Koh Samui, Thailand

Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
Trip End May 10, 2008

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Thailand continued...

From Chiang Mai in the northern part of Thailand, Anca and I flew to Koh Samui, an island off the south east coast of the country.  Here we stayed for 5 nights in a resort on the beach.  It was quite rough I tell you.  But for $15 a night per person I wasn't going to complain too much. 

You can probably imagine how we spent our days-- not much too it.  Sunning ourselves on the beach all day and enjoying the occasional massage and Thai beer.  We made plenty of local friends since many roam up and down the beaches all day trying to sell everything from masks to beach toys and jewelery to tourists.  They are constantly asking you to buy from them; we discovered that befriending them stopped the hassling. 

We were lucky enough to be there during the infamous Full Moon Party which takes place (you guessed it) during every full moon.  It's basically known to be one of the biggest raves in the world that takes place on the beaches of the near island Koh Pagnan.  DJ's pump out music from the early afternoon until the sun rises the next day.  We met 2 awesome gals from Australia that day and took speed boat taxi to the island with them that night to experience the madness.  We had a great time and (FYI mom and dad, made good decisions ;) 

We also met many other travelers.  This area is all built around tourism.   You could relate it in this way: Thailand is to Europe as Mexico is to America.  I didn't realize that it was such a neat vacation destination.  I would definitely like to go back someday and see more of the islands.  If you've seen the movie "The Beach" with Leonardo Di Caprio, it is filmed on Phi Phi island in Thailand.  There are many beautiful places and many things to do.  It is known for some of the best diving in the world and is a great place for rock climbing and other extreme sports. 

Well my time in New Zealand is nearly over.  I've gotten the opportunity to do a bit more traveling of the South Island, note the photos attached.  On December 15 a friend from College, Lindsey Nelson and I will be flying up to the North Island where we'll travel for 8 days and then fly to Australia.  I'll be in Melbourne for Christmas with a group of friends and then we'll be renting two vans between 7 of us and driving up the east coast to Sydney for New Years.  After our little road trip, my friends will fly to their homes and I'll stay in the country.  Potentially I'll be spending a year in Australia!

So I'd like to wish you all a very very Merry Christmas and times that by TEN because I won't be able to spend it with you this year.  I'll be missing you but you'll be in my heart (awwww :) 

Cheers to all!!!  and HAPPY NEW YEAR!  see you in 2009 folks!
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