... and the day I swam with a shark!
18.05.2008 - 19.05.2008 35 °C
Haha I didn't really swim with sharks but figured it made for a catchy headline!
So... JKoh Samui uis no more (thank the lord!) - it was full of mcDonal;ds, beer bellied chavs and dirty old men having sex with young Thai giirls - gross. My idea of hell but many seemed to be loving it!!! I have to say though before I write Samui off totally - the beach is lovely and the Penzy Guesthouse was fab. Otherwise it is a hole!
I won't waste too many words other than to say that I got to meet up with my uni friend Luci who is teaching English in Thailand and we had a great night sipping cocktails on the beach. We followed this with a trip to raggae bar so she could witness for herself the dirty old men as I had told her of them... and yes, there they were as with the night befpore and absolutely no shame! I am talking guys who looked to be mid 70s with girls of late teens - it was the most awful thing I have ever witnessed and I don't know who is to blame: the dirty old gits for seeking it or the young girls for offering it...
Moving onto sunnier things - yes folks thats right! WE HAVE SUNSHINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally! We landed on Koh Phangan yesterday aftenoon after a catamaran ferry over from Samui. The boat trip was a pleasant experience and we landed and found a bus to our town fairly easily. Unfortunately we did not have so much luck with our pre booked room - with a single bed!!! Despite having booked a room for two there was the scrawniest little bed you ever saw and nothing else.... um, thats not what we prebooked I politely explained expecting to be moved to the lovely room we had seen on the website and indeed selected on the booking page. That was all that they had left apparently and nobody seemed to think this was a problem!!! I rang the agent we had used to book who immediately agreed to give us a refund so we could go get proper sleeping facilities elsewhere... then after speaking to the hotel she rang me back and said no she couldn't give us a refund after all because the hotel wouldfn't give her one! I turned into Louise The Lawyer and started quoting the implications of her side of the terms and conditions and attemped to explain that if she could not provide the room we had paid for in good faith she had to refund us and the money issue with the hotel was her concern not mine... this was followed with lots of me no understand and no me no have no manager here for you to speak to. An email of complaint was sent and the cheeky gits dared to repy that nowhere on the booking confirmation did it say the exact room type so if a single bedded room was all they had left we would have to make do!!! So lawbore came out once again and I have sent them a formal email quoting the advertisnig act and sales laws etc... iof they sstill refuse to pay us back I will be taking it further!!!
In the meantime we were left with nowhere to live! I was raging as I am sure you can imagine as we had arrived in the most idyllic paradise resort but ultimately its in the middle of freaking nowhere so it quickly became apparent we were stuffed!!! Fortunately as a stress induced asthma attack crept into the horizon we found a room! Actually its more like a palace and I couldn't be happier with it! Siam Visit can stuff their crappy resort where the sun doesn't shine - and here in Salad Beach Resort it shines lots, yay!
So our room is lush - we have a huge room with a delicious bathroom with a western toilet and hot water shower (hooray to luxuries for Thailand!). Our room is entirely bug free and has lots of pretty Thai art and decorative items. Best bit... we have a big balcony overlooking a beautiful waterfall and as you make youir way down ther path you hit the most beautiful beach I have EVER seen!!! This knocks Miami for six a million times over!
The beach is a tropical haven - surrounded by mountains, palm trees and exotic birds... the sand is snow white and soft and the water hot and entirely clear!!! Today as I swam I saw lots of tropical fish and even a leopard fish which was the coolest thing ever!
I may stay here forever....
So the plan is to chill here for the forseeable future - we have booked into the new place until 24th May and have no definite plans after that. I am intending on finally getting a tan after all the rain in the north - and plan lots of lazt\y beach days and book reading.
Tomorrow night is the infamous day glo Full Moon Party - we shall see we shall see... I am slightly wary but will fill you in after - no doubt if its all too much a bucket of samsong will ease the pain heehee!
I'm heading back to the beach - hope the office etc is fun!!!
Adios for now...
ps mum I have no phone signal but will call tomo from a payphone - love you and Johnny n most of all... TIGRA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxo