Coming back again into Thailand we headed for Bangkok once more. Three days were spent in a blur of eating, drinking and shopping, before we went off to visit the island of Koh Samet.
Only four hours away from Bangkok, Koh Samet is where the Thais from the capital go for the weekends to relax and have a good time.
It is a picture postcard island with it's whiter than white sand and clear blue sea, the perfect place to spend some time relaxing and sorting out what to do and where to go next. It was also the perfect place for Chris and I to take some time out and do the rather unenviable and previously unthinkable task of splitting up.
Interestingly enough, whilst we found the Thais to be nothing other than totally friendly and utterly charming, Koh Samet also seemed to attract some of the worst specimins of British men we have ever encountered, either before or thankfully since.
There were the 16 stone, tatooed Brummies, with their beautiful Thai 'girlfriends' who boasted as to how cheaply they had managed to get their dates, and compared notes on the availability of said dates in either Samet or Samui - gross! Then there was the guy with "WHATEVER" tatooed across his shoulders, and who boasted loudly and often about how many people he'd beaten up that evening!
However, these lovely specimins of English manhood aside, the food on Koh Samet was to die for. Every night we had to make the rather difficult choice between which fresh seafood we wanted to eat that night, and our 'bucket' of choice. 'Buckets' seem to be a Thai phenomenon, a child's sand bucket, filled with the cheap spirit and mixure/cocktail of your choice, and garnished with about ten straws!
Ultimately our days passed by in a blur of eating, getting drunk and then sleeping off our hangovers on the beach. For myself, I took a lot of time out and sat on my balcony, being bitten by mosquitos the size of bats (one night I counted 67 bites - I was bored!) making jewelry. It was with a bit of a jolt that we realised one night that our Thai visas were due to expire in the near future, and so we packed up and headed back up to Bangkok in order to embark on the next leg of our adventure - Cambodia.