We are a bit reluctant on how the day was going to turn out, the weather forecast predicted rain and it was our last day before returning to Bangkok. So for us to make it worth while it had to be a full day of sightseeing. We started at the Big Budda in Koh Samui, a very busy shrine to say the least, it was originally built for the thai monks and lay to pray but soon become a tourist attraction due to its legends and size. As we arrived there were hundreds of people coming in and out of the landmark. As we climbed to the top it was nice to see up close the detail and effort that went into the making of the Buddha itself. As it was a few stories above the ground it was surrounded by gorgeous nature and ocean that stretched 360 degrees once you reached the top. Once we finished at the buddha, we continued on the a few smaller temples and statues close by, again displaying extraordinary detail throughout. Our next stop was the Chaweng Beach view point, it was a 180 view of the island, the beautiful crystal blue water, clear and soft. Our next stop was the Grandmother and Grandfather rocks, named after the shape of the rocks as they look like female and male gentials. It was an interesting attraction. It was surprisedly very busy there was more people there than most of the other attractions. Our next stop was elephant treking and the biggest waterfall on the island. Firstly I am very cautious about the products I use and the foods I eat as a result of animal cruelty. We were told that these elephants were treated very well, they're riders are always with them, sleep in the same stable, eat with them etc, so I was a little hesitant but we proceeded. I am going to say it now, that I would most likely never do it again. Although the animals are allowed to roam free of the river and forrest land throughout the ride it was definitely just there for tourist purposes. There was cuts on the elephants head, I'm assuming as a result of the rider stabling it with an axe each carried. The whole ride I kept asking to go back, if I had one regret from this trip it would be that. I did feel a bit easier about it as we got to feed and nurture the elephants but again we had to pay for it. The waterfall just minutes walk from the trekking was one of the most picturesque things i've seen, very tall and beaming with water it stood 3-4 stories high. Our last destination of the day was lunch other a lookout in Koh Samui. It was an excellent way to finish our tour, the food was beautiful- very cheap and the views well... priceless.
We visited Football Golf before we left the Island and 100% must go if you are a football/soccer fan, it was a great bit of friendly competition and great activity to get out an enjoy Koh Samui!
If you're travelling to Koh Samui and want to do the same tour we did, we definitely recommend our taxi and tour guide. It was roughly $40-70 including all the activities and lunch for 6 hours (half day). I will attach the link for you to check out the Mini Mart which the company works out of. Sanook Tour & Travel (Mini Mart-Tour Agency-Taxi Service). Phone: 084 442 8079
Sawadee Ka (hello in thai) Koh Samui
Sawadee Ka (hello in thai) Koh Samui. Koh Samui airport is such a small boutique airport, it has little trams to take us to the huts to get our bags. Palm trees everywhere. Arriving to our hotel, it was very luxurious. There are a few imperfections but all and all we are very happy with our decision. With special thanks to Luxury Escapes for the booking of this hotel. We settled in and enjoyed a 1 hour massage followed by drinks at the pool bar, and a buffet dinner, we couldn’t have asked for more. Today we are going to venture into the main centre of Koh Samui for some drinks and shopping. There is so much to do in the way of attractions and places to visit that i’m sure we ill have plenty to do during our 8 night stay. We can’t wait to enjoy our trip here and see what Koh Samui has to offer.
floating market amphawa
After a big breakfast at the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok we got a taxi to the shopping hub in Bangkok city. It was full of small markets, luxury shops and lots of tourists. We only stayed long enough to look through one shopping centre as we organised to meet up with my sister and go to the floating markets in Amphawa. The drive down took one and a half hours, as there wasn't enough room in the cabin of the ute we sat in the back of the tray. For my boyfriend it was such a new concept, he had this big grin on this face for 75% of the journey there until after a while your but goes num and your face suffers so much wind it becomes like sitting in front of a large fan for 2 hours, Ha Ha! Once we arrived these markets where so unique, I don't recall being to any before and they are such an experience. The food from the streets, market and restaurants is second to none. Although I do say to avoid street food, I succumbed to peer pressure and tried some pork, although my mentality was to not eat it, I enjoyed the flavour. Once we walked around we took the 2 hour trip back home. We faced the sunset on the back of the ute and it was so beautiful. Upon returning back in the city, we had a few drinks and went out for dinner to the local sports club where we stayed till late watching the football and playing pool. It was a long day but defiantly worth it.
Next day we are off to Koh Samui stay tuned!
buffet breakfast & shopping, whats next?
Waking up at 5am does have it perks that's for sure. We managed to fit in a gym session, get to breakfast early and enjoy the sunrise in Bangkok. Today we will venture into the city centre of Bangkok and explore what the shopping has to offer. We are both suffering from slight jet lag as we are both early raisers and early sleepers, this means we fell asleep at 7pm last night and were up at 5am, not ideal. I am excited to explore Bangkok via public transport. Taxi's and Uber's are very cheap but don't give you any insight into the hidden alleys and stalls that is on offer. Taking the train today will be interesting because I hear it is much busier than Sydney.
Watch this space for all of todays photos and what we actually ended up doing on our second day in Bangkok!
Exploring like true tourists
What a day! We are lucky enough to be staying on the river for our first stay in Bangkok.
Luckily for us there are a fair few tourist attractions that are housed up and down of the Chao Phraya River. Today we boarded the ferry and explored what our legs and now sore feet could handle. It was a full on day starting at 10am after a HUGE buffet breakfast thanks to the Shangri -La. Our ferry stop was just outside the hotel which made for easy transport there and back. We visited Wat Arun, by accident as we mistaken our ferry stop. It was one of the tallest, beautiful temples I have seen yet. It wasn't too busy which made it feel very local and special…. Our next stop was the famous and tourist capital Khao San Road. As we went quite early and it being a government holiday it wasn’t busy and only a few of the bars and clubs had people in them. It was a tourists delight when you're exploring and just trying to get your bearings. It was filled with large bars, small shopping stalls and little shops with hidden surprises. We stopped for a drink and my gosh is everything cheap here, we wanted a cheap holiday and thats what we got! I ordered a fresh lemon juice for myself and a big Chang (thailand’s national beer) and it was only $8 AUD. It was enough to get us by the home stretch of our day. After having a wonder through the quiet streets surrounding Khao San it was hard to see the state that some Thai people are forced to live in as a result of poverty. I am so grateful for everything I have today and that really showed me that I’m very lucky to be in the position I am and to be doing what I do. Returning back to the hotel we explored what looks like a food village market which we eyed up for dinner… We got into bed had a nap and ordered some room service and today I think we will call a day!
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So here we are again....
It feels like forever since i've been in the international terminal but i'm glad to be back to say the least! This year our trip is going to be glamorous, fabulous and most importantly cheap!
When passing through security and check in I've alway recommended having your check in complete prior to arriving at the airport, this can be done online via your carriers website. When passing through security if you want to be as quick as we did today, record timing I might add, make sure you pack all your liquids, and toiletries in a clear bag and all under 1000ml.
When arriving in the Amex lounge you are greeted with class meets a peaceful getaway. The lounge is spacious and not overly loud when crowded. It boasts a full buffet of meals depending on the time of day you're flying and the most luxurious wine list i've seen all free of charge. We still have a couple more hours before our flight but it's starting to shape up to be an exciting holiday right from the beginning.
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