Lazing about in Koh Samui

We did not have that many days left on our visa after spending longer in Koh Tao than initially planned but we wanted to see at least one more island. We picked Koh Samui as it was a bit bigger, we didn’t fancy the party scene on Koh Pha Ngan and Dave wanted to revisit it after going on holidays there as a kid before it had been too developed.

We took another ferry from Koh Tao to Koh Samui, booking it through Sairee Cottage as they offered free transfer back to the jetty at Mae Haad. We chose to go with the company Songserm this time as it was cheaper than Lomprayah (500B vs.600B each) and we were in no rush. The boat was comfortable enough and they even put on a movie- Point Break the remake which was awful but filled a couple of hours. The boat stopped at Koh Pha Ngan first and we waited whilst passengers got off and on before arriving in Koh Samui. A transport service came around on the boat offering transfer to the beach we wanted to go to (Lamai beach) for  200B so we just went with that as we knew our place was about 40 mins from the peer.

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Songserm ferry to Koh Samui

These days Koh Samui is incredibly developed with resorts in most beaches, a full ring road, hospitals, large supermarkets and a huge ex-pat community. We chose to stay in Lamai beach area as it is the second biggest area so there were options for cheaper accommodation and food for us but it isn’t as crowded and loud as Chaweng area.

 

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As you do
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Beach
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Lots of locals fishing in the sea from the rocks

We were dropped off at KT residence by the transport. After being in a bamboo hut for a week with a weak fan our nice big air conditioned room was nice. Dave wasn’t feeling great so he laid down for a bit whilst I chilled out on the balcony. In the afternoon we went for a walk down Lamai beach which was lovely and did not have too many people on it. Thankfully as this area was slightly more developed it meant that there was a huge Tesco and also a Makro close by to us. We ended up buying supplies for breakfast to save ourselves some money as we had a fridge. Tesco also had a decent food court where we ate a few times as it had a good range of cheap local food. That evening we also food the local market area where there were snack food stalls and a restaurant serving cheap local food…heaven after being on Koh Tao and there was no real street food!

View from KT balcony

 

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View of the sea in the distance
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Our room at KT residence

Overlooking the garden and seating areas
One of the kids there grilling fish from the sea
Wandering along the beach

 

 

Signs to show where they are
View from the rocks

 

 

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On Sunday evenings in Lamai there is a walking street night market. This was surprisingly decent. Most of it was full of tourist souvenirs, clothing and jewlerry which was just what I was after at the end of our time in Thailand. I picked up a magnet that wasn’t too tacky, but still tacky as there were no nice ones (50B), a new pair of shorts as mine were dead in traditional Thai elephant style (100B) and an anklet with an elephant on it (120B) as I had been after one for a while. Successful night market trip.

 

Our plan initially had been to stay in a couple of different places in Koh Samui to see different sides of the island. However spending more time on Koh Tao and the fact that we wanted to get the train from Surat Thani down to Hat Yai in order to get to Malaysia meant that we didn’t really have time. Our plan instead was to just rent a scooter for a day or two to explore different places on the island. This plan was foiled too when Dave didn’t feel that great after diving with his balance being off and his head quite swimmy… as he is the driver this wasn’t really going to work. So instead we had a really chilled and lazy few days on Koh Samui not doing too much.

 

Lamai beach
Nice and quiet most of the time

 

Dinner at the local 

We moved down the road the following day to Green Canyon bungalows as it was slightly cheaper (400B a night). It was a basic bungalow but we had air con, a bathroom with hot shower, a fridge so we could store our breakfast stuff and a balcony to chill out on.  It had a nice garden area with a few covered areas to sit and a small dip pool. It was only 5 minutes walk to the beach too.

 

Lamai beach
Nice and quiet most of the time

 

Dinner at the local 

We moved down the road the following day to Green Canyon bungalows as it was slightly cheaper (400B a night). It was a basic bungalow but we had air con, a bathroom with hot shower, a fridge so we could store our breakfast stuff and a balcony to chill out on.  It had a nice garden area with a few covered areas to sit and a small dip pool. It was only 5 minutes walk to the beach too.

