Even though i did not want to leave Koh Tao (I really liked it there) I knew that I had to get back to Samui to catch my flight. I figured I would spend the morning in Koh Tao soaking up the sun and take the 3PM ferry back to Samui.
I woke up and got in a good beach run and went to get breakfast at Fitness Cafe. After breakfast, I walked around the shops and went to get a massage to kill a bit of time (it was not very sunny). I knew I was leaving Thailand soon and I wanted to take full advantage of the cheap massages before I headed out.
After my massage, I sat down at a little cafe by the beach to have some coffee and do some work and blogging. While I was in there it started to pour! I waited for the rain to let up to walk back to my place and check out. I had to return the bike back by one (right next to the ferry) so I headed over to the ferry early (it left at 3) to get everything situated and buy a ticket.
When I returned the bike, I also bought the ticket to the Lomprayah Ferry (the really fast catamaran). I have heard that this ferry is the fastest and best option and honestly all I wanted to do is get back to Samui in a reasonable amount of time. I left my bags with him and began to walk around to kill some time before the ferry left.
I walked into some really cool shops, but it was not anything I had not seen before. I stopped in to get my toes pained and got a foot massage while I was there. Right when I was done, it was about time to go board the ferry. I grabbed my bags and as I was walking to get in line, the man from the motorbike place yelled at me and told me “Hey, I almost forgot to give you this” I turn around and it is my passport! Oh man.. I would have been soooo pissed if I would have forgot to get that from him.
Feeling a bit lucky, I board the ferry and snag a seat next to some random people. I was sitting in the cabin and I pulled out my iPad and began to read. It was only about 5 minutes in and the boat was rocking from side to side really hard. I was thinking there is no way in hell it is going to be like this the whole way.
About 30 mintues in, I am dripping sweat. It is dripping off my chin onto my legs, my hair is starting to get pretty wet and I can not control myself. I see the staff running up and down the isles handing out black plastic bags for people who need to throw up. The guy next to me asks if I am ok and I tell him I am going to go step outside for a minute.
I left all of my stuff at the seat and walked to the back of the ferry to get some fresh air. On my way back, I see about 15 people puking in bags and the whole cabin smells like vomit! It took me about 10 minutes to steadily walk to the back without falling over and avoiding all of the pukers.
When I get out the door, I see a few people sitting on the back dock area. I stumble a bit and fall on this girl who helps me get a seat. It felt so good to get out of the stuffy vomit cabin, but I knew this was going to be a long ride.
The next hour and a half is us pounding through the waves. Tons of people coming to throw up off the side of the boat and lot of boyfriends and employees dumping bags of puke for people in the trash cans in the back. There was one lady that was sitting in one of the little chairs behind me on the back deck that was running into the toilet every few minutes.
I could not believe this was for real! I mean seriously is it really worth getting to the island like 15 minutes faster to feel like complete shit and have everyone throwing up?
We finally arrive in Koh Pha Ngan and the boat starts to settle down. I had been concentrating so hard on not throwing up my jaw and hands hurt from squeezing them so hard. I knew the trip was almost over. I had another 30 minutes or so after the Koh Pha Ngan stop until we reached Koh Samui.
Check out the picture of this guy wearing a speedo and a t-shirt (no shorts) on the ferry! OMG GROSS!
I made it through the whole ride without throwing up which is a miracle. When we were pulling up to the pier, I walked back into the cabin to grab my things. Walking was a task. My legs were shaking and so were my hands. My jaw was quivering and I felt so terrible.
I was one of the last ones off the boat and had to get into a freaking shuttle to take me to the hotel. I, of course, of shoved in the very back seat and just prayed to God that I was going to survive the next 15 minutes. When we arrive at the hotel, I get out, check in and lay down in bed.
I was so thankful that I was in a place where I could get cold water and lay down. When I started to feel a bit better, I walked over to Central Festival to grab some snacks for the next 12 hours before I left on the plane the next morning to Malaysia. I grabbed some yogurt, apples, spicy seaweed chips and some watermelon.
As I walked home, I ate the seaweed chips and then when I got back I had some yogurt and the fruit. Pretty much immediately after I was done eating, I knew something was not sitting right. I laid down around 830 and decided to go to bed and hope that I would feel better in the morning.
The hotel I was in was in the busy, party part on Chaweng Beach, but when I had stayed there before noise was not really an issue. Well tonight there was a Muay Thai Fight at the stadium next door and the announcer was screaming in the microphone until after midnight. I was so annoyed to keep getting woken up.
I think it was around 11 that i woke up with an immediate throw up feeling. I ran to the bathroom and sure enough started throwing up spicy seaweed chips! I do not think I can think of anything worse to be throwing up. Every half hour for the entire night I woke up and was throwing up. I think I threw up a total of 15 times. By the time it was time for me to get up, I was drained. I had not slept at all and I felt terrible.
I had a flight out at 11AM so I knew that I needed to get up and pack my things. I also needed to figure out the best way to get from the airport to my hotel. Once I got to Malaysia I would not have any phone service and most of the airports do not have WiFi. I walked over to ArkBar and got online to figure out my plan once I got off the plane.
Once I was done, I grabbed my stuff and took at motorbike taxi to the airport. The airport in Koh Samui is awesome. It looks like a Vegas Golf Course. It has so many beautiful flowers and is mainly outdoors with tons of shops. I walked into the AC waiting area and tried to rest until we boarded.
I slept the entire flight and was so happy to make it without getting sick. There was only 10 people on my flight today. I am wondering if it was because FireFly Airlines is owned and operated by Malaysia Airlines and no one wants to fly with them right now because of recent happenings.
I felt even worse than I looked in this pic! :(
I had enough Thai money left over to exchange out and pay for a cab to my hotel. The cab ride took only about 20 minutes and it was about $12 (I was expecting way more). When I arrived to Back Home Hostel, I checked in and got shown my bed! It is a miracle I made it here today and I am so thankful I was not sick along the way.
I can not wait to explore Malaysia the next couple days. I have a bunch of places that I was to go and check out. I think for right now though, I am in need of a little nap before hitting this hot,smoggy town.