Finally managed to get my photos off of the dodgy camera card, so I’ll try to catch up with the blog posts I’ve missed now. I’m actually in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia now – but there’s a few places still to write about first.
A short bus ride from Khao Sok followed by the ferry took me to Koh Samui, the biggest of the islands off the east coast of Thailand. It’s an island that has developed a lot over the years and seems to have quite a family holiday feel to it. So I only stopped for a couple of days.
It’s worth mentioning the “hostel” though, as there are so many places now that go so beyond what people normally picture as a hostel. Here I was only in a 4 bed air conditioned room – usually only occupied by me and 1 other – breakfast provided, and even a small swimming pool!
I did actually consider the option of renting a motorbike to get around the island, but decided (probably for the best) against it. Instead I walked, and walked some more. After following a path to a nearby waterfall I found myself continuing along more paths to more view points and waterfalls, before eventually realising (by the power of GPS) I’d actually accidentally walked right to the centre of the island! At that point I realised I needed to walk back too… resulting in an epic walking day of about 25km!
The following day, being somewhat knackered, I just explored the nearby town a bit and found somewhere to buy the new memory card for my camera, so not much else to report from Koh Samui. Nice enough place but not much to make me stay longer, and I’d found a small group of people in the hostel who all happened to be planning the same journey the next day – over to the tiny island of Koh Tao.