Koh Sumui – An Excellent Day Out With The Kids

Big Buddha and stairs

Our son and daughter-in-law know the island well and offered to take us for a trip around and show us some better sights. So about 09:30 yesterday morning, we set off in a convoy of 2 cars and multiple scooters. The plan was to start at Big Buddha and then work anti-clockwise around the island,stopping for refreshments and lunch.

The plan and schedule were very relaxed, and at any time, you could drop out and return to the villa. As usual it was a perfect day with clear blue sky and hot. Continue reading

Wat Khunaram Temple and the Mummified Monk

Mummified monk

Mummified monk

The Wat Khunaram Temple is small and compared to others is rather understated, but in the local community it is well attended. However, the Temple is not what most visitors come to see, as the primary attraction is the Mummified Monk.

Prior to the visit, our initial reaction was no doubt similar to most – that’s creepy. However, it is very well displayed and upon further research this was a very talented gentleman that lived a full and rewarding life. Continue reading

Koh Samui – Full Day Tour

View to the right from the restaurantKoh Samui, a small island located just off the Thailand coast, many years ago it must have been the ultimate tropical paradise. With a small mountain in the middle surrounded by a flat plain around almost the entire coastline, and an abundance of beaches and palm trees, this island had loads of potential.

Unfortunately, in our opinion, development has resulted in an overly developed and expensive island that specialises in tacky tourism. This fact was confirmed during our recent full day tour of most of the island attractions. Continue reading

Destination Wedding–Koh Samui, Thailand

Our current nine month grand adventure started with two primary drivers, namely our son’s destination wedding in Thailand and the World Cruise from Sydney, aboard Sea Princess. These two events then metamorphosed into a round the world airfare and a few additional countries. Already having flown more than half way around the world, we have finally arrived for the primary reason for starting this adventure. You may ask, why select Thailand for your destination wedding? Continue reading