Category Archives: Koh Samui, Thailand 2009

Koh Samui – Miscellaneous pictures

As usual, I will end my Koh Samui entry with a few miscellaneous pictures. Enjoy 😀


Road safety is not a high priority in Koh Samui. Most motorists do not wear a helmet.


On a songthaew (truck-based vehicle with a pair of bench seats in the back, one on either side). Can fall off anytime.


Hello Kitty motorcycle!


With Doraemon mat!


Inside a convenient store. Got dog sleeping here. -_-


Intellectual Property here doesn’t seem to be protected well. 7 Express that looks like, 7 Eleven, also can…


Bitagen! Left bottle looks like..


Vitagen Bottle.

And right bottle looks like Yakult’s!


Woah..bird nest..


Si beh hot ah kua! reminds me of Bimbobum!!!

Koh Samui – Coming Home

The flight back was fairly pleasant. I must say that the departure area of Koh Samui airport was impressive as well. The shops were set out in a townhouse like manner.

We had some time to spare hence we spent it at Whittard of Chelsea, a well known international retailer of, among others, coffee.


And their drinks suck big time kanasai!!! so sweet until can have diabetes ar!!

We were almost on our last dime but wanted to find a place to chill and Whittard was the best choice we had.

But after checking into departure area…

We found that the departure area was like a bloody premium lounge! Free drinks, food and internet!!! FOL!!!

Wasted my last dime on Whittard!!

Anyway, the trip back home was rather uneventful except for our taxi ride home. We got our taxi through one of the taxi stands at the airport. A ticket with our destination was given to us so that we could get a taxi.

We told the taxi driver that we wanted to go to Damansara Utama but he ended up at Bandar Utama. Instead of apologizing, he scolded A for telling him the wrong place. But we were quite sure that we gave the right directions. Suddenly, I saw him taking out our ticket and reading it. It was written D.Utama, which I think he mistakenly thought it was B.Utama.

Nevertheless, we gave him directions to our house but when he refused to follow our instructions, I blew my top and screamed at him “I ASK YOU TO FUCKING TURN LEFT!!”

“I know”, he replied.

“HOW THE FUCK DO YOU KNOW WHERE WE STAY?? I FKING ASK YOU TO TURN LEFT THEN YOU FKING TURN LEFT!!!”

“OUR TICKET CLEARLY SAYS DAMANSARA UTAMA!! YOU KNEW AFTER YOU READ OUR TICKET AGAIN!! YOU FKING SCOLDED US JUST NOW AND YOU DIDNT FKING APOLOGIZE!!!!”

The taxi driver kept quiet. As far as I could remember, I haven’t scolded anyone like this before.

We then decided to stop somewhere near our house and got off there. Just in case he finds our house and set it on fire. In the meantime, an obligatory photograph of his taxi, with the name “Muniady” written on the side”, just in case we need to find him..

Fark U MUNIADY!!

Koh Samui – Dr Frogs @ Chaweng Noi

We were told that there is nothing nice to eat in Koh Samui. Hen, who stayed in Chaweng, didn’t find any place that was tasty enough worth mentioning. In fact, he went to couple of bad restaurants.

However, Dr. Frogs was one of the places we had dinner and it was quite good. It is located next to Lad Koh View Point and it faces the sea. They claimed that they serves Italian cuisine with a full Thai menu. They also boosted to have the best pizza in town.

The interior of Dr. Frogs is mainly wood and the atmosphere was indeed very nice. The draw back of this place is the price. A single meal could costs up to RM80.

Since they boosted that they were voted to have the best pizza, we ordered their seafood marinara pizza. I also ordered a plate of carbonara. The dishes took a while to come but the wait was well worth it.

The pizza was fking awesome! It came with a thin crust and also big and fresh scallops . I wish I could remember how it tasted like but at the time I wrote this entry, I forgot how it tasted like. FML!!


View of the bottom.

Nevertheless, if you are in Koh Samui and have some money to spare, try out Dr Frogs @ Chaweng Noi.

Address
193 Moo 3, Bophut
Koh Samui 84320
Thailand
Mobile: 081 956 7017
Tel: 077 413 797
Website: http://www.drfrogssamui.com

Koh Samui – Lad Koh Viewpoint

Lad Koh Viewpoint, also known as “Zenith viewpoint” is located right at the Koh Samui ring road leaving Chaweng southbound in the direction of Lamai.

This place offers a splendid view over the whole Chaweng bay area. It is just a few blocks away from my hotel. Parking space is ample.


Drove my Jeep there

The place is nicely built with path towards the rocky sea shore. But if possible, avoid the place as it is infested with mosquitoes and also sand flies.


aHen doing his “God of Gambler” pose


Can rock climb too!

