Our First Week In Thailand

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Koh Samui, Thailand

Today is the last day of August.  A week passed since our arrival to the Kingdom of Thailand.  We are chilling in the North of Koh Samui, on the Hat Maenam cost, in the wonderful Hutcha Resort.  From where we are sitting, we can see the blue greenish water and just next to us a large swimming pool surrounded by palm trees.  It is my first time in Thailand and as promise it is paradise on earth.  Let’s go back a bit, so I may reveal how we actually got here.

First Week In Thailand Content

  1. Day 1- The arrival, London to Bangkok
  2. Day 2 – Bangkok to Surat Thani
  3. Day 3 – Samui Island and Hutcha Resort
  4. Day 4 – Just Chilling
  5. Day 5 – Scooter and elephant ride
  6. Day 6 and 7
  7. In summary
  8. Koh Samui Photographs
  9. Elephant ride in Koh Samui Photographs
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Arrival to Thailand

Day 1- The arrival, London to Bangkok

We left UK’s capital on the 23rd of September, leaving behind us our lovely garden flat in North London.  We took an overnight flight to Muscat, the capital and main city in Oman.  It is Ramadan for the Muslim, therefore no food and drink should be consumed between sunrise and sunset.  Our next flight was a bit before noon, and the journey itself was quite enjoyable with good food and  lots of on board entertainment (especially when you are used to low cost airlines).  We landed perfectly on time at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International airport, one of the biggest transport hub in South East Asia.  From the airport we took the bus to the city’s main train station where we booked a hotel.  Exhausted after the long journey, we went to bed right after a beer from the local shop.  My first impression of Thailand is that it is a rich country, especially judging by the magnificent airport they have, and the transport links to the centre including the highway and the sky train.

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Koh Samui, Thailand

Day 2 – Bangkok to Surat Thani

The hotel we slept in was clean and quite cheap, my only concern was that they didn’t wake us up as we asked the next morning.  Fortunately my girlfriend managed to naturally wake up more or less on time and we quickly ran to the station.  We grabbed a very tasty grilled chicken on a stick for breakfast and embarked on the train that would take us to the South of Thailand.  I was surprised to notice that our train was only two wagons long, one first class and ours second class.  The conditions were quite nice and we were offered a complementary stuffed bun with coffee for breakfast and a rice and veggie meal for lunch.  It was a pleasant but long ride as we left the capital a few minutes after eight and only arrived at Surat Thani half pass four.  The scenery was fantastic filled with rice field, tropical forests and mountains.  As I took time to snooze, my girlfriend couldn’t stop watching as we passed the coastal towns of Phetchaburi,  Chaam and Chumphon.  When we finally arrived at Surat Thani, a bit against my will, we got pressured by a tout, to get a ride to the pier in order to catch the last boat to Samui Island where we were heading.  After two taxis and one boat ride we finally reached our destination.  Instead of costing us the expected 400THB, it ended up three times as much.  I however took it as a lesson that sometimes being rushed will have unwanted consequences.  When we finally arrived at the Na Thon Pier on Koh Samui, we opted for the walking option and checked in a hotel in the town centre.  After leaving our luggage in our room, we headed to the port where we grabbed some food and a cold beer.

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Hutcha Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand

Day 3 – Samui Island and Hutcha Resort

Exhausted we slept as babies and woke up with a big sunshine on Samui Island. Soon after we were in AC taxi heading north to the mind blowing Maenam beach, where our booked resort were located. As read on the numerous positive reviews, this place is just perfect.  It is located right next to the beach, has a lovely large size swimming pool, and is divided into individuals Thai style huts surrounded with palm trees and all sort of vegetation and colourful flowers.  The room itself isn’t that big but really beautifully designed with a feng shui aesthetic.

After a quick bite in a local restaurant, we changed into our swimming gear and spent the rest of the day chilling at the beach and next to the pool.  I can now confirm you that I didn’t put enough solar protection as the next day my back and shoulders were really burning.  Always protect yourself against the sun, especially in that part of Asia.

