Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Koh Samui Retreat Day 2 : the Adventure Junkie Quest

title poyo as usual. muahahahha. xD

 anyway, today is Day 2. The sky is bright & sunny, just perfect enough to do outdoor activities, Alhamdulillah. we didn't have any plan yet for today. The initial idea is to leisure drive around the island. might make a few stops to Samui's attraction places.. and the most important thing is: go to the most beautiful beach and swim in the ocean.

Ahhhhh.. berangan itu sesungguhnya amat la indah ;p


 First thing first, let's go for a breakfast. need to fill the empty stomach yo!


macam biasa, nak pergi mana-mana kena bukak map dulu.


we found this on our way to berjalan-jalan.
Muslim Halal Tips : 
remember to always CHECK for the HALAL SIGNAGE => 
bulan bintang warna hijau & halal in jawi.
tulisannya kecik sangat, jadi sila buka mata besar-besar yer.



mine was the one with Nasi Putih & Ikan Goreng.
simple je.
since dari zaman study (sebab dulu selalu pergi camping), dah biasa train perut supaya jangan mengada-ngada bila travel.
makan ikut keperluan.



macam biasa, air teh o yang sangattttt manis!
dah tuang banyak air suam pun manis jugak lagi.
tak habis, so tapau.
yang best tu, bila tapau dia letak dalam cawan plastik macam ni :)

this restaurant is located near Nathon Pier.
from Nathon Pier, turn right.
this restaurant is on the left side of the road




First stop: Namuang 2 Waterfall.


ahli mesyuarat sedang berbincang nak buat aktiviti apa harini.
there are lots of activities you can do in here, but bear in mind, the price is quite expensive.
we, as usual.. try to bargain.
and finally, 3 of us got a very good deal.

Kak Chik, En. Kaki Bola & Cik German booked 4 in 1 activities.
(Fox Riding, Elephant Ride, ATV & 4x4 ride to Namuang Waterfall)

me, on the other hand, kinda rugi sket. but the price are still cheaper from the standard price tho.
(Fox Riding, Elephant Ride, 4x4 ride to Namuang Waterfall =THB1200)

Mzl took only two.
(Elephant Ride & 4x4 ride to Namuang Waterfall)





to the Sky Fox we go!
 (Cable Ride/ Flying Fox/Fox Ride/same je sumer)

guide ajar the correct & safe way to cable riding.

yeaaay!
after so many years, we get to try this again! wheeee!
^___^

the ATV.
saye yang pentakot dah tentulah tak try. buat kat area elephant ride kot.
kang tak pepasal kena lenyek dengan gajah.
 huhuhu~


the Elephant Ride.
serious rasa sangat kesian dengan gajah2 ni semua.
tapi naik je la..
but i didn't step onto the elephant.
tah ler, rasa kesian pulak bila letak kaki atas gajah, so saye biar je kaki terjulur gitu.

like this pic. hehe.
Cik German & En. Kaki Bola


fuh..Mzl bawak gajah ni sensorang okayyy.
the first time i saw him, i was so shocked!
gila berani pakcik nih. ish3.

the 4x4 ride.
off we go to the waterfall yo!





the journey to the waterfall wasn't as easy as i thought it'd be.
it was quite tiring (or maybe kitorang yang tak fit sebab banyak sangat lemak. hahaha)
and the dogs that were there didn't do any good either.
we hafto be careful not only during the hike, but also so that we didn't touch the dogs
huhuhu.
leceh tul Koh Samui ni.
anjing bersepah-sepah, merata-rata.
stress sungguh bila kat waterfall pun ada hanjing. gahh!


