The thing about travelling is that in hindsight, you could have always done things differently. I woke up at 4:30am on my last day in Chiang Mai and spent 10 hours travelling down south to the islands. It wasn’t until the day after that I found out that I could have got a flight from Chiang Mai straight to Koh Samui (facepalm). However, if I had arrived earlier, I wouldn’t have met the people I met and had the most fun couple of days with a great bunch of people, in particular 2 absolutely sound girls. Even when I was in Chiang Mai, plenty of people were trying to convince me to skip Koh Samui and go to Koh Tao instead. I was really thinking about it but everything was already booked and I know this trip was spontaneous, but I’m not that spontaneous, so I decided to stick to the plan. Everything happens for a reason and I firmly believe that.
Despite a stormy and wet welcome, I ate, drank, saw some amazing fire shows and temples and learnt how to cook Thai food with the people I met within the first 10 minutes of arriving at my hostel in Koh Samui. There is such a warmness and openness within the ‘travel community’ (if you want to call it that) and I really appreciated this especially in Koh Samui. The people really made my stay here.