Trip Start Aug 25, 2012
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The first part of our journey was a 2hr ferry to Krabi. We were all hungover so the rough sea and the lack of air conditioning nearly killed us. We spent 2hrs playing the alphabet celebrity game just to take our minds off the fact we wanted to die! We arrived in Krabi and things went far too swimmingly - a nice little Thai woman made us a packed lunch of a cheese sandwich, banana and water for the bus for £1! We then got on a mega posh double decker coach and had the whole of downstairs to ourselves - it just worries us when things appear to run to plan. I think I'd got a bit ahead of myself allowing myself drinks as it was only a 3hr journey (as aposed to our 32hr journeys where a drop of liquid can not pass our lips in fear of having to use the toilets) - spent 2hrs dying for the toilet as even though our coach was posh it was still a full on squatter toilet
We got to Donsak pier to catch the ferry to Samui. As we walked up the longest pier in the world to get to our boat we spotted a massive modern looking clean boat - brilliant! Then we realised we were getting on the little wooden shack behind it! As we were getting on the gangway to get on it literally kept becoming detached from the pier! Love Thai safety! They don't even really have luggage storage on the boat - the bags just go on the deck with tarpaulin over them. This boat was actually probably one of our worst journeys! The whole boat stank of fuel and gave us a headache. At one point we were talking to Mr Chow (aka a local hotel owner from Samui tryna sell us his hotel) and smoke started coming from the front of the boat. Everyone started evacuating and Mr Chow got really stressed 'WHAT ARE YOU DOING ITS ONLY A BIT OF SMOKE , NOT LIKE IT'S A TSUNAMI!' and he was huffing and puffing at them! The boat was so unbalanced coz no one would sit at the front so it was all over the place. I considered putting a life jacket on my backpack. The fumes were actually unbearable in the end - we had to go outside and sit in the luggage rack just to try and get some fresh air.
We agreed to go to Mr Chows hotel to check it out as it included a free transfer in a safari style jeep (has the 2benches in the back) - not before Chow had tried to fit half of Thailand into the back - it probably designed for 10 people - he was tryna fit about 15! We all went on strike and refused to squidge up!!
Chow had told us his hotel was about 10 minute walk from the centre of Chewang - he obviously didn't brief his sister to go along with the con as when she showed us the room she told us it was a 2hr walk
Our first night in Samui was mainly spent convincing ourselves we had all caught malaria - we all felt shocking! Temperatures, headaches, sickness etc! I still believe it was the fumes from the boat!
We mainly just had a couple of chilled beach days in Samui - we had heard it was paradise but really compared to other places we had been it was very commercialised and the beach wasn't the best. We got done over once again by the mistake of thinking you are not catching the sun when it's overcast - I ended up looking like an actual burns victim! Still in pain 4 days later!
One night we headed to a beach bar called Ark - its got a million sun loungers and loads of tables and is probably one of the busiest bars in Samui. Good but expensive food and drinks! Again it was shocking how many young children between the ages of 5-10 were wandering around selling flower necklaces, trying to make you play board games for a few baht etc
The highlight of the evening was finally getting our sought after monkey photos! There were loads of people carrying monkeys and iguanas around the bar. It was crazy! We picked our monkey wisely - he looks nice and friendly on the pic but he tried to claw my face off on more then one occasion. I had to share my drink with him to settle him.
In general we found Samui quite good for a night out as they have a massive club called Green Mangos which plays a lot of good tunes. Funny how many people we bumped into in the bars who knew us from Phi Phi but we had no recollection
Next stop - (and last new Asia stop) KOH PHANGAN FULL MOON PARTY!
Who would of thought we would make it this far! I am still proud that I lasted 4 weeks 2 days with Afro hair
Next blog for Koh Phangan if we survive Full Moon! :)