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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui July 6th 2012

So, as promised, the blog of the 50 hour trek. We had got on our little fishing boat back to the mainland to meet a private minibus which would race us back up Road 13 all the way past Pakse again and on to the Laos-Thai border. We arrived at the border and had to get out and walk across. We changed the last of our Kip back into Bhatt and walked underground and popped up again in Thailand. On the other side we were met by another private minibus who's seats reclined to complete horizontal. This was freakin amazing!! Cheryl KO'd and had the best couple of hours travel sleep ever. Unfortunately, my usually solid bladder decided 5 minutes in that now was the time that it was going to decide it couldn't wait and ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui July 3rd 2012

So it appears that the big long entry I had typed with attached pics for the last leg of Thailand has disappeared. I dont think it saved properly! So i cant really remember what it said but ive added the pics. These last amazing weeks were spent island hopping Koh Samui (tourist city centre!), Koh Phanghan for some full moon antics and Koh Tao for a short stop before Bangkok called again. Our last night was spent in Lebua which is the hotel made famous by the film Hangover 2. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G :) Thats as much detail as im gonna go as its kinda passed now lol. Clairey :)... read more
Ark Bar - Koh Samui
Pool party anyone?
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui July 2nd 2012

The ferry ride over to Koh Tao was a bit of a mess - the ferry will hold hundreds of passengers - but no cars.  So it's a a huge mass of people trying to get on quickly so you can find a seat - but in the meantime it's a confusion of getting a spot for your bags, too.  All the bags went in the front of the ferry, so we had to bypass a seat to drop our bags, but then had to wade through the other people getting on back to our seats.  In the end, everyone had a place for both their bags and their bottoms.  It was a good two hour ride, and Mr. Bean was playing on the TV.  I could not enjoy the views as I had picked a ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui June 25th 2012

Arrived in Koh Samui airport- a little wooden shack basically- which featured on The Hangover 2. Got to ARK BAR resort which is by far the best accommodation yet. We have two adjoining rooms with huge double beds and a decent balcony. If I sand on my tip toes I can see the sea. The beach is literally 20 paces away, along with a pool, jacuzzi and bar! What more could we want?! Got organised and had a bit of a swim then got ready for the all important England/Italy match. Lonely Planet once again didn't let us down for food. Went to Gringo's, a Mexican close to Ark Bar. Had gorgeous Fajitas, freshly made on a hot place. Gorgeous! England Shirts on, we headed out to a few bars to get the night started, eagerly ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui June 23rd 2012

I've suffered from information overload when it comes to planning where to go in Koh Samui and the other islands to the north in the Gulf of Thailand. There are hundreds of descriptions of hotels, bars, and restaurants in my guidebook, and it doesn't help that I'm using a Kindle (not recommended for guide books), so it's hard to flip through or bookmark interesting places. Also, since it was the beginning of my trip, I hadn't much of a chance to exchange ideas with other travelers. Since research was overwhelming, I decided to stay at 2 days on each of the three main islands -- Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao. It's easy to get to Koh (sometimes spelled Ko) Samui on a short flight or a longer overnight train then bus then ferry from ... read more
Chaweng Beach Midday
Chaweng

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui June 17th 2012

Day 20 and 21 We arrived on Koh Tao by ferry, a speedier boat than the last with very comfortable seating and air conditioning in a boat that would have held maybe 200 people. The trip was one and a half hours but otherwise quite uneventful. Our accommodation this time was only 10 minutes from the port so we were ensconced in our rooms by just after midmorning. The day was ours. I changed into my lovely pink togs and headed for the resort pool as the beach was quite littered with longboats with people coming in and out on them. Also the sea was quite choppy and there was a strong breeze coming off the sea. The pool was considerably colder than anywhere else so definitely the place to be. Later on in the day ... read more
Beah at Koh Tau
Boat for snorkelling trip
Lynnie on snorkeling trip

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui June 11th 2012

So on Satursday the 9th of June we left India (following on from our last blog) and flew to Bngkok, Thailand. We flew to Bangkok without any solid plans, with no hotel or forward journey booked. We had however decided on one thing; that our time in South-East Asia will be taken at a much slower pace than we took in India. The flight was fairly short from New Delhi to Bangkok, and as soon as we got through immigration we made the decision that we would try to fly to Ko Samui. At 7:30pm local time, we bought tickets in the airport for the 9pm flight and ran through check-in to the gate. (Grabbing a quick bite to eat on the way!) We touched down in Samui airport around 10:30pm that night and Roxy was ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui May 28th 2012

Our journey from the West to the East coast was a real drawn out pain in the ass. Our long tail boat back to Krabi set off at 8 am, it was raining and misty and we had to wade out to the boat in the murky water that came up to our thighs. We then spent the day on several buses before getting the ferry to Samui and then a songthaew arriving at Choeng Mon hours later! Luckily it was well worth it. We'd chosen an amazing place, both our stay 'O'Soleil' and the beach. Unlike the popular Chaweng down the coast our little village was relatively uncommercialised and laid back, just what we wanted! Our bungalow was in a pretty tranquil garden dotted with ponds, and your nostrils filled with the flower scents on ... read more
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Choeng Mon Beach
Kayak Fun

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui April 16th 2012

Although an island we had visited on our travels before, the weather then was pretty much torrential rain the whole time so we were both excited to be going back to Samui. We had originally planned to explore a bit more of the island this time, however, as we were on such a short time frame and arriving in the middle of Songkran, we again based ourselves in Chewang. Our flight arrived from Bangkok on time to probably the smallest and cutest airport either of us had ever seen, the weather was glorious and as we waited for our luggage we couldn't wait to get to our hotel and onto the beach. After a short delay the luggage started coming round the small conveyor belt and after a while out came the super soakers with their ... read more
Beach BBQ
Party time!
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui April 14th 2012

When we arrived in Thailand, I swore that driving here would be suicidal and probably homicidal too. Zillions of motorcycles, 3 people on each, no helmets zipping all over the road at seemingly their own whim! The roads are narrow, even the major thoroughfares. Today,however, we took the plunge and rented an SUV to toodle around the island. Great day!! We set off to the waterfall at Na Mueang, 80 meters high and about a 20 minute sweaty walk in the jungle, but totally worth it! About half way, there are rock pools that you can swim in, and the kids had a blast! Then on to the top to see the actual falls that were beautiful. The area is very well cared for by the folks that run the elephant trek outfit and the jungle ... read more
Swimming in pool at Na Mueang waterfall
Kelly-Wests on the rocks
Lunch in BoPhut, Samui




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