April 12, 2019
Koh samui | Mu Ko Ang Thong Nationalpark (Day 17-20) 🚣🏻♀️🌴🌊
Three days ago we left Koh Lanta. Our next planned destination was Koh Samui, which is Thailand’s second largest island. We had 6 nights left before finally heading back to Bangkok. Accordingly, we had to decide what islands to go to. Eventually, we determined to go to Koh Samui as well as Koh Tao and skip Koh Phangan this time, especially since we are not able to attend one of that famous full moon parties anyway. Well, it is always good to have reasons to come back to a country.
Well, back to our journey three days ago. Unfortunately, the trip took us 11 hours in total, since we had to switch our bus and eventually wait for another ferry to take us to Koh Samui. Koh Lanta is located on the western side of Thailand’s mainland, whereas Koh Samui is located on the eastern side. First of all they took us to Krabi. Having arrived at Krabi we had to wait for another two hours until our next bus arrived that took us to a place near Surratthani, where our ferry departed. Shortly after our ferry arrived our taxi driver appeared and took us straight to our hotel. Stupidly, we agreed on a taxi deal that they sold us at the travel stop at Krabi. They made it seem like a decent deal, especially since I have read a lot about the taxi scam in Ko Samui. In articles it was repeatedly considered as the place with the most expensive taxi prices as literally no one uses the taxi meter. Well, later on our ferry ride they sold taxis to our hotels again. Not only Johannes and I, but also many others that went with the same travel agency than we did realized that we had been scammed as every other taxi company charged like half of what we had paid. We knew that we were going to be scammed at some point anyway. It is pretty hard to avoid and in the end it was irksome but definitely no major loss. Well, definitely try to be careful with taxi prices. Always trade and try to go with a taxi providing a taxi meter.
We arrived at about 6:45 shorty after the sun had set. As opposed to our bad luck with the taxi, the hotel we had booked turned out to be great. It was the cheapest and at the same time the best place we have stayed at yet. Super clean hotel with a nice pool, very close to the beach and very calm at night even though it was still right in the middle of everything. If you go to Ko Samui I can definitely recommend you to stay at the Ampha Place Hotel. In the evening, we wandered around the streets nearby in order to grab some dinner. Beyond that we did not do anything special that night.
On our first whole day we decided to sleep in after that long journey. We checked out the beach and just hung out at the pool. In the noon we decided to rent a scooter to explore the island. We went to a waterfall, stopped at a great number of beaches such as Lamai Beach and Chaweng beach, went to a viewpoint, some special rocks as well as a well known temple.
As things turned out it was definitely the right decision to discover some of the surroundings in order to get a better impression of the island.
The day after, we went on a day trip to that famous National Park of Ko Samui, called, Mu Ko Ang Thong Nationalpark.
The National Park actually consists of 42 islands that are located on Ko Samui’s western side. The day trip we had booked included two islands, snorkeling, kayaking as well as lots of food and beverages. The first island we stopped at was fairly small but at the same time very special. Before visiting the island itself, a small kayak your was planned. We went around part of the island and through a cave.
The kayaking was followed by a short hike that lead us up to a viewpoint from where you were able to oversee a few of the island as well as a great lagoon which was located in the middle of the island. Very cool experience!
As soon as the guides took us back to the big boat with a smaller long tail boat it was lunch time. They had prepared loads of food. Rice, potatoes, chicken, vegetables as well as fruits. Shortly after everyone had finished their food we approached the next island. There were actually a few islands around us. We heard some noises from the one island, pigs! It did immediately remind me of the one island somewhere near the Bahamas where you take a swim with the swines. Well, we headed to the island which was located on the opposite side. This time we were able to chose from two different hikes. One of them lead to a cave and the other one lead to another viewpoint. Both bikes were rated as difficult and turned out to be extremely exhausting. Johannes decided to go for the cave, presumably also in hope for some shadow. I was determined to go the top of the mountain.
Admittedly, it was probably the more exhausting hike as the path led a few hundred meters towards the top viewpoint. Fortunately, half of the path was in the shadow. But yet, the temperatures were around 34 degrees and the air extremely humid as always. I have been thinking that the jungle and the hike on Koh Phi Phi were exhausting but only until I did that. As I reached the top of the mountain I sweated from the top to the bottom. Nonetheless, the views were splendid!
Back down at the beach Johannes and I relaxed at one of those hammocks. So no more snorkeling, mainly because we no longer wanted to be sun exposed.
We returned from our trip at around 5:30pm. Some pool and relaxation time suited us down to the ground. In the evening we happened to witness another great fire show at the beach.
Tomorrow we are going to set forth for our last island, Koh Tao. Pretty excited to do some more snorkeling, especially since it is said to be one of the best places in Thailand to do snorkeling. Additionally, Sangkron festival starts tomorrow. It is an event on Thailand New Years where everyone is going crazy. Many people go out on the street with water guns and stuff. There is no way you stay dry as soon as you leave your hotel. Stay tuned for the next entry about Sangkron as well as about on our adventures on Koh Tao! Bye for now.