We have left Bangkok and travelled south to the island of Koh Samui, an island of approx 55km circumference nestling 70km from the west coast of Thailand. We loved Bangkok, it is an amazing city, truely something for everyone! We had a superb meal on the last night at the Cabbages & Condoms Restaurant, complimentary condoms given to you at the end of your meal instead of chocolate - nice touch! On our last day we visiting one of the Buddhist temples close to the river, Wat Arun, where I received a blessing from one of the monks, a truly wonderful and peaceful experience. We also visited The Grand Palace, the former home of the monarchy until 1925. Breathtakingly beautiful it also contains a temple housing the Emerald Buddha. The former king, King Bhumibol the Great passed away in October 2016 and the Thais are currently in mourning, hundreds of Thais, dressed all in black are going to the palace to pay their respects to the king's remains housed there.
We then took an overnight train to Surat Thani before catching a ferry to Koh Samui. The train journey took 11 hours and was an experience in itself. We started stamping on the cockroaches at first, not very Buddhist I know, but after a while you got used to them. We did keep the light on the whole way though! A bum-numbing bus journey to the port followed and then a ferry to Koh Samui, a few hours waiting here and there but we are getting used to that. Koh Samui is beautiful, just what you would imagine. We are staying in a little hotel right on the beach with palm trees and blue-green sea, idyllic. The weather is hot, in the 30's but there is always a breeze and the occasional heavy rain storm accompanied by War of the Worlds clouds and cracks of thunder. In true Brit style we have burnt already, the sun is fierce, but we will brown off in a day or so, hopefully 😡! The food so far has been stunning, plenty of seafood, chillis and noodles, coconuts, mangos and Singha beer.
The Thais are fabulous people, the most friendly and welcoming we have ever met. They are gentle, light-hearted and caring people who have been brought up to avoid confrontation and to always keep calm. They find things funny rather than irritating - they had a good laugh at our sunburn too!
Wildlife so far, plenty of stray dogs, it very well fed as the restaurants look after them. They seem to sleep in packs on the beach at night. Lots of Mynah birds too and a few lizards. Oh and plenty of mosquitos, just to add insult to the sunburn injury!
Some photos to follow, difficult to upload as wi fi drops in and out but will do my best.
Love Si & Steph xxx