Although both Bangkok and Thai airways fly directly into Koh Samui airport (which I am told is amazing, so I will need to try and save some baht to see for myself), I flew from Don Muang to Nakhon Si Thammarat, then caught a bus to Donsak Pier, and from there caught a ferry to Lipa Noi Pier.
There were several times I was cursing myself for not just flying straight there: namely, when I was still wide awake at midnight on Friday, when my alarm went off at 4.30am Saturday morning, during my bus journey and queuing for my ferry ticket stressing there were too many people and I wouldn’t get on the ferry I should be – fear not, those who book in advance are reserved a place.
Although the rowing couple I was sitting next too during the flight were pretty amusing, I much preferred looking at all of the islands I could see:
However, by way of reminder that straightforward and easiest travel doesn’t create the best memories or experiences: I saw two DOLPHINS whilst we were waiting to leave port! I have only ever seen dolphins once in the wild before, in Tunisia but as we were on a catamaran specifically looking for wild dolphins, as great as that was, it didn’t come as so much of a surprise or pleasure as this did. I had to do a double take to make sure my eyes were not deceiving me. Even better, only one other girl noticed, so it was just the two of us taking pictures instead of jostling for space.
That alone was more than worth the 4.30am alarm clock.
The rest of the scenery was also pretty spectacular, and made the longer trip worthwhile.
There was of course then the journey home. After all, when the holiday is over, who doesn’t wish they could just click their heels (flip flops) together three times and be home?