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Jan 5, 2015 - Reisehighlight und Fähre nach Koh Samui

Heute starteten wir um 8.00 h zum Abschluss unserer Südthailand-Reise. Eigentlich hatten wir keine grossen Erwartungen mehr, da "nur" noch eine Bootsfahrt und ein Marktbesuch plus Fahrt zum Pier unserer Fähre nach Koh Samui auf dem Programm stand. Was uns dann aber erwartete hat uns alle überrascht: die Fahrt mit dem Longtail-Boat durch die Kanäle des Flussdeltas des Tapi, der hier bei Kurat Thani ins Meer fliesst, hat uns alle überrascht. Die Fahrt durch die Mangroven- und Palmen-"Wälder" war beeindruckend durch ihre Stille und das Sein...

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Christen's on Tour

Jan 4, 2015 - Auch in Südthailand hat's Tempel

Heute war unsere letzte ganztägige Tour von Chumphon nach Surat Thani. Sie führte uns, nach einem Halt an einem der typischen Märkte in Südthailand, zuerst zur Tempelanlage Phra Borom in That Chaiya, gemäss unserem Tourguide Mr Boem die älteste (1200-jährig) und eine der wichtigsten in Thailand, und dann zu einer "Affenschule". Dort zeigte uns der "Trainer" wie er die Affen (Makaken) anlernt, die Kokos-Nüsse von den Bäumen zu holen. Sie lernen dabei einerseits die reifen Früchte von den noch nicht reifen zu unterscheiden und dann wie sie...

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Christen's on Tour

Dec 19, 2012 - On to Koh Phangan

We were off the train before 8am and on to a coach for the 1 hour ride to Don Sak from where the ferries go to the islands in the Gulf of Thailand on the east coast. 2.5 hours later we were on the island of Koh Phangan and needed a taxi or a tuk tuk to take us to the Haad Salad Villas but this was where our luck ran out. At the ferry docking point the only transport in site were 3 moped owners who gallantly if not dangerously said they would transport us and our luggage the 20km or so to our beach side accommodation for 150 baht each (just...

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Apr 24, 2012 - En route to the islands

We left the resort in Khao Lak paying our bill of 11,900 Baht (about £210) which was for a weeks accommodation, breakfast and dinner nearly every night, tons of water, lunch 2 or 3 times and my Chang beer bill so not a bad result. We gave the staff 1000 Baht tip and they were well chuffed so we spread the goodwill about a bit. We had sussed out the bus and all we had to do was get to the top of the road and wait for a bus then flag it down and check that it was going to Surat Thani. We walked up from the resort which was a trial in itself....

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Mar 12, 2012 - Bangkok and then the Night Train

I like that you can order anything for breakfast here and it's normal-- today we shared a grilled chicken baguette and pad thai. We had to check out by noon and the night train was at 7:30pm, so we didn't have a chance to shower right before the trip (and it really is hot here, so that would have been nice...) Instead, we took advantage of our hotel room for as long as we could, returning to it after wandering this morning to enjoy the AC ad the cold water. Refreshing! We dropped our large bags off at the travel agency where we booked the...

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Feb 1, 2012 - Leaving Koh Samui

Today we went back to Bangkok. Took a while but we got here with minutes to spare. One of the options given to us when we booked our flights from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui was to fly back to Bangkok via the airport in Surat Thani. We were able to get cheap flights ($40 cdn) from Surat Thani to Bangkok versus the $80 flight from Samui to Bangkok. The fly in the ointment on this was that we had to get from Samui to Surat Thani on the mainland. We had all day to do it and it just about took us all day. The other fly was that the cost of getting...

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South East Asia

Jan 31, 2012 - Thailand - Days 20 & 21 - Surat Thani

Jason ended up getting really sick last night once we got settled into our hotel room. He thinks it’s ‘land sickness’. I did not feel that great either however I have been lucky enough not to experience the stomach issues Jason has on our trip, rather I seem to catch horrendous chest colds which I just got over one before going on our scuba trip. I spent the 30th going through all our photos and updating the blog (getting it ready for Jason to upload) while Jason slept all day, having a fever on and off. Finally at around 5pm we went out...

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Feb 10, 2011 - Surat Thani.

10 February. After that we have had a good breakfast, we checked-out from the Supar Royal Beach Resort. First we had to book a transport from the hotel to the minibus station in Khanom, a trip about 10 km. At the bus station we had to change to another minibus and shortly we was on the way to Surat Thani. Newly arrived to Surat Thani, we changed to a taxi for further transport to the 100 Islands Resort & Spa. Very much thanks to, that Lek speaking Thai, it became rather easy to get there. The 100 Islands Resort & Spa, which I had on my...

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Nov 22, 2009 - Trip to Surat thani

It was a lovely evening and the waters were calm for our ferry ride from Thongsala to the Dongsak pier. It is a very organized process, and the bus was waiting there to take us to the bus station in Surat thani. The bus is an hour-long ride. We were met in Surat thani and taken to the tour agents. It was here that we were told our visa run for tomorrow was cancelled. The strong wet weather we had experienced on Koh Phangan hit other areas, and the village and pier in Burma was no longer functioning, so no visa run. Cory and Elaine are...

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Feb 23, 2008 - The day with the animals

We were woken this morning by the guy that owns the river house, we had omelette and eggs for breakfast. We then were loaded into a truck and were on our way to see the elephants. We arrived at the elephant sanctuary and our first sight was of a huge elephant with its little baby, which had to be Dumbo! We climbed onto a raised platforms where 2-3 elephants were resting there trunks on, we clambered onto the elephant and sat on the seat being enough for two and then the driver got on. The elephant was quite hairy which neither of us...

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Feb 22, 2008 - The road to Malaysia

This morning we checked out of the bungalow in Lamai and then found a travel agent. We discussed our options for getting to Penang. In the end we booked a ferry to Surat Thani, and then from there an overnight train to Butterworth in Malaysia. Once we had a plan, we had several hours to kill. We went to this Irish bar in Chaweng that some guy we ran into on the boat to Samui, a friend of SH's, recommended. Once the guy had mentioned Guinness we were both pretty focused on having one. We took a taxi to the pub, had a couple of beers, and...

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Sep 28, 2007 - Bangkok - Surat Thani - Koh Samui

Ho perso tanto tempo a mettere le foto che non ho piu' tempo per scrivere! Comincero' la prossima volta, anche se non so come faro; visto che le cose da raccontare sarebbero moltissime. Un breve riassunto sugli spostamenti: da Bangkok sono andata a trovare questi miei due amici ex coinquilini a Londra (bart e barbara). Li ho trovati sull' isola di Ko Samui, dove ho scialato e mi sono trattata sin troppo bene, e ho passato la maggior parte del tempo in mare, in motorino a girare per l'isola (bellissimo) e a mangiare. Ora sono tornata in...

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