A week of rest

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Chalee Villa

Flag of Thailand  , Nakhon Si Thammarat,
Saturday, January 1, 2011

After getting our diving certificate and celebrating x-mas on Koh Tao we said by to our friends Thomas and Louise and got back on the ferry for a horrible ride to Koh Samui. We had to first stop at Koh Phangan, switch boats and then ride onto Koh Samui. We got a bit of a sunburn from sitting on the deck of the boat but it was so crowded we couldn't really move to sit somewhere else. When we got to the island we walked straight passed all the taxi drivers yelling at us asking if we needed a ride. Out of curiousity we stopped and asked how much and at 500 baht we figured we could do better. So we walked around a couple streets for a bit and just as we thought we were gona have to go back one of those trucks with seats in the back (already packed full) pulled up and asked where we were going. For 50 baht each he would take us, deal! We threw our bags on the roof and James had to stand on the bumper and hold on while I (Jackie) got to sit in the cab, in the air-con! Sweet deal!
When we got to our place we had to jump off and walk another few hundred metres, and when we arrived we won't lie we were a little worried about the place. They were huts like we were told and fully expected but, just like we had also suspected we weren't actually on the beach we were in rows just off the beach. Also the beach was covered in garbage and after walking around a bit that afternoon we realized we were on the end of a long line of resorts and our beach was kind of cut off from the rest of the beach and in a cove so thats why all the garbage was there, cz it pooled and shored in the cove. Grrr.
Also, the pier where all the places to eat and the night market was was on the other side of the line of resorts; quite the hike for us....but surprisely we walked over quite a few times during our week there.
The whole week was pretty much taken up with laying in the hammock and reading, walking the long distance down the road behind the resorts to hunt down cheap food, and going on the internet to upload pictures, take care of e-mails, etc.
On the 29th we booked a day trip to a marine national park, it was a group of islands nearby Koh Samui. First we got to Kayak around the bends of one island with the guide pointing out some plants and birds and telling us a bit about the islands. Then we stopped at a beach so we could climb up and down a horrible amount of horribly steep steps to go look at a turquoise lagoon. It was really pretty but of course we couldn't swim in it or anything so then we went for a dip in the ocean. By that time it was lunch and they served us an awesome small buffet on the boat, we were expecting crap but it was really actually quite good! Next we were taken over to another cove with islands on either side of us and James and I got back on a kayak and went exlporing a bit. We went around a huge rock to the side that faced out into the sea, the waves were coming at us a bit and it was fun being rocked around a bit. We went back around the bend and landed on a tiny beach. We spent the next almost two hours there just wading in the water and picking rocks; there was quite a bit of garbage scattered around and to our disgust we found a needle on the beach so we put it in a bottle to take back to the boat and throw out. After we realized we were starting to singe our skin in the sun we hopped nack on the kayak to go back to the boat. There we were the first ones back and jumped from the second dock a few times into the water, good times. That was the end of the day and we just had a long windy and wavy ride back to Kho Samui.
On New Year's Eve we didn't have anyone to party with and knew we probably would have a big night out but we decided we needed to celebrate with a great meal so we headed to the pier to try one of the nicer restaurants they have there. After walking up and down the street a bit to check everything out (turned out it was also the Saturday night walking market there) we went to a pretty cool little place with water running down the walls and candles at all the tables....a lot fancier then what we're used to!! Our meals were fantastic! We had chicken and pork and both of ours were very tender and so full of flavour and came with perfectly cooked and seasoned vegetables and one with spicy potatoes chips and one with potatoes and sour cream! Mmmmmm. Then we walked the street again a bit and picked up some ice cream and chocolate cake even though our stomaches were packed. When we got back to the room we decided we were way too full for the cake and saved it for the morning. We played some cards for a while trying to stay up till midnight to see the fireworks but it was useless, our eyes were forcing themselves shut and we fell asleep. We were woken at about quarter to midnight by the cracks of all the fireworks; we wanted to go out and watch but we were still half asleep and just couldn't force ourselves up. We went in an out of sleep for the next half hour till the firework bangs finally stopped....really sad at ourselves for not getting up.
Jan 1 we went on skype and tried to get a hold of James' brother at the Brewhouse to wish everyone a Happy New Year and it took us a while but we finally found Tom's number and got through to him and after some mess in the kitchen Luke was dealing with we finally got him on the phone. Oh ya and we talked to Connor to, good to hear you rang in the New Year properly bud, by the sound of your voice it seemed you were anyway! hahaha.
That night we packed up because we were leaving for Malaysia the next day; we set our alarm and went to bed excited to get to Malaysia....if only we knew!!
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