Thailand - Koh Samui 15.07.2012
Many friends and family had told me how amazing Koh Samui was and that we must go there before we decided to discover and see Thailand’s second biggest island for ourselves.
It took us 2 and a half days to travel from Toulouse in France to the tropical island off the east coast of Thailand. This was due to the fact that our flight to KL didn’t mirror up with a flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui so we ended up taking the long way which involved flying to Bangkok taking another flight to Surat Thani on the mainland of Thailand then taking a one hour bus ride to Donsak pier where we would then get on a ferry for another hour and a half before finally arriving :S
After checking in to our well lit up boutique hotel (Pandora) on North Chaweng beach it was time to find some fresh seafood which we had both been craving for dinner. A walk across the road and on to Chaweng beach we came across a pretty beach side restaurant/bar which had tables and chairs right on the water edge! As soon as we put our feet in the water and had cocktail in hand we knew it was time to relax and take in the atmosphere of fireworks shotting up in to the air, lanterns floating slowly up in to the night sky and not to mention cheeky Thai people trying to sell you anything possible. This restaurant became a favourite and we spent more than half our nights relaxing drinking cocktails and eating plenty of fresh seafood.
Our first day was spent travelling around Koh Samui in our own private mini bus seeing its many sights: Grandfather and Grandmother Rock, Mummified Monk, swimming in waterfalls, Nathon town, Big Buddha and a much anticipated elephant ride through the jungle for Aurelie.
Second day we took a tour out to the Anthong National Marine park which involved snorkelling, seeing a big green lake, relaxing on a beautiful tropical island and hiking 500m up a steep jungle trail to a amazing view of the marine park. Good day out but not as good as our next few.
Third day was spent scuba diving around one of Thailand’s best dive sites, Sail rock an island between Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Highlights while diving were schools of barracuda, giant moray eels, huge gropers and many different types of tropical fish.
Fourth day we decided to spend on land and went on a 3 hour quad bike ride in the morning up in to the dense tropical jungle. In the afternoon we visited the Na Muang Safari Park where we watched various animal shows.
Our fifth and final day was both Aurelie and I’s highlight, a day tour to Koh Nang Yuan island. The island is actually 3 small islands connected by a stretch of sandy beach and is surrounded by beautiful coral reef filled to the brim with tropical fish. This island has been voted one of the top 10 islands in the world and I wouldn’t disagree the place really is amazing and well worth a visit!
After 5 adventurous, non-stop days of seeing as much of Koh Samui, nearby islands and massages it was time to head back to reality/Perth :(
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