There is actually nothing to do at this place other than taking a few nice photographs. But if you want to take some nice panoramic pictures, head to Lad Koh Viewpoint!

Koh Samui – Ang Thong National Marine Park – Koh Kua Talap

Ok, back to my Ang Thong National Marine Park, Koh Samui entries! This would also be my last entry on Ang Thong National Marine Park.

Koh Kua Talap was our last destination for the day. In Koh Kua Talap, we may choose to hang around the beach, explore a cave or hike up a hill which overlooks the entire island and its surroundings.

We opted for the hike up the hill. The hike up was fairly easy. Further, there were ropes to help us climb the hill. The hike is about half an hour upwards. It is highly recommended that shoes are worn during the hike. But I saw some guai lous going bare foot notwithstanding that there were red ants and spiky rocks everywhere.


At the entrance to the trails!


Up up!


View from first observation deck

After going through some steep mud trails, we ended up one a rocky surface which lead us to the observation deck.

The view from the observation deck is absolutely breath taking!


Cannot go further up..


Small yellow dots are actually kayaks!

After snapping some pictures, we made our way down to chill at the beach.


This is the place where everyone can store their bags


woah..bikini chicks..

After hanging out at the beach for an hour, we were ferried back to Koh Samui! Great place!

Koh Samui – Ang Thong National Marine Park – Koh Mea Koh

After the interesting but tiring kayaking session, the tour guide lead to an island by the name Koh Mea Koh to check out a ‘hidden lagoon’. The ‘hidden lagoon’ is actually a lake known as Emerald Lake.

There are two spots which we could view Emerald Lake. One would be at the bottom of a hill and the other would be on top of a hill. But to get to those viewing spot, we had to walk through a short pathway.


Jagged rocks on the top of the hill


The hill top view comes with a small observation deck. From there, we would see the ‘hidden lagoon’

And also other islands nearby.

Unfortunately, it was drizzling. Further, we didn’t have enough time to explore the view on the bottom of the hill. We had to rush back to catch our boat to Koh Kua Talap.

To be continued..

Koh Samui – Ang Thong National Marine Park – Part I

On our 2nd day, we made a trip to Ang Thong National Marine Park.

Ang Thong National Marine Park consists of 40 over islands featuring lime stone massifs, tropical rain forests and deserted beaches within the vicinity of Koh Samui. To get there, we had to take an hour boat ride from Koh Samui.

Our trip was arranged by a local tour by the name Samui Island Tour. It costs around 1850 Bath (before discount. We got a 20% discount as a friend knows the boss there)

The journey started around 7am when the tour guide picked us up from our hotel. We almost couldn’t wake up for it. Who said holiday is to relax.

After a short ride from our hotel, we were greeted by a red coloured boat.


We sat by the side of the boat.


Most of the passengers are Caucasians.

Breakfast was provided but it was just light food. Shouldn’t eat so much when sitting in a boat as one can get seasick easily.


Eat Bananas guai lous!


Top deck


Bottom deck – where the toilet is…which is just next to the kitchen..uuuhh..


/(*O*)\ our boatman driving with his feet while reading papers!!

While on the boat, this song suddenly played on my head.

Mindless lyrics but yet entertaining.

An hour later, we stopped beside a cliff of an island and immediately got off our boat via a kayak. Each of us were given a life jacket which stink big time.

However, after getting into the kayak, we were not allowed to kayak on our own but to follow the tour guide.

The tour guide lead us some interesting sights including some nice limestone hills.


I hate this stuff


Our boat ditched us


Nice jugs!! Made me feel like jumping off the kayak to climb them.

To be continued…

Koh Samui – Muay Thai

Barely 4 hours after arriving in Koh Samui, we had to search for wmc Lamai Muay Thai Gym. It took us a while to find the place and got lost couple of times.

Nevertheless, this is one of the highlights of the trip. I used to do Muay Thai when I was in University and I really enjoyed it. I even ran for committee (and won uncontested cause no one was interested) in my university’s Muay Thai society. However, after coming back to Malaysia, I lost interest.

wmc Lamai Muay Thai gym is a famous gym in Koh Samui. Many fighters from all around the world travel to this place to train. This gym has no wall and no doors. Anyone can walk in to train.

The gym has two boxing rings, 4 punching bags, two separate training grounds, a few sleeping dogs and hell loads of muscular and intimidating men. When we first arrived we saw a group of muscular and intimidating men. They were so intimidating that we felt like rabbits in a lion’s den.

Initially, we wanted to give up and go away. However, we stayed put and managed to get ourselves enrolled in their 5pm class. The trainers are all Thai but the students were mainly Westerners. They may be those who took time off work to train in Muay Thai camps.

