in Koh Samui
20.10.2009 34 °C
We have spent the last 6 days on the lovely island, Koh Samui. As you know our apartment was booked ages ago so we could celebrate my birthday week in a bit more luxury than we have been used to throughout our travels so far! Luckily it didn’t disappoint….the place is beautiful! The views are stunning.
The whole wall in front of the bed is made of sliding glass doors so when we wake up in the morning we are greeted by a sparkling blue sea and tall palm trees. It is so nice to have a few extra luxuries like a fridge, daily maid service and lots of space! Plus we have a huge roof terrace and an infinity pool with views over the ocean.
The nearest beach (at the bottom of the hill we are on) is really lovely, it is called Coral Cove and isn’t very big at all but Gerald and I are often the only two down there anyway!
We have spent a couple of days exploring the island on the bike we hired. At the weekend we went to a waterfall that seemed to be a tourist hotspot, it was another tough climb in hot weather but, unlike the other two we saw in Indonesia, we didn’t really feel it was worth the effort, maybe if it had rained a lot recently it may have looked more impressive?!
We also went to Lamai which is where Kirsten and I stayed about 7 years ago. It has changed so much, all the little markets have been replaced with proper shops and little backpackers are now HUGE flash resorts and spas. I instantly recognised the place we had stayed in though, which apart from a new paint colour was exactly the same as it was back then.
The weather has been absolutely perfect here, day after day of blue skies and hot sunshine from the minute we wake up. We knew this part of the world is approaching monsoon season and so we were expecting rainy evenings and storms like Malaysia had had, in fact we were quite looking forward to watching lightning from the comfort of our apartment but it never happened!
Yesterday was my birthday and we started the day with breakfast on our balcony, headed down to Coral Cove and spent a couple of hours snorkelling, then in the evening we went into Chewang and Gerald treated me to a massage and a pedicure, a very nice meal and a bit of a spending spree in the shops. I had lots of birthday emails throughout the day which was really nice, every time I logged in there would be a few more! It is definitely a birthday I will remember.
Tomorrow we leave here for Koh Pha Ngan where we are planning on doing some more scuba diving and possibly go on a jewellery making day course! Our next lot of accommodation is known as a ‘Flashpackers’ as it is posher than your average backpackers. I’m not sure we will be able to slum it ever again now!!!!