After a week in busy Phuket, we made the journey over to the east coast of Thailand. Via van, bus and ferry arrived to Koh Samui (also called the Maui of Thailand). Samui is much smaller than Phuket, but still raging with tourists. We opted to stay at the lazy beach of Lamai vs. busy Chaweng. While there, we spent a little time cruising around the island on a motorbike (we also did in Koh Phan ngan and Chiang Mai). Let me tell you, Brett is very happy to be rid of his backseat driver. I was scared to death as we climbed up and down the hills! You would have been too if you saw all the huge scars from the other tourists! Motorbiking was the easiest way to get around when some roads weren't easily accessible by car. We'd ride all over the island and fill up our tank along the roadside where locals sold gasoline by the liter in Thai whiskey bottles.
It was love at first sight when we went to Koh Pha ngan- a smaller island north of Samui. Some of the best snorkeling we've seen!! It was like having your own 30 foot aquarium outside your backdoor. Between Koh Samui and Koh Pha ngan, we spent most of our time snorkeling and hanging out on the beach.
Lamai Beach in Koh Samui... notice which one made it famous?
This series has a funny story. We hiked up to a waterfall (notice I wore my hiking shoes for the vertical climb) with the promise there was a swimming hole at the top. It was pretty much a small puddle dammed up with a couple bags.
Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)
It was HOT out! A cold beer at Monkey Bar.
Our hotel in Samui + yummy breakfast
The Swing Bar
Cookie's- our place at Phangan... a few views from our room
This beach had everything we needed
Every beach in Thailand has beach dogs. We made several friends.
Sunset drinks and tribute to Zane.