19.Aug.2013 & 20.Aug.2013
Part 2 – Beautiful Ko Samui
This is the 2nd part of my journal. In this part, I’ll write about the 2 days relaxing in Koh Samui before going to Koh Phangan. Not having to rush from one place to another, I had time for photography and a massage.
The ferry landed at the Raja Ferry Terminal in Ko Samui at about 2 PM. My bike was the second last vehicle to exit the ferry. Buses, lorries and cars on the dusty road were already lining up to board the ferry. I made the mistake of not programming my GPS for the hotel I booked and had to ask many times the directions to my hotel. I had this problem when I was travelling during the “25 days in Thailand” escapade. Agoda.com don’t state the hotel’s telephone number in the booking receipt. Eventually, after an hour of searching, stopping many times to ask for directions, I eventually arrived at Kinnaree Resort. Wow! The name sounds big, but it’s only a small 10 meters wide building that connects the main road to the sea. However, it has its charms and after throwing my luggage into the room, I ordered my overdue lunch. Hungry and tired, I quickly consumed my food.
For only THB1,613 covering 2 nights stay there, this hotel has a personal touch. I believe this is a family run business as I noticed the parents staying in a room located behind the lobby & dining area and just before the rest of the rented out rooms. The room that I stayed was small and had a queen size bed. Wifi inside the room was good but the signal was not consistent. At the lobby and dining area, a big red fish occupies an aquarium. I ate lunch and dinner there. Prices for food was slightly higher than street food but much lower than 5 star hotels. Service was acceptable but would deteriorate when there’s a big crowd. You could also ask them to deliver the food to their beach front and enjoy the seaside view and breeze. Feeling the need to straighten my old bones, the manager of the hotel directed me to a massage centre about 50 meters away along the same road as the hotel. Arriving at the “spa”, I looked at the menu and ordered a Traditional Thai Massage. Directed to a bed in a room with 4 beds, the pretty masseur got down to business and chatted with me in English while massaging me the whole time. After paying THB250 for the massage and THB50 tips for the so-so massage, I quickly rushed back to Kinnaree Resort, grabbed my camera and shot the fading lights of dusk.
After that, took my bike out and went hunting for dinner. Couldn’t find a place I like but saw the following signboard.
I finally settled for dinner at Kinnaree Resort and thereafter went to my room and played with my computer, finally dozing off to sleep an hour later.
Woke up before 5.30 AM the next day and rode about 120 meters north of Kinnaree Resort to capture the following pictures.
Big Buddha Temple complex
Feeling satisfied after taking the sunrise shots from the Big Buddha Pier, On my bike, I headed north, about 1 km north of this pier, to a small island connected by a bridge. Signages to this complex was good. At about 6.38 AM, after parking my bike, I took the following.
At the base of the temple complex, there were shops selling souvenirs, clothings and food. I had a lovely lunch here.
Sunset Quay, BangRak Beach (also known as Big Buddha Beach)
About 400 meters north of the Big Buddha Complex is the Sunset Quay where you can rent boats for diving or fishing.
Dotted along this piece of prime beach front were many hotels and resorts that cater to those who have deeper pockets. Frankly, this ChaWeng Beach area was very well developed as tourist destination and you will be able to find almost all you want as a tourist. It is so well developed that the road for the northern part of the beach was single direction (north to south direction only).
Kao Hua Jook Pagoda
Going up to this temple can be a bit scary on bike for those who are not used to steep roads.
This temple has a commanding view of Bophut area. From this pagoda, the view was superb.
Bang Por Sunset
Around 6 PM, went hunting for a spot to shoot the sunset. Spotted an interesting place where I could have both my dinner and sunset capture as well.
Woke up slightly late, at about 6 AM, I again went hunting for a nice location to capture the sunrise.
Tong Son Bay
I discovered a lovely place to capture the rising sun. This bay could be found at the northeastern tip of Koh Samui.
After those shots, I went back to Kinnaree Resort and saw that I was early and decided to take the 10.30 ferry for Koh Phangan. Quickly I packed my bags, passed to the manager my luggage bag for safe keeping after placing my laptop and clothes into the 40L waterproof bag. Off I went on my bike to Big Buddha Pier to embark on the ferry to Haad Rin for my appointment with the biggest beach party in the world.
The continuation of this will be in the following blog. Also note that there will be a continuation of Ko Samui as I came back to this island for 1 more night’s stay before going back.
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