04.01.2012 25 °C
Happy New Year everyone, we hope your holidays were safe and happy. All the best for 2012.
We had a great night in Chiang Mai, it turns out it is a town full of pyromaniacs that really enjoy fire and fireworks in all shapes and sizes. We had a very early flight to Koh Samui on January 1st and with every idiot with a beer in one hand and an explosive in the other, we got off the streets shortly after midnight.
The party was just ending when we got our cab around 5:30am so it was easy to grab a pick up truck taxi to the airport. It was only a domestic flight so the security and check in was very easy. As the plane descended to Samui the clouds closed in and it looked as if we were in for a bit of a shower. It turned out that we were in for a monsoon...or 3 days of monsoon!! Natalie had a friend, Dave, on the island so we caught up with him at a little guest house in Chaweng. It was written up as the busiest and most popular part of the island and that seemed pretty true as it was hectic despite the rain. Plenty of Russian and English tourists looking as if they were auditioning for next season's "Jersery Shore" packed the bars and restaurants along the strip. When the rain eased up a little we would go out to grab a bite or try and explore but without much success, it was more rain than we have seen on this whole trip. Dave kept us entertained, but eventually we gave up hope and decided to make some plans to move on.
This morning we got a bit of an island tour as we headed to the ferry to get a lift to the mainland and our bus. Our next stop is Aonang Beach which is a bit south and on the west coast of the country. Today we will travel by bus, boat, two more buses and a van before we get to our hotel. It was the local bus so left little room for comfort and was not a non-stop route, we took numerous breaks along the way for people and packages to get on and off. The countryside was very green and beautiful despite the obvious signs that this falls serious flooding has hardly receded. The locals all seem to be back to business as usual.
We were initially going to tour around the south a little and then head back to Bangkok around the 13th of January for a flight to Bali, but we have made a change of plans. Now we are going to make a road trip all the way south via boat and bus so we can see lots of little islands and parts of Malaysia that we would have just flown over. Should be interesting, stay tuned...