The last 2 days have been about pure relaxation! We are a staying at a lovely resort on the northern end of Koh Samui called the Melati Resort and Spa, which is a lovely garden oasis on the coast. They have a great infinity pool that overlooks the beach and that is where we seem to be spending much of our time. The other good thing is that the resort has WiFi and I can get the internet on the beach. It was nice this morning to be laying on my beach chair watching the election results. Let's put it this way, I am so happy to see a country of blue!!!! And it is nice to see a country of blue across the country and not just in one part. Back to the resort - now I have heard people talk about how the water is so warm before, but I have never experienced water this warm - it truly is like bath water, which is nice, except if you are trying to cool down! It is still hotter than Hades here - 35C with 68% humidity making it feel like 44C) and I am loving it! Diane, not so much. She has decided that her and this kind of heat do not go together - so she is thankful for our a/c in our room :-)
In each place we have been to so far in Thailand I have been seeing these things called "Fish Spas" - they are essentially these tanks of water with all of these little sucker types of fish and when you put your feet in, they nibble off all of the dead and cruddy skin off your feet. Now being the adventurous sort that I am, I decided yesterday to finally try this. At first I almost died having all of these fish starting to nibble on my feet but after a while, it felt pretty good. They seemed to like my foot/leg that has all of the bruising from my crash landing while zip lining. It felt like a bunch of tiny little kitty licks on my feet - kinda cool. Can't say I noticed a noticeable difference in my feet but then again, I wasn't too sure what to expect.
Last night we went into Bophut which is the little town to the west of us for supper. There is this cool road there called Fisherman's Village which is lined with all sorts of open air/water front restaurants. I had met a couple of Aussie's earlier in the day at the pool and they recommended a restaurant called the Happy Elephant and they weren't wrong - the food was excellent. I had shrimp in a curry and coconut sauce that was to die for! I can still taste it! And then going on the recommendation of my friend Kim, we tried the banana pancakes (I had nutella in mine) from one of the street carts. OMG - they were so delicious, however after watching them make them and seeing the amount of fat that goes into making them, I think that we will be eating them in limited quantities :-)
Today we had another lazy type of day. Did a little beach and pool time until about 2pm and then took the shuttle into Chaweng Beach to check it out. It is a little town on the eastern side of Koh Samui where a lot of the resorts and restaurants are. It was nice to wander around for the day, but that is about it. We stopped for a nice bit at a restaurant called Eat Sense which overlooked the beach and the Gulf of Thailand - it too had come recommended and didn't let us down.
Tomorrow I am supposed to be going diving over in Koh Tao which is a neighboring island in this archipelago, however I am still trying to figure out the boat times over there and they don't seem to be lining up with the dive times. . .so who knows. Might just have to go diving here in Koh Samui, although the diving is supposed to be far more superior in Koh Tao - so keep your fingers crossed that I can make something work :-)