|Thailand was a place I had heard rave reviews about.
It was the first time I was going to visit a non western country and I was looking forward to seeing the culture there.
As it was, the months previous to this had been extremely stressful and my x wife recommended going straight to an island and relaxing.
|We found a nice beach resort, and had our own hut.
I spent much of the time relaxing on the chair outside the hut reading (I have never been a great fan of swimming, so didn’t often venture to the pool)
Here in my sandals, T-shirt and shorts I sit reading enterprise .com by Jeffrey Papows, the designer/inventor of Lotus Notes.
|When I arrived at the airport, there were a number of signs saying smile country. What I quickly realised, is that the Thai’s are just about the happiest and friendliest people on the plant.
This chap ran the bar, with a girl called “A” (I am not joking she was literally called A)
In the 10 days I was there, I never saw either of them frowning !.
|As mentioned elsewhere, I had always wanted to see real elephants in there natural habitat.
This elephant was helping a farmer move logs.
|Another first for me, was to visit the Jungle.
It was on 300 metres from a road, but it felt like a jungle to me !
|Nearby, another elephant was walking through my “jungle”, which completed the scene.|
|We decided to go walking, and visit Koh Samui most famous landmark, The Big Buddha.
The map we were using was not to scale and instead of the mile and a half walk we thought it would be, it was about 8 miles in stifling heat !.
|Me in the forecourt next to the Buddha.
The Big Buddha is 15 meters tall was built in 1972 and located near the northern shore of Koh Samui.
|In the main village of Bo Phut, there were a number of nice restaurants and bars to relax in.
After having a 20oz Steak for only £2, I decided to walk along the docks next to the village.
|We decided to go on a boat trip to the nearby Angthong National Marine Park.
We got of the boat, and walked up a hill, which gave a great view off the whole park.
|Sitting on a boat, drinking bear is something I could get used to doing.
I could see how this area was featured in the film, The Beach, with Leonardo DeCaprio.