Helen and Doug's Round the World Trip travel blog

Helen in her bed on the train

Two tourists on the boat to Koh Samui

Chaweng Beach - view from outside our hotel

Ang Thong Marine Park - view from the boat

Ang Thong again

The lagoon at Ang Thong

Us at the lagoon

How we got to the lake - a lot of climbing!

Elephant trekking

Doug enjoying his 50p main course!

Grandfather rock - totally natural!

Na Muang Waterfall

Helen eating fish!!!

The hotel pool - restaurant and beach in background

Storm over Koh Samui, as we left!

Nearing the end of a four hour wait at Surat Thani station!

Lunchtime back in Khao San - Pad Thai

Helen with her drinks for the night!


Left Bangkok on Sunday for the 14 hour train journey to Surat Thani. Then caught a bus and a boat to the island of Koh Samui. The views were spectacular but the photos don't do them justice sadly.

We stayed at Chaweng Beach Cabana which is a very nice hotel, the pool and the beach are beautiful. It was worth going over budget. However Chaweng is very touristy, which is a shame.

On Tuesday we went on a day trip to Ang Thong National Marine Park, this is where 'The Beach' film was made and you can see why, it's absolutely idyllic. Took about 1 and a half hours to get there, then climbed up ladders and through rocks to reach the lagoon on the main island, which was stunning, turquoise waters etc. Again the photos do not do it justice. We then went kayaking around the smaller islands, we turned out to be a pretty good team, and I got to shout instructions at Doug! We saw some beautiful scenery but couldn't take the camera along for fear of getting it wet so no pictures sadly. After this we went snorkelling but unfortunately the water wasn't very clear and then a girl got stung by a jellyfish so that ended that! We saw some fish though.

Back on Koh Samui we went elephant trekking through the rainforest which was a good experience although we didn't get to go anywhere very exciting.

On Wednesday we explored the island ourselves and got lost several times, we walked miles in the heat but it was worth it to see Na Muang Waterfall. We also went to Hat Ta Hat Yai which was the strangest tourist attraction we have ever seen! It is basically two rocks naturally shaped like male and female genitalia - bizarre!

Back in Khao San now totally exhausted. Up north tomorrow.

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