Neon Lights and Girly Bars

Trip Start Oct 10, 2010
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Silver Beach Resort Bungalows

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

We stayed 4 nights at a beautiful beach in Koh Samui, in between Lamai and Chaweng called Ao Thong Ta Khian. There were four bungalow resorts on the bay, which meant the beach was never crowded. We spent our days on the beach and our evenings dinning in the local towns. 

Both Lamai and Chaweng are beach towns built up along the beach, Chaweng is the most developed, following  7km of beach. Lamai is 2nd most built up on the island. The towns are full of bars, restaurants, hotels, markets, Thai massage salons, suit shops and just about anything else that makes money from tourists.

We took a tour around the island visiting the most famous spots. I had been on the same tour 2 years ago but we decided it was a bit too risky to hire mopeds or a jeep, particularly as I don't drive and the small print on the rental contract wasn’t exactly friendly.

The tour took us to see the mummified monk which had become mummified over 20 years ago, Grandmother and Grandfather rocks, Big Buddha, Na Muang  fall, the tallest water fall on the island as well as the Chinese influenced temples of Plai Laem.

Koh Samui has some beautiful beaches and plenty to entertain the average tourist but I felt all the neon lights and girly bars where the opposite of how I imagined Thailand island life to be.
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