Koh Samui, an island of creature comforts

Trip Start Mar 18, 2009
Trip End Jan 12, 2010

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the Sunday's resort and spa

Flag of Thailand  , Nakhon Si Thammarat,
Friday, October 9, 2009

It was time to visit our final island in the lower Southern Gulf of Thailand, before we headed across the mainland to the Andaman Coast.  We left Koh Phangan for Koh Samui at 10am and boarded the Lomprayah Catamaran, it was our roughest journey yet, but thankfully our shortest. The catamaran swayed from left to right like a bucking bronco and we were splashed many times. It was funny watching a French couple as their young child was having so much fun and was incessantly giggling everytime they were hit by some ocean spray.

Docked, we received our free shuttle to our hotel in Bophut called Sundays. It was roughly a 10 minute walk from Bophut beach and the Fisherman's Village, which was a collection of restaurants dotted along the coastline.  One of our favourite jaunts was to the Frog & Gecko pub, an English and Australian collaboration which held a challenging pub quiz on a Wednesday night.  Our team was known as the "Brits on Tour" and we came joint 5th and 7th on our two attempts. Jugs of Chang beer may have hindered our judgement on occasion :)

Bophut beach isn't the best on the island and is quite difficult to walk along. The sand is very coarse and gives you an automatic pedicure as you walk along it.  Like other places in Thailand it does have a problem with stray dogs. On one occasion we counted 14 as we walked back to our hotel. Nestled near a hill the road wasn't lit at night and it was a definite experience walking back, we also saw two snakes.

That aside the hotel was a beautiful complex. Most of the time we were the only guests. Apart from the hotel staff, our other companions were the owners pet dogs. It would greet us every morning at breakfast and would jump up onto our seat for a cuddle.  The swimming pool was an added benefit, although it did take a little while to get used to. I wouldn't recommend the use of black tiles in a swimming pool, the word pond springs to mind :)

We explored two other beaches on the island, Chaweng, which is possibly the most famous and Lamai. Chaweng did become our favourite destination and we spent most of our time their topping up our tans and walking along its 5 kilometre coastline.  Although you will have to read our next blog for an interesting scam which occurred there. Even a tropical paradise isn't safe in Thailand.

Oh and its only two and a half weeks until we see Emma's Mum and Dad. Yay!
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rfbevis on

hello from the Golden Mango!!
Well here we are...havimg fun and not long till we meet. A week today:-)
They are lovely people here!! We are off in our moto remorque to see the sunset and then the night market. All rather old hat to you both I guess! We like old hats.
Sepang was brill...got some good autographs including JT!
Love Ma n Pa

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