Who knew there was another world under the sea....
26.02.2012 - 02.03.2012 33 °C
... After a day of traveling (with two crazy Isralian's as my company) I reached my new island of Koh Samui and got into my bungalow at around 9'o'clock where I crashed out for the evening. I was peacefully sleeping away until I was awoken (once again) by the loud night creatures of Thailand. I've come to recognize most of the different sounds having been in Thailand for 5 weeks now. I awoke to loud scraping and scratching on the bungalow window. There was most defiantly something trying to get inside which went on for what seemed liked hours! I still have no idea what was actually out there but he/she was back every night!
Morning finally arrived and I headed for breakfast. The restaurant was on the beach so after breakfast I went for a day of sunning!
I was pre-booked for a week as it was meant to take me up to the week of the Full Moon party. I would then cross over to the island Koh Phangan. This didn't happen though as I decided to leave Ko Samui after 4 nights.
I didn't find any character to the island and I only met the two backpackers where I was staying. Rowena and Maaike who were two girls from Holland. They had been on the island for a week and also said that they to had not met any other backpackers on the island. We were staying on the east coast of the island so it simply could have just been the location. Although the locals didn't help. On the Tuesday I decided to explore so I grabbed a taxi into town of which ended up with a me being locked in the taxi! It was the classic agree the destination and price on the outside of the taxi and then once inside the famous quote 'i don't speak English anymore' .....need I say more!
I spent the next 3 days sunbathing and did little else as I was really waiting to move islands. As I was leaving early this left me with a decision. Did I make my way over to Koh Phangan early knowing the Full Moon Party not being for another 8 days or use my last week to go back to my favorite island.
As Will and I learnt last year hindsight can be a pain in the arse!
I decided to head back across to Koh Lanta for my last week (which was great) but I do now wish i had pushed onto Koh Phangan. Typically the girls Katie and Mel who I had met in Chaing Mai got in touch to go to the party together. I was back on Koh Lanta on the south islands whereas Koh Phangan is back in the north. It would have been a another 12 hour boat ride and I also had my flight booked from Krabi back up to Bangkok for my last 4 days before flying out to Oz.
Thursday I arrived back in Koh Lanta to a nice big welcome from Don. Randomly the two girls from Holland were on the same ferry and bus over to Koh Lanta and staying in the same bungalows for a few nights so we put our bags down and headed down to the beach for some dinner.
Rowena 21, Maikke 23, were backpacking in SE Asia for 3 months and on a gap from their studies.
Walter (our Italian friend) & Maikee
I was keen to do some more snorkeling so booked onto the 4 islands tour. This was excellent as we got to do lots of snorkeling! The first spot was quite rough so it was harder to snorkel but the second spot was beautiful. There were so many different fish swimming toward me made up of such vibrant colors.
The fish were pretty high up so I got this shot from the boat
Lunch that day was Thai Green Curry - it was so nice if a little HOT!
After the snorkeling we visited Emerald Cave. The Emerald Cave is a secret lagoon hidden inside the island of Ko Mook. The only way in to the cave is to swim through an underwater tunnel that opens out into the secret bay.
The cave used to be a smugglers resting place and is reputed to have been used by pirates as a secret and secluded place to stash their treasure - I had left my camera on the boat as didn't realize our tour guide had a wet bag to put them in when swimming. So unfortunately
I dont have any pictures of the cave but I do have pics of our long tail boat.... : )
The next day back at the resort I met Alex and Martin. They were a couple from the UK who were taking some time out to travel SE Asia.
They were pretty cool so I spent a few days chilling out with them.
Martin and Alex
After Alex and Martin left the resort had quietened down and we had 2 days solid rain! When it rains in Thailand it really rains!!!
I headed over to Ting Tong bar to swing in the hammock and keep dry! The rain stopped for a break and Don asked me if I wanted to go into Saladan with him as he was heading there. Saladan is the main town on the island off Koh Lanta. We headed off as its about a 20 minute ride. Half way through the rain started again. We both got soaked! Thankfully Don is a good driver so we made it into town in one piece. We were so soaked that we needed to take cover after the bank and it was still raining heavily so we ended up in this random German delicatessen. It was amazing... so many differently types of cheeses and meat with fresh baguettes too! We had Salami and sour chive and herb cheese baguettes! Mom, mon, mon, mon, mon!
Filled up we headed back out and I popped into the shops to have a look around, then ate more food, this time a banana and chocolate pancake. It was a fun way to spend a rainy afternoon.
I managed to get 2 more days of sun in before taking my flight back up to Bangkok for my last 4 days!
Koh Lanta really does have the best Sunsets in Thailand!