The cruise ship made the last stop
of the itinerary at Ko Samui, the second largest island of Thailand.
This time, we decided to explore the surrounding area by ourselves. The
local town was just a short walking distance from the port.
The town near the port was mainly a tourist town but we could still find
some good mom and pop street food restaurants. We walked by a local
restaurant and smelled the Vietnamese Pho there. We decided to give it a
try. It turned out there was no pho, only authentic Thai noodle. I
ordered a classic Tung Yum Kong Thai noodle soup and it was delicious.
We also tried Thai street food desserts fried banana to release
stressed. Well, not really. If we pay attention to the words DESSERTS
and STRESSED, we will notice desserts spells backward is stressed. Quite
interesting, isn't it? We also stopped by a local market to look at the
seafood sold there. It wasn't that impressive. However, the tropical
fruits looked okay. They had good service here in Ko Samui. The vendors
were more than happy to cut the fruit and made it ready to eat upon
We also saw several money exchange stands on the street but if we were
not in a hurry, we'd have gotten a better deal in a commercial bank not
too far away.
Before the trip, we were told Thai massage is a must. We didn't have
time to try it in Bangkok and Patayya. We definitely had plenty of time
to do it here in Ko Samui. We found a massage shop in town. Foot massage
was only 200 baht, which is less than $7 USD, per hour. That was a
fantastic deal! We were so happy with the service that we gave a very
good tip to the servers. They richly deserve every penny of the tip.
When we got back to the cruise ship, we chatted with others who hired a
taxi to go around the islands. They showed us the photos and we felt in
love with Ko Samui scenery. We will try around the island tour the next
time we visit Ko Samui.
Khai Minh, UCLA and Investools
Los Angeles, 15 Jul 2019