well the rain finally cleared for our last few days in Ko Samui, so we made the most of it and went out the Angthong National Marine Park. went to a few nice islands and did some snorkelling, climbed to the top of one of the islands and there is a beautiful lake in the middle. went kayaking and swimming, was good fun.
met up with dewar (an old friend of shells) and had a beer and catch up. it rained so much that night that we could hardly get a taxi - no one was game enough to wreck their cars. thought we might have to spend the night with dewar!, but all went well and we made it back.
Travelling from samui to Railay was quite an adventure, what should have taken 5 1/2 hrs took us 12hours!! we were put on mini bus to bus to boat to bus to some dodgy road side eatery to another minibus that broke down on the highway in the middle of nowhere! needing to pee and not much water left was not a good combination. the radiator exploded, water was everywhere so there was me and daniel, 3 brits and 3 israelis sitting on the side of the road in the hot sun. luckily about an hour into it a little ice cream selling man rode past on his bike, hallelujah!!! we bought him out of icecream. then it rained, so all bags inside and us crammed like sardines in a moist can, yuk. eventually help came ( in a BMW ) fixed the hose and we were on our way, till it nearly overheated, so we stop AGAIN!
eventually made it to Krabi, put into another minivan, then the back of a ute, then onto a long tail boat to Railay, got here right on dark then it started pouring, again!!
we finally found a place to bunker down and get dry and have spent the last week or so just taking it easy. swimming, eating, drinking, did some rock climbing - this place is renowned for its good climbing. we did ok, did 4 climbs of about 15-25metres. nice view from the top. we did it with some aussies we met from melb, both doctors so we shared lots of funny hospital stories. we decided to hang around a bit longer than expected but its so nice here so why not.
off to phi phi next.