Friday, March 22, 2013

Koh Samui, Thailand

Ah beautiful Koh Samui. We came here to visit a friend of my (Henry) father who moved to Thailand 14 years ago. Marc was a great host and helped us get the local experience. We crossed the Malaysia/Thailand border by land, quite a different experience than flying.

Out travel itinerary from Malaysia to Thailand
> We left Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia by bus to Butterworth
> Then took a van across the border to Hat Yai, Thailand 
> Then a train (3 hours late, some say that is considered on time) to Surat Thani 
> Spent the night at a hotel 
> Woke up and took a tuk tuk (3 wheeler with seats for 2 - 3) to the wrong travel company 
> Took another tuk tuk to the right travel company 
> Took a bus to Don Sak 
> Took a boat to Koh Samui 
> Took a song-taew (pickup truck with bench seats in the back) from Ang Thong, Koh Samui to Mae Nam, Koh Samui 
> Marc took us to his place on his motorbike with a side car
> There was lots of waiting in between, long journey, so glad Koh Samui was worth it

A Typical Day in Koh Samui
1) Wake up at 8ish.
2) Have a coffee or just relax until 8:57.
3) Jump on our bikes and head to the coffee shop to meet up with some other locals and expats at 9:00ish.
4) When stomachs start growling, move to one of the cheap, delicious local breakfast spots. One regular spot was right on the beach and basically served out of a food cart. Another was connected to a local's home.
5) Hop back on the bikes and go our separate ways for sight seeing, exploring the island, or dozing and lunching at Buddha Beach (small quiet spot) or Chaweng Beach (touristy yet beautiful).
6) Head back to Mae Nam for dinner at someone's house or out to a regular spot where we'd run into a friend and end up joining them.
7) Go to Joy's bar for a drink and some pool.
8) Sleep and start all over again.
9) Thursday's are the one late night out in Mae Nam with 50 baht drinks, street food, music, art, and street vendors.

View upon arriving.

This is a song-taew, which is basically a shared taxi. Cheaper than a private taxi.

Marc graciously let us stay with him. Nice place eh?

This is Bubba, the guard dog that would lick you to death.

And this is Booboo.

Coffee spot which has good thai massages next door.

Namwan and Joy.

Breakfast spot out of someone's house.

Another breakfast spot right on the beach.

Our hog. Badass on a bike!

We were one of the few wearing helmets.

Hey good looking.

Coconut oil produced here.


I wouldn't drink this, its bike petrol.

Chaweng Beach.

Fresh juice with lunch.

Chaweng Beach playground.

Chaweng Beach had the clearest water.

Big Buddha.

Wat Laem Suwanmaram

Not the best time of year to see the waterfall, but it was fun ride on the bike to get here.

Buddha Beach.

No big deal.

Always a good time with this group.

Don't let this guy drive.

BIG Thursday night out!

Across from the Chinese temple is where we met up with everybody for some good conversation, drinks, and music.

On our way to Bangkok.

Ooooo jelly fish. We spared you all the other pictures we took of these.

1 comment:

  1. Love yous guys blog!! Great way to keep all your buds up to speed...Hey it was great having you guys on Koh Samui...Hope to see ya again someday...cheers marc and joy