Koh Samui Diaries: Days 5-7 Amazing Angthong

The Angthong National Park headlines this edition of Koh Samui Diaries. In what is most certainly the highlight of the trip so far.

Angthong National Park

Angthong National Park

Day 5 – A visit to Angthong National Park

I wake up with keen enthusiasm. A day cruise awaits, how I have been looking forward to this. We get picked up at the resort nice and early in the morning and taken to Nathon pier, that is a short drive away. We arrive at the boat. A long boat. Which to be honest is old and run down and not much in looks. But they do offer us shitty instant coffee to make up for it.

We head off to the islands, the boat moves fine, which is a relief I guess. The morning is overcast and the views are not great to begin with. But the Angthong National Park, our destination, awaits, we can only hope the weather clears and the stunning view point’s I have heard plenty about improves.

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It takes an hour and a half to get to the main island at Angthong. Smooth sailing all the way and the old boat goes better than it looks. Best yet the skies are clearing up.The first island requires a hike. 500 metre climb up a large hill. Not an easy climb and not recommended for kids as the to- gets really steep as if you are rock climbing, where you only have a rope to hold onto for support. No harness.

Awaiting up top is a full vantage point of the islands of Angthong National Park. It is nothing short of stunning. I truly feel my eyes have never seen anything more beautiful when it comes to nature and how spoilt I am to witness nature at is very best. Best yet, there is blue skies above.The climb down is easier than the climb up, but caution is still required especially from the higher point. Upon finishing the hike, I rest and enjoy the view from the ground, which is still great in itself. This time however I am buggered with my legs shaking. I realise I need to exercise more when I get back to Australia.

Back on the boat. It is time for lunch. It is a Thai buffet lunch, which is not anything special. But from there it is onward to the next island at Angthong. Kayaking is next on the agenda. Never have I kayaked anything more beautiful than Angthong, with the waters so placid. We Kayak from one side other island to the other. Going under caves and over coral, bypassing other islands in the meantime. Another great experience on my trip.

Getting to the other side of the island it is time to get the snorkels out and view the fish. Probably not the greatest experience of the day but I have been spoilt enough and I am not going to let anything ruin the day. The last thing I do is buy an ice cream and gaze around the islands one more time, before heading back to Koh Samui.

Dinner that night is at Beryl’s Bar, a small , low key bar and restaurant, that is a short walk from the Mai Samui Resort. Of course the prices at the bar are a lot cheaper than the resort and the food is good too as we watch the sun set in front of our eyes. It has been a busy day and it is time to relax and chill.

Day 6 – A rest day and a Massage

It begins with breakfast as usual and a quick dip in the pool. A rest in the room follows and then it is a stroll on the beach and rejecting all the masseuse parlours stationed at the beach as we walk. We have a complimentary massage at the resort later in the day. Lunch again is at a small local bar near the resort, where I enjoyed a nice chicken coconut curry.

As mentioned earlier we are booked for a massage at the resort. Part of the package. Wow the whole experience was very professional and relaxing. In a well presented and designed massage centre. A welcome drink was greeted to my wife and I on arrival, we were give a change of clothes and a restful Ancient Thai Massage that lasted an hour and ended with cup of Thai tea. Fair to say I felt a million dollars afterwards.

Dinner that night was at the Mai Samui pub restaurant. Free voucher where were given a set meal. Due to a big storm and rainfall, all restaurants at the resort were packed. No one was heading out. It took a good fifteen minutes to get table, even though we had booked and over an hour to get the meal. Extraordinary circumstances, no panic and we were not in a hurry.

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Day 7 – Return to Chaweng

Today was another return to Chaweng on yet another laid back day. Again on the free shuttle bus to town. The day at Chaweng started with an ice coffee on the beach, shopping for an hour, a half an hour foot massage and little bite to eat from a food stall on the side of the street. Before the rain came but luckily the shuttle bus returned ad it was back to the resort.

The day finished a little earlier. A big day is planned tomorrow. Dinner again was a local bar but different bar at PJs. We ate light, a Thai Salad and chicken satay with a few beers that cost only two dollars a pop. Splendid price for a beer hey. It is bloody tough being on holidays.

Until next time travellers. Take care.

