Vancouver to Koh Samui: My First 2 Days of the New Normal

This is a rather unflattering photo of myself after a 13+ hour flight from Vancouver, B.C (Canada) to Guangzhou, Guangdong province (China). 

 This is my "I just spent 13+ hours on a plane and now I'm on the other side of the world" face.

This is my "I just spent 13+ hours on a plane and now I'm on the other side of the world" face.

Around 15 hours before that photo was taken, I was sitting comfortably in a Starbucks at Vancouver International airport, sipping a Jade Citrus Mint green tea (my go-to Starbucks order), finalizing a last-minute online order for travel insurance (apparently that's important to have).

My 'life' was split between my North Face 75L pack and my Peak Design Everyday 30L backpack (which is a fantastic bag, by the way). As I sat there, I had all the feels: excitement, a dash of straight up fear, some blind optimism, and a touch of sadness. I didn't know when or even if I was coming back, so offering any explanations for my plans and saying the goodbyes was a very different experience.

 Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. I came, I saw, I tripped a breaker with my power bar.

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. I came, I saw, I tripped a breaker with my power bar.

A Whole New World (and their weird outlets)

Outside of an overpriced meal and a 3-Hour nap on the floor, the only experience to note in Baiyun airport is when I tripped the breaker at a charging station.

In order to keep my Macbook charger from falling out of the outlet, I decided to plug the laptop charger into my power bar and use it's 3-prong plug instead (a compact travel-specific power strip I bought just for this trip).

To the dismay of the other travellers using the station, my lovely power bar tripped the breaker on the charging station and shut it down. Not cool random Canadian guy...not cool at all. 

(Note: When I finally arrived in Koh Samui, I plugged that same power bar into an outlet in my hotel room, and before I could plug anything into it, it shot out of the wall with a loud pop and sent a bit of smoke into the air. I have no idea why I'm having issues with this thing as it was highly recommended. Here's to hoping it'll work fine post-Thailand.)

The Final Destination: Koh Samui, Thailand

After what felt like a lifetime of airplanes and airports, I finally ended up on my final flight: Phuket to Koh Samui. A small plane took about 50 of us over to the tiny island in less than an hour (which was a joke after the marathon flight from Vancouver to Guangzhou).

It was mid-morning when we left Phuket and I had a window seat, so it was nice to relax and watch as we flew over the Thai mainland and onto the island of Koh Samui. As Thailand's second largest island, Koh Samui has a population of just over 62,000 and is covered with sandy white beaches, spas, restaurants, and a lot of 7-11's :)

Here's to What's Next

Today I'm heading to Chaweng Beach and the Fisherman's Village with 3 fellow travellers. There's a market there on Fridays so I'm hoping for some good street food and new sights. After that, who knows.

I have at least 5 weeks here on Koh Samui and I definitely plan to spend some of that time riding a skooter, exploring at random. It's basically impossible to get lost as there's one main road that wraps around the entire island.

Stay tuned.