Thailand – Koh Samui

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We are currently sat writing this in the most stunning private bay, on the island of Ko Samui, staying in ‘Thongtakian Resort.’ After spending early evening lying in a hammock, drinking fresh coconut shakes, watching a beautiful sunset over the…..

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sea, we have just finished a romantic candle-lit meal on the beach, with no sound other than the waves lapping the shore and our relaxed conversation.  Dinner was followed by the most magical experience ever, lighting our very own paper lanterns and setting them free to float up into the sky and out over the sea, whilst making a wish.  This so far has been the highlight of our trip, something that we’d seen on television and in the guide books, but had no idea we’d have the opportunity to do it ourselves.  This place is literally like paradise and at this present moment in time whilst writing this we don’t have a care in the world, it’s simply perfect enjoying each other’s company and our serene surroundings.

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Prior to staying in Thongtakian, we opted to stay just around the corner for 3 nights right in the heart of Ko Samui’s most popular area, Chaweng beach.  Despite being only 10 minutes drive from Thongtakian, it has a completely different vibe and is jam packed with restaurants, shops, bars and clubs.  It’s beach is vast, boasting beautiful white sand with a gentle sloping incline into the sea, perfect for children to enjoy paddling.  We both were in our element, laying in one of the wooden beach huts directly underneath the palm trees, having a massage, where Thai women covered us in Aloe Vera to help ease our sun burn.

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Prior to staying in Thongtakian, we opted to stay just around the corner for 3 nights right in the heart of Ko Samui’s most popular area, Chaweng beach.  Despite being only 10 minutes drive from Thongtakian, it has a completely different vibe and is jam packed with restaurants, shops, bars and clubs.  It’s beach is vast, boasting beautiful white sand with a gentle sloping incline into the sea, perfect for children to enjoy paddling.  We both were in our element, laying in one of the wooden beach huts directly underneath the palm trees, having a massage, where Thai women covered us in Aloe Vera to help ease our sun burn.
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The nasty effects of not applying our sun cream liberally enough was felt late into the night, with us both burning up, bright red and feeling pretty ropey, so we decided it was the perfect time to visit Ko Samui’s ‘Ice Bar.’  This unusual venue required us to wear a thermal coat, hat and gloves (provided by them) and offered drinks served in a -7 degree bar where everything from the seats we sat on down to the glasses we drank from was made out of ice!  It was so refreshing to escape the humidity for an hour or two, but we sure did leave with our teeth chattering!
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We loved eating out each night and ate at a range of fabulous restaurants, ranging from cheap Thai food stalls to fine dining at the iconic Page Restaurant in ‘The Library Hotel’.  On the way back to the hostel on our final night in Chewang beach we got dragged into a cabaret show by a group of heavily made up lady boys dressed in feathers, glitter, eagerly awaiting to perform to a full house.  From the moment we entered the room, Mr Vine was targeted by the dancers, who seemed more captivated by him than he did with them.  It started with an occasional hair stroke, wink or cheeky chin tickle, but soon progressed on to him getting dragged backstage, where he was doomed to keep hold of his masculinity!  Dressed up in a mini skirt, bra made out of coconut shells and a full face of makeup, he was made to parade around the stage like a belly dancer on heat, something he will never be able to live down with the thanks of photographic evidence! What a tremendous end to the evening, I must have produced a life-times worth of serotonin from laughing so much, and my dear husband crowned ‘Mr He She,’ win win!!!
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Yesterday we went on a thrilling trip to the Angthong National Marine Park and had great fun kayaking in tiny caves and around the many small islands (42 in total).  Offered to the tour group then, was the option to either snorkel on the beach, or ‘walk’ to a view point which we were told was a 500m distance in total, and would take 1 hour 30 mins.  This lengthy amount of time did strike us as strange as 500m is quite a short distance, being just over one lap of an athletics track, but we opted for this and thought no more of it.  What they carelessly failed to inform us of, was it was sheer rock face we had to climb, with a thin scraggly rope occasionally appearing on a few trees to hold on to.  Granted the view from the top was breathtaking, but at the forefront of our minds was the challenging climb we had to face in order to get back down.  To make matters even worse on our descent, both my gladiator sandals decided to snap under the pressure of the steep incline, so the remainder of the climb had to be completed in bare feet, on sharp scalding rocks!  Would we do it again? Yes, but definitely believe travellers should be fully warned about what’s in store for them in terms of climb severity, so they can accurately assess whether they have the physical fitness, determination and bravery to get to the top, not to mention suitable footwear!
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