Thailand is known for its amazing beaches, rich culture and affordability, so when I decided to travel for a few of months (seven to be exact), my first stop was this amazing country. Unlike most tourists I decided to give Phuket a miss and rather head to Thailand’s second biggest island of Samui.
With one main road that loops around the island, plenty of jungle to explore and numerous white sandy beaches, it was the perfect place to call home for a month or two. After loads of research, I found an apartment perched on one of the island’s hills that had excellent WiFi so I could work, an incredible view and was close enough to the main areas of Chaweng and Lamai where all the good grocery stores, bars and restaurants were. From the moment I arrived, the island felt incredibly homely, and I knew I’d made the right decision in choosing this as my first stop on my trip.
The island is known as more of a honeymoon/family vacation destination than a party island, so it was the perfect location for me to knuckle down and get loads of work done. Don’t worry, it wasn’t just all work. During my time on the island, I immersed myself in its culture, explored its temples, drove a buggy through the jungles, watched incredible lady boy cabaret shows, got plenty of massages, went snorkelling at Anthong National Park and even got my scuba diving licence.
When I wasn’t working or exploring, I was eating! As a vegetarian, Thailand is a dream destination with such a strong veggie culture. From the obvious Pad Thai and spring rolls to less obvious No Names (deep fried veggies) and Morning Glory (stir fried Pak Boong), I tried it all with a fruit shake and Nutella crepe for dessert. Needless to say, I left the island looking ‘fuller’ than when I arrived.
Koh Samui had plenty of highs, but there were a couple of lows which included lukewarm ocean temperatures which was perfect for scuba diving, but not refreshing especially with the humid weather (nothing beats the beaches of Cape Town). There was also the occasional downpour which left me completely soaked and mosquito bites that had me visiting the doctor with swollen limbs! There was also that one time, that a little python decided to surprise me and perch itself right next to my scooter.
Overall, Koh Samui inspired me and my work, and truly gave me the opportunity to be who i wanted to be without the pressures and comforts of home. There’s this saying that ‘life begins outside of your comfort zone’, and for me, Koh Samui will always be that place that where I got comfortable with being uncomfortable.
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