My first go on a scooter


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By Adam

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Just left Koh Samui on Sunday and it’s my favourite place so far. It’s an island in the Gulf of Thailand.

We stayed in bungalows about 5m from the sea, even in November it was still really hot, and it’s just the end of the rainy season. Anyway our accommodation was great we had two bungalows separated by a door which opened up to join up the rooms. In my room there was one double bed and one single, Matt and I shared the double and Katie had the single. In every room there were two fans to keep cool during the night, we had to keep them on all the time.

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It wasn’t nice weather all the time, we had a few storms and the power went off… But even though it was stormy it was still hot, and warm rain so you were still in shorts and T-shirts.

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On site you could hire scooters for 200 baht a day, almost a fiver. So we hired two. To start off I was on one while Matt and dad were on the other. It was the first time I had driven a scooter on my own and what better place to learn than the crazy streets of Thailand… But after a few km we were up to 80km/h no problem. In Samui since there are a lot of scooters going about they have added a lane especially for them; it’s only a couple of metres wide but it’s enough to let the cars past, also in Thailand the cars drive on the left side of the road, same as UK, opposite to France. We had helmets but lots of people didn’t.

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We left to go to a café for lunch, the almost café, we passed it by 5km, so we turned around and headed back. Eventually we did find it and it was nice, there were photos of all the people who had been to the café on the wall, and apparently it has the best coffee on the island, none of us wanted a coffee so we don’t know.

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After a bit of lunch we headed to a waterfall in the middle of the island, I forget the name but it begins with an N. Mum has made me look it up and it’s Namuang :). In fact there are two, 1 and 2… We did find these the first time, and followed the little road up the waterfall, but before we got to the top dad ran out of petrol. 

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Luckily it was downhill to the main road, so dad took the other scooter to find a petrol station. He found one a few km away, but it didn’t have the right type of petrol; he continued down the road and did find a petrol station with the right fuel. We filled them both up to the brim for 6 quid.

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When we arrived at the waterfall there was a big uphill to get to the swimming area, by this time we were sweating and dying for a swim. We started our ascent and couldn’t help but notice that there were huge monster trucks that could take you as far as the small path that had to be done on foot. We didn’t take a monster truck.

We arrived at the small path, crossed a few bridges, went up some homemade steps and got to this point where you had to cross through the fast flowing waterfall. I think the path was actually underneath the flowing river, it did look pretty dangerous. So we headed back down carrying our bag full of towels and swimwear.

So back on the scooters and we headed home and had a swim in the sea. Mum was relieved when we got back. The waterfall is quite busy and touristy and we were glad to be back to our little beach bungalow.

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There was a kayak we could use on the beach too so we went out a lot in it. It was quite windy one time so Matt and I carried the kayak back along the beach – the waves were too strong.

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