Travel Diary: Day #11 – Koh Samui, Thailand – Circling the Ring Road & Our Crazy Jungle Trek

I have been spending so much time in Thailand’s third biggest island that it feels like home for some odd reason. It is located about 700 kms south of Bangkok on the western coastline in the Gulf of Thailand.

Koh Samui measures just 25 kms from north to south and 21kms from east to west. This tiny island has a total area of 247 square kms. The road that we use to get around the island is called the ring road which is only around 51 kms. If you are on the ring road you will be connected to  all the main beaches in Koh Samui.


The middle parts of Koh Samui consist jungles and mountainous areas and the highest peak is around 635 m above sea level. Plain roads leading into these mountains are usually accessed by 4×4 cars like the one we used, we used the fortuner to get around. The car is perfect for these roads. We went deep into these jungles and trekked to a place where the waterfall is.


We saw the waterfall but wanted to go deeper when we saw a really fat dead snake and some snake skin. We cut our trek short and returned. There was not a soul in sight. It was drizzling and the whole jungle was quiet and looked pristine, washed and very green. The sound of the waterfall and the slight vision was enchanting.

We walked back to the car and stopped at a small restaurant called “Grandma’s Restaurant”.


This grandma was a very warm lady and she made us some coffee and gave us some really fresh coconut water. She had a pregnant dog that kept following us. The restaurant owner was very chatty and told us that a lot of Indian’s visited her at Koh Samui. She also said that she really wants to visit India.


After our jungle adventure we went to Intercontinental at Taling Ngam Beach which has the best and the most panoramic view of the sea. When we walked into the lobby the view took our breath away. The Air Bar opens at 5 but the beach restaurant Flames is open during the day. We ate a lot of fresh sea food and witnessed a Thai wedding planner doing a photoshoot for a Japanese newly wed.

W or Woobar has an entry fee of ฿ 600 before 6:30 pm because a lot of people visit the bar to view the sunset. The breeze is amazing and the view is almost as good as Intercontinental’s. We came back to the villa in the evening and had a home cooked Thai meal. We had Thai Grilled Fish, Massaman curry, local Thai sweets, etc. Local Thai sweets taste really weird. I tried all of them but only liked a few. I liked the Tong Yip or the Flower Egg Yolk Tart which is made from egg yolks, sugar, and flour water boiled in sugar syrup and formed into flower like shapes.


Tong Yip, Tong Yord and Foi Tong make up a popular trinity of Thai desserts and are possibly the only ones I can eat and like. Tong Yord  is the Round Egg Yolk Tart made with egg yolks, sugar, and flour water. All ingredients are boiled in sugar syrup and formed into round balls to create this sweet.


All kinds of pancakes and banana rotees are also available on the streets and taste amazing with a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

After dinner we went to the Bophut Fisherman’s village which has a very lively Monday and Friday market. They sell clothes, handbags, Thai trinkets, food, etc. It wraps by by 11:30ish. We did go to Chaweng beach for a late night Thai massage because our bodies were sore from the mountain trek. The massage was pretty blah. I missed the amazing massage I had at Jari Menari, Nusa Dua, Bali.


D’s Spa & Aromathai Massage at Chaweng Choengmon Road in Chaweng is horrendous. It is the worst massage I’ve ever had. They just couldn’t remove any muscle knots even when I asked them to. They just wouldn’t apply any pressure and chatted and laughed during the massage. The most disinterested lot I’ve ever seen. The receptionist was just as terrible.  The lied to us to lure us in and when we paid them they said it wouldn’t be possible for them to massage us for the time they promised. It was just a very uncomfortable experience.


We came back home drank some chocolate milk by the pool and went to bed.

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