Waterfall

Waterfall Koh Samui

Next day next scooter ride…

This time my friend from Singapore came over to explore the island with me …The scooter itself was slow, scratched and out of petrol when we got it..

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Nevertheless we were lucky with the weather…First stop on the way to the waterfalls was the coastline..

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Second stop was a small waterfall in the middle of the island..

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Koh Samui has one of the longest waterfalls I have ever seen in my life..

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Combind with a great view…we were climbing the waterfall for hours..

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there were so many natural pools on our way up…the water was not that clear, but it absolutely fun to swim in them..

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on the way up we saw the biggest spider ever on earth…massive thing…bigger than a cat..

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more climbing…

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it was almost dark when we turned around and got back home…

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next up Koh Tao….

Koh Samui

Island by foot – Koh Samui

next sunny day…And I decided to explore the northern part of the island by foot..

Therefore I had to walk 10km north…close to the airport…

My goal of the day was to find the big buddha..yes another one and then get a good view on one of the mountains…

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on my way I walked past the airport and was able to take some pictures…however it is forbidden to taker pictures of the airport…

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besides the runway…there was not much to see..so I continued my walk further north…it was boiling hot…bloody hell

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the coconut trees are just amazing..IMG_4863 IMG_4865 IMG_4868

finally I reached the area with the big buddha..it was located on some kind of an island…right at the coastline..

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and here he is my buddha buddy…

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after fighting against aliens and predators…I went on to the hill

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many sea sculptures were on my way to the hill…

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the way to the top of the hill was really steep…I like it..

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the view was just epic…

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on my way back home…I walked past some tremendous resorts at the beach…

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other findings on my walk today…

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next up the waterfalls…

Temple

The Hill Temple

First thing to do in Koh Samui is exploring the area around my hostel that is located on the far East side of the island…

Google maps revealed that there is a small Lake nearby so I went running there… On my run I saw a minor Hill nearby with some temple on top..

So next plan.. Running back home and going back with my camera to the temple..

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After reaching the temple I had a nice view on the lake and on the tiny airport on the other side..

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The Temple itself was guarded by crazy animals..

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So after overcoming my predators..I reached the temple..

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it was nice but nothing to fancy…some tiny sculptures were also around

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but the sincere was beautiful..

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to close the day…some impression of the evening…

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next up…another Buddha

Bye Krabi

Leaving Krabi to Koh Samui

After relaxing 4 days I left Krabi towards Koh Samui… The biggest Island in the Gulf of Thailand.. Since the island has its own airport many tourists come here every year…

“Koh Samui is an island off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus, Thailand. Geographically in the Chumphon Archipelago, it is administratively part of Surat Thani Province. Koh Samui is Thailand’s second-largest island after Phuket, with an area of 228.7 km2, a population of over 63,000 and an annual tourist population of 1.5 million. Abundant tourist resources, white sandy beaches, coral reefs, and coconut trees are present on the island.”

But at first I was drop of in a city near the coast to take a ferry to Koh Samui..

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There was also a small market nearby…

Lets take the ferry…

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When the ferry dropped me at the beach.. I had to take a taxi (motorcycle) that brought me to the other side of the island.. Unfortunately it started raining so that we had to stop by a seven eleven to wait until the rain stops…

I bought me an umbrella to protect me even a little bit against the heavy rain on the motorbike…

What did I do on the island besides lying on the beach and going for a run…

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1) going to the big Buddha in the north of the island
2) enjoying a great view over the landscape
3) going to a temple on a small gill
4) discovering natural pool and waterfall via scooter

at night Koh Samui is different…but still touristy and already Christmas…

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look at the German luxury products…absolutely incredible..IMG_4703 IMG_4702whatever “Cheers” is…

next up the big Buddha…

Krabi

Relaxing in Krabi

I need a more quite day after the crazy hike rain running yesterday…

After a crab fight in the morning I rented a scooter to drive to the beach.

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Outcome: Chris vs. Crab 3:2   WINNER!!

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So let’s drive…20km to the beach

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Not the best weather though…but I kept going…

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Final parking lot…was actually really hard to find since there were so many people and scooters…took me 10min to reserve a spot

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and now it is time for walking / hiking again to get away from all these tourists…

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there is a small mountain in the back…lets get over it and see whether there are less tourists…ready…? GO GO GO

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I ended up on this beach… with a small resort and monkeysIMG_4623 IMG_4620 IMG_4614 IMG_4613

and a peer with an amazing lime stone in the water… IMG_4605 strong as a rock knock knock knock knoch IMG_4600

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I sleep for an hour on the beach…who would’t do that… IMG_4572 IMG_4570 IMG_4566

On my way back I spent some time on the nearby market

sooooo back home :)

next up…leaving Krabi to Koh Samui

Krabi

Krabi – Tiger Caves

Spending a couple of days in Phuket is definitely enough…

So I headed for a more quite place.. However, I had no idea what to do in krabi…
After checking the Internet I figured out that there are supposed to be two major sights…
1) tiger caves and a big Buddha on top of a mountain.. Climbing over 1200 stairs to reach it..
2) railey beach.. In the south of krabi

So time to grab some coffee and off to go to the caves…

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Tiger caves:
The plan… Try to find it without public transport… The caves are supposed to be about 10km away from my hostel…After walking in the sun for about an hour I had to find out that the way that I went at some point was a dead end.. Memories of Mount rinjani came up..

