IT'S LYNNY KANSAS
DON'T LET THE RUBY SLIPPERS,
OR THE DOROTHY INSPIRED NICKNAME
FOOL YOU., THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME,
BUT TRAVELING IS FUN.
KOH SAMUI, THAILAND, MARCH 2013
The temperature whilst we were there (end of March) was pretty hot, round about 35°C or 95°F. The humidity was also quite high although nothing like the humidity in Singapore.
High Season / Low Season
Bhoput, or "Fishermans Village" had plenty of bars and restaurants to explore. Also the usual array of shops. We ate Thai food almost every day because we just love it. A lot of the restaurants offer menus to cater to the many nationalities of tourists, so there was a choice of western as well.
On Friday night, Bhoput comes alive. The "walking street" comes to town, with the set up of market stalls and food vendors of every description lining the streets.
We decided to rent a car for a couple of days to explore the Island. It is not very big, so we easily drove around it in a day. We drove through Chewang, which is the biggest town on Samui. Loads of resorts here and plenty of nightlife, markets and shops to keep you busy. When I read up on Samui, this had put me off it a little bit. But having driven through, my opinion is that staying in a resort there would be fine. Especially if you stuck to the quieter ends of town and not the middle.
It was funny to see all the fast food places available in Chewang. Also, wall to wall mopeds! Wherever you go on Samui, there is always a ton of mopeds parked everywhere. Obviously the biggest mode of transport for the locals. We did contemplate renting one for a day, but ultimately we bottled out lol!
We drove through Lamai, a smaller town than Chewang and took a look at the beach. It was a lot more breezy at Lamai which is on the South East coast of Samui, Bhoput being on the North Eastern part of the Island.
We carried on driving around the coast, some great views of the coastline. Then we headed up "The Mountain" which is more or less in the middle of the Island. There are a few waterfalls you can trek to up there. We went to take a look at Wangsaothong waterfall. Being the dry season, they were more of a trickle though, which was a shame. Our little rental car managed to make it to the top and we took a few pictures.
Our lunch stop was at a remote little place called The Five Island Restaurant. This spot was recommended to us by the Hotel. It was Thai food (of course), on a lovely beach setting, overlooking the Five Islands on the Western coast of Samui. This would be a perfect place to watch the sunset. Alas, we only made it for lunch but I took a few photos anyway, it was so pretty and peaceful there. To see some better pictures than mine, check out this post by Elina on her My Home Koh Samui website.
All in all we had a lovely lazy week in Koh Samui. We weren't particularly interested in doing a lot of excursions or water sports. We really just wanted to relax. There are a lot of things you can do in Samui, if you are so inclined. They have their own Rum distillery, hard to believe we didn't go there I know! Diving and water sports of all kinds are plentiful, as are the spas. You can also go on an ATV excursion, go Elephant Trekking, Zip Line through the canopy and there is even a Safari Park.
On the plus side, yet another tick in my 'where in the World is Lynny" travel box!
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Mary Ann Betz
4/16/2013 02:11:52 am
I thoroughly enjoy living vicariously through you, Lynn. Thanks for blogging!!
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