Wat Kunuram and the Mummified Monk
Kunaram Temple - Mummified Monk
The body of Samui's most famous mummified monk,Loung Pordaeng , is on display here in a specially constructed building and sitting in a glass display case.
When he died in 1973, he was sitting in a meditation position.
He is still in that same position and his body shows few signs of any major decay although his skin is now looking quite leathery.
Wat Khunaram is on the 4169 ringroad almost near the entrance to the Namuang waterfall turnoff which is on the opposite side of the road.
Worth a look for sure, and very near to the Namuang waterfalls so it's easy to visit both places at the same time!
MY FAVORITE PLACE TO DRINK IN SAMUI
From the moment I walked into this bar I knew I was coming back. The bar is wide open with a huge dancefloor and stage at one end, tables right near the lake, and an upper level that has pool tables and the DJ booth.
This place is always packed after about 9-10:00pm and carries on until 2:00am. The seven piece band that played every night I was there were great. They played a mix of their own music, old classics, and of course Bob Marley.
Right behind the band on the stage is a huge carved face of Bob, hanging on the wall. I happen to love Bob so this was another plus for me, and this place.
On Feb. 12th I was lucky enough to be here for the 16th anniversary and it was a night I will never forget. There were all kinds of draws and drinking games and it was quite funny to experience, not to mention way too many buckets of Thai whiskey and beer.
I spent lots of my time here at night while I was In Koh Samui, and I can't wait to get back and enjoy it all over again. Light comfortable clothing, and if you are with Thai local they will need to show ID.
Motorbikes and Passports
Motorbikes are available for rent
in most parts of Thailand.
Very much to my surprise,
to rent a motorbike from
one of the street stalls or agencies,
they require that you leave you passport as a guarantee.
In most cases, there is NO insurance.
So you are responsible if it is stolen or any damage occurs.
No motorbike, no money?you don?t get your passport back.
A passport is an important document and not to be taken lightly.
Think about this twice!!!!
1) Find out first, what is the estimated value of the motorbike.
2) If something were to happen, do you have access to this kind of cash.
2) Be sure that if you will be renting the motorbike over night,
that you have a safe place to park it. I wouldn?t doubt that some of these
greedy road stall renters have someone to so-called steal them at night.
3) It may be a bit more expensive, but first try to rent them from your hotel
who will normally take you credit card number as a guarantee.
This is the right way to do it.
If something goes wrong,
and you feel that you are not at fault?you may be able to dispute it.
Also, some credit card have some kind of insurance while traveling.
Bear in mind?..it is against the law in someone countries
for someone besides authorities
to hold your passport against your will.
If you can, don?t entice the Thai to continue this habit.
For a 100cc four gear between 120-250 Bahts a day
Under the stars
There are some nice restaurants on Chaweng Beach - the Ark Bar and adjacent restaurant (can't remember it's name). They play some very loud dance and party music, so if that's not your thing probably best to avoid. But despite this I thought it had great chilled out atmosphere and the food is varied and they serve some good cocktails. The tables are on the beach and the chairs are more like comfy beds. There are beach parties often held around here too - keep an eye out for the adverts on cars driving through town.
The natural rock formations are perhaps the must must must see n u shouldnt miss this! Nicknamed the 'Grandfather and Grandmother rocks', they each represent the male and female sexual organs! The funny thing is that no one ever carved these rocks but they were naturally form many many years ago. And don't forget to pose as though u trying to climb the grandfather! Lol!