the harbour, we caught a taxi van, all the bags were thrown onthe top and we piled in, the driver took the corners quite slowly, but one of them, a bag came flying off, i then realise it was mine, luckly there was nothing breakable in there!
We caught another boat across to Koh Samui, this
only took 20mins! We arrived and had a free transfer to where ever we wanted to go, so we choose a beach (Haad Bo Phut), which wasnt where the full moon happens(the main tourist beach), our driver dropped us off and off we went looking for somewhere to stay, we tried about 3 and all were booked, but we then found one called Calm Beach Bungalows, they fine, just what we need but they do need some work doing on them but cant complain with the price!
Again the beach is perfect, soft and bright yellow sand, clear water and much deeper. There are lots more to do here in the evenings but also as its out of season its quiet and relaxing!
Nothing to report in the day time, apart from swimming to cool off and sunbathing, oh and drinking!
Last night we found a nice place onthe main road, it was a BBQ Buffet, called Mr PHU BBQ or something like that, had all sorts of meats and fish, veg etc etc, on the way back we popped into a bar called Rosies Bar, all very friendly, invited Dan to go to a "Ladyboy Show"
and a club, so off Dan goes....... I have no idea what time he dragged himself home, but told me he was going swimming in the sea, so i put my foot down(like a mum) and he crawled into bed!! his paying for it today though!
We have loved the islands, and would def recommend them and would come back, the people are friendly, foods good, beaches are amazing and sea is refreshing but not cold!.
We leave Koh Samui tomorrow morning for Inland - Jungle treking in Khao Sok National Park.
PS thank you to everyone for my birthday messages, cards and presents!
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