Travel Photography // Koh Samui

An Island of Magic

A place where you want to say in the same sentence that it is both amazing and uncomfortable. If you head away from the uncomfortable party side, the busy streets, the cramped buildings you get to discover an island full of tropical plants, temples, quiet streets and the most incredible beaches. It really is a place of two halves and if you go looking for it, there is so much beauty, quiet, calmness and a vibe that has you relaxed from the word go.

Koh Samui, Travel Photography

So it wasn’t on my radar to head to Koh Samui or even that part of the world this year or any time soon. I had fully accepted that after my incredible trip to Costa Rica (that you can seeĀ HERE) that there would be no more travel for me for a little while. We have our family holiday booked and planned to my beloved Spain, where one day I hope to emigrate to, but thats a whole other story but as far as other adventurous trips go, I knew I was approaching a break in these. Yet, I left Costa Rica with a vision of having more sunshine in my life. Instead of dreaming about winters by the sea and somehow, one day, ever being lucky enough to have a holiday home by the sea, I switched my thinking to embracing that what if my everyday was filled with sunshine.

Many of you know, I journal, I manifest, I do vision boards but instead of looking out, I started to believe the sunshine has to come from within. I need to bring the sunshine to every day of my life. Then out of the blue a couple of weeks ago, I received a message from my friend Naomi asking if I wanted to travel with her to Koh Samui, all expenses paid to assist at a wedding. I’m all for acts of synchronicity and manifestation but this was crazy. I very nearly passed this gift up and sent it back to the universe for somebody else. It took me 24 hours for it to sink in that this was exactly the gift I was asking for and how could I even contemplate turning it away. You would not believe how many gifts of synchronicities are sent back as people are not ready to accept what they have been dreaming and wishing for. I had some encouragement from Mr G and with that I said a great big holy Yes!


Koh Samui, Travel Photography

We had 48 hours in Koh Samui and after a nights sleep, we hired a car with a this incredible driver. He was perfect for our day and we were more than happy for him to lead us to wherever he thought we would like. We just said nowhere noisy, nowhere busy, lots of nature and lots of beauty. He got exactly what we were looking for, gave us as much time as we needed and nothing was too much trouble. The day was perfect visiting hidden waterfalls (which we swam in, until we suddenly wondered why nobody else was and if there were eels or snakes in there and then thought better of it!), visited temples and buddhist statues, drove through the jungle, ate lunch at a mountain top bar with views across the jungle and out to sea, visited secluded empty beaches, saw wild buffalo and drove up to the hidden buddhist garden.

The magic followed us all day as we got to smell ylang ylang straight off the tree, butterflies followed us everywhere, seeing a sacred wild pink buffalo, a curtain of tropical rain in front of us while we stayed dry and to finish the day off a rainbow. We were open and curious and the wonders rewarded us greatly.

Heading back we had sunset on the beach and the treat of a Thai massage (which I asked to be gentle!). The food was incredible and I’ve never had so much delicious fresh food. Everything was perfect and this impulsive trip will stay in my heart for ever. Of course the travel for 48 hours there killed us, assisting at a wedding in 41 degrees was torture and its taken me a week to get over the toll on my body – but even with this – every single moment was worth it.

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