I travelled out to Koh Samui from Chiang Mai (catching a flight, then a ferry). This was actually a lot simpler than I’d thought it would be and I was at my hotel by 3pm The hotel was slightly expensive, but I had a room to myself for the quiet I’d been craving. The entire point of landing into Koh Samui was to keep writing, on and on until I’d released pent up emotions and could understand some of the turbulence over the last few months. Questions flooded my mind over and over again. And my pen flew at speed through my note pad.
Due to the lack of real food here (other than anything which can be deep fried) I ended up on a horrific diet mainly based on chips, vegetable spring rolls and milkshakes. Needless to say after less than 3 days my muscles were cramping, and my body didn’t want to do anything. With the diets that we take today its easy to forget or ignore the impact that eating has on your well being and your mood. This weeks has helped me to know that I want to be vegan, that I want to stop feeding my body with processed foods and meat. It doesn’t make me feel good, nor does it encourage my body to want to move. Everything feels stiff. And being candid, this is making me super nervous about walking on the Appalachian trail. As pretty much all everyone eats is raman noodles and processed sugary snacks. There is virtually no fresh vegetables or fruit to eat regularly… for the entire trail (which is basically 6 months).
The beach here at Bang Por is exceptionally peaceful and there are virtually no people here. Its odd as this is meant to be the high tourist season. The majority of people who are here are families of Russians, French and, or Germans. There are virtually no English speakers and I’m seen as something of a novelty (especially as I’m a woman here alone). Its not uncommon to be able to find a peaceful patch of beautiful white sand where there are one or two families nearby. With the peace here it’s difficult to not let the tranquil nature slowly seep into your bones, as you slowly breath in and out.
Koh Samui is one of the group of Thai Islands on the east of the country and it reminded me a LOT of Phuket. I have a thought that this is an Island that is typically used to go to one of the other more popular islands, for example, the Full Moon Party at Koh Pha Ngan, or Diving on Koh Tao. On these Islands its typically to hire a moped to travel easily around, as the buses aren’t very frequent. But I was waiting for the Magician to arrive before we would take that adventure. On one evening though the hotel owner took pity on me and some other guests and drove us out to the evening market at Maenam. Giving a break to my daily routine of sunbathing and writing, this at least gave me a chance to try some unusual local fruit and buy some trinkets.
So the negatives, as Koh Samui wasn’t inhabited till the 15th century, there isn’t a strong culture here. And its not actually that cheap here. I’d always assumed Thailand would be exceptionally cheap. My brother had said for an expensive $5 you could have someone fetch your food for you all day whilst you lie on the beach. What I’ve actually experienced is a coffee will cost me $3, to get a taxi from the ferry port to my hotel (a grand 15 min drive) was about $15. So if you’re looking for a cheap cheap holiday. Don’t come here. There are prettier beaches else where in Thailand, where at least the food won’t be continually deep fried pre- frozen rubbish.