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Taxi ride around Koh Samui

June 24, 2016 by David Herd

Big Buddha

Taxi ride around Koh Samui Taxi ride around Koh Samui starting at the Big Buddha then circling clockwise around the island. It took about 4 hours and the taxi cost was B2000 or $57 usd. Our hotel was on Chaweng beach about 15 minutes drive from the big Buddha. Our very nice lady drivers name is Ying and her mobile is 09 1128 3867.

Beautiful bougainvillea

Taxi ride around Koh Samui This beautiful flower reminds me of my home in Newport Beach Australia where I lived in the 80s, I had many beautiful bougainvilleas on the property.

Big Buddha & slightly smaller Buddha

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My 115 kilos certainly puts me in the Buddha category. 🙂

One of two statues guarding the Big Buddha

Taxi ride around Koh Samui

Located as you enter the square below Big Buddha.

Here is a short video

Looking back towards Chaweng

Taxi ride around Koh Samui We stopped at a popular lookouts to take in the wonderful view.

Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks

Taxi ride around Koh SamuiThe rocks, known as Grandpa (Ta) and Grandma (Yai), look, just like male and female genitalia.

A very popular tourist stop

Taxi ride around Koh Samui Located two kilometres south of central Lamai Beach and about 11 kilometres away from Chaweng Beach.

Lamai Beach

Taxi ride around Koh Samui The next beach around the coast from Chaweng.

Lamai beach bar & restaurant

Taxi ride around Koh Samui Lamai is like a mini version of Chaweng, nice beach and lots of bars and restaurants.

 Next stop Guan Yu Chinese shrine.

Koh Samui It quite a shock when you first see this fantastic huge statue, there are about 12 or more Chinese restaurants in the square. The Guan Yu shrine is the centre of the Chinese community on Samui island.

He looks rather fierce

Guan Yu Chinese shrine

He does not look like a happy camper at all. 🙂

 Elephants on Koh Samui

 photo Elephants Koh Samui 4.jpg What magnificent beasts they are.

Here is a little guy with Mum.

Taxi ride around Koh Samui I must admit I have mixed feelings about these beautiful animals being held captive, however that’s an argument for another day.

Here is a video of a dancing elephant

He certainly was a happy little jumbo.

Some banana for the little dancing jumbo

Taxi ride around Koh Samui They really enjoy bananas, this is my friend John Martin aka Pothole feeding the little guy.

The popular waterfall was just a trickle.

Taxi ride around Koh Samui

Many people visit this location but sadly there was not much water flowing.

Time for a cool drink

Taxi ride around Koh Samui A pleasant place to sit under the shade from the tall trees before continuing our journey.

Nathon pier

Taxi ride around Koh Samui Here is where you catch a ferry to the mainland, take your car if you wish.

Bophut beach

Taxi ride around Koh Samui  Bophut beach  was the last stop in our Taxi ride around Koh Samui road trip. Very close to a large new shopping mall called Fisherman’s village.

 Beach bar

 photo Bophut beach 2.jpg Bophut is is near the Big Buddha & less than 10 minutes from the airport. The Ibis is a nice hotel opposite the beach, for an excellent room rate just book through THIS LINK. 

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More peaceful and quieter than Chaweng yet only 15 minutes away from the action.

 Bar Baguette

Taxi ride around Koh Samui This was really a good little cafe for lunch, the avocado & bacon baguette was perfect and the staff were really friendly.

Taxi ride around Koh Samui

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Our taxi ride around Koh Samui was a great way to explore the delights of this wonderful tropical island, we had a very nice lady driver, her name in Ying and her mobile is 09 1128 3867.

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Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

September 13, 2013 by David Herd

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui, my first visit was in 1998 and I thought I had found Paradise. Over the next 6 years I returned about 10 times and watched the many changes take place. I must admit I preferred the old Koh Samui before the turn of the century, but as they say in the classics, you can’t stop progress. My last visit was 5 years ago so my information may be a little dated. Yesterday I returned from a few days in Koh Chang which in many ways reminds me of Koh Samui in the 90’s.

This is Chaweng in 1999

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

There are many beaches on the island of beautiful Koh Samui, my post focuses on Chaweng beach as this is where most of the action is. Walk out the front of your bungalow on to the sand, walk out the back of your hotel to the shops, restaurants & bars.

