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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Koh Samui, Thailand - our last stop in Southeast Asia

Koh Samui is Thailand’s largest island in the Gulf of Thailand. We decided to end our trip here. It was the high season for the island, but it really did not feel overly crowded. The island is pretty laid back with lots to see and do. It was the perfect place to wrap up our trip. We stayed at a boutique hotel in Lamai called Asian Secret Resort. What a gem!  

Amazing views everywhere...

The view from the Jungle Club—very easy to sit back and enjoy a cocktail or two. The car ride up a steep hill to get there was pretty challenging!

The view from the Gecko Bar was equally enjoyable with great views, a wonderful infinity pool and fun music. We may have had a cocktail or two here as well.

Having fun with our camera at the Gecko Bar—the reflection on glass top table almost looks like an infinity pool. Yes, we were pretty relaxed.

A great view of Crystal Bay - the prettiest beach on the island!

Went paddle boarding and had a blast. Laura is a NATURAL!  I'm living proof that a high center of gravity and poor balance give you lots of opportunity to get back on your board. Laura fell once!

We did a jet ski tour, three hours long and seven islands. We were surprised we were the only two people on the tour until we got going. After a wave hit Bob and knocked him off the jet ski, we realized it was a little rough. We estimated 3-5 foot swells while going through white caps.  What a day! The guides were funny. They used the old “don't be whimps” technique by telling us the ocean was rougher the day before. It worked.

Beautiful kayaking at the Ang Thong National Marine Park. Yeah, it was touristy and crowded but still fun.

At the Sunday night market in Lamai beach, there was a local girls school band playing. They were amazing.

Great looking BBQ ribs for sale too!

We regularly saw signs like this in Thailand and Cambodia. 

No disagreement here!

Lots of truth in this. Pretty funny but debatable. 

Laura commented, “The way they make those leather jackets look just like skin is amazing.”  We never saw a Thai doing this, only visitors. Obviously joking but the reality is motor scooter accidents are the #1 source of injuries and deaths on the island. It was common to see tourists bandaged and on crutches. We thought this fell in the bad decision category. We stayed away from scooters and walked or took island taxis. 

This was our home-away-from-home for 11 days at Koh Samui, the Asian Secret Resort. It was a lovely boutique hotel with 10 bungalows and wonderful owners, now friends.

Paco (pictured) and Juan were owners, both were from the south of Spain and built the resort. We had a great time with them—they were the best part of the resort!

The lifeguard that overlooked the pool at the Asian Secret Resort.

❤️ All the places we visited on our trip. Loved it, what an experience!

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