If you live on Koh Samui, you’re generally never far from a beach and I am lucky enough to live right across the road from one. It isn’t the most popular beach on the island, but it’s beautiful and it’s practically on my doorstep.
Every morning I wake up early and after a brief meditation (nothing too serious, just sitting quietly trying to focus my mind on something else besides the constant chatter), I head across the road and onto ‘my’ beach. I usually get there around 6am which is half an hour before sunrise so it’s usually dark, but because there are a few small villas and holiday bungalows on the beach, they generally have some sort of lighting pointing onto the beach so there’s usually enough light on the beach to walk comfortably.
The sand is cool and soft and the sea is so calm at that time of the morning, almost like it is still snoozing and I’ve beat nature to jump out of bed. Looking out into the bay, there are lots of speed boats, dive boats, sail boats and even a catamaran or two floating silently, recharging their imaginary batteries ready for the next batch of tourists. It’s so quiet and it really is such a pleasure to walk along the sand, barefoot and dodging the odd small crab darting away for safety, and take in the surroundings. I sometimes pass an elderly Asian man who also does his daily walks and stops half way to do some interesting stretches. We always smile and greet each other but have never spoken further. Maybe neither of us want to break the serene atmosphere we’ve obviously both come to the beach for.
Sometimes, I get to walk with a few of the local soi dogs. Soi dogs are stray dogs that are looked after by the local area and don’t really belong to anyone in particular but will gladly accept affection/food/play or water from anyone. Some are in good condition, some sadly aren’t.
After 20 minutes, I turn around and start walking back, and I now I get whiffs of brewing coffee or toast drifting on the breeze and maybe even see a few people stirring. This is also the time when I am treated to some of the most beautiful sunrises. With the sea on the my left and a good dose of coconut trees on my right, the photographic opportunities are endless and I take photos almost every morning. Sometimes it’s serene and other times it’s vivid splashes of colour reflected on strips of cloud. It’s a truly awesome way to start your day.
After a few dog cuddles with one happy black dog in particular, I head back to my flat for a session of yoga after a morning of peaceful beauty which sets me up for the day.
How do YOU start YOUR day?