Earliest i 've left ever
Still predawn hours
1st rest stop , time to break out the shades.
on the hills near Ipoh
Hazy early morning view( or lack off)
Reached Gurun R&R quite early
Stopped here for a pic as the last time we passed it was raining quite a lot.
Another rest stop. We stopped frequently to rehydrate.
Quite near to Don Sak
My navigator trying to figure out the route on the GPS
Fail . so old school method employed : )
After 13 hours we reached the pier of Don Sak
bike parking onboard
not too bad ..
Leaving the Thai mainland
we timed it right so we managed to catch the last ferry
On reaching Koh Samui we left the port and rode around the island to the main beach of Chaweng where we managed to get a good hotel right on the beach
Nice room . Got dinner , walked around a bit then promptly crashed. long day.
The next morning we could appreciate our surroundings as we came in quite late the night before.
Breakfast right on the beach
Chaweng beach proper
Nice parking . Secure .
The main street of Chaweng right outside our hotel
Nice place. 2500Bhat per night
After breakfast we decided to explore the island.
1st stop was at the viewing point
Then we went to see the famous grandfather and grandmother rocks.
guess which is which
saw more rocks : )
Then we visited the mummified monk
From there it was to visit the Big Buddha
Temple guard here
Not too sure about this though ?
More temples at another complex
The 1st. They all are built on water
No 3. very cool
By then we were all templed out so time for some food.
Got back to the hotel and checked out the night life at Chaweng.
Not too bad : )
Caught the ferry back the next morning
Nice place to chill onboard
AC room is also provided
Leaving the ferry we proceded to Hat Yai
Somewhere past Phattalung
In the main street of Hat Yai
Found a decent hotel for only 600Bhat/night
View from my room
After a quick shower we went to see the sights
Hat yai's sleeping Buddha
Another temple in the complex
From there we visited the floating market where this caught our eye.
Closer...... fried grubs
? maggots .....yummy
The floating market proper.
After resting the night we were up early to find breakfast
Nice restaurant. Malaysian food avaliable and halal
After checking out we took a nice ride to the border and back home.
Overall we got to see Koh Samui and Hat Yai and the experiences along the way made the trip richer and more fulfilling.
A great ride.