Trip Start May 18, 2009
Trip End Jun 15, 2009

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Flag of Thailand  , Surat Thani,
Friday, June 5, 2009

We are in koh samui for two days before we take a catamarand to the smaller less touristy island, koh tao. Koh samui is in the beautiful gulf of of Thailand and the density of palm trees here is the same as the density of pine trees in tahoe. We are staying in a little bungalow on a hill that overlooks the ocean and is run by a friendly Australian man named Angus. He takes us to the nearest town every time we need snacks or an atm. There is a lovely pool and lovely food and we spend most of the time we are here sitting in the restaurant/office of angus's that overlooks the ocean watching his pretty Thai children run around and getting served wonderful Thai food by his pretty Thai wife. At night we watch one of the 3-dollar DVD's we bought in Bangkok.

Yesterday we went on a kayaking trip in the Angthone marine park, a protected national park that contains over forty islands. We took a two-hour boat ride in the sparkling turquoise sea of the gulf of Thailand. I thought turquoise ocean's only existed on the shores of white sand beaches in far away places but in the gulf of Thailand (which I suppose is quite far away) it doesn't matter how many miles out to sea you are, the ocean is still sparkles like an emerald.

I cannot conceive of this place it is just so surreal. Brian and I keep whispering at each other, "Where are we"? The islands don't look anything like you would expect tropical islands to look like. The islands are all lime stone bluffs that are only maybe a few miles wide but jut 3,000 feet out of the ocean. They are protected so of course there are no buildings or roads or anything. They layer behind each other and fade into the purple thunderclouds on the horizon. They look as Brian said, "prehistoric". Or like you'd expect a pirate ship to sail out from behind one of the bluffs any second. Or like that movie with Leonardo decaprio, "The beach" (which we find out is exactly where they filmed it).

We stop in the middle of these islands so we can swim and Brian and I jump off the top of the three story boat in to the water which feels and looks exactly like a heated swimming pool. It is just wonderful to swim in a big turquoise bath next to pretty little islands and we don't get out for at least an hour. After swimming we get in a kayak and paddle all around these limestone islands, which are filled with caves that we paddle under and that lead us to little sacred enclosed places with sunlight streaming down everywhere. Later they dock the boat in front of our first white sand beach, lined with palm trees and colorful long tail boats. Brian and I hike over to a lake, which is bright blue green and connected to the sea underground.

I already love the south of Thailand. All the flowers are bigger and brighter hear (as big as your head) and the Thais are darker. There is a warm tropical breeze that never stops blowing and it rains so hard every night it shakes the house and wakes me. I always am a bit delirious with sleep when I wake up to this down poar and I feel exactly like I just realized I that I am dreaming. It always takes a second for me to grasp that I am actually on tropical island during monsoon season and I go back to sleep with a huge smile.

For the next ten days we will be in koh tao- Don't know if our little hut on the sea has internet but I will go to a café or something. Ps- every one should go buy the new Dave Matthews album- it will blow your mind.

Love and light

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