Xmas day treats & adventures on Koh Maak

Xmas day, didn’t feel like it, very strange. Our aim for the day was to cycle right round the Koh Maak island. The island is only 16 sq km in size, so that should be easy enough. We decided to have a solid breakfast before our little cycle adventure.

We found a Swedish owned restaurant serving breakfast and coffee. I ordered a full breakfast that comprised of omelet, fruit, toast, bacon, juice and I opted for tea because I was skeptical of whether there would be real coffee. Barbs ordered a similar breakfast and it was real coffee, but my tea was so good I had a second one.

Helene was riding her bicycle past the restaurant so we got her attention and she joined us for morning munchies. After breakfast we headed off to a spa place for some pampering. I had a really shit massage on Koh Chang, therefore was hoping this wold not be the same. I opted for a foot reflexology session, Barbs went for the back and neck massage. Helene had a full on foot manicure and more session.

Our two sessions finished and we were both amazing, finally a decent massage. Lovely people, friendly and we will return to them before leaving Koh Maak. Helene was still busy so we went to sort out bikes for the day, seeing Helene had a bike we would just meet her back at the spa place.

We set off on our bikes and so the adventure began! Our first stop was the Buddhist temple I had run past yesterday. It was a small temple with a few monks sitting around. We snapped some pics of the Buddha statues and various shrines. There was a friendly pig at the temple, the monks suggested we strike the pig, sooooo cute I wanted to cuddle her. Not the prettiest of creatures, but friendly and lovable none the less.

On our way down the road to another spot on the island, few wrong turns, dead ends, some happy snaps and then we hit a water patch. The girls were not keen, I tried to show them it was fine to ride through, but got half way and the bike was half submerged. There was nothing that would convince them to do this, so I rode to the end to see what was there. It was high tide, so there was only a small beach, but the submerged rode was fun to ride.

I rejoined the girls and we headed off to a resort we spotted a bit further back. My tummy was grumbling and I needed food, the others were still full from breakfast. It was a beautiful little resort with some tasty food, probably the best pad thai of the trip. Two Chang beers and a fair amount of food later we headed out of the resort.

The last stretch riding home I managed to choose a bunch of dead ends and unconventional paths, the girls were not so happy with me. We eventually found ourselves at the pier where we dock yesterday. Now I knew roughly where to go. A few uphills and then a phat downhill before we were back at Holiday Beach resort where we stayed. What a rad way to spend the day.

We did some lounging next to the sea, I took an open water swim and a shower. Next we got ready for our Xmas dinner at a Swiss place I found that did schnitzel and beef fillet. For Xmas dinner we felt like something different to Thai food.

We had a phat German meal, drinks at the cottage after and chill hard for another fun filled adventurous day on boxing day.

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.