Wow what a place...shame there was no-one to share

Trip Start Jan 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 04, 2011

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Flag of Thailand  , Nakhon Si Thammarat,
Saturday, April 17, 2010

I am so glad I decided to stay in Ko Samui. I moved across to Chaweng beach which is the nicest but most developed beach on Ko Samui. The sand was soft and white, the water calm and clear and the sea somewhere between green and blue. Amazing. The place itself is very touristy...Mcdonalds, drunk English people and lots of Irish pubs. The hotel is amazing - it is like a boutique hotel at backpacker prices (16 pounds) with aircon, fridge, wifi, free water and lovely decoration. The water was warm and clear and amazing to swim in.
     I spent some time sorting out stuff out thinking the sunshine lasts forever so no need to rush out but...I get to the beach and it starts raining! The first time I have seen rain since the Laos thunderstorm. I get off the beach to get coffee then debate whether to head back to the beach and decide to go for it. The weather is fabulous again and the water amazing. I met a guy in the sea just swimming nearby. It was nice to chat to Ryan from NZ for a is always good! Also interesting to meet people who have completely different lifestyle working on a yauht throughout Asia. Unfortunately I couldn't find him and his friends at all today so its another dinner on my own...getting to my new record of 8 nights so far. I am moving onto Ko Phangan tomorrow which will hopefully be more socialable. It is odd...the beach is amazing and there is nowhere I would rather be at the moment but it is odd having no one to talk about it to or go swimming with. That said I would rather be alone on the amazing beach than with company on a crap beach.
   I was also very naughty. I wondered into a 5 star hotel nearby and just jumped into the pool. I know it's technically not allowed but I figured no-one was going to notice. And I was right. So after my walk down the length of the beach I had somewhere to chill out on my back looking up at the sun with palm trees framing the view. During my walk I realised I inadvertantely chosen the right end of the beach. As I walked up to the head I saw the water getting murkier with more leaves and rubbish in it. Also it got more packed with bars and people lying right on top of each other sunbathing. I definately feel like you don't get much more here than you would in Mombassa. You definately couldn't tell you were in Thailand when on the beach or in the town. I think a lot of people come out here for a fortnight and manage to completely avoid coming to terms with being in Thailand. They only meet other Westerners, eat western food and spend the whole time on the beach or at the pool. It also reminds me a lot of our holiday to Dubai.
   I am looking forward to exploring the other islands and maybe getting off the beaten track a little. Who knows I may even find my own private setting of The Beach..!
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Desert Correspondent on

Cute photos - you look lovely!

Also love the sneaky hotel pool-nabbing! Totally brilliant!! And there's nothing wrong with a bit of guilty 5* hotel holidaying with the Westerners, you can get back on the authentic Thai trail anytime. No need to rush back to the bed bugs I say!

Enjoy yourself!

kellyroundworld on

I had another sneak into the pool today - stayed in the water 3 hours. I looked like a prune. There was an amazing sunset so trying to think of that as positive - that I wouldnt have seen it otherwise!

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