Mama Travels: Koh Samui

August 24, 2014

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I have six girl friends with whom I travel around the world. I believe the best gift we can give to another person is to make time for one another and am lucky enough to have five girlfriends who share the same philosophy.

There are plenty of obstacles to keep us all from showing up. Money, jobs, significant others, kids, family obligations, and whatever else life throws at you at that moment, but each year, we’ve always managed to get together.

Since it was our friend Tinna’s birthday, she asked us to fly out to Asia and rendezvous in Koh Samui. Though I’ve been to other parts of Thailand before (Hua Hin, Phuket, Racha Island), I had never been to Koh Samui and was eager for the opportunity.

All the beauty of Thailand resides outside of Bangkok, but nevertheless you have to transit through this city. Bangkok was congested, polluted, and the traffic was unbearable — as expected. After an hour and a half cab ride which should have taken us 20 minutes, we arrived at our hotel and quickly got ready for our dinner at Nahm, a highly recommended restaurant by Thai foodie friends. The meal was delicious, but so spicy that it was not for the faint of heart.

Early the next morning, we took a short flight to Koh Samui. Upon arrival, the stress of Bangkok melted away and the island took the edge off of everything. Koh Samui had the beach beauty that Bali lacked. The water was emerald green to aqua blue and the rock formations around the beach created extra drama.

The food was amazing in Koh Samui. Fresh prawns, squid, and crabs are easy to find and delicious. We stayed in our resort Silavadee for breakfast and lunch but ventured out to local seafood restaurants and other hotels for dinner.

You can party in Koh Samui if that’s your thing. There was an area where all the clubs and bars were located, a bit cancun-esque. We steered clear of those areas and probably the closest partying we did was watching sunset at the Nikki’s beach.
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For a bit of culture, I dragged myself off a lounge chair and visited Tarnim Magic Garden. Located in the middle of jungle, it was reminiscent of Temple of Doom, just on a much smaller scale. It was built by the Durian (stinkiest fruit) agricultural farmer Khun Nim Thongsuk. He built this garden when he was 77 years old for everybody else to come and enjoy.

We did very little in Koh Samui but hang out by the pool, visit the spa and caught up on each others lives. Sunrises were the most memorable part of the day. Each morning, a few of us would trek to the beach and watch the sun rise. We admired the beauty around us and counted our blessings, appreciated the fact that we were together and just enjoyed the moment.

Already looking forward to our next trip.

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