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 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 accomodations. 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.
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.
This island had another climb that overlooked a green lagoon.
There were quite a few foreign tourists on this trip. Not sure where he was from.
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!
We enjoyed dinner near our hotel at a Swedish restaurant that served Austrailian steak. Yummy! Off to the rainforest now if I can leave this beach.