Day 6: While Lena and Mr. P slept the morning away, I wandered out to the street and walked the entirety of Chaweng with my latte. Unfortunately for me, Koh Samui is a party place and no where opened until 10am. I retreated to the pool with book and soduko in hand where I met a friendly man from Kuait who shared with me how grateful his country is for the US and their support back in 1990. Always good to hear nice things about the motherland!
We spent the day out at the pool after an amazing breakfast at the Ark Bar (hotel bar/restaurant on the beach). Before my sunburn could fully set in, I did enjoy a 60 minute beach-front massage for 200 baht (the equivalent of $6.51 USD).
After freshening up, we took a cab to Fisherman’s Village where I proceeded to feel ill effects of either 1) breakfast/juice with ice and/or 2) too much sun. Either way…miserable. We ran into some pretty phenomenal Aussies with whom and for whatever reason, I shared my upset stomach with. Having been in my shoes, one quickly suggested a prescription I needed to pick-up (drugs are OTC in Thailand, but administered by a chemist/pharmacist). With a pharmacy 2 doors down, he went with me to the drug store and proceeded to not only help himself to behind the pharmacy counter, but to tell the chemist/pharmacist how many of said drug I needed. Hilarious. And I am forever grateful for ever mentioning my GI upset to a complete stranger.
Day 7: Feeling better. We took a day trip that lead us from open-air Jeep and boat to snorkeling and kayaking. The Jeep ride took us from one end of the island of Chewang to the clear opposite side where we got onto a speed/fishing boat with several Australians and Germans. After a 30-minute boat ride, we arrived at corral where we hopped in and started exploring the fish of the sea. And here I deeply regretting not purchasing an underwater camera.
From snorkeling, we boated to a small, uninhabited island where we piled into 2 person kayaks. Somehow, I ended up in a Kayak with a German who wanted to race around the island and beat his brother. After about an hour and the development of several blisters on my hands, the German and I beat his brother.
Gorgeous views around the island and sadly I didn’t have my camera, nor would it have been *appreciated* if I had stopped to take photos. From kayaking, a hot Thai meal was provided on the island. We boated back to Koh Samui and piled back in our Jeep to head back to the hotel.
After showers, we headed out for souvenir shopping and then out to dinner. I ordered Chicken Panang which was excellent, and Mr. Prevention ordered the seafood grill which consisted of king prawns, mussels, and mackerel (which I had never had and was excellent). After dinner, Lena and I tried a banana pancake made street-side in a cart. It was a thin, crepe-like shell filled with banana and peanut butter, or various other fruit and spread selections. Very, very good!
At night, we went to our hotel beach party. On Wednesdays, there is a huge to do that was, in short, a hot mess. After people-watching for several hours, there were many removed articles of clothing, insane amounts of liquor consumed, and plenty of drunk, dancing people that were extremely entertaining to watch. We headed out just as rain started to fall and within minutes, there was lightening and downpours, but very much so still a party as we could hear from our room. Ah, to be young again 😉
Day 8: Thai cooking class! Sadly, the class we had researched and wanted to attend was unavailable due personal illness. We opted for the more of a “touristy” class which was wonderful. Lena and I cooked and learned about Thai cuisine and Mark joined us to eat — a pork red hot curry with veggies, a seafood (shrimp and squid) and vegetable medley with an oyster sauce base, and lastly, a coconut lemongrass fish soup. Divine!
From class, we headed back to the airport and back off to Singapore and had a long recovery sleep.
Day 9: We headed to an indoor mall food court with tons of selection for lunch. I opted for a noodle and dumpling Chinese dish, which was excellent. We proceeded from there to a doughnut shop where we tried a delicious, albeit lower in sugar doughnut. The doughnuts are certainly rich and indulgent, but I would venture to guess that the sugar content is about half of that in US doughnuts.
We strolled around wholesale markets that locals shop at and picked up several items I hope to use in recreating Thai, Chinese, and Indonesian dishes. We souvenir shopped and ended the afternoon with a popular to-do: trying a durian fruit. Though not native to Singapore, these smelly fruits are popular. They greatly range in both size and price. Their scent is so strong that they are not allowed on public transportation or inside most buildings. They are sold, and typically eaten, street side which is just what we did. While the aftertaste was something mango-like, I have no idea how to describe the taste other than not good. The skin of the fruit (inside) has a film-like coating that encases an almost pudding consistency of fruit, gathered around a pit. The man sitting next to me enjoying his durian swore that if I gave the fruit 5 shots, I would love it. Who knows!
We relaxed a bit in the late afternoon and went to Clark Quay for a few drinks (with a spectacular view!) and later back to Jumbo (different location) for chili crab, per Mr. P’s request. We also tried a pepper crab, seafood fried rice, and a fried bean curd (tofu) with plum sauce appetizer. Delicious!
