3 nights in Ko Samui

Trip Start Jan 07, 2010
Trip End Jan 06, 2011

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

From long tail boat, to little bus, to big bus to back of pick up truck to overnight ferry. It was not as smooth as it sounds. Mostly all good but the overnight ferry was quite the experience.

On arrival to the dock we showed our tickets and dropped our bags off. After a little bit of food stall window shopping we decided that it was getting close to the time of departure. We climbed aboard and saw our sleeping arrangements were nice and cozy. Two rows of limited mattresses that were placed side by side. Unfortunately there were not enough mats and pillows for all passengers.

This was the point of time that we realised there was a reason that we had been lugging a blow-up beach floaty mattress around Thailand since Karon Beach. The last couple to board were left without a bed so Kailey offered them her beach toy for them to inflate and sleep on. It was nice to wake in the middle of the night to see them both sleeping peacefully.

We woke twice though the night by the sounds of the ferry running a ground. The engines were at full power as they attempted to drag the hull off the bottom. We were thankful that they had found mud and not rocks on both occasions.

We woke to a beautiful Thailand morning and found our way to our accommodation. We caught a shared tuk tuk taxi with a few couples including the pair that borrowed the floaty. We began talking to them and realised that we were heading to the same place. They paid for our fair as a thank you for the lone of the bed. We were more than grateful for their kindness.

After a day or so of hanging out on the yet another beautiful Thailand beach with this very friendly couple we decided that it would be a good time to exchange names. We seem to do this often as we are so involved with sharing experiences with people that names seem irrelevant. Alex and Jordan were from the States but had just spent around 2 years teaching English in Taiwan. We hired scooters, rode elephant and shared many meals together. Our time was short on Ko Samui but we enjoyed it thoroughly due to the beautiful bungalows and entertaining company. Sometimes its the people that you meet that make the place special and memorable.

Our bungalow was a simple A-frame hut that was on beach just meters from the shoreline. It was very basic, two mattresses, mozy net and shared toilets and showers. Its simplicity was all we needed as we slept to the sound of the ocean each night.

The morning that we left we went for a short elephant ride through the bush. I have my reservations about this as does Kailey but they seemed well looked after and I giggled like a school girl every time our elephant 'Jumbo' would sneak off the path to snatch at a leafy snack when the trainer was not looking.

After the great morning with Jumbo and our new friends Alex and Jordan we said fair well and made our way to the ferry for another crossing. This one would take us to Ko Phangan.
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seany on

wow, looks the the trip of a lifetime

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