Koh Samui is the largest island on the south-east coast of Thailand, and to get there from Koh Tao we got back on a ferry. The first stop was Koh Pha-Ngan, the island made famous for it’s full moon parties. I was reading some literature that said that it was one of the 3 best places in the world to see the full moon. I’m not sure how accurate that is but the closest we got to the island was when the ferry was docked to let people off and on.
When the ferry arrived on Koh Samui my first impressions were much like Koh Tao but without the immediate paradise feel, maybe because it was a bit more built up. We’d organised for a transfer to the hotel we were staying at and were herded like sheep onto the right mini bus. There was a German couple who got a little confused and I heard a loud FU*K and off the they went to find out which mini bus they needed to be on. For us, it was one of our easiest trips.
The place we’d chosen was a bungalow at the Thong Ta Kian Resort, which was nestled in a secluded cove with not much going on. It was perfect, the waters were warm and calm and the beach was beautiful with soft white sand. Over the few days we spent there we got to see the faces of the odd day tripper who stumbled upon the cove and you could see the sheer delight on their faces. The more time we spent there the more I came to appreciate its beauty.
Ko Samui is a big island and we only got to see Lamai beach next door, literally 10 minutes from where we were staying in a taxi. It was much busier, a bit like where we had stayed in Koh Tao but had a seedy feel to it. We’d definitely made the right choice. I got a couple of interesting pictures of one of the most photographed sights on the island while on Lamai beach, I’ll let you make your own minds up on what you see.
We decided to walk back from Lamai beach and on the way back we ambled along the beach until we had to take the road near the end to get to the cove. On the roadside there was a man using a industrial strimmer to cut the overgrown grass. As we approached he kindly, what I thought stopped, so we could walk past without risk of injury. He did stop and move out of the way, however he started strimming again further in from the road. As we passed bits of brown glass came flying in our direction, nothing hit Jono but I felt a few bits hit my legs. It took me a moment to work out what had happened and then another few moments to work out that all I had were little cuts, nothing serious but just a bit of blood. I was a bit shaken up as the bits of glass that came flying in my direction were pretty big and could have done some major damage. It’s funny out of all the things we’ve done on this trip so far this was the one that shook me up the most. Something that could easily happen at home.
The rest of the stay on Koh Samui was uneventful, the weather started to turn by the last day as it started to get windy and more overcast. The monsoon must be on its way and perfect timing on our part to head back to the mainland.