22.03.2010 - 23.03.2010 36 °C
Hey everyone, sorry again for the wait. We just spent an amazing 4 nights on Koh Samui at an amazing little spa resort right on the beach with great bungalows.
It was a very relaxing time because we didn’t do much at all except hang around the pool, get some sun, and play some catch. So for obvious reasons, we didn’t do much blogging.
So last time we left off we were about to go on the overnight camping trip to Maya Bay. We weren’t to sure what to expect from the trip so we were a bit apprehensive at first when waiting to depart for the pier. At the meeting place there were only a few people, mainly our age and we thought it would be a small group. All of the sudden about 18-20 young college -aged Swedish people showed up with bags full of Sangsom. We knew right away it was going to be a crazy night. The boat ride out Maya Bay was really fun because about 30-32 people in total were going on the camping trip, plus the crew. It was really cramped during the boat ride but the Swedes brought a small Stereo and they entertained us by singing a song about being on a boat.
Before we got to the beach we stopped to do some snorkeling or swimming for just under an hour. The snorkeling was very good but it was a far swim from the boat to the reef so not many people snorkeled.
After snorkeling we took a short boat ride to Maya Bay. At first it was hard to take in the beauty of the Bay because all we could see was longboats parked all down the beach which was crowded with people.
It was about 5:45pm when we arrived on the beach and went to the camping shelter to drop our bags. We went straight back to the beach to check it out and have a beer.
We had heard that if you crossed the small bay you could see an amazing sunset. As you can see in these photos, it really was a nice sunset.
And in perfect timing all the tourist were gone, and we were left with a deserted and quite beach.
So after the sunset and getting to know some of the Swedes that were also on the trip, we went back to the camp for a great beach side dinner of red curry chicken, sautéed vegetables, and rice. After dinner we spent some more time getting to know one another and then we spent the rest of the night having a few buckets and hanging out on the beach.
When it came time to go to sleep we all got our sleeping mats, sleeping bags, and pillows and found a spot on the beach to sleep. It was incredibly clear that night and the stars were as bright as I have seen them yet. It is almost surreal to be sleeping on the beach under the stars and surrounded by jungle and giant limestone cliffs.
The next morning we woke up about an hour after sunrise, the sun was up but still behind the cliffs. Again, it was bit of a surreal feeling waking up and seeing what surrounds you.
It was a great night and definitely a great experience, even the boat ride back when we were confronted rough water in the longboats which were overcrowded.
When we arrived back after the camping trip, we had about half a day to get some food, clean up a bit and then rest because later that day we had arranged to go on a 6 hour sailing trip around the Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Lei. It was a 30-something foot sailboat with 12 passengers including us and Captain Bob: a Canadian who sailed the boat we were on from Vancouver 12 years ago.
He arrived in Thailand 3 years ago and set up his sailing trips. Again, it was another amazing experience. He took us around Phi Phi Lei and showed us some great coves, caves, beaches, snorkeling spots, and even a place to do some cliff jumping.
The first place that Bob took us to was Monkey beach and it is literally like it sounds; it was a beach full of monkeys.
After Monkey beach we went to a snorkeling spot, and then a little tour with some great sailing to a great spot to see the sunset. See if you can see the faces on the cliffs (think side-profile of a face).
The sailing trip was definitely one of our favorite day trips that we have done so far, and the all-you-can -drink Chang policy was definitely a plus.