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I am married to my loving husband for more than 38 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 11 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

My Travel Journal

"There isn't much I haven't shared with you along the road and through it all there'd always be tomorrow's episode" - Elton John

I started traveling around the world since early 80s when I had the opportunity to combine business trips with vacations. Then later when my rezeki is in abundance, there were numerous other trips along the way for vacations, most of the time with hubby and the kids when the timing is right. I have also started to compile the journal and photo-pages covering almost more than 25 years of world wide travel. Some destinations I visited just once, others many times. Many of those places are the obvious famous places people would like to visit but some, the casual traveler doesn't even think to try. I have placed links to my travel at the side bar of my personal page, My Life Reflections, and will be updating them from time to time.

My wish is to continue my travel and complete circumnavigate the globe, insyaAllah…

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Koh Samui, Thailand - 2012

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Bless not only the roads but the bumps, they are all part of the journey...

(Waiting for the ferry to Koh Samui...)

3 February 2012 - Friday

The bikers gang, consisting of 10 bikes, gathered at R&R Sg Buluh and started our ride towards north at 6.30 am with a few pit stops for refueling. At Seberang Prai we had to make a detour to Mega Fortune workshop to patch a punctured tyre. We spent almost 1 1/2 hours there and finally reached Changloon at 1.30 pm. After refueling and settling border checks at Bkt Kayu Hitam Immigration, we went for a late lunch at one muslim restaurant in Danok, a town just after the Thai/Malaysia border.

(Motobikes waiting in line...)
Danok is a small cowboy town with only a few streets which are packed with massage parlors and karaoke bars. Many are attached to the plentiful number of budget hotels. Beside its seedy night-life, Danok is also a food and shopping haven for tourists.

From Danok we rode to the beautiful Samila Beach in Songkhla for a short rest and had a taste of the famous coconut ice-cream. Later, some of us got a chance to have photo shots with the famous golden mermaid statue by the beach.

(Golden mermaid statue @ Samila Beach)
Samila Beach is the most popular beach along the coast of Songkhla. Similar to Copenhagen, Samila Beach is characterized by a Golden Mermaid Statue with the view of islets of Koh Noo and Koh Maew in the background. According to Thai folklore, in the old days a mermaid appeared and sat on the rocky beach and combed her hair with a golden comb.

(Paddy field with windmills in the background...)
From Samila Beach we took the barge across Songkhla Lake (B20/bike). The barge could ferry about 15 cars, plus assorted motorcycles and pedestrians. We rode direct to Nakhon Si Thammarat and reached town only to realize that the hotel was over-booked and the group had to be split. We managed to get a few more rooms from another nearby hotel at a rate of B340/night. And once everyone settled down, we went to have a very late roti telor dinner at one of the night stalls.

4 February 2012 - Saturday

Nakhon Si Thammarat is one of the most ancient cities of Thailand and was once surrounded by the city wall. The wall spread from East to West, and North to South, enclosing an area of about one square kilometre. There were many gates and the gates to the east connected the town with the sea. Today only the northern gate still exists, together with a short stretch of the northern city wall.

(The ancient city wall...)
The gang checked out of the hotel at 10 am and went for the famous pulut ayam breakfast at a muslim restaurant somewhere near Mesjid Sallahuddin. After refueling, we rode towards Surat Thani and reached Seatran Ferry Pier in time to board the 1 pm ferry to Koh Samui (B250/rider and bike, B150/passenger). It took almost 1 1/2 hrs to reach the island.

(On the ferry to Koh Samui...)
Once we reached Koh Samui, while some of us went to look for accommodations, the rest went straight to a muslim restaurant and had delicious nasi goreng for lunch. After checking-in Mercure Hotel at Chaweng beach (B1800/night) we managed to have a much needed nap before we walked to a nearby Indian restaurant for a tandoori dinner. Later, we split ways when some of us wanted to indulge in an hour of soothing foot massage (B30/hour). Some went shopping at the street markets and the rest just lazed around listening to live music.

5 February 2012 - Sunday

(Koh Samui Ferry terminal...)
Koh Samui is an island off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus, close to the mainland Surat Thani town. It is Thailand's third largest island after Ko Chang and Phuket. It is rich with natural resources, white sandy coconut tree fringed beaches, coral reefs, tropical jungles and famous for its vibrant nightlife. It is surrounded by about sixty other islands,

(Fishermen's boats along the prestine beach...)
To allow our bikes a good rest, we agreed to rent a scooter each to ride around the island and visit popular tourist attractions. We started our ride early morning and stopped at a few attractions and waterfalls.

(Beautiful view from Chaweng beach...)
On the way back, we stopped to have an hour of thrilling ATV ride (B500 per person) and later went for a dip in the hotel swimming pool.

(Bumpy ATV ride...)
 Dinner was a sumptuous spread of seafood dishes at Malayu Seafood Restaurant, situated quite a distance away from Chaweng beach. We had another round of foot reflexology (Baht30) before retiring for a good night sleep.
(Spending 2 nights @ Mercure Hotel...)
6 February 2012 - Monday

(Group photo @ Mercure Hotel...)
We checked out at 8 am, had nasi lauk breakfast then headed to the Jetty to board the 11 am ferry. We rode direct to Hatyai through the Songkhla route and checked in Grand Plaza Hotel at 6.30 pm. Dinner was nasi goreng at Hamid restaurant then after went for a 2 hour relaxing body massage at the hotel spa to relieve tired muscles. Late at night, we went shopping for t-shirts and had teh tarik at one of the night stalls.

(Last minute shopping..)
7 February 2012 - Tuesday

We had corn pie and coffee at McD for breakfast. The gang checked out at 10 am and rode direct to Danok for border clearance. After refueling we had lunch at Joe Cendol pulut restaurant before everyone rode off free and easy home.

There was quite a heavy traffic along the North-South highway but the ride was quite smooth. We reached home just before dusk, tired but happy.


Route taken: KL – Danok – Nakhon Si Thammarat – Koh Samui – Hatyai – KL
Total mileage: 1,800 km
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