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Koh Samui, Thailand

Day 4 – Just Chilling

The following day, after a good night rest, I woke up really early, to be able to take a couple of photographs of the beach and the area. We later had an English breakfast at the resort, while day dreaming looking at the Gulf of Thailand.  I spent the rest of the day on the web, as I had some catching up to do being the first time online since our departure.

Later that night we went to the beach front Chill Out Cafe to celebrate our two years anniversary.  It was paradise.  Looking at the sunset,  sipping a Chang beer and enjoying a marvellous grilled fish.

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Elephant Ride in Koh Samui, Thailand

Day 5 – Scooter and elephant ride

After having being relaxing the last two days it was time for some action.  And action we got that day!  After our usual beach front resort breakfast, we rented a scooter and went on the island discovery from west to east.   After passing through Na Thon,  our first destination was the Hit Lat Falls and Elephant Ride in the heart of the island.  It was just so remarkable and the most exciting part of our trip so far. The ride itself is a bit shaky at first, but you soon get use to it and create  a relationship with the animal by feeding them bananas that it grabs with its trunk.  Her name was “apple” and she was one nice and very strong girl.  I was lucky enough that our guide let me sit on the elephant head for almost all of the ride while he took some beautiful photographs of us.  After the ride, we jumped into a “Jurassic park” style jeep and lost ourselves into the island jungle.  We explored two magnificent waterfalls in the heart of the forest, where in  the latter I had the chance to refresh myself in the chilling mountain water.

After this emotions intensive experience, we were back on our scooter to continue the touring of the island.  We headed back South through Ban Thurian and then east along the beautiful cost of Lamai.  As we arrived near Chaweng we wanted to enjoy the view of the coast from one of the hills.  Perhaps I was still day dreaming about the elephants at that time, because I turned the scooter a bit to abruptly  and ended up scratching my foot and knees.  Nothing major, but burning as hell, especially when dipping in the salted Samui water or at the chlorine pool water of the resort.  After the little incident we chilled a bit at the wonderful beach of Chaweng before hitting back to our resort.

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Koh Samui Resort, Thailand

Day 6 and 7

The last two days were spend mostly at the resort as I couldn’t be near the water.  What a shame not to be able to use the swimming facilities, but I preferred to fully heal up first, to make sure to fully enjoy the rest of the trip.  We however had the chance to explore some excellent local restaurants and enjoyed some of the best Thai food.  Yesterday evening for example, I order some Thai duck and couldn’t believe how delicious it was as I still can feel the taste.

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Hat Maenam Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

In summary

One week passed since our arrival in Thailand.  Putting aside the small scooter incident, this place is just fantastic and will definitely be on the World’s Best Places list.  The weather was fantastic, the people really friendly and the food incredible.  It is truly the land of smile, where people are genuinely nice and want to be helpful.  Koh Samui was a fantastic first spot destination as the weather is above average for the month of Monsoon in Thailand.  The water is just great.  Warm, clean with a clear blue colour, which makes you want to spent the whole day in it.  As for our resort, there is nothing to complain about really.  The location is idyllic, surrounded with magnificent flowers, coconut tree and other vegetations.  It is very clean and the service is impeccable.  Perfect for a vacation.  My only concern was that the wireless network didn’t reach to our room (but perhaps that was a good thing for me, taking a short break from the web).  Tonight will be our last night here, but I will make sure I recommend this place to everyone.  In my next post, I will have some videos and more information about this idyllic island.  All the best and hope that it will inspire you.

Koh Samui Photographs

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Koh Samui, Thailand
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Koh Samui, Thailand
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Koh Samui, Thailand
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Koh Samui, Thailand
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Koh Samui, Thailand
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Koh Samui, Thailand
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Koh Samui, Thailand
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Koh Samui, Thailand
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Koh Samui, Thailand
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Koh Samui, Thailand
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Koh Samui, Thailand
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Koh Samui, Thailand
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Koh Samui, Thailand
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Koh Samui, Thailand
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Koh Samui, Thailand
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Koh Samui, Thailand

Elephant ride in Koh Samui Photographs

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Elephant Ride in Koh Samui, Thailand
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Elephant Ride in Koh Samui, Thailand
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Elephant Ride in Koh Samui, Thailand