Respect the Buddha at Wat Plai Laem
This is only a fairly new, but very ornate temple called Wat Plai Laem, that is very close to the Big Buddha temple and statue.
Around this magnificent temple you will find many small statues and monuments .
They have a lot of intricate detail in them and it is very interesting to speak to a Thai local to find out what they all represent.
In the lake next to the temple you will see many fish which you can feed if you want,with the fish food provided. (It's about 10 Baht for a bag of fish food )
On the right of this temple is the giant multi arm'ed Buddha statue that seemingly stands guard over the entrance to the temple.
No fuss, no pretence, just good times & fun!
Legends Bar is located on the main road in Chaweng, and is a great place to hang-out, have a drink, and reminisce about the times before techno, hip-hop and trance. It reminds me of a cross between a British Pub, an American Biker's Bar and a backpackers' cantine or diner.
Regular competitions to test your knowledge on music such as Queen, Aerosmith, Blondie, Def Leppard, etc.
The cocktails are great, and major sports events (past & present) are shown on tv screens around the pub.
Kick back and relax at Legends, especially if your feet are sore from dancing at the Green Mango :-) Basically walk off the beach and into the bar!
We were here on various nights, and Legends was always busy. This is also the place where I became addicted to playing Jenga (which gets tricky after a few Mai Tai's...)
I found this short advertisement about Legends in a nightlife brochure at our hotel desk:
"No Techno, No Spice Girls, No Boy Bands! That's a promise we make at Legends Bar. From our collection of over 200 Cds and more than 50 music videos, we play only the best from the 60s to the 90s."
Oh yes, music from a time before "X-Factor" and "American Idol"... sounds good to me :-)
High Speed Catamaran
To get to the other islands (Koh Phangan and Koh Tao) from Koh Samui the shortest crossing point is from the Bophut and Mae-Nam areas where several services operate. The quickest and most comfortable is the Lomprayah Catamaran, around 45 mins. Around 500 bahts each.
10 green bottles.....
English fare at its best, complete with updated tables of English Premier Leage Soccer. Cheap, clean and great location. I had a pizza of all things, and even after tasting MANY of the real thing in Italy, it was still pretty good. Cheap alcohol too.
Depending on whether the surrounding waters are suffering from sewerage or chemical contamination or now (this happens fairly often and its really imporant to first check out the situation before swimming!), it's wonderful to snorkel in samui's warm and relatively clear waters which host plenty of marine life. And the occasional shark!