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So 2.5km back to get to the main street and keep on walking towards the mountain area.

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on the way I found new friends…

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Finally I found it…

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The Tiger caves itself are not that spectacular as a sight, nevertheless it was quite crowded since that cave is a holy place for the monks and other religious people.

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Fun fact the Tiger caves are named after a tiger that has never been seen by anyone..

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But the stairs to the top of the mountain were way more spectacular.. However, I had to overtake so many people on the way up and down… Backpackers, tourist or local… All are so unfit.. There are exceptions but this rarely happens…

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The view was worth the 10min ‘hiking’ on top of the mountain..

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And of course the golden buddha :)

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back to the view….

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how to solve electricity problems in asia..

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and now in the actual cave…

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I spend there about 30min when it suddenly started to rain…
So two options:
1) taking a taxi back home
2) running back home

There it comes to mind over matter…Getting out of the forest was the first step..

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I ran back in the heaviest rain I have experienced so far in Asia. About 10k with a backpack is quite a different running experience…

I was just soooo wet..

next up…the beach experience in Krabi

Phuket

Exploring Phuket

The Loooong day in Phuket…

Phuket, is one of the southern provinces of Thailand. Neighbouring provinces are (from north clockwise) Phang Nga and Krabi, but as Phuket is an island it has no land boundaries.

Phuket, which is somewhat smaller than the size of Singapore, is Thailand’s largest island. The island is connected to mainland Thailand by two bridges. It is situated off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoys a rich and colorful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign ship logs of Portuguese, French, Dutch and English traders. The region now derives much of its income from tourism.

My plan was to rent a scooter and explore the island as usual by myself. After finding a place that rents out scooters, they gave me a shitty old one. I drove about 1km than I returned it because not even the petrol meter worked…So i got another one (only little better) and the journey began…

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First stop on my hot scooter was a view point down in the south on the way to the big buddha…

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Keep on moving down south…where is the buddha?

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Ok I found the entrance to the mountain…and on the way there was not only a great view but lots and lots of elephant trekking companies..

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Kind of sad that mostly all elephants are chained and cannot walk anywhere..

The view was amazing and the weather was great and I could spot the big buddha not that far ahead of me…

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No seriously the weather was great when I was driving on the mountain..

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And I found the Buddha, obviously

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And then I found his tiny golden brother..

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Have I mentioned that the view was soooo good

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back down…I headed for the South edge of Phuket..one can clearly see that this is a less touristy area..IMG_3894 IMG_3908 IMG_3906 IMG_3895

Especially when you go away from the streets…it was a little bit fucked up..with pigs and garbage everywhere..

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Nevertheless, I tried to make the best out of it..climbing the rocks at the coastline..

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There I found dead corrals and some big snail houses…at least the leftover of both :P Look at the size of the snail house…BIG!!

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Time to explore the fish market near the sea…

There were also so many shops selling snail houses and different sort of shells..btw, it is never allowed to take photos at those places…Even not at the market…So I had to hide my camera all the time and take quick shots trusting in the auto focus and a fast shutter speed…

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Last stop of the day before the drastic weather change of the cliff on the south coast…and then the weather changed to quickly..

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Like it…these signs always encourage me to run, jump and be adventures… :P

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not much more land is left here…

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and then it started to rain…sooooo heavily…I had to drive home with the scooter in the worst weather ever…First I stopped at a covered bus stop for 45min…but the weather did not change to I decided to keep and driving the 20km back home…

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Made it :)

Flying to Thailand

Leaving KL

Last day in Malaysia…Next stop Thailand..

I just picked up some friends and went to the Sky Bar again…

The bar itself has a pool insinde and is in the Traders Hotel..The view on the Petronas Towers are truly amazing..

The Bar…! Fun fact…someone fell into the pool as we were sitting in the bar…He just arrived and thought we can basically walk over the water…did not work for him…They had to fish is smartphone afterwards..

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The View…

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next morning I headed for the Airport..and flew to Thailand

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Check…Landing Successful…still tired though

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Phuket is next..I went straight to the beach..

Such a hard life..

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next up the craziness of phuket…

The Track

The KL Track

Finally back in KL…Still so sick..

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So only a short tour through the city today..

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Show you guys my running track near the Petronas Towers..
So as you can see the weather is still shitty…

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But the track is just great…loved it.

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next up…KL at night or the flight…