Friday, May 7, 2010

Koh Samui, Thailand

Took Fireflyz to Koh Samui. Ticket was costly - RM820.90. If you would like to get cheap ticket therefore you must plan few months ahead. Even 2 months earlier the ticket is also costly. Always select your seat and select 2nd row onwards else behind will be noisy and stuffy. Fireflyz do serve snacks e.g. muffins or peanuts and one cup of juice or coffee/tea.  You don't need to walk that far to the airplane compare to Airasia.  Good news is that there is no flight delay!!!  The flight from Subang to Koh Samui takes 2 hours. As for time difference,Thailand is one hour behind KL.

When we arrived Koh Samui, the mini train will pick us up from the runaway therefore no need to walk.
We booked the airport pick up directly from the hotel. Therefore our driver known as CHIN picked us and we stayed at MARYOO Hotel. The hotel is only 5 mins from the airport.  We were so happy when we first saw the hotel, the hotel looks lovely and beautiful, better than the picture in the web site.
Picture taken outside our room
We checked in and when we stepped in to our room, we were stunned. Our room located at the Ground Floor and when we open the balcony door, there is the swimming pool with jacuzzi. Is so convenient and we like staying in the villa. The room is spacious, with LCD TV and the living room and mini pantry.
The bathroom was huge and we love the shower.  The bed was so comfortable. Everything looks perfect and cozy. Really feel at home.

We ate at the hotel restaurant cos we are so hungry. The clear tom yam and glass noodle soup was great and in fact this is our favourite dish.  Chin took us to Cha Weng Beach and we spend few hours walking around. We went around the shops and we spend time on the beach area.  Shopping in Cha Weng is very expensive and they don't bother reducing the price.
We saw The Library which is a hotel at Cha Weng Beach. Per nite is RM1,600. Very nice concept but quite pricey.

We went for massage for 1 hour for RM25. The place was clean.

We realised that there is no garbage bin around the area.  The streets are clean. Cha Weng Beach area similar to Patong, Phuket.

Cha Weng Beach Area
After few hours of walking is time for dinner. Unfortunately we only got half an hour before Chin pick us up. We bought MCD nuggets and chicken wings from burger king. We also bought the pork satay, fish balls and sticky rice on the road side stall. My friend said YUMMY!!! I did not dare to try cos i have sensitive stomach.
Grill pork satay

Tom Yam Soup
Clear Tom Yam Soup
Green Curry
2nd day - we book day trip to Ang Thong Marine Park for ThaiB 1800 per pax (RM180) inclusive snorkelling, kayaking, lunch and pick up.The van pick us at 7.30am.
Reach the jetty and waited for everyone to be on board. The board serve banana, muffins and coffee for breakfast.
The boat ride took 2 hours. We arrive to our destination where we can kayak and snorkell.  3 of us on one kayak and another 2 friend on another kayak. Well, this is my second time kayaking but previously is lead by an experience person. Now my friend got to lead us,  so that our co-ordination follows exactly her instruction in order not to fall. The kayaking took us 40 minutes. It was fun but tiring and people kept bump in to our kayak.
We sat down and drank coconut water. Too lazy to go snorkelling and furthermore alot of dead corals.
We had lunch on the boat and then visit to next island. You either choose to snorkell or walk up the hill to see the lagoon. We split into two groups where i chose to walk  up the hill to see the lagoon. The view was great.
We had our dinner at the hotel as we are too tired to go out.

Day 3- free and easy
We rented Honda Jazz for 5 pax to drive around the island. Our first destination was to visit Big Buddha. Unfortunately we never reach our destination cos there is no signages. We visited TESCO to buy our thai noodles and stuff and tried the local food at their food court.  We able to found our hotel driver while he was ferrying other customer to attractions area. So we just drove our car and follow him behind. We able to find Hin Tai Hin Yai @ grandfather/grandmother rock, ancient temple, mumiffied monk and big buddha. Without our hotel van, we would not able to visit all this attraction and guess ended up buying postcard. Is difficult to navigate as all the attractions are hidden.
Grandfather rock
Ancient temple 

Big Buddha

Chin took us to a fancy and good ambience restaurant known as TARUA Seafood Restaurant near the Elephant Rock. The place was great. Food was good. We had mud crab, tiger prawns, shark fillet, salad, fish cake, steam sea bass with lemon sauce, fried oyster with egg and sticky rice with mango as dessert. The bill came up to RM300.
Stir fried garlic with tiger prawns
Steambass with lemon sauce
Mud Crab with Special spices
Fried Fish Cakes
Cockel Salad
Soft Shell Crab
Fried oyster with egg
Shark Fillet
Day 4- time to said good bye to Koh Samui

We would like to said thank you to Maryoo Management and Team especially Khun Arnat and Chin for their warm welcome and hospitality.  It was really a memorable trip and we will definetely go back to Maryoo to stay.