We went home to pack and sleep a few short hours before we took a cab to the airport at 4:30am to depart for Hong Kong and then back to Chicago.
Amazing, awesome trip! So glad we took the plunge and went! This week it’s back to the grind with work, working out, cooking, and so on!
Weekly Menu: July 10th-14th
- Sunday: Penne and Zucchini Carbonara
- Monday: Baked Eggs in Mushrooms with Zucchini Ragout
- Tuesday: leftovers
- Wednesday: Tropical Butternut Squash Salad with Chicken Satay
- Thursday: Grilled Zucchini and Goat Cheese Rollatini with Raisins and Pistachios and homemade marinara on whole wheat pasta
My Monday started off with a killer 4-mile run…back to the grind!
Question: Have you ever attended a cooking class?
Looks like you had an amazing time! I’m jealous of your cheap massage, if only they were priced so nice in the U.S.!
I loved reading your trip recap! I am hopefully headed to Hong Kong and Sigapore this fall and now I’m even more excited!
I took a cookie making class and it was excellent. I got some great recipes, but the most helpful part was the Q&A with the pastry chef leading the class.
It’s like no place I’ve ever seen (but, I’ve never been to Asia). It looks so different from the West.
I love that you took a Thai cooking class in Thailand! SO cool. That would definitely be something that I would want to do.
And $7 for an hour massage?!? Crazy! Sign me up.
I know that flights out to Asia can be expensive but did you find the vacation pricey overall? or were things in Thailand so cheap that it made up for it?
It was insanely expensive (and we didn’t have to pay for a hotel for 5 nights since we stayed with our friend!). 🙁 We could’ve taken two 7+ day vacations to Mexico, Alaska, Bahamas, etc. :-/ But, it was worth it!
Wow – sounds like your race around the island with the German was a grand old time…! Did you just randomly get put in a kayak with him?
Sounds like an excellent trip!
Yep, they asked me to kayak with him and I didn’t want to be rude…so off we went!
seriously your trip looks incredible! We went snorkleing in hawaii and my hubby is now addicted! We were thinking about Key West next! In any case, glad you had such a great trip! Looks like yummy food too! Those donuts..oh my!
Such a great trip!!! I’ll be going to Virginia next month, but that’s no where near as exciting!
I’ve taken a couple classes at a place in Forest Park called Flavour Cooking School – you and your Mom might enjoy taking a class there next time you are in Oak Park.
Yep, my sister and I owned a two-flat in Oak Park, and when Tony and I got married we decided to sell it – she stayed in Oak Park while Tony and I moved to the “sticks” in NW suburbs. 😀
NO KIDDING. Why haven’t I researched cooking classes OUTSIDE of the city? I am going back the first week in August…I’m definitely taking a class! Any interest?? 🙂
Ummm . . . can I just say how jealous I am that you made red curry in Thailand? Was it the best thing you’ve ever tasted?
Honestly, it was phenomenal. I can’t wait to make it at home 🙂
I love that you went to a Thai cooking class! What a great way to learn about the culture than through food!!!
I love your kayak story!! So much for relaxing..but hey at least you finally beat his brother!
I’ve never attended a cooking class but it sounds like so much fun!
Sounds like a great trip! How fun to have a local to show you around.
What gorgeous photos! I especially love the boat pics. Looks like a great time.
Oh Nicole, another amazing travel post. Dennis and I were just saying on the weekend that one day, we NEED to go to Thailand at some point in the not too far off future. I’m going to show him your pictures!!! Despite the one day of not feeling well, sure seems like the trip of a lifetime! Thanks again for sharing the photos of your adventure!
I cannot sing enough praises for Thailand…what a stunning country! And while the flight isn’t cheap (far from), Thailand is so, so, so cheap so it all evens out. Our hotel was $60/night and was really nice.
Looks like you guys had a fantastic trip! I’m glad you helped the German beat his brother.
I’ve taken several cooking classes but none in Thailand which is awesome! And I’m also jealous of your $6.5 massage…if only in the states.
And your story about your GI problems and the Aussie are hilarious. Whenever I’ve travelled and stayed in hostels, I love the Aussies. They are always ready to party but insanely nice too 🙂
No joke! Aussies are partiers!!
Nicole, I’ve read your Singapore post and am so so so pleased you got to try the chili crab!! One of my favorite things ever. And aw, sorry you might not have really enjoyed durian, but give it 4 more chances like the man said. There seriously is no fruit like it, it’s called king of the fruits for a reason! 😉
I am having dreams at night about chili crab…
I saw Out of the Bowl several times but we never made it in there. Next time 😉
For that price, how could you not get a massage every day?!
Oh wow, what an amazing trip, I loved reading all your recaps! Thailand is also on our list 🙂