It was an unexpectedly early start for us on our first day in Koh Samui when Len set the alarm for 7.30 in readiness for us to meet his sister Helen for breakfast at 8.30. A few minutes after rising, Sue, working on her iPad, noticed that the time was only 6.40am! Apparently, our el-cheapo travelling mobile-phone had not updated to Koh Samui time. Oh well …
The breakfast spread here is impressive and, again, well-suited to Sue’s tastes with lots of Asian options. Len, on the other hand, plans to range across the various options over the four breakfasts we will have here.
Then, it was off on a personalised tour of the island with Helen in a local taxi driven by the ever patient Mr Singh. Koh Samui is not really known as a sightseeing destination, but as you will see in our collection of photos there are sights to be seen.
- Natural sights, including Elephant Rock, and Grandpa and Grandma Rocks (Hin Ta and Hin Yai)
- Villages, some of course with little markets
- A Butterfly Garden
- The Elephant Gate
- The Mummified Monk at Wat Khunaram
- The Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai) … What Asian location doesn’t have a big Buddha after all?
Elephants (or white elephants, specifically) are, as you probably know, sacred in Thailand and symbolise royal power.
Anyhow, we also enjoyed driving through the less developed western side of the island where the views across the bay are quite different from those on the east.
Helen had sussed out a cafe called Sweet Sisters that she wanted to attend with her “sweet” sister-in-law, which was very sweet of her. We were thrilled to discover when we got there that it was also a very sweet place and well worthy of our custom!
For lunch we went to the Golf Club in the hills as recommended to Helen by her menfolk. She hadn’t been there before, but it was a perfect recommendation as the food was good value and the view was just gorgeous.
We didn’t get back until after 4pm, so it was a quick rest and refresh before heading across the road to first drop in some laundry at the travel agent (!!) and then to join all family members for a pre-dinner drink in a family friendly and very cheap little bar. From here we split up, with the two families with younger children heading off to do their thing, while the remaining seven of us caught a tuk tuk to Dr Frogs, a Thai Italian restaurant (why not?), with a gorgeous view of the bay that we just caught before the dark closed in.
Some images from our day …
Some highlights of our day trip around the Island of Samui …
And family dinner at Dr Frogs …