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Thailand Diaries: Koh Samui, Koh Tao & Koh Phangan
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As morning came, with a heavy heart we bade goodbye to Koh Tao and made our way to Koh Phangan. We made the mistake of not booking our ferry through Lom Prayah and paid the price of a delayed ferry by over an hour and a half. The journey to Koh Phangan was smooth (Thankfully so! We had our share of sea adventures already). We had a short stay in Koh Phangan and got a pretty amazing resort for our stay. Sarikantang, a boutique resort, right on the Head of Leela Beach next to Haad Rin beach is a delight for pretty much any agenda you have on islands.The resort arranged for a pick up as smoothly and before we knew it we were exploring the lovely property. As our stomachs craved for food after all the delay we went in the hunt for some good food and my oh my did we find a catch. A small restaurant called “Moon Paradise” was just by the resort and we just stopped to explore the menu and it was pretty much perfect – Lovely view, an all comprehensive menu and excellent prices. Like it needed any selling, it also had the best waiters who reminded you exactly why the restaurant is the best, the guy just kept saying “The best food at cheap prices, only at Moon Paradise” and well, it was pretty much undisputable. So we decided to go with it and had an excellent time there.As the setting sun approached, we walked by the coast in the property and reached the lighthouse and parked ourselves among the rocks to view one of my best sunsets ever. It was the most beautiful play of colours in the sky I have ever seen. Koh Phangan being Koh Phangan of course had a party going in Haad Rin despite being just a day after their glorious “Full Moon Party”. We preferred a quite night by the beach and we did just that. We woke up early morning to catch the part of the rising sun and had a lovely walk by the same coast as we saw people coming back from the party still in another world altogether and realised with a deep sense of disappointment just how much we were growing old. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the quiet breakfast by the rising sun and we had little time to soak in the property before we had to make our way back to the ferry point.The Touristy Island - Koh Samui
Ko Samui Surat Thani Thailand
Our final day at Samui went by in a flash. The island has so much to offer and everything leaves you hoping for more. It pampers and caters for every whim and fancy that one would dream off. With the crystal blue waters overlooking our next stop, The Cliff Bar & Grill, was a matchless choice to spend our afternoon. Sitting on top of a cliff, this beauty gives you an overview of the entire island. Post our scrumptious lunch of Fresh Lime Fish and Gambas con Caril, we took a small walk down the cliff and enjoyed the silence amidst the water and the rocks. Just two words describe that moment perfectly - serene and peaceful. P.S: best spot for las fotos! Giving my lovey-dovey heart one last chance to experience the ideal dinner date while vacationing on an island, I was in for an exceptionally romantic dinner by the beach with my partner. Far far away from the crowd, in a little hut constructed on the shore, with candles & orchids, with the violin playing in the background and the waves touching our feet while we sipped on our glass of wine, this was how we spent our last night in Samui. Pavilion did a perfect job and made this a memory that we would cherish forever. Every age group and no matter whom you go with, you’ll have an experience waiting to enrapture you. Catch a bunch of friends and you end up spending your trip shopping and pub hopping with booming late nights or choose your better half and you’ll relish the romantic dates, beach beds, massages, spas, wines and more. Flawless and sublime, exemplary and idyllic, Bangkok and Koh Samui have got to feature on your travel diaries for you to witness all these moments and create beautiful and “sanuk” memories. Centrally located in Sukhumvit Soi 2, one of the prettiest boutique hotels I have checked into in a long time. The cherry on the pie being the fact that despite the hot cake location they do not burn a hole in your pocket, the room rent ranging from 1200-1500 baht a night.First sight of The Grand Palace definitely satisfied our lust for exotic. A remarkable maze of buildings constructed in oriental Thai style, mounting roofs with colors ranging from white to glamorous gold is a beautiful and unforgettable sight. The venue being packed with tourists and all of us were left breathless by the beautiful paintings and intricate drawings across walls.
About Surat Thani
Next morning we caught the first flight out to Surat Thani and from there took a bus to the pier for a launch crossing to the idyllic island of Koh Samui. There are counters at the arrivals hall in the airport itself which allow you to purchase 2-in-1 tickets (bus and ferry) which makes life very easy.