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Long Wet Ride Home

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The trip back to Bangkok threatened to destroy all the mellow, relaxing, feel-good effects of the weekend in Samui. First, the boat ride from the island back to Surat Thani was long and hot. The small boat was packed with over 300 people (with room for about 200) and had no shade except for an unventilated seating area in the bottom of the boat.

But as I was sweating on the deck and appling more sunscreen and trying to distract myself by looking for dolphins in the water (I saw one on the way over) I appeased myself by knowing that an air-con sleeper train was waiting to take me to Bangkok. When I arrived at the train, however, the AC was "broken" and I was placed in a sweltering fan car. To add insult to injury, the nearest fan didn't move, so I couldn't really feel any moving air. Needless to say, since I had paid extra money for an AC car, I just about lost it.

So there I was, sweating and trying very hard to have the laid-back take-it-as-it-comes Thai attitude, but it was next to impossible. But now, after a relatively good, albeit sweaty, sleep and a short taxi ride home to a hot shower, I can honestly say mai pen rai ("no problem").

Relaxed

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I head back to Bangkok soon, but I am in no hurry to go. In fact, I am in no hurry to do anything. I haven't felt this relaxed since... maybe my trip to Laos with Rupert where the only "stress" was trying to figure out the best place to watch the sunset every night.

Speaking of sunsets, AJ and I watched the sun go down over the Gulf last night. We were joined by a Thai man and his wife and son, who were looking for crabs to use for bait to catch squid the next day. He showed us how to find the crabs that were hiding under the sand, and how to dig in and pull them out.

Oceans and Temples

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After just one full day, I think I have seen most of the sites on Ko Samui. When I first arrived to the island I took a rot daeng to the Tesco Lotus where my friend AJ picked me up on his motorbike. He then took me to a nice little bungalow resort on the beach where I will stay for the two nights I am on th island (no AC, no hot water, but just US$10).

Today AJ was kind enough to show me around on his motorbike. First we went to the Big Buddha -- a huge sitting Buddha statute overlooking the Gulf. Then we went to see Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks (more on this later) and to a temple to visit the mummified monk. Next was a trip to the beautifil MaeNam waterfall, and then back to the beach for some snorkling. All in all a very relaxing day on a beautiful island.

Ko Samui

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As my horoscope said a few days ago, perhaps I need some "foreign" culture. So last night I jumped on a train in Bangkok and woke up this morning in Surat Thani in southern Thailand. From there I took a 30 minute bus ride to the Gulf of Thailand where I hopped on a ferry that took me to Ko Samui (Samui Island) after a 1.5 hour ride.

My first impressions are good ones. I had heard that Samui was over-developed, and so I pictured Miami Beach. But the island is mostly rural and no hotels are taller than 3 or 4 stories. I think they have done a great job of blending the new construction with the beautiful mountain / jungle / beach topography.

By the way, this post sets a record for number of posts in one month. Surprisingly, I have been able to write a post a day so far, and I think I should be able to continue for the rest of the month (at least). It has actually gotten easier now that I am in the habit of doing it.

Tomorrow: more sightseeing and exploring in Samui and hopefully some snorkling.

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