We decided to ignore all the warnings about how unsafe it is to ride a scooter/motorbike in Thailand, and hired a scooter for 3 days, and it was the best fun! We made sure that we always wore a helmet, kept well to the left of the road so that the crazy Thai drivers could pass, and didnt go too fast. My husband always drove as I was a little scared, but if you are a fairly confident driver then I think its an experience that you just wont get by doing tours. We were able to cruise around the entire island of Samui at out own pace, stop where ever and when ever we wanted, see all the sites, and it only cost $6 AUS per day to hire!
Perhaps the world’s most famous rave, Ko Phangan’s monthly Full Moon Party appeals to all senses. Sound systems thump out techno and club music all along Sunrise Beach, which can be packed with as many as 10,000, neon-adorned revelers from around the globe. Hawkers at hastily erected drink stalls sell “buckets” of booze in all manner of concoctions and a haze of marijuana smoke lingers over the beach. Early in the evening fire dancers draw big crowds, but as the night drags on most partiers either pass out on the beach or join the throngs of drunken dancers inside or outside one of the many clubs. It's one of those experiences, like a parade or a New Year's party, where those people sober enough to smile and pose for all the right pictures and pretend to be having a good time do so to hide the fact they really aren't enjoying themselves. As with similar parties in Brazil and at Spring Break venues, the surf serves as a toilet and the beach literally becomes a cesspool of human waste. And there seems to be an inordinate number of partiers on bad trips or with alcohol poisoning who end up seeking (typically involuntarily) medical attention. It’s definitely not my scene nor my type of music, but the whole thing does appeal in a strange car wreck kind of a way. And it’s easy enough to visit for a few hours by taking one of the many party boats from Ko Samui. The boats run on varying schedules and cost in the 500-600 baht range.
You can drive around the island of Koh Samui in a day - stopping at Lamai Beach, the Giant Buddha, the fascinating man and woman rock.
Driving is easy although you should first find the petrol stations. They are smaller than the usual versions.
A relaxing 4 hours of pure indulgence. You pay for the luxury but you feel like a million dollars when you come out.
The surroundings are absolutely gorgeous, it's 5* treatment from the moment you arrive and when the bill comes you just don't care.
If you seen this big sign board, there are a boxing cage in the middle of small bars ... the cage was surrounding by the bar... by the way, for your information they also have a bubbles party on monday / friday.... at lamai beach... i went there in the weekend, so i dont have a chance to go for that party....
When i was there, it is in the high seasons, very sunny and hots during the day, but it chill when it come to night... and it very chill weather. The last time i went there was in Jan 05, it is sunny and hot over there, and this time i went there in August, its even hotter than i was expacted.... when we first on the way to samui, it was very clowdy and heavy rainning.. but on the next day, its very differents weather.. but there are raining in the everning.
One thing you shouldn't miss is a performance of traditional thai dances. Most resorts in Koh Samui carry them during dinner time or as night entertainement. These colourful performances are really pleasant . I saw one in our hotel, the Chaweng Regent Beach Resort.
Well our day in Koh Samui is sadly coming to an end. Kelli and I are itching to get back to spend our remaining Baht in town. ....now I'm happy to stay that my hippy batic wardrope is fully stocked up again :o) Clothes are so cheap in Koh Samui!!
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With our bellies full, we decided to do a bit of shopping. Turning right, hubby and I ventured a few stores down the street and came to a taylor. ....Yes, about half an hour later, we had both ordered 2 beautiful leather jackets at a bargain price!!
Meanwhile, across the road, Kelli was doing some serious bargaining herself. Got a piercing, bag and sunnies for an excellant price....and on top of that, the fella re-imbersed her 500 Baht because the piercing looked good ;o) ...say no more...
Found it!! The Little Boat Seafood Restaurant!! Recommended by jamiesamui here on vt.... (Hi Jamie :o) Talk about totally yummy food!! We all totally enjoyed our lunch here, and I happily fully recommend the place!!
Ok, we're ready. No sooner had we stepped out of the cafe and were bailed up by this fella trying to sell us a taxi for 2,500 Baht ($90Aus).
..Well I'd heard all about batering, so after giving it a go,.....got him down to 1,800 Baht ($60Aus). ...Bargain!!! ......for running us around the Island for 5 hours :o)
Meet Cockeet, our Taxi driver for the day :o)
In town, we hung a right, walked a little way and found a little cafe. There, over a beer, wine and soft drinks, we decided to do the elephant trekk, lunch at a restaurant a fellow vt'er had recommended and us girls needed to do some serious shopping therapy.
Btw, I'm sure you will recognise our choice by these two lovely ladies outside, cooking the food right outside the cafe on the sidewalk. ....also, don't bother with the wine.....I should have had a beer instead ;o)
A big beach party, where everyone gets wasted and tipsy, and more often drunk!
A real PARTY place, starts around 11pm and ends at 7am, in Koh Pangan, every full moon night (once a month).
If you happen to enjoy this kind of a scene, go with your friends and get wasted too!
You can shop for touristy trinkets just about everywhere in Thailand. They have stalls set up with wood carvings, fake t shirts, sunnies, shoes etc on every tourist stop. This shot is at the grand mother and grand father rocks. My fave shopping area was of course Chaweng Beach where there is so much and prices tend to be lower due to this competition.
I looooove when I am in Samui to go on to the beach at night and to eat or drink. Listen to the music of my choice and chill. Just lie back on some thai cusions and let the world go by.
I think that this is one of the most special things to do and i will be doing this at christmas when i go. should be a able to put some pictures on then. I did not have my digi camara last time we went.
If you are there try it as opposed to the hustle and bustle of Chewang. The first time we went we did not discover it until the last night what a waste!
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