Blogs from Ko Samui, South-West Thailand, Thailand, Asia - page 8


Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui October 10th 2012

Day 8 Eager to get to the gulf side of Thailand we booked a 9am flight from Phuket to Ko Samui. After a fab night of sleep at Karens place we woke up early to head to the airport. Karen offered to give us a lift so we planned to leave round 7:30am to get to the airport with enough time to spare. Around 7:15am there was no sign of karen. Her door was shut and no sign of life yet. Knowing that she had just traveled home from a long trip to the states, we assumed she was still sleeping. Oh god, what to do? Now, we just met karen and were not 100% comfortable waking her up but we didnt want to miss our flight. So we knocked on her door. Nothing. Kemper knocked ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui September 10th 2012

Geo: 9.499, 100.005We have spent 5 days on the island, the largest on the south east coast of Thailand. It is only 100km around, but varies from Malia esque strips to tranquil deserted beaches. After the over night train and ferry, we arrived on our little isle or paradise at approx lunch time and were taken to Monkey Samui, a Hostel near Choengmon, on the nothern peninsula. From the website, it looked awesome, with a pool, private rooms available to upgrade to and a shuttle bus to the town every hr. This was a stretch of the truth and when we arrived (having already requested an upgrade as we were here for 5 days) the room still had bunk beds in, with no plug sockets and a main light that wasn't working. The pool.... i wouldn't ... read more
the train
Sleep time
the ferry

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui September 8th 2012

Our trip on the boat was simple and not too traumatic, which made a nice change. On arrival at Samui, we had the usual tuk tuk arguments until we got a half decent price to the hotel. We were staying in Chaweng, which is the major beach resort and ex pat teratory in Ko Samui. We arrived early again and headed out for the day. The beach area of Chaweng is somewhat reminiscent of any european beach resort! he beach is packed with loungers, fancy resort hotels, jet skis and banana boats, as well as people selling all manor of bits and pieces. Behind the beach there is a long road full of shops selling tat, many pubs and bars and restaurants selling largely western food! Nearly everyone you meet here is European. On the evenings ... read more
James loving cool beat box kid!
view from the beach
samui beach

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui August 31st 2012

So the adventure begins... Today is our 4th day in Thailand. We had a bit of a delayed start to the trip, resulting in a 5 hour stop over in Hong Kong, meaning that we then only managed to spend 3 hours in our hostel in Bangkok before having to leave at 4:30am to catch our next flight down to Koh Samui. Koh Samui is gorgeous! The weather, although it has been slightly overcast, has been very hot, meaning that both me and Laura managed to get a bit burnt on the first day. We seem to have managed to book into an amazing hotel which has its own beach and 2 pools (not exactly the travelling lifestyle!!) but it has enabled us to settle into the time zone and the heat in style! The first ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui August 31st 2012

We finally arrived in Bangkok after a long journey from Jordan. We were met at the airport by our guides as we had 6 hours before we were flying down to Koh Samui. We went to see the Temple of the Golden Buddha, The Temple of the Reclining Buddha and were given a lot of information about the history of the places. Unfortunately tiredness got the better of me and the information simply went in one ear and out of the other. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to do what the boys did and fall asleep as soon as we got in the car to move onto the next point of interest and to say my enthusiasm was wavering would be an understatement. The final stop we made was to a Gem Gallery and this was pretty ... read more
Ringing the bells
Three amigos
Reclining Buddha

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui August 22nd 2012

Sophie continued to travel with us as we made our way to Ko Samui. For the first couple of night we stayed in a quieter area called Big Buddah Beach (no buddah in sight!) Here we had nice clean bungalows and a lovely pool to ourselves. We spent most of these two days messing about in the pool with brief excursions to the beach but it was nice doing nothing for a couple of days. We did have a really nice meal out one day and I tried a Catfish Red Curry which was delicious!!! After this we moved to Lamai and stayed at New Hut Bungalows, right on the beach. These were a lot more basic but it was lovely walking out on the golden sand every morning! We spent our first day in the ... read more
Room with a view? Yes please...
Palms, Sand and Sea
Yes Coconut!

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui August 20th 2012

Finally arrived at my beach resort on the Thai island of Koh Samui. Did absolutely nothing yesterday. Full day of sweaty tomb raiding on Saturday did me in so I spent the whole day relaxing, swimming, tanning and I guess preparing for 3 full days of beach bumming haha Got up early this morning for my ride to the airport and my flight to Samui through Bangkok. No problems although it was all one flight # on Bangkok airways and the first part was delayed a half hour. So I get to Bangkok and have to get off to go through immigration. I go off and do so and nearly miss the flight! Second last person on the bus to the remote stand and off we go again. Bangkok airways is great two one hour flights ... read more

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

Koh Samui We arrived in Koh Samui off Nok Air. For those how have not visited these islands, there are 3: Koh Samui: largest island and well established as the most popular tourist destination of the 3. It’s a 30 minute ferry ride to Koh Phangan and 2 hours to Koh Tao. Chaweng Beach is the the busiest and has a beautiful beach with greast nightlife for all. Other beaches we have visited and our thoughts: Choeng Mon Beach is quiet and beautiful. Lamai, we enjoyed watching the girls arrive at work every evening. Bophut, nice village but 5 star resorts dominate the best end of the beach. Koh Phangan: Known for its Full Moon Parties every month, it swells during this time by 10,000-30,000 party revellers. It has many beaches and offers real beach front ... read more
KS - Chaweng Beach
KS - Chaweng Beach (2)
KS -Ark Bar

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

have loved koh samui its lush......although weve fell in love with everywhere weve been so far. done a jeep safari other day through the mountains and held tigers and mooore monkeys. lisa had a holiday romance with a monkey called joey. weve been making the most of the sun and the nice hotel coz were just about to get back on a bus then a ferry then a bus then another bus to get us back to bangkok.....were making our way up to laos and stopping off at pattaya on the way which were expecting to be a bit different from where weve been lately...weve heard its like magaluf. we planned to chill on koh samui but it didnt really happen we got drunk at a night market with the locals and we only went for ... read more

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

The early morning boat was again awful I think cattle get better treatment than what we do on these boats its terrible SORT IT OUT THAILAND!! once on the island we managed to get a taxi round to our hostel which was fine Nid's bungalows owned by an Aussie guy who had married a thai woman and a farm of animals it would seem. The room was fine and relaxing enough. The island smelled so bad however and there was again the bustle of cheap cheap and taxi going round. Sleep wasnt so good however. very uncomftable.... read more

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