19.02.2017 - 28.03.2017 28 °C
After leaving Sandakan (and the rain) we caught a plane to Surat Thani and then jumped on board a boat to Koh Samui. Finally some sunshine!!
Our first three days were spent just out of Chawing at the Free House Bungalows. A beautiful calm beach with not much to do; The perfect location to sit and relax!
As Lucas's birthday was coming up we decided to change up the location and choice of accommodation so we moved about 20 mins drive across the island to Lamai beach. This beach was quite different and had waves! I have not played in waves like this since I was a child. None of this walking out for 500 metres and still having the water up to your shin a la Rye. It was deep and a lot of fun.
But as the saying goes its all fun and games until someone loses an eye....or in this case their wedding ring! Yep, that's right, I lost my wedding ring and it was my own stupid fault. I had just put sunscreen on, went to join James in the ocean and then decided to get rid of the sunscreen that was stuck under and around my ring. As I'm thinking 'I shouldn't be doing this in the water' the ring popped off my finger, straight to the bottom of the ocean. James and I searched for quite a while but couldn't find it. The waves meant the sand was moving quite quickly and the ring was never to be seen again *insert me sobbing here*
Then Lucas turned 12! I still cant believe that 12 years ago he wasn't here, and now, 12 years on he's almost as tall as me! Where has all that time gone?!? We decided to go to the Pink Elephant Waterpark to celebrate his birthday. After finding a cab who was willing to take us over the mountain we arrived to the 2nd dodgiest water park I have seen in my life (the first being in the Philippines). There were only 3 other groups of people there when we arrived which meant we had the place virtually all to ourselves! This meant no lines for slides, no one else bumping into you on the lazy river ride AND getting the wave pool turned on by request. The slides were a bit slow (I got stuck halfway down a few times but that could be saying more about me than the slide?!) but all in all a good way to kill a couple of hours.
Time for a cultural eating challenge! Each Sunday night in Lamai there is a huge market with food and general market stuff eg/ souvenirs, clothes, jewellery etc. We headed down to see what all the fuss was about. Absolute mayhem!! But we did have some delicious food and found a stall that would satisfy the requirements for a cultural eating challenge. We had a bag full off grasshoppers, some black bugs (not sure what they were...) and grubs. Lucas tried all of them and thought they all tasted pretty good; as did Adam. James was not as convinced but tried them all anyway and then complained the whole way home that he was feeling sick. I do have footage of them eating which I will post on here - just taking a while to upload with the slow internet.
And just as I thought I had got out of eating sausages Lucas finds a café called Samui Sausages which apparently serve the best sausages on the island. We head there for breakfast and luckily there were other things on the menu - we all know how much I love sausages. During breakfast the rain starts pouring and unless we wanted to walk in the storm we were stuck hanging out at Samui Sausages until the rain past. Across the road there was a hairdresser so both boys decided to get new hair cuts. James opted to look like Bert from Sesame Street while Lucas went for some type of Bogan with a top knot / 90s undercut. They're super happy with them so that's the main thing?!
Not much else to report on from Koh Samui. We stayed 9 days in total and had a great time. There are more photos to add from Adams phone - will add them shortly so watch this space.
Now, off to Koh Phangan for some more beach time.