S: Thailand December 19, 2012 - January 8, 2013
BC: DEPARTED | Thailand | 8 JAN 2013
FC: Thailand December 19, 2012 - January 8, 2013
1: Koh Samui | Thailand | ARRIVED 21 DEC 2012
2: We finally arrived at the hotel after 3 hours of getting lost and driving around the island. We were rewarded with a buggy ride down the mountain to our own private bungalow.
3: Our first full day in Koh Samui. We explored the beach next to the hotel and swam in the ocean (Gulf of Thailand). Yakov and Riva played coconut baseball and we all went hunting for rocks and seashells.
4: THE ISLANDS After a very bumpy speed boat ride from our hotel we arrived at a small uninhabited inland where we played on the beach, swam in the ocean and Riva climbed the trees.
6: MONKEY ISLAND Mo Ko Ang Thong National Park | Racoon Butterflyfish | Island Wrasse | Scissortail Seargent Major
7: Copperband Butterflyfish | Yellowtail Surgeon | Boseman's Rainbowfish
8: OCEAN KAYAKING | Our adventure to Ang Thong National Marine Park included Ocean Kayaking and a traditional Thai lunch on the beach. Ang Thong National Marine Park is a protected nature area consisting of over 40 islands, and is famous for its natural beauty. All of the islands are uninhabited and undeveloped except for one. Ang Thong translates as "golden bowl". It occupies almost 250 sq km and includes 50 sq km of limestone islands and karst topography which rise from the sea as dramatic rock cliffs and bizarre rock formations.
10: Emerald Lake | Ang Thong National Marine Park
11: Thale Nai - An emerald saltwater lake on Ko Mae Ko (Mother Island) is an emerald seawater lake in the middle of the island is encircled on all sides by limestone cliffs, but linked by an underground tunnel to the sea. Reaching the lake entails a strenuous climb of 40 minutes or so, but is rewarded with a spectacular view across the whole park.
12: Butterfly & Insect Kingdom
13: Above: IIdeopsis similis persimilis ("The Blue Glassy Tiger") Far Left Top: Trithemis aurora male Far Left Bottom: Danaus affinis malayanus ("The Malay Tiger") Near Left: No name island cat
14: Boh Put Beach | Koh Samui
15: An exciting afternoon in Boh Put (original fisherman village). We swam in the ocean, played on the beach, ate spring rolls from a beach vendor, went shopping in the tourist shops and had a sunset dinner next to the waves. After an exciting day, Riva fell asleep on Yakov's head on the walk back to the car.
17: Namuang Safari Park Elephant and Crocodile Shows
18: After a long wait in line we got to ride our first elephant! He was the line leader for a group of elephants going through the jungle, so we spent most of the ride without a trainer with us as he was walking in front making sure everyone followed the right path. At the end he brought Riva to the front of the elephant with him so that she could be an elephant trainer too. | ELEPHANT RIDE
20: Samui Aquarium & Tiger Zoo
21: Sea Lion Show & Bird Show After much anticipation and questions of when it was going to be her turn, Riva was called to the stage to be "Super Girl" and have an Eagle pick its toy up off her arm and steal a hat from her head.
22: Sa-was-dee! (Good Morning)
24: A Relaxing Vacation
26: Nathon | Koh Samui | Riva's first Thai massage
27: Our favorite village on the island of Koh Samui. | Yakov shaving off his vacation beard
29: Happy New Year!
31: We saw an exhilarating show at Sumai Snake Farm, with centipedes, scorpions, cobras, and copper head snakes and at the end we all (except Yakov) lined up to hold a python.
32: Islands off the North Coast of Koh Samui Yakov and Riva playing in our private pool at Sunset.
34: Goodbye Koh Samui We will miss you...
36: We arrived for the second leg of our trip in Bangkok on January 3. Upon arrival to our hotel, Riva immediately discovered that she had two elephant presents, there was another wonderful bathtub and a great bed for jumping on! | Bangkok
38: The Thai silk industry was revitalized in the late 1940s by Jim Thompson, an ex-architect, retired US Army officer and one-time spy, when he and a partner started the Thai Silk Company. He invented the jewel tones and dramatic color combinations that Thai silk is now known for. In 1967, Jim Thompson disappeared while on holiday to Malaysia and was never seen again.
41: ON TO OUR NEXT ADVENTURE: Siam Ocean World Left: Riva patiently waiting for our cab to arrive. This Page: Pictures from the cab ride over.
42: Siam Ocean World
45: Far Left Top: Mangosteen Stand Far Left Bottom: Sticky Rice steamed in Bamboo Left: Thai Duck Right: Curry Eggs Far Right: Crispy Fried Catfish and Papaya Salad
46: FOLLOW ME BICYCLE TOUR Bicycle tour through the back streets, alleys and markets of Bangkok
49: Friendship Temple
50: Stages of Buddha's Life Temple
52: THE GRAND PALACE Built in 1782 - and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government.
55: Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.
56: WAT PHO also known as Temple of the Reclining Buddha is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.
58: Weekend Market | Bangkok
59: Left: Playing on the Sky Train Below: Finally... after weeks of vacation Riva found a playground.
60: Maeklong Train Market A market on the train tracks. When the train comes merchants and shoppers have 3 minutes to move off the tracks after it blows its horn.
62: Damnoen Saduak | Floating Market
64: Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua Tiger Temple, is a Theravada Buddhist temple in western Thailand that was founded in 1994 as a forest temple and sanctuary for wild animals.
66: Tiger Cub Activities
68: MORE ANIMALS! While at Tiger Temple, we fed the dear, petted Ox and saw wild boars.
70: Monkey Temple After the Tiger Temple we visited a small temple nearby where the monkeys gather for food from the Temple. We fed them bananas and candies.
72: Elephant Bath | Kanchanaburi
74: Goodbye THAILAND...