Namuang 2 waterfall


muka sedih bila found out waterfall nih tak la best mana pun.
small waterfall with small ponds.
we couldn't get  a proper place for ourselves.
kat sini pun kira okay la kot.. :(

around 3.30-ish pm, we came out from Namuang Waterfall.
yeah, can you believed it? we spend half of the day only in Namuang!!
what a waste of time.. :(

i mean,
the place was okay..
i never ride an elephant before.. and i get to flying fox again..
so i guess time not totally wasted.

anyway,
next stop:
the Muslim Village!
^__^






ada sekolah agama kat dalam area masjid ni.


yahuuu jumpa Muslim Village!
one word: 
FOOODDDDD!!!!
ye la, baru lepas mandi manda, mesti la lapar kannn.

btw, some of the villagers can speak fluent Malay.
tapi style cakap macam Siam-Kelantan gitu.
dorang banyak bukak rumah kedai.
so sambil jalan-jalan tu, boleh la singgah2 beli sate ayam ke.. lauk-pauk ke..
ada satu 'kuih' tu best. it looks like burger, tapi made of fish.
kira..Burger Ikan la kot?but minus the roti la..
just the fish fillet je.
sedap. rasa manis manis gitu.



ok. dah habis jalan-jalan kat sini,
off we continue to go back at Chaweng Beach.
dorang nak beli souvenir..tapi my personal mission was to go to Chaweng Beach.
nak jalan-jalan tepi laut la konon :)

on our way to Chaweng, i saw Lamai Beach..
so i asked Mzl to at least drove beside the Lamai Beach kalau tak nak turun pun.
(sorry takde gambar. lupa nak amek. huhu)



sekali ternampak market ni masa keluar dari Lamai,
so we made a stop here.
lagipun, some of us need to change money la pulak.
*alasan ;p*

Lamai Street
credit photo: Mzl

credit photo: Mzl



on our way to the resort,
we made a stop in Tesco.
need to buy bread & jam for tomorrow's island hopping.


gila stress cari roti halal.
hahaha.




Andddd .... 





 the winner of photo of the day :




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sape nak beli?
kuangkuangkuang


by the way,
malam tu kitorang dinner beside the swimming pool, makan nasi bungkus yang beli kat Muslim Village.
lepas dinner, kitorang swimming.
hahahaha.
tahapehapeentah.

actually, it's more for Cik German.
buat water confident untuk dia.
maklum la, esok tu kan nak mandi laut, so tamau dia gelabah dalam air.
rugi kalau takut dalam air, nanti takde gambar best ;p


*to be continued*

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Koh Samui Retreat Day 1 : From KL to Surat Thani

Flight AK1808.
took off at approx. 1035hours.
we reached Surat Thani after 1 and 1/2 hours later.

this was at Surat Thani airport.
bought RETURN bus+ferry ticket with Phantip Tour outside the airport. cost us only 700THB!
it's cheap compared to buy the tickets online through several other agents.
i think we got ourselves a very good deal here :)

by the way, we are going to Donsak Pier from the airport.
from Donsak, we're going to Nathon Pier (Koh Samui) by ferry.

inside the double decker bus.
comfortable enough for us.

bawak duit beribu-ribu #LikeABoss. lol.

finally arrived at Donsak Pier after 1 and half hour journey.
from here, there's another 1 and 1/2 hour ferry ride to Nathon Pier.
(err.. i think there's a lot of 1 and 1/2 journey for today. hmm.)

Seatran Ferry. it sorta looks like Feri Pulau Pinang, but bigger.
there's 2 floor for vehicles!
only a floor for passenger.

siap ada foot massage.
tapi quite mahal la.. 300 baht. kat island lagi murah.
by the way, passengers are not allowed to bring pets inside the ferry.
BUT there's still some unconsidered people brought their pets inside the ferry :(


ramai gilaaaaa!
we couldn't get any seat!
grrrr.
and it's so hot inside the ferry too.
so we tried to look elsewhere to sit.


plenty of seat outside (upper deck), but without any roof.
:(

phew. finally.
but we had to take turns to sit here.
so kesian kan, kat kitorang.
dah ler panas.
*sigh*
haiish.. ni baru panas dunia.... #ehtetiba. hehe.

