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Olle is blogging A few Words about Me

 My name is: Olle
 I am living in: Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, Suratthani, Thailand
 I am originally from: Stockholm, the capital of Sweden
 Doing for Kohsamui.org: Writing a blog about my life here
 How about my life here: Please read my blog below, my friends

...and back on Samui

Text by Olle - Living on Lamai Beach - Friday, September 24, 2010


So we are back again. Everything went really okay. In the early morning we arrived to the dealer who then came to the shop at about 7:30. The car looked just as great as it did in the pictures so we started to fill in the papers and then we went to a place where all owner changes has to be done at. Luckily it was not very far away and we were there just after 8 in the morning. They checked the car and did some quick tests and then we walked over to the next building to register the owner transfer. In about 30 minutes we were done thanks to the dealer who knew the procedure exactly.

At this time we thought that we might arrive at the ferry early and took off. The traffic as always was a complete mess and we could drive a few meters at a time before we had to stop for a while. We soon understood that we would enjoy the trip more if we took the time to visit a few other places as well along the road. Suddenly, in the traffic-jam, the car stopped and it was completely dead when trying to start it again. What the heck, the Thais are not very tolerant in the traffic and started to honk their horn when they saw that the gap between us and the next car was a few meters. I could not care less about that. Nui saw a Police car just in front of us in another lane and she hurried to ask them for help but before she got there they slowly rolled away as they did not want to see her. Thanks for that. In the next second a tow truck was in front of us, I did not even see them arrive. I said that it must only be the battery and in a second later the cables were connected and I could start the car. Major luck in the unlucky moment. When we kept going we saw a bug truck standing still and the tow truck was heading for them so what a luck that they were so close behind us. We kept rolling in extremely slow speed for a long time but slowly the cars got fewer and fewer. Since we wanted to explore some other places along the road we had to get a new battery so we stopped before Hua Hin and got a brand new battery. We also called the seller and told him about this since he said nothing would need to be replaced and because of the long trip we asked about everything twice. He said he would transfer most of what the battery cost.

In the evening we checked in to a hotel along the road just before Chumpon and early the next morning we continued the 300 km to the ferry. It felt as we had been driving forever. These cars are okay to drive 90-100 km/h but not more and this is about full speed. We only had to wait about 20 minutes at the ferry and before we left the port we saw a dolphin family playing around just meters from the boat in the bay. It really is amazing here.

When we got back to Samui we sat down a few hours and then we went to a secluded beach in the south with Nala to let her enjoy the beach life which we had been longing for. She loved it like crazy and we will go there tomorrow as well, that is for sure. The car will be a perfect island car and compared to all other cars of the kind this one really looks amazing and the price we paid it was worth the long trip many times. Now we are extremely tired and will head to bed early for a long good night of sleep.

Off To Bangkok

Text by Olle - Living on Lamai Beach - Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Low Waterlevel

Today we have had a very shifting weather with a dark and rainy morning. In the afternoon we went to a temple where we have not been for long and then we went down to the water reservoir to see the water level. It was almost dried out even if we have had some rain. I remember last year when it was almost completely filled. On our way back we saw that really dark clouds was ahead and Nui said that it for sure was raining in the mountain. In the same second as I said that it is raining just a little bit ahead of us it started to fall down on us. We did a quick u-turn and got in front of the rain. We then drove along the coast line for a few minutes and when we returned the sky was blue above us. Even with the blue sky above the rain fell down on us which seemed a little strange. It then fell from the blue sky all the way back to Lamai. At one point when we were driving very slowly through curve we got face to face with a pickup truck that came speeding with half its body in our lane and for a second I thought that we might even crash. Luckily we did not but it was a very scary situation. The stupid driver even honked while passing by as if that would do any good. This weekend we came just minutes after a Thai man had crashed into the back or a parked car and his bike was very demolished and was stuck underneith the car. The guy seemed to be very injured and everytime I see anything like this it gives me the creeps.

Tomorrow we will go to Bangkok, yes that is right, the awful city. We have decided to buy a car and we found one that was so much better than the other we have seen that we think it is worth the trip. Jessica will arrive here in the morning and then we leave in the afternoon. We decided to buy a Suzuki, a small car in Jeep style. First we planned on getting a big Ford with a nice back area, almost as a hangout place but then thought that a smaller one would probably fit our needs better. Since most driving will be in the island the few longer trips we make will be okay in this smaller car even if the big Ford would be more comfortable. We will probably be back on Friday morning. We would probably make it back to the evening ferry if we rushed but we might spend a night in a hotel so that we can take our time and maybe stop by at some places along the way to make the trip more fun.

So tomorrow I plan on a short but high intense session in the gym in the morning before going to the airport to pick up Jessica. Then I think the few hours until we leave will pretty much go by fast.

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