We are now relaxing on the Thai island called Koh Samui. I should add that this is the part of our trip that we have most been looking forward too. We are, after all, crazy about the ocean, islands, sunshine, swimming, and sunsets. Here’s a little update on what we have been up to recently…
Day 12 – We slept in, and then got up to pack our bags and get ready for the long bus ride down south. For brunch we met with Andy and Gayle one more time to say our goodbyes. We ate at a place Justin and I had frequented as our “breakfast spot”, and then headed to the East Gate, aka Thapae Gate, to meet someone else. A sweet South African who was living in Chiang Mai, and working for a local magazine, had contacted us and asked if she could do an interview for her company’s website. Ironically she had been following our blog for some time, and only just noticed that we were in Chiang Mai. Fortunately, she caught us just before we were about to leave. We met at a hidden little vegatarian restaurant, and did the interview while enjoying some fruit smoothies and fresh veggie spring rolls. Once she publishes the interview, we will be sure to share that with all of you.
After lunch we headed straight to the bus terminal, and waited to board our prebooked bus. The journey was a little rough for me because we had back row seats with meant we bounced around for almost the entire 18 hour ride!! Unfortunately the toilet on this bus was located at the back of the bus, not downstairs as it was on our bus last ride, so every time someone used the toilet I was woken up by the light being turned on, then the door being slammed, and the toilet being flushed. It drove me nuts!!! This is just how it goes with traveling though – you don’t know what it will be like until you are onboard, and there is not much that you can do about it. On the plus side, with the money that we save on not flying we are able to do some extra day tours and shopping on this last leg our our trip!! The bus stopped about 7 times (which we were promised it would not do), and then dropped us (and one other guy) in the middle of nowhere, with barely any options. We will explain how we got out of that situation later… plenty awesome stories and pictures coming your way when we return to China.
Day 13 – So the day didn’t start out fantastically, we were tired, hungry, and just wanting to lie down. By the time we made it to our guest house on Koh Sumui, about 23 hours after leaving Chiang Mai, we couldn’t have been happier to drop our backpacks, lay on a comfy big bed, and rest our feet!!! We showered, climbed into bed and took a nap, only to be woken after sunset to the sounds of frogs, birds, and chickens just outside our door. Our little bungalow is pretty sweet, and nicely secluded from the noise of the Main Street. Dinner? Thai food, of course! And no, we are still not sick of it… That’s probably not even possible for us.
Day 14 – We woke up early thanks to the roosters outside our bungalow, but stayed inside for a couple hours. It was good to rest and laze around in our cool room. It is much warmer here that both Bangkok and Chiang Mai – but then again the freakishly cold days are gone now, so perhaps the rest of Thailand is starting to heat up too. We walked around the Chaweng beach area, booked a day trip, tried some new restaurants, bought a few beach essentials, and took a lovely stroll on the beach (which is surprisingly more tiring when you are pregnant!!). By the afternoon we were exhausted again, and had to go back to our bungalow to rest – this heat will take some time for us to adjust to.
Day 15 – Today we did an absoluelty amazing day trip to the Ang Thong Natonal Park where we trekked up to an incredible viewpoint. There was a second such hike on another island – apparently with an even better view – but I was not allowed to do it in my pregnant state, so we stayed on the beach to swim, snorkel and lay on the sand. We also kayaked around a couple islands, and then feasted on a delicious Thai buffet onboard our boat. The sunset as we returned to Koh Sumui was spectacular!!!
We love the island life!!
Justin wants to wake up early (before 6am) to go find a pub where we can watch the Super Bowl… We will only know in the morning if we are able to do that since we are wiped out from the day on the boat, the island beaches, and swimming in the ocean. It feels nice to have some colour on our skin – even though it is just red, and not yet brown for now. That white pasty look wasn’t working for us.