An early start this morning as we wrap up loose ends on Koh Phangan before catching the ferry to Koh Samui. On the list: finish packing, return scooter, check out of resort, and catch taxi. But first, breakfast! We finally made it to a very sweet spot close to the resort called the Art Cafe. A calming retreat among the trees where we feasted on yummy chai tea, a croissant breakfast sandwich and fruit salad with home made yoghurt and muesli. We met a wonderful, poetic server from Myanmar who took an extra special liking to Emma. While she grilled him about the quality of cheese on her sandwich, he charmed her with metaphors and flattery. We both enjoyed the entire experience!
We decided for the short 30-minute trip to Koh Samui we would take the Lomprayah Catamaran ferry. We coincidentally met up with one of the wonderful couples from Germany (Nadine and Heiko) in line, shared fond memories of our cooking school adventure and promised to stay in touch. After disembarking at the pier in Koh Samui we took a taxi to our new accommodation: Escape Beach Resort. The drive was one of the least desirable of our trip (next to the mini-bus of death) with congested streets and very little beauty to take in. All was not lost as the taxi snaked down a steep hill into a beautifully nestled beach resort complete with quaint little cabins, a pool with an ocean backdrop, a fantastic open concept restaurant, and a stunning (practically private) beach.
If it sounds like all we do is sit around pools reading, tanning, swimming, and having cocktails…it’s because that’s where the majority of our time has been spent and our last island day was no exception! At Escape Beach we “suffered” through an exceptionally hot afternoon that certainly secured Emma’s dream tan. We decided not to explore and just enjoy our resort instead including some creative cocktails from the restaurant: a lychee and chilli pepper mojito, and a gin & blackberry concoction that tasted like a slushy grape popsicle.
We also pampered ourselves with outdoor Thai oil massages with two lovely Thai ladies. Without an ounce of stress left in our bodies we finished off the afternoon back at the pool and then swam out to the dock to watch the sunset. We heartily ate spaghetti (pretty much our first non-Thai dinner) and shared much laughter and silliness at dinner then headed off to bed, the alarm set for an early start to our last day.