Saturday, May 31, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
Let me share my experience...
The price is basically not much difference. I paid about 350 bahts from the train station in Surat Thani to Nathorn Pier in Koh Samui and another 150 bahts from the pier to the hotel doorstep via their van. All these were via the Lomprayah high speed catamaran company.
I.walked to the beach and saw the first orangey streaks of dawn in the sky.
I had decided to scrap Hua Hin and Cha Am off my list for this trip and instead choose to stay a night in Koh Samui.
At first I was looking at the Baan Smile Hostel. It was small and the bed was nice.. But at that point of time, it wasn't fancy and I did not want to sleep alone.
So I scrapped the idea and with the heavy backpack, walked down the road til I came to yet another place. This one was worse and I couldn't wait to get out of there. The dorm stank. Finally I decided to find Behind The Scene Hostel Club as it looked real sweet in the pictures. And it was... Only thing was when I asked some tour guide/helpers.. They did not really know where it was until I asked a pharmacist who gave clear directions.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
You just have to buy the card about 299 baht which is about RM30.
|me , in front of the hostel|
I did not want to use the toilet because it was stinking even to where I was sitting/lying down on my bunk when someone went to ease himself/herself.
So upon arrival in Surat Thani, I rushed to the toilet and then out to where the Lomprayah ferry people were collecting their passengers.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
I really must say Saphaipae surpass my expectations in terms of cleanliness and service. The team was wonderfully accommodating
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
My apologies but enjoy the beautiful views....
I boarded the bus. My travel buddy Khairul and I decided we wanted to save some money after finding Siem Reap kinda expensive. Everything is in USD!!! So to us Malaysians that is 3x and a little more of our money.
Monday, May 26, 2014
I will upload my handphone pictures of Angkor Wat now, first as WiFi here is simply amazing.. If I wait till I am back home, chances are it will take ages to upload...
Angkor Wat is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking rising 65 meters from ground level. Angkor Wat is the centerpiece of any visit to the temples of Angkor.
King Suryavarman II constructed Angkor Wat in the form of a massive 'temple-mountain' dedicated to the Hindu god, Vishnu. It served as his state temple, though the temple’s uncommon westward orientation has led some to say that it was built as Suryavarman II’s funerary temple.
Angkor Wat is surrounded by a moat and an exterior wall measuring 1300 meters x 1500 meters. The temple itself is 1 km square and consists of three levels surmounted by a central tower. There are about 2000 distinctive apsara carvings that decorate the walls throughout the temple and represent some of the finest examples of apsara carvings in Angkorian-era art.
The small lake on the left side in front of Angkor Wat is the most popular (and crowded) sunrise location. The sun rises behind Angkor Wat providing a silhouette of the temple’s distinctively shaped towers against a colored sky. Some of the best colors appear just before the sun breaks over the horizon. Look at my pictures...
The visual impact of Angkor Wat, particularly on one's first visit, is awesome.I was truly overwhelmed by it's breathtaking splendour when I got my first my first view of it.
Not to visit Angkor Wat if you happen to be in Cambodia would truly be a crying shame.
Woke up about 4am. Got ready and went downstairs and to my surprise Safy was already there.
He then sent me to Angkor Wat just in time for me to appreciate the views of the majestic Angkor Wat bathed in lights of dawn...it was truly a breathtaking experience. I manage to take a picture myself of the gorgeous Angkor Wat at dawn and with reflection too!!! That was quite an achievement.. He he he one cross off the bucket list... Then a trip to Angkor Thom aka the Bayon.. And poses with one of the many faces of the " Buddha" or "deity" or the late king... Another cross off the bucket list..yeee haa!! After the Bayon, I walked pass the Terrace of the Elephants.. And Safy sent me to Preach Khan temple.... More walking.. And even lost my way... Coming out of the wrong side of the temple and panicking not seeing my driver around..then had to retrace my steps back again...then Safy sent me to Ta Prohm and lastly Banteay Kdei... By the time I reached Banteay Kdei.. My legs were like jelly and I was going through it halfheartedly... Though it was also very breathtaking..
This particular morning alone I took almost 400 photographs!!! Mostly on DSLR.. The ones here are via my mobile phone.. So follow me on my Facebook page.. I will upload all those pictures there for you to enjoy, if you like..
After that I was too exhausted and hungry. Safy, my driver took me ton the Muslim food kitchen for a meal. There was WiFi there so I logged on as I was suppose to meet a fellow backpacker .
Surprise, surprise.. He was just at the other restaurant opposite mine, so when I finished my lunch I caught up with him and we went to buy our bus tickets for tomorrow.
After buying our tickets, we split up and I went back to the hotel to rest.
Safy picked me up at 4pm as agreed upon and sent me to the old market area where I got some souvenirs. Then he brought me to the old site of the killing fields, now turned into a monastery for young monks. There were lots of skulls and bones of unidentified people killed there and found all in a huge glass case.
It was kinda sad.
Then I went to the National Museum but only loitered outside as it was also late and the museum was closing.. And Safy showed me the gardens near the royal palace of Cambodia's King.
After that, he sent me back to mad monkey but I went exploring and found the Khmer Chef restaurant and decided to eat there.
Then I got back to the hostel room and started packing..and now it's time to call it a day....night ya'all.. Thanks for visiting my blog and reading.. Leave a comment or two if you like... And like my Facebook page please..
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I chose the hostel because it looked good and it had a cute name.. And it was affordable. For a bed in a dorm of 12, you only pay USD8 per night and you also get a free welcome beer ( or drink ) at the roof top bar Top Banana..
I popped up there and was simply amazed. The people here has manage to turn a rooftop area into a beach!!! With cool paintings and a nice bar etc.. And also a hammock, cushions etc.. It really is cosy and oh my goodness.. Real beach sand..lots of ot you can literally sink your feet in and imagine yourself in some nice beach somewhere
And oh.. It has a most inviting pool downstairs though..
The bed is basic but clean. Maybe a tad messy since up to 12 people are sharing the same area but well, my room mates were from England, US, Holland etc.. And they were a good looking bunch and pretty friendly as well.
Overall, the place is simple, basic and lots of fun and the location is awesome. You can walk to the night market and old market of you like by yourself. There are pharmacies, restaurants, almost everything you want all within walking distance.
And there are tuk tuk drivers on standby. But the hostel can also arrange tours and so on for you if you like.
As a first time "backpacker" I did enjoy my two nights there.
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