Published: August 2nd 2012August 2nd 2012
We said goodbye to Bangkok this morning and jumped in a taxi to head to the airport. We both started laughing when the taxi driver changed the station and Taylor Swift was playing. Even in Thailand, we can't get away from Taylor Swift. The cab ride ended with some Michael Jackson. To say the least, it was an entertaining ride.
While waiting to check in, we had a Bangkok Airways lady come up to us and ask us which flight we were on. We were at the airport a little early, and she said they had room on a flight that was leaving an hour and a half earlier if we wanted to jump on it. We did, but that just started a string of problems.
First, the plane was delayed 30 minutes. Then, once we boarded, they double booked the seat numbers we were supposed to be in. We had to wait until the entire plane was seated to find the only 2 extra seats so we could sit down. The sets ended up being in the business class section of the plane so everyone around us was receiving wonderful, extra treatment with food and drink and they
skipped right over us. It was pretty sad when they brought us our "lunch" when the business class was eating very well. Other than that, it was a pretty smooth trip.
We landed in Ko Samui around noon. This is probably one of the few airports in the world without walls and air conditioning. Everything is open air so it was more like large huts for the baggage claim and front desk. It has a very tropical feel to it. The bags were taking a few minutes to get off the plane so I went and hailed a cab and Kevin waited to grab our bags from the carousel. Luckily with the size of the airport I could still see him.
Ko Samui is a very interesting island to experience. Small shops line the very narrow streets along with mobile food vendors. It seems like a bustling place that never takes a breather. Just like in Bangkok we have not seen anything coming close to traffic laws and if there are actually laws not a single person chooses to follow them. Luckily, we have only seen 1 wreck since we arrived in Bangkok and it was very minor.
The drivers just seem to know what is going to happen next and they don't worry about a thing. We did notice that every tourist rents a scooter to travel around the island because they were all over the roads.
We finally arrived at our hotel for the next week called Thai House Beach Resort and it is beautiful. We have our own Villa with a cute veranda to sit out on. It is what they call a boutique hotel so there are only about 30 rooms and 10 villas. The staff is extremely helpful and many of them speak decent English so we are not completely lost with what they are saying. As soon as we settled into our Villa we headed down to the beach area. It is wonderful. The area is kept really clean and the beach is lined with lounge chairs and umbrellas. The hotel restaurant sits right on the edge of the beach area so you can sit and look out onto the ocean as well as the pool.
Our plan for tomorrow is to rent a scooter and explore the island. We will let you know how it goes. I hope Kevin
is a good driver.
There are more photos below