From bad to good
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People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia)
Leaving Koh Phangan, Julia and I were looking for a cleansing of body and mind and in search of rest, relaxation and sightseeing. Our boat arrived into Big Buddha beach in the North of the island and according to our 'oh so trustworthy' Lonely Planet, there was one budget place to stay that wasn't supposed to be too far away. The sun was really beating down, but we were pretty sure that it wouldn't take long to walk and the taxi drivers were all quoting stupidly high prices to even switch on their engines. 45 minutes later, dripping with sweat, wanting to cry and trying to find a hotel that according to local people didn't exist, our bags were plonked by the road and we had to come up with a different game plan. The stupidity of the second plan followed that of the first plan - namely to follow the Lonely Plants help! Our trip culminated 3 hours after beginning, having walked past 3 beach resorts and ending up over 10km's from where we had begun, all in search of somewhere we never did find! It wasn't that we hadn't also asked in several hotels that we had passed, it was just that they all wanted way more money than we were willing to part with.
Ludicrously, a lady in the farthest place we reached said that a security guard and her would transport us back towards where we had come from, as her friend owned a hotel that we could stay in, at the Fishermans Village in Bo Phut. 5 minutes of holding onto all of our bags whilst also clinging on to the back of a motorbike for dear life, and we were there. I was so relieved to get an affordable room, but was even more surprised that our 300baht got en-suite bathroom (all be it cold water), comfy double bed, was spacious, very clean and smack on the beach. Although our hectic start on the island wasn't the rest or relaxation that i'd craved, it had purged our body of the excesses of Koh Phangan!
Wednesday evening had been a quiet affair with Dinner in a small local restaurant and an early night, in preperation of a busy following day.
Carrying on South East and then turning North into the centre of the island, the main waterfall area of Na Muang was next on our agenda.
Our anti clockwise loop of the island continued and just before sunset the sandy beach at Lamai was felt under our toes. We stopped here for some Dinner and to relax a little. This meant that the last 15km of our trip was concluded in the dark and thus i was unable to wear my sunglasses to protect my eyes from all the dust on the roads.
There were no set plans for Friday and this was a good job as the weather pretty much dictated our day. There was occassional drizzle and permanent threatening black clouds, with the wind whipping in from the sea. Therefore we opted not to venture out of the Fishermans Village and instead spent our day at a very lazy pace, but did manage to book our onward tickets and sort our laundry out - backpacking isn't all glamorous see! Saturday morning was just a case of waking up and been bundled into a mini bus that took us to the port, from where we took the ferry across to Surat Thani and caught the connecting bus south to Phuket.