Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ko Samui

It took just about an entire day to travel from Phi Phi to Ko Samui. Whether we took a plane or a bus, the travel time would equal out to be the same but of course the plane would cost a lot more. We went for the bus option.

The deal was about 10$ for the ferry ride, the air conditioned bus and then the ferry ride again from the mainland to Samui.

As it turned out, the bus wasn’t feeling very cold….. we sat for more than 2 hours on a bus that was completely full with no air conditioner or open windows! The air coming out of the vents was just the fan. Oh man. Everyone was sweating and moaning and hating it! When we reached the pit stop area we waited more than an hour for a new bus to arrive and take us for the last 45 mins of the trip.

The ferry was an additional 1.5 hours to Samui and we paid the $4 each for the ride across the island to Chaweng Beach, the most developed part of the island. We were planning to rent scooters and navigate ourselves around so it didn’t really matter which beach we stayed on.

Luckily since we hadn’t booked accommodations, some of the people on the mini bus ride suggested Relax Resort which offered cheap rooms, middle of the road rooms, and proper bungalows. We opted for the middle of the road – about 800 baht – 16 euros, still under budget for what we had planned. A curious room, but clean and totally workable.

We had dinner on the beach since all the hotels and restaurants set up tables and lawn chairs for about 3 km. It was pretty amazing actually.

A long day traveling, tired again, but hopefully worth it for a good trip here.

Tomorrow, scooter trip to the inland waterfalls and remote beaches.

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