According to the website Malaysian Muay Thai Tigers (who sent their fighters to wmc Lamai to train:

I feel it’s important and interesting for you to know our ‘Malaysian Tigers’ training routine in Samui. Being here in Malaysia, I can’t help but feel that these guys have a perfect set-up: idyllic island, no worries in the world(except training), good and healthy food, no financial worries….etc……etc…

First let me point out……the training is tough………really tough. Team Tigers have to wake up an hour before everyone else(jogging starts at 6am) so as they get in an hour earlier so they can train extra with their trainers, whom may I add are at the very least ex-Lumpinee Champions.

Then I got a reality check…….I was flown out to Samui and the truth of it all hit me. On the first day, I was asking the guys, “Hey why aren’t you out at the beach(which is only a stones throw away”).Bernard Radin looks at me and says “Just check out our training routine, any free time we have, we need to rest and recover, no time for the beach”. And now I realise just how tough it all is. Hey even the 7km run would floor me, neither less doing it twice a day. And Dzhabar punching me in the head……..well I’ll update you on that one soon.


[Credits to Malaysian Tigers]

Morning Routine
6am-7km run
7am-Stretching and shadow boxing
7.30am Light Sparring
8am-Pad work with trainers
8.30 am-Sit-ups & stretches

Evening Routine
4pm-7km run
5pm-Stretching and shadow boxing
5.30pm Light Sparring
6pm-Pad work with trainers
6.30pm-Clencing

Fking 7km run can kill me anytime already!

Our training session was done together with the other participants – whether pro or amateur, we went through the same training. The trainers guided us throughout the session and even ensured that our techniques were all correct.


Although brutal looking, the chaps at wmc Lamai have a heart of gold. Donate to poor dogs and cats pls.

The 2 hours sessions were divided into a few sessions, first being the simple punches, kicks, knee and elbow, second would be the combination of those punches, kicks, knees and elbows and even clenching. The last would be sparring between partners. Almost everyone went all out in the sparring session.

In between the sessions, the head instructor, Nong would throw in some quick workouts such as 30 squats and 30 pushups. It made my legs felt like jelly.

Speaking about Nong, he is probably the last person in the gym that you want to mess with. Although at 43 years old, he could easily bring down anyone in the gym. He’s probably the Thai version of Incredible Hulk.

At the end of the session, Nong made me do various moves while he holds the pads. My legs were almost jelly after that session.

When we finished our session, it was already dark. We limped back to our hotel proudly with bruised shins and knuckles.

I finally get to train in a Thai Muay Thai camp! *strikes off one paragraph from my 100 things to do before I die*

Koh Samui – Overview

My 3 days trip to Koh Samui was great. It was an exhausting but fun trip. I wish could spend more time there.

Koh Samui is an island located at the Gulf of Thailand. It neighbours Koh Pha Ngan, another island which is well known for its full moon party. Other than Koh Pha Ngan, there are various islands around Koh Samui including Ang Thong Marine Park which consists of 40 over islands.

Koh Samui wasn’t the place that I expected it to be. It was like a scattered town with a few spots for tourist. It is highly commercialised and highly popular with Western travellers. I heard that David Beckham and Robbie Williams even own a place in Koh Samui.

A and I took a flight from Subang airport via Firefly. The airport has changed tremendously since I last came here 2 years ago for my Langkawi trip. The interior is now nicer and there are loads of new shops.


Subang Airport

It took us 2 hours from Subang airport to reach Koh Samui airport.


It was pretty cold so I had A’s cardigan on…damn ghey


Ahoy!

I must say that Koh Samui airport was impressive. It had an open styled concept. It felt like a hotel!


Even the toilet has an aquarium. Reminds me of Bali’s airport.

Our hotel, Hotel Impiana, picked us from the airport. Our hotel is located along the famous Chaweng Beach but at the least commercialised area. There were hardly any shops along our road.

I must say that the hotel is quite nice. Great interior and surroundings.

We were initially given a room facing the road but we learn from comments from the Internet that rooms facing the main road are noisy. The other available room faces the pool but we had to wait 2 hours for the hotel to sort out the room. Since we had 2 hours to spare, we rented a Jeep from the hotel for 1000Bath/day (should be lower if I went to shop around for better prices). I heard that taxis are fairly expensive in Koh Samui and the other alternative is songthaews, which I heard slaughters tourist. A motorbike was not an option as the last time I rode a bike was more than 10 years ago.

Driving a Jeep was no easy task and I almost had an accident before I could step into the Jeep. What happened was that someone forgot free the Jeep’s gear and I started the Jeep when I was outside. The Jeep startled front and hit a bush. Thank god no major damage.


Backseat – damn small

We spent our 3 days doing various activities such kayaking, hiking, swimming and even a Muay Thai class.There were hardly anytime to rest and we came home with a bruised knee and sore calves.

Overall, Koh Samui trip was well spent. Many thanks to A for the air tickets and hotel. More details soon!