Private pick-up service

Including special service while waiting for our backpacks and going through the customs.

Arriving at the airport we were surprised by a private pick-up service the hotel had organised for us.

Hinta Hinyai

Set on the rocky coastline between Lamai and Hua Thanon

Hin Ta and Hin Yai, some fascinating rock formations on Koh Samui’s south coast, have been a source of mirth and wonder on the island since they were discovered by the locals many years ago. Art often imitates Nature, but less common is Nature imitating Art, especially the Art of the Ribald. But in Thailand anything is possible and these rocks, known as Grandpa (Ta) and Grandma (Yai), look, respectively, like male and female genitalia.

Very big Buddah

This is one of the few good stops on the island tour. The area is all very nice: the temple is on a nice islet with few shops and restaurants. The temple itself is also very nice and peaceful, as most buddhist temples are. Nice pictures all around.

Chaweng Beach

Koh Samui's busiest and biggest town has sprung up around one of the island's best beaches. Chaweng is also a nightlife central with bars and restaurants catering to every taste.

Lamai Beach

During the low tide the water pulls away far from the beach.

Our accommodation was only a few steps away from the water. Lamai Beach is Samui's second-largest resort area after Chaweng. It is quieter and less bustling than its big sister, but still with plenty of accommodation, dining and shopping options, and some great spas and tourist sites to explore.

Mae Haad

Koh Tao is an island in Thailand located near the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand.

The "capital" of Koh Tao, Mae Haad is the most developed area on the island with lots of shops, bars, restaurants, banks and internet shops. Everything you need is located here!

Sairee Beach

Sairee Beach is the best known of Koh Tao's beaches and is home to several beach bars, nightspots and some excellent restaurants. Always seems to be busy!

Sairee Beach at dusk

Beach bar at Sairee Beach

Chalok baan Kao

It’s like shine dotted’s sister, only rotated 45 degrees.

Broad Chalok Ban Kao is the most popular southern beach and after Mae Haad and Haad Sairee, the next largest centre on Ko Tao.

Had Yao Beach (north)

Had Yao or "Long Beach" is picture postcard material, with a one kilometre beach that is wide enough to play football on, sunset views, beautiful vistas and more than enough space to allow for it's ever expanding popularity; many consider it the "perfect" beach.

Reggae bar

Had Yao Beach

Fisherboats

...turned out to be attracting the fish to get caught by a dozen of fisher boats.

Had Salad Beach

Had Salad used to be a pirates hideout, where they waited until their ships were full of booty and slaves before setting off to trade. It is a beautiful and secluded beach.

Wonderful garden

Kho Ma

Paradise Island

Koh Ma is a small island connected to Koh Phangan by a sandbar on Had Mae Had beach. Easily accessible, Koh Ma has only a few bungalows. Many people refer to this island as "Paradise" and find it extremely hard to leave. Koh Ma is surrounded by an amazingly colourful, living reef.

Thongsala

Spot the old wooden fisher-boats in the front.

Nathon Town

Samui's administrative and business centre

The town's main tourist attraction for day trippers is its old wooden Chinese shophouses that line the middle road, selling an esoteric range of goods, including a lot of gold. Souvenirs bought here will also be considerably cheaper than elsewhere on the island.

A typical street vendour

Chaweng Beach Strip at night

Chaweng's main strip is nearly three kilometres long

The famous Green Mango strip still forms the axis around which the rest of the town's bars revolve and is packed with (mostly) young revellers every night, alternating between the pubs, dance bars and girly bars.

Chaweng Beach

Check-In at Koh Samui Airport

Yes, that's all.

Security check at Samui Airport

Koh Samui shuttles

Leaving back to Bangkok

What a contrast

One of many historical buildings along the Chao Phraya river

Bangkok china town

Like elsewhere on the planet chinese trade is very quirly.

Bangkok’s Chinatown is a popular tourist attraction and a food haven for new generation gourmands who flock here after sunset to explore the vibrant street-side cuisine.

Parking

This officer moves the cars parking in second row by hand. Brilliant!

Metropolitan rapid transit

The Metropolitan Rapid Transit or MRT is a rapid transit system serving the Bangkok Metropolitan Region in Thailand.

Motorbikes

Lying Buddah

Khaosan Road

"Khaosan" translates as "milled rice", a reminder that in former times the street was a major Bangkok rice market. In the last 20 years, however, Khaosan Road has developed into a world famous "backpacker ghetto". It offers cheap accommodation, ranging from 'mattress in a box' style hotels to reasonably priced 3-star hotels. In an essay on the backpacker culture of Khaosan Road, Susan Orlean called it "The Place to Disappear." (Wikipedia)

Rama IX Bridge

The original colour scheme, with white pylons and black cables, was replaced with an all yellow scheme representing the King.