14th March – 15th Bangkok, Thailand
We arrived at 5am and took a taxi to our hotel. We could not check-in until noon so we stored our bags and went for a walk to see the Grand Palace (former King’s residence) nearby. We watched the sunrise in a large park in front of the Grand Palace.
After, we caught a short boat ride across the river to the Temple of the Dawn. After strolling through the markets for a bit we got the same ferry back, where we were cornered by a tuk tuk driver that offered to drive is us around all the highlights for 20batt each ($1).
It was only 8.15am, we were hungry and in search of a place to eat breakfast but were struggling to find anything aside from market food which consisted of rice, veg and curries. So we decided to go on the Tuk Tuk as he would bring us firstly to a place to eat breakfast. A Tuk Tuk is a motorbike with a two seater cart attached to the back. Anyway, it turned out the drivers were getting a free petrol that day from the government to bring tourists to the local tailors so between each Buddha stop we had to go into a suit or jewellery store. After a few hours we had enough and headed back to the hotel check in about 12.30.
Later that day we walked Khoa San Road and that night headed out for some cheap cocktails, beers and a bucket.
10th-13th March Koh Samui Island
In Koh Samui we chose to stay in Chaweng beach area. We stayed in ‘your place’ bungalows which was basic accommodation, a wooden hut, no sink in bathroom but it did have a nice veranda. We walked into Chaweng strip for dinner, there were many restaurants to chose from all with plenty seafood on the menu.
The next day, we went for a run on the beach and walked back through the town, we had lovely fresh fruit for breakfast from a market stall, pineapple and watermelon are plentiful. We hired a scooter – Honda Zoomer 125 and went to see the Big Budda, who is a meditating Buddha.
We stopped off at Tesco’s on the way back for a browse. It was similar in size to the larger Tesco’s with TVs, electronics and various other stuff. I got a Yoga mat, lightweight perfect to clip into my bag. The next day we drove the entire island by scooter and stopped off at a couple points of interest including the town of Nathon for a cheap and tasty lunch of fried rice and red curry. Chaweng at night is busy place with a lot of beachside bars serving til late. That evening after dinner ưe stopped at a busy beach bar for a couple beers and smoked a Shisha (vanilla flavoured tobacco passed through a water basin), popular to try in Thailand. On the 13th, we were collected at 3pm to travel by overnight bus to Bangkok. It was a VIP 24 seater bus with reclining chairs. Dinner was included and we stopped off that evening for dinner. Food was basic thai food including rice, vegetables, chicken and pork. The journey ưas comfortable and we got a good sleep.
8th – 10th March Koh Kanta Island
We decided to go to Koh Lanta as we heard it is a beautiful island with less tourists. The weather was 29-31 degrees. We stayed at the riverieria resort which was 15 minutes from the main town and right on the beach. We enjoyed swimming in the pool and the sea and reading. We hired a scooter and travelled around the island, stopping at a beach at the southern tip of the island for a swim. That evening we scooted into town for dinner in a nice restaurant overlooking the river. On the 10th we travelled to Ko Samui by bus and ferry.