Encik Kaki Bola. Me. and Cik German.
ni masa dah nak sampai. sebab tu ceria je. hihi~

reaching Nathon Pier.

nope. we didn't take this TukTuk.
wasn't sure where it'll drop us,
so we found some other TukTuk to take us to our resort.
cost us 300THB from Nathon Pier to Samui Heritage Resort in Bophut.
and FYI, the price is AFTER bargaining.
otherwise, it'd be more expensive. (can't remember the exact price the driver quoted us. but one thing for sure, remember to ALWAYS bargain the price whenever you're in Koh Samui. kalau tak, memang cekik darah. huhu)

Reached SHR 20 minutes later, if i'm not mistaken.
after setelkan pasal bilik, kitorang solat & rest kejap.
petang dalam pukul 5 camtu kitorang pun keluar jalan-jalan cari makan.

at this point of time, we have no idea where to go..
just follow our heart (and hungry stomach. haha), walking along the road without any map.
i knowww, right? what were we thinking?
i don't know. too hungry to think i guess. hehe.
by the way, there's a 7'Eleven just beside our resort.
we saw a two Jubah & Kopiah-wearing man earlier outside 7'Eleven, so we asked them where to find Halal food.
but the 2 guys didn't understand us. :(
One of them said something that sound like "Lam", so we thought later we'll find a map & rent a car to find that place.


found this just after 5-10 minutes walk from our resort.
i remember reading somewhere on the net about this Fisherman Village, so i made a suggestion to them to go here.
i heard that it's good for shopping & eating. so, off we gooooo~!







most of the restaurants & bars in here are for fine dining.
i loveeeee the interior decoration of each restaurants!
it reminds me of Bali, Indonesia. (but Bali is wayyyy better of course!)
sassy. and romantic. and EXPENSIVE.
huhuhu
T___T

Dinner by the beach...
while watching the sunset...
romantic setting..
Ahhhhh..


sadly for us,
since it's so difficult for us to find halal food, this is the closest we could find for our 'romantic dinner':-

the Halal Banana Pancake!
LOL.
saw this 'Lovely Halal Pancake Stall' while strolling along the street.
a Mat Salleh couple told us that this is 'the best pancake in Koh Samui we've ever tasted'.
and guess what..?

I couldn't agree more!

in Malaysia, we call this as 'Roti Pisang'.
hahahaha.
you can find this in any Mamak's Restaurant ;p

but the one in our Mamak's restaurant, is not as delicious as this:


we don't have this in Malaysia.
this was mine : Banana Strawberry Chocolate Pancake.
Scrumptious!
^___^
(but wait till you try Banana Caramel Chocolate Pancake - it's to-die-for! really. so yummy. sedap gila! i can still taste the caramel until now! huwaaa, now i'm craving for Banana Caramel Pancake! tskk.)


dah kenyang, sambung jalan-jalan cuci mata sambil cari kereta sewa.

almost dark. had to find extra lighting to take En. Kaki Bola's picture. haha.



i hope i won't be forever alone :(
ini takde kaitan dengan Liverpool's You'll Never Walk Alone, yek. ;)

finally!
got ourselves a rental car.
it was a Toyota Vios.
cost us 1200THB per day.

akhirnyaa..!
found this Halal Malay Restaurant in Ban Plai Laem village.
(yerp. this village was what the Jubah-Guy told us earlier. hihi)
it's located in front of a Mini Mart. (ala.. tak ingat pulak apa nama mini mart tu. Tesco kot?)


the food looks so delicious.
too bad, it's not my taste.
the lauk pauk were too sweet.
the Kelantanese might love this, i think.
saye suka pedas-pedas. saye tak suka manis-manis.
but the Sambal Belacan, oh my!!!
Sambal Belacan BEST IN THE WORLD!
seriously.
two thumbs up!
pedas gila. sedap gila.
memang terbaik!


discussing where to go while waiting for our dinner.
btw, this map helps us a lot.
sangat detail.
segala resort, clinic, shops, etc semua ada dalam map ni.
and it's FREE!
we got it from the car-rental shop.

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we went to Chaweng Beach right after dinner.
saje jalan-jalan :)

mannequin..?


at Chaweng Street Plaza.
tak best pun.

takde keje main tembak2 patung ;p

ok.ok.
i know i am kaki jalan.
i understand you guys are tired.
let's go home.


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*updated*
(what had happened to us when we reached the resort)