Still in the train, but the dawn finally lets us see where we are, and it amazes me. We are right in the middle of the jungle. Red clay sand, big palm trees, huge vegetation that I’ve never seen in my life, huge cows and monkeys all around, and a warm earthy smell. I can’t wait to put my feet on this red ground and feel all this wild life around me.
After we arrived to our destination, we jumped into a bus that was already waiting for us, and drove for about 2 hours to the port were we took a boat to Koh Samui. The boat took around 90 minutes, so.. not that bad.
Today we suffered the first scam! When we arrived to Koh Samui, after the eternal train+bus+boat trip we didn’t know exactly were to go. So when we got down the boat there was a big swarm of taxi drivers, trying to lure tourists to their cars and take them to hotels were they get commissions. We wanted to avoid that, so we just walked passed all of them, until we decided were to go.
We looked on the internet and we found out that there was relative quiet beach not so crowded. Koh Samui is the largest island, and therefore we wanted to avoid the “party” area. We decided to go to that area of the island, so we looked for a taxi driver. We found one who offered to take us to the place for 500B, to what we said no, we offered him 300 and he grumpily accepted.
We were on the car for around 20 minutes, going through little roads, everything looked awesome. At the end he stopped in front of a nice hotel, and said that was the entrance to our beach. We said OK and we left. But our surprise was that that fancy super expensive hotel were he dropped us was the only place around. We weren’t going to stay in that hotel, so we decided to walk ( carrying our back bags) and of course, we were lost in the middle of the jungle, under midday Thailand sun in no time. If you add the bad night sleep of the train, the fatigue and the anger for being scammed and left in the middle of nowhere made it a bit hard. We even had an argument about “adventure” where Alan decided that was enough adventure for him.
We walked for around 1 hour and we finally found a little hotel. It was empty ( because it was still in the middle of nowhere), but it was clean and cheap. We wanted to rent a motorbike to be free to explore the island, we saw that at the port were we arrived there were several rental companies, so we went to reception to ask for a taxi to come and pick us up. The lady very kindly advised us against it, since it was gonna be very expensive, instead she offered us to ask the neighbor to take us ( that was so nice of her!). She came back with good news, the daughter of the neighbor was going to town and was able to take one of us in her own bike. When she found out that we wanted to rent a motorbike, she offered us to rent hers to us instead. We accepted, and after a bit of a training (it had a driving system that neither of us had seen before), we decided to finally go to the beach. We had been in the island for 4 hours, and we hadn’t even eaten or step on the sand yet.
We headed south, the ride has been amazing. Going around the jungle, this giant leafs and exotic animals all around making weird noises. Suddenly everything that happened today felt just right, that was our moment and our adventure. We found a restaurant by the sea. It was empty, and they had a lot of chickens in the garden, also a friendly dog and a monkey. While we were eating one of this tropical torrential but brief storms hit us, but we were well covered, although the floor of the restaurant started to flood.
After eating we decided to take a walk into the beach were the restaurant was. The restaurant’s dog decided to join us, and we felt the Thailand sea for first time. And Oh my! What a hot soup it is! Although I’m used to mediterranian sea, which is quite hot, this hot waters surprised me. The beach was really long and shallow, and we could see some of the characteristic “floating rocks” of the country, deep inside the sea.
Along our walk, the dog stayed with us, chasing crabs and playing with the fishes. It was quite a relaxing afternoon, but we couldn’t swim yet. The deep part of the beach was too far, and we were carrying our stuff around.
So we made our way back to the restaurant, picked up our bike and rode to our middle of nowhere hotel, and we had a long and relaxing nap. When we were renting the bike to the neighbor, the lady offered us to cook dinner for us, so we accepted. We walked to her house around 20:00 and she cooked a delicious pad thai for us that felt like heaven.
Money Spent (all of this is the total amount for 2 people):
300B / 5£ Taxi that dumped us
70B/ 1.3£ breakfast
600B / 11£ room
500B / 9.3£ motorbike for 2 days
874B / 16 £ lunch
40B / 0.7£ gasoline
40B / 0.7£ water and little bananas
130B/ 2.5£ dinner
Although at the moment we were walking we regretted not having a plan for where to go for the hotel, the amount of amazing things that happened after that, like a random lady offering her motorbike to rent or the home made dinner in a private home, made it totally worth it. It was the first day of the “adventure” we were supposed to live, and at the beginning it looked that we sucked at it, but we learned to take adversity as it comes. We dealt with it at the moment and then carry on. I’m very happy about the way the day ended, and I’m happy to say that we both learned a lot that day. Needless to say that we kept “adventuring” our days, and that we enjoyed it even more.