My 30th Birthday Party in Thai Style

Five years ago I celebrated my birthday in Thailand for the first time. Since then it has become a good tradition. Every year I choose a new place: Phuket, Bangkok, Phi-Phi... The most memorable celebration of my 30th anniversary I had on wonderful Koh Samui Island . Amazing settings of the sea view luxury villa of Nora Buri Resort and Spa, lots of surprises and three days of the non-stop celebration. And of course – white sand beaches surrounded by thousands of palms, the turquoise sea sparkling in the sunlight with a picturesque background of lush green hills.

from Phuket Island by ferry to Samui.
how to get from from Phuket to Samui.

There are direct flights from Bangkok to Samui, but we went there from Phuket Island, first by car, then – by ferry. Just four and a half hours later we arrived to the coconut paradise - the third largest Thailand Island - Koh Samui.

book Nora Buri Resort and Spa Samui
book Nora Buri Resort and Spa Samui
book Nora Buri Resort and Spa Samui

We stayed at Nora Buri Resort and Spa Samui –an isolated place where serenity and seclusion is the name of the game. The first surprise – we had a free upgrade to the pool villa. A great start!

infinity pool Samui

Good birthday morning! While I was enjoying my coffee on the terrace…

celebrating bithday on Samui

…there was a present already waiting for me inside the villa.

the Big Buddha Temple

After breakfast we went on exploring Koh Samui. For a change after busy Phuket, Samui was so relaxing and peaceful. Everything has its price, and full with all kinds of hotels Samui today is not a hippy destination anymore like it was some 10 years ago. This means lots and lots of tourists. We were lucky to get there in February when it was a low season, and still enjoyed the perfect weather (usually on Samui you might get some rain in winter). Our first stop – the landmark of the Island - the Big Buddha Temple

top things to do on Samui

Wat Plai Laem Temple.

Wat Ratchathammaram or Red Temple

Wat Ratchathammaram or Red Temple.

Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks

Very beautiful Lamai beach and Hin Yai and Hin Ta Rocks (Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks).

how to feel famous in Thailand

I felt famous when Thai teenagers stopped me on the beach and asked to sign them their post cards.

cocunut farm Samui

We got lost driving through the jungles and accidentally found one of local coconut farms. To tell the truth at first we were t scared by the “Thai hospitality” look on the owners face.

samui coconut oil

But there was nothing to worry about! They turned out to be a very nice and hospitable Thai family.

samui coconut oil

They taught us how to open coconuts and prepared a real coconut feast.

samui coconut oil

There are plenty of similar coconut farms on Koh Samui. The small Island exports the biggest amount of coconuts in all Thailand as there are about 3 million coconut trees.

Elephant on Samui beach

This is our new friend – the funny newborn elephant named Kha-Kha. He was less than two weeks old and still couldn’t walk properly.

what to see on samui in Thailand

The party is over for this year… See you next time, my beautiful Koh Samui!

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