The August school holidays will be upon us shortly, and I haven’t even blogged about the trip we made during the June school holidays L So before it becomes even more stale, here goes…
I bought flight tickets to Surat Thani shortly after Air Asia launched their flights there end of last year. I was just fiddling around the website and got a really good deal to Surat Thani during the June school holidays so without much thought, I just booked. I found out later, to my dismay, that Surat Thani IS NOT in Koh Samui, and that we need to get to the ferry terminal in Donsak to take a ferry over to Koh Samui. I was in two minds whether to proceed with the trip, as I can already imagine the hassle we had to go through to get to Koh Samui, with the two girls in tow.
We went ahead anyhow, fully bracing ourselves for the long journey, and a long journey it was – 1.5 hours by bus to Donsak pier from Surat Thani Airport, and another 2 hours (including waiting time) by ferry before we stepped foot in Koh Samui. So folks if you are planning to fly to Surat Thani to get to Koh Samui, please think twice.
To our surprise this time, Yan Yan was looking forward to flying, and showed no signs of fear, unlike our trip to Sri Lanka last year. Back then, she was frightened by the loud roaring engines of the aircraft, and refused to go on the tarmac, and kept crying and pleading to go home.
Looking out at the clouds below
We stayed at Samui Resotel and Spa, a chic resort located at the quiet Southern section of Chaweng Beach. I love the modern elegance and tasteful furnishings of the resort ground and guestroom.
Our room with two queen beds
By the time we checked into the hotel, it was already close to dinner time so we walked along the street looking for food, and stumbled across this restaurant, which comes highly recommended from Trip Advisor. As we were tired, and it was threatening to rain, we went right in.
Dining by the sea
The girls had fried rice and fried noodles, while hubby and I shared a Traditional Kantoke set, a selection of small Thai dishes – comprising tomyan soup, stirfried kangkung, fried chicken with ginger, charcoal roast duck curry and deep-fried prawn cake with plum sauce served with steamed Jasmine rice. I thought it wasn’t that good by Thai standard – I guess the restaurant has to serve a toned down version of Thai cooking to suit the palate of Westerners. Dessert was banana fritters with coconut ice-cream – easily the best dish of the night.
The girls then had their nightly dose of multi vitamins for children` to prep them up for the days ahead.