 

Koh Samui Diaries: Days 3-4. A Waterfall, A temple and  Chaweng

Koh Samui Diaries: Days 3-4. A Waterfall, A temple and Chaweng

Koh Samui diaries continue. In this second edition I headed to the Hin Lad Waterfall and Chaweng town city, where the main action on the island happens. Enjoy.

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Day 3 – Settling in and a  waterfall

Surreal feeling waking up first morning in Koh Samui. Beautiful resort, soaring temperatures and a good break from the winter chill back home. I still need to give myself a pinch to see if it is a dream.

Breakfast comes part of the package for staying at the resort. A buffet style, with a chef stationed at the grill to cook your eggs to order. I’ll have a mushroom and bacon omelette thanks. Breakfast is made up of traditional foods you would have in Australia, toast, cereal, etc. With some Thai food thrown in for good measures. On this occasion I get a bloody Mary thrown in for a drink. wrong choice. much too strong and too early for alcohol.

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First destination of the morning is a waterfall and temple tour organised through the Mai Samui Resort. Arriving at the Hin Lad waterfall, a thirty-minute hike is required through the rain forest on rough terrain to get to the waterfall. On arrival at the waterfall, I find it to be a tad underwhelming but the water is flowing and it is still a nice experience. at least it burnt a few calories. A thirty-minute return hike is flowed by a brief visit to a local temple. When I say brief I mean brief. Besides a nice building to gaze at, there wasn’t a lot to gaze at. Still it is an experience and it didn’t cost a thing.

Back to the resort and all sweaty from the hike. We keep the momentum going with a game of squash. Located within the resort, I get in an hour of squash with my wife. An intense game much like it is back in Australia and this time I get the bragging rights. After a good couple of hours of full-on exercise there is no better time for a dip in the pool and take use of the bar again. Gotta love happy hour.

A few hours’ rest follows before taking a shuttle bus out to the night markets at Nathon Pier, on the west side of the island and fifteen-minute drive from the resort. The market is a food only market, but at a real cheap price and best of all the food is good and mostly satisfying. It caps off a busy Sunday nicely.

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Day 4- Chaweng

A tiny sleep in is followed by breakfast. Before we take off by shuttle to Koh Samui’s main shopping area in Chaweng, on the Island’s east side. A thirty minute shuttle bus courtesy of the resort, we are taken in style and with air-conditioned van.

The action is certainly livelier i this part of the island, with restaurants, pubs and great shopping available. But the best bit is the Beach that stretches far ns wide, with massage parlours and resorts spread throughout. With great swimming and safe swimming at that as the water is so calm, but watch out for those jet skiers.

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Chaweng Beach

We stick around for a little bit, but on this occasion we brought our shopping gear and not our swimwear. So shopping it is and it delivers in spades. Oh but not before a quick beer t an Irish pub,  quite cheap too. Chaweng shopping is one big street with markets and stalls that sells clothes, accessories and souvenirs. But it is also the home of the Islands only shopping mall. Not to mention the countless amounts of massage parlours, both on the streets and on the beaches.

Then there isCentral Festival Samui, is an outdoor style more that goes over two levels and quite long in length. It has top of the range products you would find in Australia, like Nike, Adidas, Quicksilver and Rip Curl to name a few. Located within is also a cinema, food court and a couple of coffee shops such as The Coffee Club and Starbucks. Throw in a couple of popular ice-cream shops too off course. Which were fully utilised.

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Wandering through the shopping mall for couple of hours, it was time to hit the streets again. Where everything is much cheaper and the brands are quite reputable. Of course I bought myself a singlet, a tradition of mine whenever I go into any other country. A light lunch followed at a quiet Thai restaurant called. Will Wait, opposite the main shopping mall, but there are many available. Before needing to head back to the shuttle bus and back to the resort.Feeling weary after being on our feet in hot, humid conditions.

returning to the resort, it is a dip in the pool and a quick beer before happy hour ended. A casual stroll on the beach follows, enjoying the marvellous views of the sunset. With dinner for the second time taking place at BBQ Beach restaurant, the theme of the night being pasta. better yet this meal came complimentary due to the package we had with the resort.

It was an early night on the fourth night. A tough days walking in the heat exhausted both myself and my wife. Yet we soldier on and look forward to the next day.

At Tropical Murphys

At Tropical Murphys