Ko Samui and Ang Thong National Park

Ko Samui Thailand

Ko Samui

Ko Samui day trip healing grief trip


We will be leaving Ko Samui in 2 hours so I am up early and sitting on a beach to write about the past 2 days.  Ko Samui is an island located in the Southeastern part of Thailand in the Gulf of Thailand.  We flew from Bangkok to southern Thailand for a week of touring the islands and rainforest.  My widow healing adventure is turning into the experience of a life time and these past 2 days I have seen and swam in some of the most amazing colored seas

Map of Ko Samui Thailand

We are in the white square.  This island is quite the party place with international young people and has many beach front bars and clubs as well as hostels for inexpensive accommodations. Our hotel the Mercure at Chaweng has a very nice pool area, breakfast included and air conditioned rooms with decent showers.  We left Bangkok early and took a 50 minute flight to Ko Samui.  Across the street from our hotel is a beautiful white sandy beach.  The water is clean and warm and so very salty.  We paid 200 Baht ($6) for cushioned lounge chairs under tree.  We also had access to a bar, pool and toilets.  Well worth it.


The next day we crossed the island and took a ferry 90 minutes to the Ang Thong National Park. This park is made up of 43 islands surrounded by beautiful turquoise water.  The ferry moored near an island and we took smaller long boats to the beach.

The first beach had a steep trail to hike to the top of the mountain.  They had many stone steps and ropes on the side to assist in the climb.  The views were spectacular, especially from the top.

Ang Thong National Park Thailand

Ang Thong National Park

After the hike, we returned to the ferry where they fed us chicken curry, rice, vegetables and watermelon.  The next island we had a quick kayaking lesson then followed the leader around the island and through some caves. Very cool.

Kayaking at Ang Thong National Park Thailand


This island had another climb that overlooked a green lagoon.

Green lagoon Ang Thong National Park

Green Lagoon

There were quite a few foreign tourists on this trip.  Not sure where he was from.

Ang thong national park

After the hike I used my goggles and went for a swim.  The water was amazing and there was a coral reef that we swam over and saw colorful little fish. It was an amazing day with spectacular views and I finally got some much needed exercise!

Ang Thong National park Thailand

We enjoyed dinner near our hotel at a Swedish restaurant that served Australian steak. Yummy! Off  to the rainforest now if I can leave this beach.


Categories: adventure, challenges, grief, loss, loss of a spouse, thailand, Therapy by travel, travel, WidowTags: , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Hi K!! DId you ever find out where “he” is from!?! We are hiking tomorrow and I will think of you and your wonderful views during your hike!

  2. Just love your blog and pictures brave beautiful daughter, I’d say enjoy but I know you are! Love and hugs to you.

  3. It looks beautiful and sounds like you are having fun. Keep smiling!

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