11 Apr 2009
Koh Samui, Thailand; Cruise Day 75
The ship tendered at Nathon, the largest city on the small Thai island of Koh Samui. (I changed the ship spelling of the Island to the way most maps have it).
Today entailed no heavy sight seeing, and no heavy learning -- just old-fashioned fun tourist stuff.
We started the day at Namuang Safari Park. We saw three shows – elephant, monkey and crocodile, passing on the birds and snakes.
I could have done without the guy with his face in the crocodile, but Allyn thought it was fun.
As you can see, I wasn’t really too thrilled with the elephant poking his trunk in my business.
Allyn loves to try new things. Today this included the tug-a-war with the piss-drenched rope. (She did a major wash immediately thereafter).
Then we did “elephant trekking.” This wasn’t too scary, as long as we stayed on the seat. I did, though Allyn did the ride-on-the-head thing.
Afterwards, we headed back to Nathon, where we had a Thai lunch at a place called Will Wait. It seemed a bit cleaner than most of the local establishments. It was very authentic and very good.
We were even able to order items we like at home, such as Tom Yam with Shrimp Soup, Larb Gai, Pad Thai, and (of course) an ice cold local Singha Beer. The only difference was that it cost about $12.
After lunch we walked around and had amazing local massages for approx $10/hr.
Tonight’s performer was a young lady soprano from England, Emma Sinclair. I cannot link her web site because she does not seem to have one yet.
She was sensational. I even sat through the entire performance.