Kho Samui, Thailand
Kho Samui is the 3rd largest
island of Thailand. Last year about 1.3 million people from around the world visited
this 25 by 25 mile island. The beaches are stunning, the hotels mostly modern
and the people smiling and friendly. There is mainly just a narrow ring road
around the island. The center is still jungle and unexplored, despite the mass
of people visiting. Traffic is busy on this road. We could have rented a motor
scooter but opted for a guided tour, we did not want to miss the ship so we
played it safe.
|Our Itinerary for the Day|
Our excursion, planned by the tour company of the cruise ship, took us again for an elephant ride. Since we now know how it is to ride atop an elephant, we just relaxed and let the mahout do all the work. We rode a 6-year old female elephant whose mom took over the lead as soon as she could. It was a bit strange, but nicely though, to be within the elephant family. Mom Elephant and daughter were giving tourists a ride. It felt cozy.
|Travelling Through the Bush by Elephant|
|Recipe for Green Papaya Salad, SPICY!|
|Preparing Spicy Green Papaya Salad|
The next parts of our tour I liked; a Thai food cooking show and a monkey show. For the cooking lesson we had a demonstration of preparing a typical papaya salad, spicy, fresh and pungent. The spices used are an acquired taste, the heat of the spices, for sure, needs some time to get used to. Hot, hot, hot food is normal to most Thai.
|Monkey Trained to Gather Coconuts and His Trainer|
|Demonstrating How He Learns to Twist Coconuts|
Off a Pipe at a Low Height at First
|Too Many People and Too Commercial|
suits. Nice idea, but way too commercial.
|Beautiful Spot For Lunch|
It is time for lunch. Coconut milk soup, ginger chicken, local fish with rice was our lunch fare. If there is no rice with a meal in Thailand then it is not considered a meal. Yes, we had rice too. The venue you ask? Is a lovely local eatery immediately at the beach. It is idyllic to just hang out; eat, drink and take a nap. But no, the tour company had one more item for us to look at.
It is said that if you do not see the Big Buddha (39 feet tall, gold painted) when on Kho Samui, then you just have never been to Kho Samui. Well we needed to look at this big man, climb another 80 steps in the heat, ring a few bells on top of the stupa, climb down the 80 steps again, along Naga the snake god image, and now I can say I have been to Kho Samui.
|Many Large Bells at the Top of the Stupa|
It was a good outing. It was a hot day, we walked a lot. A perfect beach day but the tour did not let us nap. It was a day jam-packed with one event after another.