Chillaxin in Chaweng
Koh Samui Travel Blog› entry 6 of 11 › view all entries
December 28th, 2007 – by: dfoo
With the sun shining and people nursing hangovers. It was a good quiet walk through Chaweng; south towards Lamai. What a difference the sun makes. What was vibrant often chaotic roads at dusk returns back as deserted island roads by morning. No shops are open except for the occasional convenience store and cafe offering all manners of bacon and eggs to the early crowd.
Having seen the map of the island the night before.
Up until today, I had yet to experience any of the friendliness that the land of smiles is renown for. So when a passing scooter stopped me when I was walking up one of the countless hills of Samui on the way to Lamai, and proceeded to offer me a lift. I was sceptical, after being passed by millions of passing motorists and the throngs of local touts. However I was beginning to doubt my sanity, and beginning to become weary from all the walk. So I took him up on his offer and hopped onto the back of his scooter pushing all thoughts of being kidnapped/extorted to the back of my mind. In hindsight I am so glad I took him up on his offer.
Once we stopped at Lamai Beach, I wasn't sure if I should offer him any money, did he want money. Or should I offer to buy him a drink on such a hot summers day. Before I had time to finish my train of thought he had already whisked away on his scooter leaving me feeling grateful and restoring my belief in human kindness. It is experiences like these which really define travelling for me. Somehow whenever I'm either stuck or in some sort of bind, there is always someone there to lend a helping hand.
The rest of the day, I spent relaxing on Lamai Beach. Reading my book. Watching people walk up and down the soft sand with the warm ocean waters lapping at their feet.
Before I knew it, the sun had set and it was time for me to head back to Chaweng and meet up with Viv and Jaime for dinner. I was definitely not going to make the same mistake twice and found a passing motorbike taxi on the main road back to Chaweng.
We ended up relaxing on the beach on one of the many seats set up at night after dinner. With a cold beer in hand, back carefully rested on an axe pillow, nothing but the stars above our heads and the occasional lantern drifting towards space. To say it was the perfect way to end a relaxing day on an island would be just about right.
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