Not sure which way is up after a 25 hour journey back to Berlin, but more importantly, the Blueshawk survived being slung into the holds of three different planes. Plus I had a great time guesting with my partner’s band in Maenam, Thailand.
Maenam (on Koh Samui) is a very special place, having not succumbed to over-development. It’s more or less owned by two or three wealthy Chinese families, who don’t want to emulate the neighbouring towns (overrun with sterile resort complexes and trashy tourist shops). Fact – Planning permission is denied for anything higher than a local palm tree. Fact two -People smile and greet you because they’re pleased to see you, not just your wallet.
No Indiana Jones style intrepid trips to the jungle-y mountainous interior for this English Rose. Don’t want scratched legs, exhaustion and bites from weird animals, thank you very much (anyway you can get all that in Berlin).
Already in the sweetest spot on the island, when I wasn’t at a show or languishing in the apartment avoiding the heat I was fine with swimming in the ocean (circa 50 metres away) or strolling along the one principal street. Enough impressions for a life time there.
Koh Samui is doubtless already well-documented by profi travel writers so that’s it from me. Here’s some more pics.
Audiences and other random stuff: