What can I say about Mr Sam..
We always have Sam as our guide, and as this trip was a last minute thing for us, he was heavily booked.
He did however organise a day for us in the first week and then kept the next weekend free for us as well.
We decided that as we have done lots of ‘touristy’ things in the past that this year we would get Sam to take us up to Khao Lak for the day. We left quite early and headed north. Sam as usual did the commentary all the way. At one stage he told us that his brother Rit lived at a place north of Khao Lak and that he hadn’t seen him for over a year. So of course we said we must pay him a visit. Rit is a policeman in the province past Khao Lak. Sam rang him and organised to meet him for lunch, which we did.
He is very much like Sam only a few years younger. Very nice man although he didn’t speak much English. Sam did all the interpreting of course.
We had a fabulous lunch at a little ‘café’ for about 550 bht which fed 5 of us with heaps left over. Very yummy!
Sam decided it would be nice to see the big dam which was about another hours drive north. We were enjoying ourselves so we said we’d love to. It also gave him a chance to catch up with Rit (who had organised to have the rest of the day off).
We drove through the most beautiful country side into the mountains that had cliff faces of about 75
Degree angles. They were amazing.
Little did we know that after seeing this massive dam, that it would start to pour and by the time we got back to where these sheer cliffs were, there were landslides happening right in front of us, blocking the road as we were driving. Talk about a thrill, it was quite scary, but Sam managed to get us all through just in time. I’d say another ten or fifteen minutes and that road would have been totally blocked. As usual we had a great day with Sam.
Our next outing with Sam was even better. He had organised for his wife Joop and four year old son Sum to join us on an overnight stay to Phi Phi island. It was awesome. Sam and Joop had organised for us to stay at the Phi Phi Island village resort and it was just beautiful. We were picked up from our hotel in Patong and driven to the ferry where we met up with Sam, Joop and Sum. The ferry ride over was great with Sam giving us a detailed account of all the islands and areas on the way. We pulled into the main port area on Phi Phi and were then transferred to a long tail fishing boat for the rest of our journey around to the other side of the island.
The resort was magnificent. Sam took us out snorkelling in a fishing boat and gave us a tour round the area. It was so much fun.
We had dinner with the family that night and it was so good getting to know little Sum. Sam is teaching him English so we spent a lot of time talking to him and getting him to practise. He can sing “Love Potion number 99999 in English –sooo cute.
Our Phi Phi adventure was just made so much more special with Sam and Joop because you really get to experience the real culture which we love.
Our trip back from the island was not as good, as a terrible storm started just as we got back into the long boat. Even though the resort staff gave us rain coats we were absolutely drenched. But it was really good fun. I couldn’t stop laughing because we all looked so funny.
After we got onto the big ferry for the trip back to Phuket I was starting to feel a little seasick so Sam sat outside with me on the deck while my husband and daughter slept inside in the dry and warm seats. It was really rough and we kept getting wet from the rain and sea spray, but good old sam stuck it out with me.. It was too rough even to try and get up and go inside. Finally we made it back safe and sound.
As always another wonderful time spent with Sam.
I wonder what he has planned for us next year. Can’t wait to find out!!!!!!
Hope you all enjoyed my JBR. Sorry it was so long.
We met a lovely guy called Rex in the Aussie bar while watching Geelong beat Collingwood. He is an Aussie expat who is a project manager of a new resort being built in Patong.
We spent quite a bit of time with him and got to know the area through his eyes. Quite different again.
Keep an eye out for him. Khaki shorts, singlet, work boots and cap. (Yeh I know, that could be any one) look downstairs in Aussie Bar, rHe's a regular.
He loves catching up with his fellow country men.
Anyway that’s all