It's a wash out!!

Trip Start Apr 30, 2011
Trip End Dec 08, 2011

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Flag of Thailand  , Surat Thani,
Friday, November 11, 2011

We feel like we're back in South America with the amount of travelling we're doing!!

Getting to Koh Samui was a mission, as we were heading from the West side of Thailand over to the East.It was an early start and our mini van picked us up to take us 15 minutes to a spot where another mini van would pick us up from. We squeezed into the back of the already packed vehicle, next to some really sweaty others and made our way to our destination which was another point to be picked up by another form of travel. It was here that the travel company were calling people into their office to sell hotel bookings and onward travel. We ended up paying 300 Baht each for our onward travel by minibus to the hotel we already had booked, and we had a feeling that we'd been had! There was a little commotion going on between the travel company and other travellers and we saw one guy get his money back. This is where we really knew we'd been had. We went and spoke to the couple who had been given their money back and they told us how they'd found out that the onward travel should be about 50 Baht. This was not good and we didn't know if after giving these guys their money back, we would get ours! After plucking up the courage we went in to confront the man who sold us our tickets. It was a hairy moment, but he reluctantly gave us the 600 Baht back... phew. We then went out and waited for our next journey with our new friends Mariano and Shani who are from Isreal and had a great deal to talk about as Mariano was born in Buenos Aires and the two of them had come down from Chiang Mai which is where we'd be going in a few days time.

 Our next mode of transport came a few hours later and this time it was a nice spacious bus. An hour later and we were boarding a fairly empty ferry. By now it was 16:00 which is the time we were told we'd be at our hotel. They never tell you about all the waiting around or the actual time you will reach your destination. When our ferry arrived on Koh Samui we shared a taxi with Mariano and Shani which worked out at about 125 Baht each. Much better than 300! We swear Mariano could have gotten the price down lower as the guy is ruthless when it comes to bartering, but we all agreed it was ok as it stood. It was 18:30 by the time we got to the hotel that night!

Akwa hotel is cheap and funky, with huge comic wall art. Our room was pretty big too so we were glad with our choice. It's right on Chewang beach with all the shops and restaurants just yards away. The hotels pool was small and was actually across the road and was just another hotels pool that we were allowed to use?! The beach was a minutes stroll away, but to be honest was the worst beach we've seen in Thailand. It's small and long, and is covered in litter up on the tide line. We even saw several needles lying on the sand . We only walked on the beach to get away from the shop owners on the main street hassling us!

The weather during our stay was so bad that we were indoors for a lot of the time. It rained so hard that the streets flooded and many shops and hotels had sand bags stacked up. We were caught in the downpours many a time, but when it's raining that heavily there isn't much else to do other than laugh and try not to fall off of your flip flops.
The small restaurants along the main road are great. The Thai food is very tasty and the prices are good. One of the nights we stumbled across a very fancy Brazillian Churrascaria restaurant. We couldn't believe there was one here! We made plans to return the following night and had all you can eat bbq'd and grilled meats, sides, salad, and most importantly all you can drink Caipirinha's. We ovbiously wanted to get our money's worth(!) so we drank a lot in a small space of time but felt fine. Some might say with all that food we ate we might have stayed reasonably sober? We would say that they just used more lime and ice than cachaša, tut tut!! Still, the food was good, but not quite as good as the real thing in Brazil. Though the Brazillian (Thai) dancers that come on every hour add a little something extra to the night. It was fun to do something a bit different, and take us back to our time in South America.

Many people say Koh Samui is an amazing island, but we felt it just didn't have too much to offer us. Maybe it was because of the awful weather, or maybe because there simply are just much better islands in Thailand? But the beach we were staying on definitely really let it down. If the weather had been better we could have explored more of the island, but there just wasn't any point. We were really wanting to get to Koh Tao by this point and were excited for that however. So we ended up skipping out the next island Ko Phangan and going straight on to our last island.  

The time is flying, and before we know it we'll be on our way home! So we're trying to make the most of the little time we have left, and hope for an amazing few days on Ko Tao. It's famous for some of the clearest waters in Thailand, so our snorkel gear is packed and we're ready to go!!

Blondie and Beardy. x 
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