Ko Samui

Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
Trip End May 02, 2010

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Flag of Thailand  , Nakhon Si Thammarat,
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Koh Samui is a nice place, but it was very weird being back in a full on western orientated holiday island.  It's really no different from Ibiza in places.  You can get McDonald's or Subway, there are tons of English pubs and a hell of a lot of the red-faced-i-always-wear-my-football-top-when-I-go-abroad types. 

I suppose I'm a bit of a travel snob, but I just don't wish to mix with my own countrymen/women when I travel half way across the world.  I decided to stay on the north of the island, in the village of Mae Nam.  It was lovely.  Very quiet, the only other guests at my bungalow of choice was an elderly Aussie couple who spend most of the year there. 

The week I spent there pretty much consisted of renting a motorbike and just scooting around the island, up into the hills, around deserted beaches, checking out the massive pirated DVD markets, giant Buddhas, helping to build the roof of a temple (with my own message of peace and love), visiting rocks that apparently look like respective male and female private parts and generally having fun.

One of Helen's work friends from back home lives on Koh Samui now, running her own Diving Photography company, so we spent one evening at her home with her Thai boyfriend (who runs a Language school) having lovely foods and discussing our futures.  Was very nice indeed and in total contrast to my previous paragraphs, it was nice to catch up with someone familiar in an unfamiliar place.

I also spent a day getting a cheeky dive in, this time heading out to Sail Rock with Easylife divers.  The first dive was ruined thanks to one of our group simply disappearing half way so we had to spend most of the time looking for him.  So fucking annoying.  Before that he decided it was ace to go up and down constantly, annoying the dive master beyond belief.

Dive two was better as the guy didn't come out with us again, but it did end up with Helen's nose exploding at 18m, thanks to a bit of a cold that was coming on.  After getting her back to the boat, myself and the divemaster decided to continue on with the dive, finally ascending through the cave in the middle of Sail Rock, the walls covered in tiny Christmas Tree worms (The name comes from the colours and the shape - stunning).

That was the end of my trip around South East Asia.  It was ace.  Only had to head back to Bangkok now and in a few days would be back home...


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