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January 1st, 2010

Geckos Beachcomber DAY 4 - Koh Samui


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Geckos Beachcomber DAY 4 - Koh Samui

Days 3-4: Koh Samui
Our train arrives in the early morning and we transfer by bus to the ferry terminal (approximately 2 hours) for the two-hour ferry trip to the beautiful island of Koh Samui. In the afternoon we take a trip around the island in a songthaew, visiting the 15-metre tall Big Buddha. There’s time to take a dip in the cool tropical waterfalls of Na Muang and also to drop in to see the Mummified Monk. After this we head back to our secluded fan-cooled accommodation, situated in the north of the island. The rest of your time on Koh Samui is free to choose amongst a multitude of activities. Swim, laze in the sun, ride an elephant, dive or snorkel, take a optional day tour to the breath taking Ang Thong National Marine Park - the decisions are yours. In the evenings you can relax, dine on the beach at the water’s edge and soak up the pleasant tropical atmosphere.

NEW YEARS DAY!

Sleeping late and having a delicious breakfast i headed to the beach - all day! I only moved for my massage - on the beach - and later that night for dinner otherwise it was beach, beach, beach! $4 cocktails, sun and sand - great way to start the new year!

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December 31st, 2009

Geckos Beachcomber DAY 3 - Surat Thani - Koh Samui


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Geckos Beachcomber DAY 3 - Surat Thani - Koh Samui

Days 3-4: Koh Samui
Our train arrives in the early morning and we transfer by bus to the ferry terminal (approximately 2 hours) for the two-hour ferry trip to the beautiful island of Koh Samui. In the afternoon we take a trip around the island in a songthaew, visiting the 15-metre tall Big Buddha. There’s time to take a dip in the cool tropical waterfalls of Na Muang and also to drop in to see the Mummified Monk. After this we head back to our secluded fan-cooled accommodation, situated in the north of the island. The rest of your time on Koh Samui is free to choose amongst a multitude of activities. Swim, laze in the sun, ride an elephant, dive or snorkel, take a optional day tour to the breath taking Ang Thong National Marine Park - the decisions are yours. In the evenings you can relax, dine on the beach at the water’s edge and soak up the pleasant tropical atmosphere.

After finally getting off the train we had breakfast at a local cafe before we waited for over an hour for the next train to arrive so we could start our bus journey. Hoping to have a bus seat to myself i got stuck with an ashtray of a man and had a horrid trip to the ferry. Boarding the ferry and making the trip to Koh Samuii everyone was really excited. I once again got laughed at for being so white by the thai people - who love white skins so i guess i should be pleased - and we finally landed on the island. We got onto a mini bus and travelled the lenght of the island to get to our beach bungalows where everyone was so happy. 5 minutes later we were all in the water - deliriously happy! The water is a great temperature and you can honestly stay in it for hours.

After our swim we had lunch and then went and saw some of the highlights of Koh Samuii - the big Buddah, the lookout, the Grandma and grandpa rock (basically male and femal genitals) and a momified monk. We were originally going to go to the full moon party but it was such an effort to go and we were pretty tired and our accommodation was having a party so we decided to stay at the hotel, have a group dinner and then cocktails on the beach with fireworks and lanterns. It was so beautiful! Great way to end the year!

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December 30th, 2009

Geckos Beachcomber DAY 2 - Bangkok - Overnight Train to Surat Thani


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Geckos Beachcomber Day 2 - Bangkok

Day 2: Bangkok
In the morning, we introduce you to some of Bangkok’s most famous sights, including the impressive Grand Palace and the adjoining Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). We also visit Wat Po – the temple of the famous Reclining Buddha. From near our hotel we jump on board a local khlong (canal) boat, before catching a public bus to these sites. This is a great way to sample a couple of the more popular forms of local transport. You have a free afternoon to make your own discoveries, do some shopping in the many excellent shops and markets for which Bangkok is renowned. In the evening we catch the overnight train to Surat Thani, in the south of Thailand.

Meals included: 1 breakfast

After breakfast and checkout we all headed out to see the sights of Bangkok. We caught a water taxi (scary experience) and then a local bus before we walked to the Royal Palace and the Emerald Buddah. We then couldnt get a bus so we walked to the reclining buddah. We then caught the monorail again and a group of us went to MBK for lunch (sizzler again - craving the salad!) and then walked back to the hotel to shower and change before we headed to the train station. We caught mini buses to the train station and then waited at the train station for ages for the train to arrive. We finally boarded the train and it was the scariest train ever - the look on everyones faces was classic - shock, fear, humor. We settled in for the train ride - cracked a few drinks and let the good times roll - well in to the night. i made an awsome little thai friend Koy who i spent most of the night talking to her and her family who spoke excellent english. They gave me heaps of little presents and we had a great time - it was well after midnight before i got to bed but so worth it!

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December 29th, 2009

Geckos Beachcomber DAY 1 - Bangkok


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Geckos Beachcomber Tour - Day 1

Day 1: Bangkok
Your trip starts today with your arrival in Bangkok. No activities are planned until your evening group meeting, so you may arrive at any time. Please check the noticeboard in the hotel lobby, located on the ground floor, for a notice containing details of your tour. This will advise you of your tour leader’s name, telephone number and the time and location of your group meeting. Normally this meeting takes place around 6pm. Until your meeting we encourage you to get out and discover the delights that Bangkok has to offer, including Thailand’s famous cuisine. Make sure that you take a hotel business card so that you will be able to find your way back to the hotel. Please note that your tour leader will collect the local payment during your group meeting, so be sure to take your money along together with your travel insurance details.

This morning we had to check out of our hotel after breakfast. We all had laundry to do so we spent a good part of the morning trying to sort out how to achieve this - bangkok is not the place for laundromats so it is laundry services but we needed our clothes back asap so we had some trouble. We finally found somewhere to go the clothes but we couldnt collect them until 8pm that night. We went and had some lunch, and then Jesse went for his suit fitting while the rest of us went back to the hotel. We then caught a taxi to our new hotel where the tour started from. Our meeting wasnt until 6pm so we all had naps and then meet the rest of our tour group that night. Rob, Zoie and I all went to dinner with the group while John and Jesse collected the laundry. Dinner with the group was really great and John and Jesse joined us just as were were getting ready to go. We went back to the hotel early cause we were all so tired - not sure why but it was a great idea at the time!

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December 28th, 2009

Bangkok


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Bangkok

We slept in late this morning and Zoie and Jesse headed back to MBK to change the sizes on a few things. Rob, John and I did some quality rest and relaxation until after lunch when we went walking around Chinatown. Chinatown was so interesting - all kinds of stuff available and safety is no issue - they roll out wire on the footpath and cut it right there as your walking through it, over it everything. The stores are so small and the stuff spills out onto the street. People weld with bike helments on - so strange! After our walk, once again we took advantage of the pool and then headed into anther area of Bangkok to go for dinner at Sizzler. We went to the Patpong Night Markets and then had a few drinks at an irish bar for good luck. All in all, yet another tough day at the office! LOL.

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