We decided to rent scooters and they arrived on our second day in Samui. It’s a long, long story and I don’t have the patience or humility to regale you all with the dirty details here but let’s just say I was involved in a series of unfortunate and extremely expensive mistakes involving the aforementioned scooter. I was both a novice scooter driver and a klutz. But on the bright side, after mastering the fine art of ramming scooters into a cars, things went fairly smoothly!
We entered a rotation of days spent relaxing at the villa and exploring the island on our motos. Renting our own scooter was liberating and gave us the freedom to zip off where we wanted without the hassle of bargaining for taxi or tuk tuk prices. Plus it was a blast! Definitely on the list of things we’ll be doing again.
Probably the highlight of the island itself for me was hiking in to see the boringly named but beautiful “Waterfall 2.” After a short hike through jungle filled with whining cicadas, I cannonballed into a pool at the base of one of the smaller cataracts for a refreshing dip that was both fun and served the additional purpose of cooling down grimy, sweat-soaked Jon.