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This small island, (approx. 247km²), sits on the western side of the Thai Mainland - 700km from Bangkok - in the Gulf of Thailand. Bordering the South China Sea and the Pacific, it is surrounded by more than sixty other islands, such as Koh Phangan and Koh Tao (divers island). Many of which are small and uninhabited.
Though the first inhabitants were fisherman, some 1500 years ago, it was more recently "discovered" in the 1970's by backpackers. Since then however, Koh Samui has developed as a major tourist destination, catering to tourists from all over the World. Tourism is now the island's main source of income.
Bangkok Airways flies direct, a mere 1 hour and 50 min flight from Singapore - making it the perfect destination for a quick and easy getaway. Exactly what hubby and I were looking for.
On our first trip to this Northern Thai City, the words Wat and Chedi became oh so familiar. In Chiang Mai it seems, there is a "Wat" with it's accompanying "Chedi" around nearly every corner. I have to admit to looking up these words in the dictionary so I would be better able to recognize which was "Wat" and what was Chedi! A Wat is a Buddhist monastry or temple, a Chedi (also known as a Stupa) is a "bell shaped tower or mound like structure containing Buddhist relics", Buddhism being the predominant religion in Thailand.
WHO IS LYNNY?
My name is Lynn, Lynny or even Lynnykansas. Blame the latter on a "Dorothy" Halloween Costume and a very funny kid a number of years ago (yes, that's you Meg!). I am a Brit who has spent many years in the USA, but is now experiencing life in Singapore for awhile.
More about me and why the blog is called It's Lynny Kansas.......
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