Trip Start Nov 01, 2009
38Trip End Jul 01, 2010
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The Marriott experience was wonderful, with an Italian meal (accompanied by another one-off treat bottle of Prosecco) the first night and a Seafood restaurant on the beach the second night, along with relaxing and sunbathing in the day. The included buffet breakfast offered everything you could ever want, including champagne! Definitely took advantage of this. Being in Phuket, we were eager to visit the Phi Phi Islands so we visited the concierge to book the trip for the following day. The bus picked us up at 9am, after we reluctantly checked out and even more reluctantly paid our painfully expensive bill that the vouchers didn't quite cover. We had a really fun day visiting the different islands by a speedboat with about twenty people on board, including 'Maya Bay', where 'The Beach' was filmed! We couldn't help being disappointed though - not that it wasn't absolutely stunning or that the water wasn't blue-green and crystal clear, but just that there were so many tourists swarming the place. Ken said it reminded him of ants in the sea! But soon enough a few boats left and we spent a while snorkelling and having photos taken in the sea... We even did the Leo Dicaprio run from the forest to the beachfront (including me singing the All Saints theme tune)
The next morning we hurriedly ate what was described by the Thai waiter as an 'American breakfast' (but not really anywhere close) and made our way to the station to catch our bus to Ko Samui. The journey was a lot more comfortable than the last, but still a long one which lasted about eight hours, including a two hour ferry ride to the actual island. When we arrived the sun was shining and we were reunited with Sam, who drove us about half an hour to the most stunning state-of-the-art villa we'd ever seen, which is where I'm writing from at this very moment. Okay, we were happy living the rich life for a couple more days... But the best thing is, it isn't even expensive because there are construction works surrounding it which has brought the price right down temporarily... An amazing find! So for the last two days we have chilled out by the infinity pool with Sam, Jee, Sam's sister Zoe and Jee's hilarious gay friend Anuk, snuggled up watching Horrors in the Luxury TV/Projector room and enjoyed the gorgeous lobster and seafood dinners prepared by the lovely staff. This is the life... :)