Travel Snapshots: 'Rustic' Island of Koh SamuiTuesday, November 02, 2010
|Photo Credit: Greg Scourse|
A week before I had to leave for Thailand, I asked Mr. G for directions to his place in Koh Samui. He told me he had exchanged his little hut for a room at a resort. A resort?, I wondered. Then he told me to take a songtao, the Thai version of the Philippine jeepney, from the pier and tell the driver to drop me of at Mcdonalds. Not the one on Chaweng beach, but on Lamai beach. Mcdonalds? On the rustic island? And there was more than one?
As it turns out, Rustic Koh Samui was not as rustic as I thought.
There was a 7-11 on every corner and the farangs (foreigners) have almost outnumbered the locals!
I often spent mornings going for an early swim. To be followed by a walk on the beach and a few chapters of Lonely Planets' Best Travel Writing. I skipped breakfast but indulged on lunch (mostly seafood):
1 I seldom had lunch at the resort but this squid with vegetables and white rice was very delicious
2 Prawns in special sweet and sour sauce also ordered at the resort
3 I splurged on a pad thai we ordered at a fancy restaurant by the beach. I still think the pad thai I ordered at the market for 30 THB was more delicious. Minus the fancy plate and cutlery of course.
4 Mr G's favorite ingredients in his daily shake. Fresh dragonfruit, watermelon, mango, pineapple and all sorts of good stuff. For 30 THB a pop, you could drink it all day long!
So next time I visit Thailand, I've been told I would enjoy Koh Tao more. Koh Samui and Koh Pangan are the party islands. But Koh Tao is more laid back, less touristy and great for snorkeling and diving. But my Koh Samui experience was great not just for the place but the people I've met: Mr. G and his friends, Bing and Christopher, and the many locals I'd talked to who did their best to bridge the gap and welcome me to their island.
Until the next trip,
Sole Sister Lois
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I'll share some gastronomic delights from Thailand next.