A bit of advanture & a little of royal moment

Surin Island Travel Blog

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We arranged a snorkeling tour the day after we arrived. This can be done at the island office where you can choose other activities to do as well. The boat departed the main island (Noth Surin) about 7 AM. He looked a bit pale but I didn’t pay much attention. When the boat stopped, my friend and I were ready to jump into the sea, while he still looked a bit hesitant. I challenged him to jump, he wasn’t very sure but he jumped anyway.

My friend and I got an empty plastic container from the boat crew for buoyancy. I was very excited with the picture of the multi-colour corals…that was amazing. When I looked up on the surface of the sea I couldn’t find him around me. He was on the shore which was about 500 metre away from the boat.
Our favourite shade


Even seeing him from a distance I could see something was wrong, so I decided to follow him there. Swimming alone was something I wish I wouldn’t do again, with my legs and feet hanging down in the deep blue sea letting my mind imagine of some creepy marine creature. While I was swimming, my leg hit some unexpected object with a soft texture. I held my breath for a second and forced myself to look down into the sea. Fortunately my leg had just brushed some seaweed, so I continued swimming until I reached the beach where he was.

He was lying down with his eyes closed, breathing deep and hard. I grabbed his hand and found out that he had just thrown up. Now he’s got no strength to get back to the boat.

I told him we had to go. I wasn’t a good swimmer and I couldn’t carry him away with me.
Robin, Tony, Me, Him
I decided to give him an empty plastic to assist him. It wasn’t enough for 2 people to hang on to though. I made up my mind to let him go with it and I would swim back. We managed to get to the boat eventually! So embarrassing that everyone was clapping hands for both of us….lol

I was a bit surprised with what happened with him. He told me it was just some “sea sickness”. Having no breakfast, traveling too early, and being in the boat made him sick. That made sense to me but tell you what I was fooled by his reason.

After being together years later, I found out later that it wasn’t about the sea. Up until now, he still gets “sea sickness” if he has to wake up before 10 AM…even we live so far away from Wellington’s shore….lol

Anyway, after that trip we were both famished as we burned so much energy.
The other side of the beach
We could manage to enjoy the food that the national park provided for us. There’s no choice of food on the island apart from the food from the national park’s canteen. You can’t choose what you wanted as the food was included with the package. They cooked for everyone the same thing.

Life on the island wasn’t as boring as the food though. We enjoyed immersing ourselves in the clean green sea. We found the place at the shallow part of the sea very fascinating. There’s a shade from the tree covering the area we sat in the sea. We watched the little fish swimming around us as if they were marching in the parade.

Nighttime in Surin was absolutely peaceful. Although the quantity of the stars weren’t as much as the sand we lied on, they were enough to dress up the dark sky like a giant crown of the Queen.
A little trek we had to take


The first thing woke us up in the morning wasn’t the sun. It was the troop. More than 20 of them walked on us with no mercy. Fortunately, they didn’t bite us. The troop of ants came from my sweets in the bag. Thanks to them, we were lucky enough to catch the first ray of the day. Listening to the wave washed out the beach made me want to be a lazy queen (of ants!) all day.  

Too bad we didn’t take many photos of the place; we thought that one day we might come back. Tsunami had hit Surin Island so badly in December 2005. It will never be the same again…

This is the lesson I have learned and always tell people I know to take lots of photos when they travel. Although the memory is always with us, showing is always far better than telling.

newtampo says:
Wow, you guys are too sweet that's why the ants were coming around!!! ;) Nice place you have visited. I wish i could go there once in a life time.
Posted on: Jun 01, 2007
siamesekiwi says:
Wow thank you for the info. That really freshes me up! I want to go there one more time la..I have to tell my son to grow up soon! :D
Posted on: May 31, 2007
thelailama says:
yup! i agree with u, and now i've changed, i try to take more photo everywhere i visit than my funny face haha :) BTW, tsunami couldn't destoy the beautiful of Surin as many people's confirmed it more beautiful than ever, after the big cleaning ;)
Posted on: May 31, 2007
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Our favourite shade
Our favourite shade
Robin, Tony, Me, Him
Robin, Tony, Me, Him
The other side of the beach
The other side of the beach
A little trek we had to take
A little trek we had to take
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