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Mar 30, 2017 - The sum total

The sum total March 30, 2017 Koh Samui, Thailand And now it’s 4 days later and the sum total of my “output” here at the Bandara Resort & Spa, which is located next to the fisherman’s village of Bophut on the island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, consists of the following strenuous routine: 1. The Breakfast Buffet They keep the breakfast buffet open until 10:30a.m. That’s 30 minutes later than anywhere else that we’ve been in the past 2 months. As such, my wife sleeps in 30 minutes later before I am commanded to wake her and take...

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Mar 29, 2017 - Sunset at the Fisherman's Village

Sunset at the Fisherman’s Village March 29, 2017 Koh Samui, Thailand There are hundreds and hundreds of islands in the Gulf of Thailand and hundreds more in the Andaman sea (off the west coast of the Thai mainland). Each of them has its own charms and level of development. I knew we’d need some R & R by the time we reached this point in our journey. Choosing just one Thai island to visit is like going to your favourite gelato place and being told you can only have one sample so you’d best make it a good one. My criteria was actually...

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Mar 27, 2017 - Welcome to the Gulf of Thailand

Welcome to the Gulf of Thailand March 27, 2017 Koh Samui, Thailand As I type these words, there is an ant crawling up the side of the wall next to the window in the row ahead of me on Lao Airlines Flight QV633 from Luang Prabang to Bangkok. We switch planes there and head south to Koh Samui. And, speaking of ants, or Aunts....Happy Birthday to my sister today, better known in our house as Aunty Marla.  It's important that I recognize the importance of this day.  Just ask her.   Note:  the ant has now crawled into the hair of the guy in the...

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Jan 31, 2017 - Back to Thailand - Ko Samui

Today we are back in Thailand on the island of Samui or as the say Ko Samui, Ko meaning Island. It is a tender day and as with many things on the ship we get different answers as to getting tender tickets. In the end we are able to get directly on a tender right after breakfast. Our plan is to head to Chewang Beach about a 30 minute ride away from Nathon where we have moored. Eight of us negotiate $5 each to ride in a Songthaews or Tuk truck. It basically an open air truck with a covered top and a pickup bed with bench seats facing each...

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Feb 16, 2013 - Ko Samui and Bangkok Thailand

Ko Samui Thailand is a beautiful island off the coast of Thailand. The world is slowly catching up with this sleepy little island. The residents include about 50,000 people, monkeys, elephants and even a few Tigers! The beaches are beautiful and uncroweded, the food spicy and beer very cold making this my favorite fun spot so far. We rode elephants, watched monkey shows and feasted on Thai delights. Reluctantly we left to return to visit Bangkok. Bangkok is a massive city with old world charm coupled with big city issues like traffic, noise...

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Apr 19, 2012 - Island hopping- silent retreat (Amy)

We took a ferry from Koh Tao to Koh Samui and spent one night there before the retreat. Koh Samui is one of the most popular Thai islands and has a gazillion resorts and tourist restaurants and attractions. We enjoyed a day there but were excited to be heading far away from the hustle and bustle. The following day we were picked up by the retreat staff and driven into the mountains to the retreat center. The center is perched on a mountain overlooking the ocean, and is surrounded by lush greenery (see photos). We spent the first afternoon...

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Amy & Adam in Asia

Apr 9, 2012 - Ko Samui

April 9 to 17 Ko Samui The relaxation continued to the island of Samui. We spent several days laying around the pool and soaking up the sun. We celebrated our third New Year's celebration - Songkran - which is the Thai New Year. This celebration is an all out water fight! Sometimes the water has chalk in it so the marks last after the water has dried. Though you never really dry out in a water fight. And some of the water has dye in it, Jen thought her blonde hair was going to be dyed red after getting a bucket of red water on the head. The...

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Feb 4, 2012 - Thailand - Day 25 - Motorcycle trip around Koh Samui

Woke up, had a light breakfast and rented a motorbike for the next 24hours. We started to make our way to the west side of the island. First stop was the Big Buddha Beach and Koh Farn. Large temples and Buddhist statues graced our presence sitting amongst the ocean waters. We tried to find the 'Mutant Coconut' tree which has triple coconut trees on one stem but alas we could not track it down. Oddly enough it is listed on their tourist map however non of the locals we asked knew about it or where its location was. The roads can be a bit...

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Feb 3, 2012 - Thailand - Days 22 - 24 - Koh Samui

Feb. 1st: We caught a Ferry to the Island of Koh Samui at 8:30am. Koh Samui is Thailand’s third largest island with a population of over 50,000 attracting 1.5 million tourists per year. It is rich with natural resources, white sandy beaches, coral reefs and coconut trees. Until the late 29th century, Koh Samui was an isolated self-sufficient community, having little connection with the mainland of Thailand. The island was even without roads until early 1970’s, and the 15km journey from one side of the island to the other involved a...

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Nov 26, 2011 - Koh Samui

Nov 23 – I wake up in Bangkok on the start of my 33rd birthday. Hmmm...What should I do? Get out of Bangkok; it can only lead to trouble. So back to the airport, where I am now know on a first name basis, and catch a short flight to the island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. As soon as I touched down I knew this was going to be a relaxing laid back island. Short minibus ride to Lamai Beach to check-in to the Fullmoon House Resort, across the road from the beach. Off to the beach for a stroll. The weather is overcast and slight wind....

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Sep 30, 2011 - where is the road leading?

yesterday I had a chat with Dolly, it seems she camed here 6 years ago on a vacation and now is stuck here. she runs the hostel but has her own house and says she hate it here now. a few years back when I went to Belize I met a woman from vancouver who said that she came there 40 yrs before with her husband for a vacation and he would not leave so she was stuck there. Dolly told me this because she said that i was free to be where ever I wanted to be. the funny thing about that is that my whole life i dreamt of living on a tropical island...

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Sep 29, 2011 - now that there is calm I feel there is no contentment

Today I got up at and went and swam in the ocean. It was lovely. then I sat on a lounge chair with and umbrella and sunscreen. this was nice too. then at around 12pm I realized I needed to get out of the heat, i hit a air conditioned coffee place and chatted with an German woman with broken English. no matter it was still nice to talk to someone. I think that is one of the hardest parts of this Journey is being alone all the time. I got invited to a boxing match by Matt the Australian but at 900 baht it was way to much for me not that I was...

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