We landed in Koh Samui, which was a teeny-tiny airport in comparison to those we had been using in Asia, and checked in at the Jolly Rodger, a small bar with a couple of rooms to rent through Airbnb.
The location was not on the most popular side of town, but it was across the road from the main pier that takes travelers to the surrounding islands of Koh Pangan, and Koh Tao.
We spent one week in Koh Samui, and much of that time was spent exploring the town, and chilling on the beach, which was just a 2 minute walk away.
We experienced our first monsoon storm while at the beach! It was a quick and sudden storm, something we were not used to. One minute it was hot and calm weather, the next minute, the wind just picked up and the rain bucketed down….it was rather dramatic.
We were being sand blasted while frantically running around, trying to gather all our belongings which were blowing away, all this, while dodging coconuts falling from the palm trees. We failed at out running the rain, and were completely drenched by the time we got back to our accommodation.
The storm knocked out the electricity to the area for about 4 hours, and flooded the streets with water that was about 20cm deep. Luckily, for most of our stay in Koh Samui had great weather, and only a few of days of rain, but when it did rain, the power would always go out. We were told that power failures due to weather are common, and being without power for a few hours is normal. This reminded us of the ‘load-shedding’ back home!
We decided on one of the days to walk to the Fishermans Market walking street, which was really good. There was lots of great restaurants and stalls, and we finally got to try some delicious Mango Sticky Rice dish, which is now one of our favourites. We are really starting to enjoy the Thai food we have been having. Some of our favourites have been Pad Thai, as well as Pineapple fried frice.
We went to visit the famous Big Buddah statue, which was pretty cool, but what we really enjoyed even more, was the temple and other statues just down the road at Wat Plai Laem. This Buddhist Temple was a really colourful temple complex with a lake with an 18-armed statue of the goddess Guanyin.
After about a week, we took the ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Tao, where we were going to stay on a secluded part of the island.