Friday, 16 March 2012

Koh Samui,Thailand - March 2012

Im back...from our short yet a blast Koh Samui getaway. Well it has been since 4th March 2012 sebenarnya. Time is the best reason. Im slotting every chance I have to write this..so bear with me okay...

We didnt get the chance to enjoy their renowned beautiful sandy beaches though...instead..We ventured into the inner part of the island ..well only to the main attractions saje..We had fun...The resort was fine, the people were warm and friendly...Dahlia went for her first elephant ride,and the cabaret show was AWESOME!!!

I intended to go to Sabah for our 1st quarter trip, but since it was too costly, lupakan je lah..So,I booked ourselves to Koh Samui je lah...via GroupOn. Here is a little info about the voucher that we purchased : click here. Its a free sign up!!


From this voucher,we enjoyed the resort on outcropped rocks with panoramic sea and sky view. Oooh..not to mention the 2 infinity pool built on the cliff edge overlooking the sea... .hmmm...such a relaxing atmosphere.Although we were entitled for the 10% discount on spa and restaurants, we did not get the chance to do them...perhaps next time.. The resort is just 20 minutes away from Samui Airport,and totally an easy access to town, some added points on why it is featured in Thailand's 'Unseen Paradise' tourism campaign. 

For a '4 days 3 nights' stay....here were our itinerary...

Day 1 - 1st March 2012 : FY3608 fleet flew us to Samui Airport. 
Day 2 - 2nd March 2012 : Safari City Tour + Elephant Trek
Day 3 - 3rd March 2012 : Samui by Night : Seafood Dinner + Cabaret Show
Day 4 - 4th March 2012 :  FY3609 fleet flew us back to Subang Airport.

Learning points
#1. The flight took about 2 hours.Not too long thank god..
#2. Halaal food are not many but you can find them in Lamai as most muslim population resides there. And FYI, the only one mosque on the island is also in Lamai .
#3. Signage and wordings are mostly in Thai.It was hard for us to even buy a loaf of bread, we need to scout for those with English and Halaal labels.Luckily, there are few huts of Tesco.Suka ya amat okay....
#4. Renting a bike is the ultimate solution if you dont mind the hot sun. It was very convenient for us to move about rather than renting a car. Well, the roads there in Samui aren't as wide as what we have here in Malaysia... Oh ya, my husband told me that you dont even need to produce motorbike license to rent a bike, your passport number sudah suffice. And we had our bike rented from our hotel saje...easy peasy...
#5 Even though Samui is just geographically 228.7 kmsq , riding a bike to cover the whole island is not a good idea (for me lah since ada Dahlia). Further more,poor maps description and signage too.
#6 Language is the main barrier. 90% of them are not English literate. Kalau ada yang boleh cakap satu ayat lengkap tu kira dah marveles. The funny thing was...our English pun terpaksa jadi as deplorable as theirs.
#7 Handcraft lovers would enjoy shopping in Samui. They are rather cheap Shaped sabun lah, those beach cotton wear la..decorative items la..t-shirts la..straw hats lah...they are pretty but none that I would want to have for my own. No offense.
#8 Thailand, be it anywhere on its land ...are packed with foreigners. On the beach, resorts, pubs, hutan, restaurants..every inch!!! We were told that the Israelis ranked the highest followed by the Russians..Nothing to be alarmed ..saje je bagi tau....
#9 Seafood delicacies that you MUST NOT miss out!!We went for our fine dining at this place called "The Fishermans' Village" where rows of fine restaurants offers varieties of seafood dish. From grilled lobster,to steamed shark to even wok squids...yummmiehhhh....
#10 Oh and yes..Thailand is also renowned for its 'Sticky Rice with Mango'...did not try that but we tried out their 'pancake'...For this too you need to find for a'halaal' ones tau...
#11 Not to puji so much, but they are very punctual when it comes to timing. Unlike some tardy 'Malaysians'. And yes, they sounds so polite too..."madam..."..."your pick up will be alliwing (arriving) at six thirly( thirty) madamm" (if only I can mock the voice tone as well in here ;p)
#12 Its a beautiful place to visit. Moderate island climate makes it the best spot to have your mind relaxed. Nice reserved forest and the tranquil sea. Such a bless..if only the government do something to make the system a little better and more organized...for their people's sake.
#13 You can do your currency change at most of their local banks here. No worry.
#14 ANYWAY...In total, we spent less than RM4k for our trip. I would say it was worth the cash and time spent


The main reason why I wanted to come here...


Sawadika......come on, lets have a ride here in Koh Samui....
 


1 comment:

aishah said...

Sounds exhilirating...I'd be sure to land myself at this place in the nearest time.