Breakfast on the beach (Ao Phai)
I'll be honost, we were getting used by the rhythm of Koh Samed.....It was 'getting up late and sleeping late....' We knew the beach, the bars and restaurants and knew that we were through with it for now. So we decided during breakfast to have a last day on the island and that we should leave it the day after. In the sea we noticed a boat that was laying very deep in the water. A long pipe or tube was connected somewhere with the boat and came ashore. We remembered what Robert told us the day before. That the island was short of water resources and that it was the reason that Koh Samed would never be as big as Phuket or Samui. This was the water boat! After looking at it half an hour, the boat was rising up from the water 'cause he lost his weight (the water), pumping it in to some reservoir of a hotel I think.
Interesting to see.
After our breakfast we took a hike all up to the north of the island. Some people asked us concerned if we needed transport (seeing us all sweaty with red heads, it's normal to ask!). But we smiled and thanked for the offer, we wanted to walk! Wonderful journey, we saw beautiful flowers, a pig and even a street dog that became friends and walked for miles together with us. We called him 'Rataplan', after the dog of Lucky Luke. LOL
We took a short break at the harbour, drank some tea and Sprite and took pictures of the people working in the harbour. We had a nice view on Thailand in the distance and were aware of the fact that tomorrow we would be there! We walked further and noticed that the hotels on this site of the island were much more expensive and luxurious.
We approached one of them but were told to leave the area, 'cause we were no hotel guests. Ron explained that we were interested to rent a room in the hotel, because we would come back next year with our elderly mother and mother in law (what a joke, this man must go work in the theatre!). The people got very willingly to help us after this explanation and showed us around at the hotel. The man even opened a villa for us to see. After inspecting it we told him that it would do for our parents and left the area with a brochure in our hands. By looking at the prices of one night stay, I almost fainted!
The rest of our day was almost similar as the ones before. Eating, drinking a beer, talking with locals and ending the evening at the disco Silversand.