Quiet, Funky and Jano's Got Her Groove Back

Trip Start Nov 19, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Akwi Guest House

Flag of Thailand  , Surat Thani,
Sunday, January 20, 2013

Was happy to be leaving Patong, Phuket Island cause it's a real party atmosphere and loud. Fun at the same time, but I'm not into partying all the time, rather spread it out and wake up without a hangover :-)

Plane ride was quick - only 55 min's. The airport in Ko Samui was all open air/space and beautiful. The ride into town on the beach I was staying was pretty quick, maybe 15-20 min's and was sitting next to a Canadian couple. Took in everything to get my bearings.

The guest house was Funky and super colourful. Check-in was a breeze until walking up the stairs to my HUGE room. Holy shit show I am Very out of shape. But I passed my backpack onto the gal taking me up the stairs and after the last set she was gasping for air, so I didn't feel so bad when I could barely talk in the room (breathing seemed a bit more important at the time). Pic's will demonstrate the height of the steps.

Got settled (and dried off). Had a kettle so made sure to hit up a Family mart to grab coffee and chocolate milk for the ever important morning addiction. Noticed a little local place next to the family mart so went in and grabbed some red curry chicken - lady said 'spicy'...I said no problem ka. Nummmmmers!! Spicy indeed, but a good and ever so flavourful heat.

Headed back and decided to grab a foot massage before hitting up the lounge area of the guest house. Ahhhhh fantastic. Found a great lounge couch, plopped myself down and ordered a Tiger beer (2 for 1 happy hour - awesome). I only want 2, so how perfect is that!! Well lo and behold a couple that I chatted with (from Finland) on the minibus ride to the hotel stopped and joined me for a couple hours. He (hulk hogan) from Finland, she originally from Sri Lanka. After they left was staring down this little lane and thought jeesh that looks familiar and sure as shit if it wasn't the lane to the place Sherry & I stayed at 5 years earlier. FUNNY!!!

The next week was filled with meeting new people and being a little bit of a slut I will admit. But all safe and LOADS of fun. The cooks at the guest house were a couple and OMG were they ever cute and super friendly. That's why they took to me so quickly. Needless to say I had yellow curry/thai rice and a beer (105 THB =  $3) Every night for the happy hour meal special cause A) price you just can't beat and B) it was by far The BEST yellow curry I've have Ever had!!!!

The lounge area was right alongside the sidewalk so very easy to meet people, people watch and pickup. There was 2 massage parlours within 5m so it was handy. Went walking and/or hung out on the beach each day. I'd park myself in front of a 5 star joint with a straw beach mat, my towel and pom juice mixed with water. I'd also buy some fruit from the local vendor to have as a snack (breaky).

They was a local market about a 20 minute walk from the guest house where I would usually grab a bite for early afternoon lunch. Good rice soup and tried pumpkin curry for the first time ever. Not too bad and I'd eat it again.

Didn't go out and do any tours, but walked around a fair amount. I've already done quite a few of the activities that are offered and am on a budget, so I'm good with reading on a beach. They had good bandwidth here too, so was able to download some TV series for later viewing. Also picked up a few movies as the room had a DVD player. Got to watch all of two cause I was otherwise preoccupied.

Had a chance to chat with the owners as well, so the place did feel a lot like a guest house. Nice and cozy and all the folks that stayed there seemed really down to earth. I'd go back and prefer the pace of Ko Samui over Patong.

Heading out to the airport and arrived 90 min's early, but he line-up was HUGE. They called folks for my flight to come up and get boarding passes, and was still not even halfway through the line, so was able to jump outside of the ropes and check-in - woohoo. This airport is beyond coool. It's entirely open air and you walk outside to get to your gates. They have shops and food joints on the way to gates. They also have an outdoor rest area with the funkiest benches I've seen - all made from wood.

The waiting area also had free coffee, juices and snacks while you waited. Man oh man...Canada could learn a thing or two. Everything is served in nice small portions (boy Canada and the US could definitely learn MANY things).

Flight to Pattaya was another quick hop and was at a window so managed to grab a few pic's.
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