Our last day on Koh Maak

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Our last day on Koh Maak was a good one. I started my day at 6:30am because I went to bed at 8:30pm the night before. I woke up with a ton of ideas for 2012.

After the brain storm session I went for a 1 hour run. Felt so good while I was running. When I got back we decided we needed to go for a phat breakfast.

After breakfast we went to the Nam Massage place too a couple of days before. I got a back, neck and head massage. Afterwards we were chilled and ready for our kayak mission.

Before heading out on our kayak mission with Helene we all had a decent meal. I had Tom Yam seafood, which was just heavenly. Good food makes the experience.

The 3 of us set off to Koh Rayang with the tri-kayak. Not as long a kayak as we did in Koh Chang, but still a solid paddle.

Once we had kayaked around the full island I jumped off the kayak in the deep water and did a solid 40 minute swim back to Koh Maak. That was my toughest and most scary swim ever. Once I got to shore I chilled hard.

We had some whiskey sundowners, then Helene, Barbs and I had our last dinner. What a tasty meal. Afterwards we all hit the hay. Good day, good times. Wooohooo.

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Xmas Eve on Koh Maak

Xmas eve on Koh Maak was pretty chilled. Helene checked into her room near by and then joined us for some lunch. The food at Holiday beach was amazing, I ordered Tom Yam for lunch and it’s the best I have eaten to date. I have eaten enochi mushrooms before, but never in Thailand, my Tom Yam had plenty enochi in it, tasty!

After a large meal and a Chang beer I was ready for an afternoon nap. Our cottage was really cute but not ideal for afternoon naps as the sun was cooking it. I still managed to have a phat nap. When I got up I thought it would be good to go for an open water swim. Once I got away from the shore I headed to a nearby island, but soon realized that the water around the island was waste deep with coral and sea urchins everywhere. I spotted loads of little colourful fishes, but nothing particularly big.

When I got back from my swim I decided to chill on the grass in the sun chairs. I have developed a bit of an Angry Birds addiction, so I played a few more levels while the sun cooled down a bit. At about 5pm the temperature was perfect for a run. I got ready for my run and said cheers to Barbs and Helene.

Koh Maak is pretty flat, so I set out at a blistering pace and felt strong enough to maintain the speed all the way to the other side of the island. I arrived at the pier on the other side of the island, there was a Buddhist temple near by, all very intriguing for my fresh newby eyes. this island truly is a paradise!

As I turned around to head back to Holiday Beach resort from the pier I spotted Helene on a bike. She had water, what a blessing, I was hanging for some water. She was heading back to where she was staying, so I ran along side her. Its a lot easier riding a bike than running along side a bike. So I had to run at an even higher pace on the way back, but surprisedly I maintained.

I got back to Barbara chilling at our hut and was knackered! It’s always a good feeling being tired from sport. Shower time and then a game of back gamon with barbs. Afterwards we headed out for dinner at the restaurant at Holiday Beach resort. Helene joined us for a Xmas eve dinner that was so not an Xmas eve dinner. We all didn’t feel like Xmas the western way, Thailand doesn’t celebrate Xmas, so a good evening.

I was pretty tired from my sports that day, so I headed to bed around 8:30pm. Barbs walked Helene home and then joined me for a great nights sleep. We needed the sleep after our crap nights rest at Tiger hut.

Xmas morning we woke up to some shitty windy weather, not very pleasing. I chilled with Barbs in bed, while she read her book I captured some business ideas for 2012. For some reason I woke up feeling inspired with ideas of how to improve my company LightSpeed and my startup FeedMyMedia in the new year. Feels good to be inspired, the year had drained me, not in a bad way, just needed to recharge my batteries.

Our plan for Xmas day was to join Helene and cycle around the island exploring.