(Travel) Where to go & What to eat in Koh Samui Part II

by - Monday, April 04, 2016

 
 2nd part of the trip dedicated to 4x4 Mountain & Sightseeing tour!

If you have yet to read my previous posts, check out:
How to go to Koh Samui from Surat Thai airport - HERE
Part I - HERE 

Initially I thought "4x4" is only for illustration purpose only but no, a 4x4 was sent to pick us up from our hotel and off we go.

Price: THB1,400 (From Raja Ferry as well)

1st - Big Buddha temple
This temple was used to bury those deceased babies or young children who are younger than 10 years old for a long time. Later in 1970, it was redecorated to provide the monasteries or Dhamma practice places on the island (Koh Samui). The entire construction was completed in 1974 and is supposed to be used as a sacred place of Buddhists.

The staircase includes 75 steps.We climbed all the way up to see the majestic Big Buddha. 

 As usual, as respect, we have to cover the overly-exposed skin with a scarf.
Especially those with sleeveless or hot pants.

 The majestic Big Buddha.

 2nd - The famous Grandfather and Grandmother rock (Hinta &Hinyai)

Due to the unforeseen weather, we didn't get to see Hinyai.
Why do those rocks being named as Grandfather and Grandmother?

(18SX) V****A & C**K.
Do I need to describe more?

 Observe closely, Grandfather is behind.....*hint: very obvious!!!*

 Ain't looking at his ass!

 I can just listen to the sound of the waves and relax.

 3rd - Namuang Safari Park

Surprisingly, this park doesn't only accommodate elephants.

 Elephant that plays football well!

Imagine this elephant as goalkeeper. Win for sure!

A demo show for coconut extraction was being shown as well.

An eye-opening show as we usually took it for granted without knowing the source of food.

Here comes to most exciting and dangerous show - Crocodile show!

Stuntman was kissing his pet, Crocodile with full courage.
He was really good in creating suspense though.
My heart skipped a beat!


Besides elephants, monkeys and crocodiles, there are other animals at the safari as well.

Namely rabbits.

Parrots.

Hornbills.


We get to take photos with the Leopard at close distance but with our own cameras.

Oh yes, we heard the roar of the leopard.
*shivering*

But it was quite an experience.

Elephant trekking is included in the package as well.

Duration of this ride - 15 to 20 minutes

Next on itinerary was to continue our journey up the hill in our 4x4.

4th - Namuang Waterfall II: The highest waterfall in Koh Samui

It is really beautiful, breathtaking.

I like how its natural beauty being maintained despite having so many tourists everyday.
The height of this waterfall is 80 meters.
You can choose to hike up and enjoy the pool of cooling water while indulging yourself in the beauty of this waterfall.

Was trying to act all cool and sentimental.

Sorry, it was really cold and other tourists were splashing water over me.

I couldn't hold my calmness but to burst into laughter.
=P

5th - Wat Kunaram

Made a quick stop to visit the famous monk's mummy which is still being kept in a glass coffin.

I don't know why. I felt sad and happy at the same time.
Sad for the death, happy for able to get respect and prayers from people.

Amazing Buddhist monk's mummy kept in a glass coffin.




Continued our journey in our 4x4 but this time was slightly different. 
We opted to have the seats above to enjoy and experience 4x4.

Up, up, here we go!

Enjoy the breathtaking view while being slapped by the leaves.
Haha!

Last stop - Buddha image in walking posture

Walking Buddha with the gesture of Imparting Fearlessness is being an innovation in presenting the Buddha, originating during the Sukhothai era.



Here's the list of items to bring for this trip:
  • Swimming suit
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Towel
  • Sun protection
  • Camera/Phone camera
  • Comfortable shoes for jungle walking
  • Raincoat (for unpredictable weather)
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Went back to hotel after the tours around Koh Samui.
Went out to explore around after that.

Visited the Central Festival Mall in Koh Samui.

I like the relaxing environment, well-decorated with plants.


While giving the people a taste of beach street by allowing them to enjoy their meals outdoor.

There are a lot of small outlets here.

How excited I am to be able to find Beauty Buffet Cottage here!
Bought something here, of course.
Tee hee!


How can you not have Roadside stall pancakes when you are in Thailand?

It looks similar to our "Roti Canai" though.

Opted for Banana-Peanut Butter.

Crispy and creamy on the outside but juicy on the inside.

Next up, DINNER TIME!
*Ding ding ding ding*

As usual, we found this restaurant via Fourquare.
Not something very fancy but the rating is exceptionally GOOD!

Ordered Grilled Squid and they even measured it right in front of you to ensure the size and weight of this squid are alright for you.

Spicy Tuna Salad.

I can seriously finish all Thai Salad!
Running in my blood yo!

Stir-fried Morning Glory.

Typical but still home-cooked kinda yummy.

Clams in Spicy Thai sauce.

So good! A hint of curry with Thai basil.

Remember to visit this restaurant.
Don't worry, the boss can converse in pretty decent English.

It is along Chaweng Beach street.

You will see it for sure if you walk along the beach street!

Operating hours: 12:30pm till 10pm

Oh yes, it is always packed with people.

Might need to wait for a short while.

Stay tuned for the next post for Surat Thani!

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