 

Our room at green canyon
Balcony
Overlooking the garden and seating areas
One of the kids there grilling fish from the sea
Pool

Our plan initially had been to stay in a couple of different places in Koh Samui to see different sides of the island. However spending more time on Koh Tao and the fact that we wanted to get the train from Surat Thani down to Hat Yai in order to get to Malaysia meant that we didn’t really have time. Our plan instead was to just rent a scooter for a day or two to explore different places on the island. This plan was foiled too when Dave didn’t feel that great after diving with his balance being off and his head quite swimmy… as he is the driver this wasn’t really going to work. So instead we had a really chilled and lazy few days on Koh Samui not doing too much.

 

Most mornings were spent getting up later, eating breakfast on the balcony and then catching up on writing some blogs or researching how to get to Malaysia. We also made a bit of a rough itinerary of where we wanted to go in Malaysia too. We also used some of our free time to catch up with family- skyping people now that we had better internet.

We spent quite a few hours wandering around the main streets of Lamai that have a lot of restaurants, bars and souvenir shops on them. We also wandered along the beach a couple of times, chilled with beers and went for a swim. There is a decent slope just off of the beach which made it good for swimming.

Wandering along the beach

On one afternoon we went to see the main tourist attraction that was located in walking distance- the grandparent rocks.Hin Ta and Hin Yai also known as Grandpa and Grandma rocks. These formations look like the male and female genitalia, respectively. What makes these rocks even more strange is that they are close to each other, giving way to a legend explaining how they came to be.The Hin Ta/Hin Yai legend is a tale of tragedy tinged with hope, as described on a signboard near the rocks: “A folklore of Samui Island tells the story of an old couple by the name of Ta Kreng (Grandpa Kreng) and Yai Riem (Grandma Riem) who lived with their son in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Since their son had come of age, they felt that it was time he got married. “One day they decided to sail to the neighbouring province of Prachuap Khiri Khan to ask for the hand of the daughter of a man named Ta Monglai. During their sea journey, their boat was seized by a storm. The old man and his wife were unable to swim ashore. They died at sea, turning into rocks as proof to the would-be bride’s parents of their true intentions. The rocks stand there to this day.” On the way back we stopped at the Basil House a local restaurant and had decent fried rice and Pad Thai.

 

Sign explaining Hin ta and Hin Yai rocks
Signs to show where they are
View from the rocks

 

 

There is a walking street set up each night full of souvenirs for browsing. Close to this in the centre we took advantage of some of the street food stalls- although they are set up right next to the open air “girls” bars that are trying to lure people in for drinks.

Street stall curries
Right next the girls bars

On Sunday evenings in Lamai there is a walking street night market. This was surprisingly decent. Most of it was full of tourist souvenirs, clothing and jewelry which was just what I was after at the end of our time in Thailand. I picked up a magnet that wasn’t too tacky, but still tacky as there were no nice ones (50B), a new pair of shorts as mine were dead in traditional Thai elephant style (100B) and an anklet with an elephant on it (120B) as I had been after one for a while. Successful night market trip.

 

Cheesy travel magnet
Elephant shorts
Elephant anklet

Intersecting these stalls was also another street filled with street food stalls which we were very happy about. It was filled with lots of treats- seafood, dumplings, steamed buns, grilled meats, sausages, waffles etc. Between us we devoured- Grilled pork and grilled chicken skewers (10B each), a steamed pork bun (20B), more chicken skewers, pork gyozas (50B for 5) and Dave had bbq’d octopus (10B).

 

Street food street
Takoyaki
Corn in all its forms
Grilled meats
Curries
Grilled stickt rice
Gyoza

On the way back we splashed out and went out for drinks at Cocktails by PIT. This was a cool bar with half cars for seats and games on the tables, plus they had fairly cheap drinks. Dave had a couple of beers (50B each) whilst I had a Caipirinha (70B). We then commenced several games of Connect 4 which got very intense with me losing quite a lot as the staff stood by watching how the games played out!

 

PIT cocktails
Car seat and Caipriniha
Beers and connect4
Dave happy as he won a lot

After a good few chilled out days, where we did very little we booked ferry tickets with Lomprayah to Surat Thani online. A boat to Donsak and bus combination cost 600B each and also included free pick up from our place to the jetty although we had to get our reception to call them to organise this. The next few days were going to be transiting slowly to Malaysia so we were glad we chilled out here, although we probably should have seen a little more but that will have to be for next time.

 

 

Dave with the good dog of green canyon
Saying bye to the dog and green canyon

Alex

 

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