Ko Samui

Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
Trip End Oct 01, 2008

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

I wake up leisurely and enjoy a mediocre breakfast with my new Swedish friends.  As Iīm on my way out to catch the ferry to Samui, I run into Emma and Nicky, AGAIN.  We chill on the beach as I wait for a later ferry and finally say goodbyes, until we meet again in Beijing at least.  The ferry over lands me in what I can only compare to Cancun.  Samuiīs beach (Chaweng at least) has been ruined by tourism.  There are people EVERYWHERE, commercialization rears its ugly head in the form of boats and tour providers on every inch of the beach, and the water is just not clean. 

My hotel is overpriced for what I get, especially when compared to the paradise of Ko Tao, but I accept it for one night and venture out to the beach after dark.  I wind up at a beach front restaurant/bar and order the barracuda, which is served very similarly to a shark steak, except is a bit more tender.  I sit and enjoy a beer after dinner and get ready to get a good night of sleep while watching one of the few dvds I had purchased previously (at $3 a pop).  Just as Iīm standing up to leave, the waitress brings me another beer courtesy of the three ladies I had been checking out periodically through my meal.  How nice!  I wind up staying with these three Australians for a few hours and enjoyed the conversation, agreeing to meet up with at least one of them in Melbourne.  We play connect four with a few 7-10 year olds who are working by challenging farangs to games for 100 baht each.  I split games between Kelly, the 10 year old girl who actually beat me as I was distracted by the Aussie beauty next to me, and Jim, the 7 year old gang banger who deserved to lose!

Shoe watch:  9 days but today I almost gave in because the cut I got in the beach soccer tournament hasnīt been getting better.  Maybe I need a brief hiatus from this new no shoe religion...

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