Welcome back to my 2000 travel diary adventure. This week I remain on Ko Samui taking it easy.
Day 13 – 2nd May 2000
The weather in paradise wasn’t so good today, it didn’t rain but was a bit overcast. I still managed to get a good four hours in the sun on the beach, topping up the tan.
After dinner I caught a ride on the back of a bike to Lamai, then a Songthaew to Chawang. Tonight was fight night. At the Samui stadium there was Muay Thai (Thai Boxing). There were eight fights on the bill, some kids and an area title fight. The stands were packed with foreigners come to watch. I went and mingled with the Thais ringside, watching the betting take place and the trainers coaching their fighters. Thai boxing is a cross between Boxing, Kickboxing and Wrestling. Anything goes except head butting. It was very exciting.
Day 14 – 3rd May 2000
Today was quite productive, although I feel like I haven’t done anything. Started off at the beach as usual, avoiding the pineapple sellers and Sarong, massage and pedicure people. Then went to the post office to send some postcards, booked the train back to Bangkok for Monday night, changed some money and bought some Pringles (Not Hot and Spicy this time). It was a day of domestics.
Watched a great film while eating dinner, ‘Life’ with Eddie Murphy. Me and the English couple were creasing up all the way through. After the film took a walk down to Lamai to see what was happening. Not a lot just the usual. ‘Haylo, sit down’ calls from the Thai women in the bars.
Day 15 – 4th May 2000
A splendid day today, spent virtually the whole day on the beach. The family from Wales returned from Ko Pha-Ngan today. Like Steve and I they found two days were enough there. They stayed on the other side of the island to us.
Chatted in the water with Luke and an Israeli guy called Avid who lives in New York. Pete, Shaz and Luke’s plans are very similar to mine. So no doubt I will be bumping into them quite often. I have really caught the sun today. I’m a bit sore in places.
Had dinner with Pete and family at their place. The people seem really nice there. Pete had a freshly caught fish from the sea, it was huge. (As I am sitting and writing this I am listening to Barber’s Adagio for Strings, looking out across the Gulf of Thailand’s crystal clear waters, with Palm trees and amazing rock formations all around, this is heaven).
After dinner I checked my emails. It was nice to have them from my friends back home. Steve sent me one from Malaysia, he crossed the border with a Thai copper in his car. Sounds like he is having an adventure.
Stay tuned: More like stay awake. I will leave the islands sometime soon, I promise.