Sharks for dinner? And no room at the inn.
22.12.2013 - 23.12.2013
We are officially running really really low on money. Worryingly so. We are budgeting 700tbh each per day including accommodation, travel and food for the rest of our trip- I haven't even got souvenirs or Christmas presents yet! Yesterday we got the songserm to Koh Samui, and our friends must have missed it because they were going to come with us and weren't there. The boat itself wasn't too bad. It had air con, wasn't too bumpy and wasn't far, but it was late by an hour and when we got off, we saw the worker men slapping this poor guy who was trying to grab his bags because they didn't know what his was doing. The staff are so rude on those boats and always rushing you, yet they're late every time. From there is was a flurry of Thai taxi drivers bombarding us with questions about where we go and 'where you want taxi to?' Until we came to a shop to find a map and this Dutch man tried to sell me accommodation while Brad was in the toilet. He then walked with us round he corner still trying to sell us a room and a moped until he got the hint and left. We went to a coffee shop to use their wifi and work out where we wanted to go, and decided on lamai beach. It was supposed to be cheap accommodation and quite busy. We waited twenty minutes for he songataew to leave, and eventually got dropped off. That was where the Christmas story began. There was no room at the inn. There was no room at any hostel. No room in the bungalows but loads of room in the penthouse suites for 1300 baht per night upwards, which of course we don't have. After a depressing mcdonalds, we walked for around an hour going in everywhere and everyone was fully booked or charging loads of money, so we thought we would have to buy a tent and camp on the beach. Eventually though, we found a place for 300 baht per night with air con and hot water so we are here for four days. The bed is shocking- seriously painful and cockerels woke me up this morning but you know beggars can't be chooser so overall we are very relieved.one thing we saw a lot of yesterday was baby sharks for sale in seafood restaurants. I couldn't believe how many places had shark on the menu. Some guy tried to get me I a nod said we have shark, so I asked if it was a baby and he said 'yes baby, max 4 kilo' actually beaming with pride like he was selling liquid gold. I told him it was terrible and I wouldn't eat somewhere that sells shark but it's everywhere. I was shocked and outraged no wonder sharks are in trouble, they don't even get to breeding age here.