Two Ferry rides back to Reality....
Trip Start Jan 15, 2010
15Trip End Feb 15, 2010
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I rode to town in the back of the taxi truck, soaking up every last palm tree and bump in the dirt road, clinging on the rack on the top of the truck from back on my bench as we rode to the Ferry that would take me back to Koh Samui. On the way, the driver stopped at the local produce market, and outside grocery store to hand off his list of items needed back at the resort written in a journal that was handed to a young girl who ran up to the truck as it briefly stopped by like she was expecting him. Such simplicity is so enjoyed by people like me who crave it so much , living in a big city where such a simple thing would not exist..
I'm staying one night in the big island of Koh Samui, in which I only passed thru on my way thru over 8 days ago But my flight is early in the morning back to Bangkok, and it is impossible for the ferry that leaves Ko Tao, stops in Koh Phangan before reaching Koh Samui would get me here in time for my flight.
So without a backpack in sight, I hold my head high once again, and get a taxi to my Hotel Ibis, where I'm getting an incredible airline rate of $35 ( rooms here go for $120 a night) wow- thats almost a week in my other places
The hotel is nice, complete with luxurious like no Geckos, air conditioning, and even a TV. Strange how I have not had, or even watched TV in a month. I don't have any desire to turn it on, I'm just not ready to come back to reality, not yet. I get my ipod out, and hook it up to my handy travel speakers and listen to some Cat Stevens, taking me back to my island hideaway instead of reminders of things ahead which mean going home, and I'm taking that reality slowly.
I decide to get one last afternoon at the beach, and the beaches here are beautiful as well. My hotel is right on the beach, even has a pool. Why would you use a pool when there is a beautiful ocean only a few steps away? I find a nice spot on the sand and quickly notice that the crowd has changed as well. The fit backpackers, have been replaced with a lot of people who look like they could use a hike or two, and a lot of men in speedos. Just my opinion, men should NEVER wear these small items of beachwear, I don't care what country you are from.
My hotel did have a great afternoon Barbecue for 250 baht, about $7, you get a combination of barbecue skewers, chicken, fish, meat and a salad too, wow! It was great, and I enjoyed it with an amazing view of the beach in front of me.
Tonight I'm heading into " town" a place called Chaweng, the happening place here in Koh Samui located on a popular beach. I went here many years ago with my daughter Sarah, when she was 16, do you remember that Sarah? It was a little overwhelming and shocking to both of us back then. Alot of bars attracting the male clientele, with their barely dressed young Thai girls louring them in to buy expensive drinks and more I suppose.
But Chaweng also has great shopping, cheap Internet, and great restaurants on the beach for dinner. So I'm hoping that it will be fun( and entertaining) now that I have pretty much seen it all, right Johanna? And little will shock me...I will have to update if that changes :)