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Leaving Koh Samui

The saddest part of our trip to the island of Koh Samui was leaving, five nights was a mere teaser and we could have spent more time on the island. Our cheap flight was at a ridiculous hour but a bonus was seeing the sun rise over the Gulf of Thailand from our villa terrace.

The staff packed us a takeaway breakfast and we said goodbye.

 

Goodbye Sandalwood Villas!

 

Sunrise last day Koh Samui 9

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Spa Time at Plumeria Villa

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Our holiday villa was divine, not only did it have an outdoor spa it also have an amazing view across the ocean. Koh Samui was one of my most treasured holidays in Asia, it is a place that I will go back to. Every afternoon after a morning of riding around on the scooter we would come back to the villa, crack open the Moet Champagne , order some Pad Thai and relax!

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Cappuccino in Dam Square Amsterdam

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Enjoying a nice hot cappuccino at Coffee Company located in Dam Square, Amsterdam.

Nearby is a bustling shopping street on Damrak, its pack with great boutiques.

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Motorbike Travels in Koh Samui

 

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The Island of Koh Samui is mountainous  and offers stunning panoramic views across the Gulf of Thailand. On calm clear days the ocean is a sparkling blue, exactly how you would expect a tropical island to be.

We rode around the island twice during our stay, DDalways looking for an adventure took me up a scary steep road and this is what we discovered! Views as far as the eye can see.

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Lazy Koh Samui

Remembering my holiday, its seems so long ago. This was the quiet strip leading to Maenam Beach.

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Bastille

Photo sourced from judbd on Flickr

Before i begin with my Tale of Bastille, i have to make mention that unfortunately i have no photos of Bastille, not one single photo! So instead i have copied photos from Flickr and fully referenced where appropriate.

After arriving at Paris Gare Lyon we decided instead of catching a taxi to walk from the train station to our apartment. To our favour it turned out to be an easy 20 minute slow paced walk, it was very easy to get to Bastille, we just followed the rather straight Rue de Lyon. (more…)

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Night Walking Street Market, Fisherman’s village

Every Friday night between 5pm to 10pm, the small laneway streets in the charming Fisherman’s Village transform into a lively walking street market of food, drinks, entertainment and shopping.  Fisherman’s Village is located in the seaside town of Bophut, 10 minutes drive from Chaweng.

Samui Spice Restaurant

We scootered to the area on our first night in Koh Samui and parked behind some restaurants for free, there is parking closer and you will find a Thai person waiting there to collect a fee in exchange for the parking space. (more…)

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Bophut Pier

 

In the charming seaside village of Bophut is this beautiful pier of wood.

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Takeaway from Cambridge Forum

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We all know about the Shanghai Food court and Chinatown in Northbridge but the smaller Cambridge Forum is what I call a little gem in the way of cheap TASTY Asian cuisine in Perth.

It is located on Cambridge Street next door to the Wembley Hotel. Parking is available and the food court is indoors with plenty of big tables. It is clean and I would say there is a good family environment here too. There is even an indoor playground viewable from the tables.  BYO wine and beer is welcome however no food or other drinks from ‘outside’.

We ordered takeaway dishes from Wembley Dim Sum, Malaysian Hawker and the Japanese stall. There are a few other stalls including Thai, Indian, Singaporean and Carvery (burgers, roast rolls and chips).

 

 

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Seaview Restaurant and Maenam beach

The Seaview Restaurant is located on the north side of Koh Samui, on the serene Maenam Beach.

We found this place whilst scootering around the island one day  - Turn off  Samui Ring Road
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Asian Monsoon

The Monsoonal weather was ever present during our holiday on Koh Samui and to be honest it was not a bad thing either.

Storm Clouds coming in over the hill

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Read your worries away!

One of the best things to do when holidaying on a tropical island aside from drinking cocktails, swimming and receiving massages is to read a good book. On the beach, by the pool or in the villa, all equally perfect settings to launch one into the literature nexus.

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Coral Cove Beach – Koh Samui

View from our Villa of Coral Cove beach

This private cove was at the bottom of the hill from where our villa sat, it was a beautiful clean beach and its dark green waters incredibly calm. It is surrounded by a number of holiday villas and because of its seclusion it was always too easy for us to scoot past completely missing the entrance every time!

The Little Tropical Bar

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Bophut in Koh Samui

Mini Malibu in Asia?

Behind these houses/restaurants is Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village

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Koh Samui

View from our accommodation – no photo adjustment at all!!!!

 

I have spent the past week holidaying on the small Thailand island of Koh Samui.

More photos and travel tales to come, i promise.

Arrival at our accommodation for the week

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Spring Espresso Again!

 

A quick Sunday morning coffee at Spring Espresso on Bagot Road in Subiaco. Spring is always busy in the mornings, it one a handful of places open for early morning coffee in Subiaco. It is a casual and relaxed place, it also does not come with the price tags and snobby stigma of some places in Subiaco. I thought I would try the Macaroons ($3.00) and opted for the peanut butter one and yum it was.

 

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Montenvers in Chamonix

 

Seeing the Mer de Glace at Montenvers was a pleasant relaxing change from all the skiing and spending time in the clouds. Mer de Glace is an eight mile glacier that swirls around the mountains in Chamonix and as our photos will tell you by visiting Montenvers you are very close to those big mountains that watch over the glacier. (more…)

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Harrods London – Omnia Omnibus Ubique!

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Harrods has been around for many years now and some people may remember this store as the store that sold a Lion named Christian.

Throughout the exclusive upmarket Harrods Store are giant teddy bears. We stopped inside for an expensive coffee and  to wander through. The store is filled with everything for the rich and famous folk in London and for the tourist that i was, i bought a few things in their souvenir room.

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Sake and Icecream

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Up in the mountains of Nikko at the Kegan waterfall was this lone place very far from the western world. No English anywhere but pictures to guide us. It was freezing out so I ordered a HOT sake and it came in a large glass, I walked out drunk. Aside from the sake there was ice cream, unique bakery cakes and many Japanese souvenirs. In Nikko there were some really nice souvenir stores, very unique stuff all locally made.

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Kegon Waterfall, Japan

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You cannot feel much colder that this!!!

This was in Nikko Japan at the Kegon Waterfall. The waterfall was freezing up and the wind was icey.

 

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