We also set out on a day tour of snorkeling. We were transported by bus to where we thought we would be getting on the boat. Instead we were taken to the back of a shonky looking building, made to sign a passenger list and have our photograph taken (maybe for identification later by Coroner). We were again transported to another place where we boarded a craft, after wading through waist height sea with our towels/bags/cameras etc. Boat ride was horrific. Overcome, not by sea sickness, but by strong petrol fumes. Choppy seas and a crew not able to speak much English. We snorkeled for maybe an hour before heading off for a meal and visit to another island. I was injured on coral quite badly and the crew was unable to provide basic first aid. This was eventually provided by another tour company. The trip to Koh Samui was nothing but something out of the movie, The Perfect Storm. Despite the sudden change in weather, the craft was unable to remain intact. The canvas canopy was ripping from it's fittings, which was held on only by a crew member with difficulty. A portion of the fibreglass holding the other part of the canopy cracked making it more insecure. At this point, the captain resorted to wearing a full motorcycle helmet. There was no radio fitted on the craft and as we had taken on additional passengers, I assume that there were insufficient life jackets for us all. The life buoys were cracked and not in serviceable condition. Some passengers were terrified and in tears. Crew prayed as we passed the point where the Big Buddha was situated which indicated their relief that we had miraculously made it to safety. Their lack of English was of little support or comfort to stricken passengers. They didn't even produce the Tip Box which pretty much sums up the service was not that flash. It was a stampede to the buses to escape.
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