Ko Samui

Trip Start May 05, 2008
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Trip End May 05, 2013


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Chalay Villas

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

It was a heck of a traveling day from Phang Nga to Ko Samui. Firstly we took a bus in the afternoon after our boat trip and arrived in Surat Thani around 7pm. We were then herded off the bus by some tour operator that would get us to the island on the last ferry. It was 400B each. We were most likely ripped off but we knew that the ferry terminal was well out of town and it was late. So we said fuck it, lets go. There were about 15 other backpackers in the shop all arguing with each other, it was utter confusion. We were put on a tuc tuc that caught up with another coach that was going to the ferry. Time was of the essence and our tuc tuc driver appeared to be drunk and perhaps a little crazy. He turned out to be quite amusing but the girls were a bit afraid of him : ). We made it to the ferry and got to Ko Samui at 9.30 pm. At this pont we needed to name somewhere to stay and took a taxi from where the boat dropped us off (another 400B). Rasta Baby turned out to be closed down so the driver took is one further to Chalay Villas which was in darkness. Eventually a light came on and we agreed to stay one night, we paid the taxi man and he went on his way. Our beach hut was better suited to storing gardening tools than sleeping in but it had been a long day so we didn't really care. We were staying between Mai Nam and Bo Phut beaches, it is very peaceful there and the owners were very friendly. However, we were going to move on but didn't know where. In the end we decided to stay one more night and rent a bike to explore the island further to see if there was somewhere we liked. We checked out Cheweng and the next popular beach below it but didn't really like them. We seen a nice sunset up on Big Budda beach but resolved ourselves to the fact that we just didn't like Ko Sumai. 
Ko Sumai is more of a package holiday destination. There are loads of exclusive resorts with private beaches. Chaweng is too commercial and you cannot even lay on the beach without the same bunch of people coming to you repeatedly trying to sell you shit. It is not even all that nice for swimming with too many people ripping up and down on jet skis. We met one local woman who ran a resturant called Harrys. She had been living on the island for the last 30 years but she hates the place now. It seems that Ko Samui underwent massive development in the last ten years to turn it into what is now. It is not cheap either. Also, if you read the local paper there are quite a few articles about drug busts and dodgey bar owners.

When you come to Thailand you will almost certainly be propositioned many times by some slick looking indian / nepalise man trying to selling you a suit. Well I was curious and decided to allow one to bring us into his shop and try and sell me something. I told him that I was definitely not buying a suit today but would look at his workmanship and decided another day. He seemed to ignore this and showed me a catalogue of designer suits I could choose from, a selection of materials etc and he could make me a very nice suit in 2-3 days. He kept using the word "happy", for example: "I make you happy, me make you nice suit, happy price. Big shop no do good job, don't care to make happy. I make happy suit, happy price. You happy, me happy" : ).  We have not been able to stop doing impressions of this ever since : ). Eventually, I managed to get out of the shop with out buying anything dispite his efforts to make me a shirt so that I could see his quality or make a nice dress for Angie. Hehe! However, if you are looking for a suit and particularly now in low season you get a real nice one for between 3000-5000 baht.

We stayed 3 days here on Ko Samui which was enough. There is a half-moon party tmrw on Ko Phangnan so that is where we go in the morning.
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