[dropcap]S[/dropcap]awadee Ka! So we made it to Koh Samui, Thailand in one slightly frazzled piece. I think we must have travelled over 25 hours starting with a drive from Forfar to Glasgow, to fly to Dubai, to catch a connecting flight to Bangkok, to catch a small plane to Koh Samui. The best part of the journey? Being upgraded to Business class on Emirates. I felt like a baller. The island has coconut trees galore and our hotel is heavily scented with lemongrass and frangi pani. I love it. I have also embraced every stray cat, dog, gecko etc like a mad woman- “aww frieennnd!!”
So pretty it hurts. I have also been eating fried rice and noodles everyday because, hello, Thailand! Also- watermelon juice. All of the watermelon juice, I can’t get enough. They juice it up with ice resulting in the bestest sweetest slushie from the gods. A ray of light shines upon the glass every time I order it. At least in my eyes.
Koh Samui in July is in the middle of the rainy season. Whilst it has been sunny (and hot, oh so hot) there are big bursts of rain throughout the day that usually clear up quickly. We are here for the second part of Robin’s sister’s wedding blessing- the ceremony was on Friday and we were led out by Thai dancers and drummers towards the beach, where the Bride arrived down an aisle of flower petals. It was so gorgeous- post on that to come!
Food has been delicious everywhere I’ve been- from the fruit cart ladies selling the sweetest pineapple and mango to the cafes by the roadside chomping on noodles- I am pretty much in food heaven. We went out the other night for a nice meal at a restaurant nearby called Top Ten- I ordered the biggest king prawns with peppercorns and had mango with sticky rice for dessert. I picked at Robin’s steamed sea bass and chocolate mousse and that was crazy good too. We’ve also walked around the area we’re staying, exploring the market stalls and it’s Aladdin’s cave of fake bags, Same Same But Different tees, and bootleg DVDs. And little dogs- everywhere. Even on mopeds!
It takes me a while to let go and relax and I’m slowly starting to unwind 6 days in! As you can see, Robin has no such issue. I’ve been stalking this pregnant mama cat around the resort and sort of hoping she’ll have kittens before I leave. She’s so docile and sweet and purrs even if you just say hello at her. It’s nearly time for lunch which means oodles of noodles for me as I go through wedding photos! More of that to come…