If there’s one piece of advice we plan on taking while in Asia, it’s TRAVEL! After doing some research, we booked a trip to Koh Samui. Or so we thought. Apparently my travel planning skills need some honing – the hotel we chose is actually on another island. The good news: Koh Phangan is relatively close. The bad news? It’s accessible by only by speedboat – and only during the day. We landed at 7:30 pm…. Hm. Back-up plan! We ended up staying at a little hotel near the airport for the first night. Nothing much to comment on, other than the ridiculously inexpensive food. Three glasses of wine, a Zombie (Jake getting wild), two beers, and an appetizer for about $21 USD. Oh, and this TINY creature that came right up to our table, hopped in my lap, and slept there until he ferociously devoured my chicken satay. Was so hard to leave him the next morning!
But, on to greener pastures. Or bluer waters. We made it to the boat and were expecting a quick, easy 45 minute ride directly to the resort. But…. it’s us. Things never go as planned. The water was really choppy that day, and they were debating not letting the boats go out to Koh Phangan at all. But since the worst bit was near the northern part of the island, they decided to send us off, but dock on the southern end instead. GREAT news – but that didn’t prevent my panic face from displaying itself for the full boat ride and hour and a half off roading adventure that followed.
We were pretty overjoyed upon seeing our resort – Santhiya. Then upon exploring… Instant LOVE. I’ll just let the pictures attempt to explain why within 30 minutes of arriving, I was on a mission to extend our stay. (No such luck though! Oddly enough, the day we left the island was the day of THE Full Moon party – yes this is where it happens! – so prices skyrocketed and our sensible selves couldn’t condone staying.)
Could not have been happier with our room! We opted to forego a villa and instead stay in a room situated up a slight hill from the main part of the resort. SO thrilled with our room, our view and our somewhat private pool – the best sun worshipping haven I could have imagined. Because we were up that little hill, the resort provided transport to get down to the main pool and the beach. Jake, chillin’ at the stop waiting for our ride. No, not a rickshaw…
A WOODEN CAR! We found this one left unattended, and well, Jake had to get his driving fix for the year. Uncanny how much this thing resembles his old Jeep. Ah, but ever the law-abiding citizen, he chickened out in the end.
Who needs wheels, anyway. Onward to the water! As the resort manager suggested, we headed for the ‘small’ set of rocks leading to the adjacent beach. More options for food (alcohol) and such.
This is where I started to question his judgment. This is the American lawyer’s dream…Luckily our young(ish), agile selves were able to narrowly escape a snake dwelling in the rocks and climb across (along with an old couple and a blind woman).
SO WORTH IT. At that point we were ravenous and in dire need of some spirits. Beach Love restaurant to the rescue!
Loyal customers ’til the end, we frequented this establishment every day at noon for 2 tequila shots, 2 Long Islands, smoked salmon and pad thai. And occasionally, when we were graced with his presence, we got to order one more meal….For Zac.
Speaking of bliss, how about an hour long Thai massage… for about $10 US. With a view!! Back in the pool area. That log ‘bridge’ is how we got to our lounge chairs. Guess it’s right in line with the rock challenge at the beach. No old couple following us this time, just a waiter with a tray full of drinks.
Yuuuum. Whole lot of this going on, hence that intense sign for the loo. As the sun set each night, we headed to the beach. Martini time.
Make it a double. Literally: buy one get one!
An incredible trip. Cheers to YOU Santhiya!