The Ark Bar on Chaweng beach

Ark bar Chaweng beach Koh Samui

You won’t get much peace staying here, they party all night.

Beach dining at beautiful Koh Samui.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

For me the greatest buzz on Koh Samui was dining on the beach at night and watching the moon rise over the water. I have forgotten how many times I enjoyed this wonderful experience, including New Years Eve 1999.  For years prior to the millennium I always planned to be somewhere very special for this special event, and Koh Samui was my choice.


New Years Eve 1999

Beautiful Thai Island Koh Samui

Well I made it to the new century and still have a long way to go.

Seafood on the beach.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Bar-B-Q seafood on the beach in the moonlight, does life get any better than this?

Two Aussie friends Tammy & Kate.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui  Did I just ask if life could get any better than this? Well I think you can guess what my answer is. 😆

Lanterns on Chaweng beach.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui At night on the beach hundreds of lanterns are lit then they lift off into the night sky, it is quite a magical sight. Here are my two Aussie friends Tammy & Kate joining in the fun.

Now they are relaxing in the sun.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Aussie babes love the sun.

Breakfast by the beach

 

Beautiful Thai Island Koh SamuiBreakfast by the beach with Ken Shelly & Richard Blair.

 

Chaweng Beach in beautiful Koh Samui

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

 One of the best places in Thailand to chill out.

A favourite photo of mine.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Sunset on Beautiful Koh Samui. 

Here are some magic sunsets from my condo in Pattaya.

Island resort Chaweng.

Island resort Chaweng beach This is the pool at the Island Resort on Chaweng beach. It’s at the quieter northern end of Chaweng beach. However I prefer to stay at the Baan Chaweng resort about midway along the beach.

Island Resort

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Another favourite photo.

Sunrise at Koh Samui

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui My friend Tammy took this great sunrise, I am never awake at that time of the day.  😳

Island Resort Chaweng Beach.

Beautiful Thai Island Koh Samui

The bungalows are private and peaceful.

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The reasonably priced bungalows here offer quite nice 2 star accommodation, with more upmarket rooms around the pool. However my preference is the Baan Chaweng resort which is in the centre of Chaweng beach.

 

Beautiful Koh Samui

Koh Samui Elephants.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

That’s my friend Paul McNeil from San Diego.

August 1999 with Jane

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Here I am with gorgeous Jane who I brought from from Nana Plaza.

At the waterfall

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Jane from Bangkok and Evelyn from the Philippines cooling off at the waterfall.

 Gorgeous dancer.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

 Tell the truth, did you realise the blond is one of the famous Thai Lady-Boys? Or did you think it was a girl? Many of the most attractive girls in Thailand turn out to be boys. :oops:E

Wonderful Koh Tao.

Koh Tao beach

In the 1980’s overseas travellers began to visit Ko Tao and quickly became a popular destination. As a consequence, bigger, faster and safer boats were used to allow easier access to Ko Tao. In the 1990’s the island became known as a diving site.

Historically, Ko Tao was once a detention place for political prisoners similar to Ko Tarutao of Satun Province, but today it is a great place for divers or anybody who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of Ko Samui and want more than the Full Moon Party on Ko Pha Ngan. The island is geared towards diving tourists more than backpackers on a budget. Ko Tao is a great place to learn how to dive. There are hardly any currents and a wide selection of dive sites and dive shops, schools and resorts. Activity options are growing outside of diving and the food and nightlife options are some of the best in the Gulf of Thailand.

Ko Tao is a small island of approximately 21² km and receives over a 100,000 visitors per year. To minimise your impact on the eco-system, notice that there are no garbage disposal facilities, so everything that can’t be burned has to be taken away. Book your hotel before you go.

Memories of my island romance.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

For a very brief moment in time this beautiful Italian princess was my island romance. Her name was Barbara Manelli and she came from Florence, however I preferred to call her Gypsy. Our brief affair took place on Koh Samui in December 1999 and sadly ended there at the end of our holiday, c’est la vie. 😥


Zirco’s Brazilian restaurant.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from at Chaweng, if you like Brazilian food put Zirco’s on your list.

Bananas or bazookas?

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Here I was minding my business on the beach, taking a photo of a guy peeling a banana, and as luck would have it a gorgeous girl in half a bikini wandered into my background. It is just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.  😆

Here is Kok Samui in June 2016.

David Herd relaxing in Paradise.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Sing it for me Glenn.

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