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Koh Samui Scooter Round Trip – Thailand

Koh Samui Scooter Round Trip – Thailand

During our stay on Koh Samui, we took a day off to do a scooter round trip of the island to visit and enjoy the different areas. We swam at pristine beaches, ate at a local restaurant, and enjoyed the views at multiple look out spots.

With over 15 years of experience (including driving in Thailand at the age of 16), and having a motorbike drivers license it was a no brainer for me to rent a scooter for the duration of our month long stay on Koh Samui. It was without a doubt the best way of getting around this beautiful island. Ever since visiting Thailand back in 2001, and exploring Phuket Island by scooter, I knew that I wanted to spend some time getting off the beaten track to explore the back roads, and find some hidden attractions.

 

Riding a scooter in Thailand can be an affordable, convenient and fun way of getting around. As exhilarating as it may be, this mode of transport does however come with significant risks and may not be the best option for everyone. If you’re deciding whether or not to ride a scooter in Thailand, make sure to read my post “10 Things To Consider Before Renting a Scooter in Thailand”.

When visiting Koh Samui make sure to venture beyond Chaweng and Lamai. And if you’re not keen on renting a scooter and driving yourself, then join one of the many 4×4 tours on offer.

If you have any questions about visiting Koh Samui or renting a scooter in Thailand, please ask us on Twitter (@FreemadicLife) or on Facebook.

Anthong National Park Tour: Island Hopping, Snorkelling & Kayaking – Koh Samui, Thailand

Anthong National Park Tour: Island Hopping, Snorkelling & Kayaking – Koh Samui, Thailand

Taking a break from work, and wanting to explore some more of Thailand’s aquatic beauty, we headed to Anthong National Marine Park. Promised a day of snorkelling, island-hopping, beautiful views, a delicious lunch, and kayaking, we were excited to head to this incredible area off the shores of Surat Thani Province.

Located in The Gulf of Thailand, the 102 square metre area boasts 41 undeveloped islands, as well as Koh Paluay which has been inhabited by sea-gypsies. The protected park can easily be accessed via Koh Samui and Koh Phangan with various tour companies. Please be sure to enquire if your tour includes the entrance fee to the park.

From snorkelling around Koh Woa, heading to a viewpoint of surrounding islands and the Emerald Lake on Talay Nai, as well as having a traditional Thai lunch on Koh Paluay, this national park has so much to offer its visitors.

If you have any questions about visiting Koh Samui or visiting Anthong National Marine Park, please ask us on Twitter (@FreemadicLife) or on Facebook.

Starz Ladyboy Cabaret: Celebrating Diversity on Koh Samui

Starz Ladyboy Cabaret: Celebrating Diversity on Koh Samui

Besides relaxing at beachside resorts, scuba diving with tropical fish, visiting temples, and exploring the jungle, another item on our Thai bucket list was going to a ladyboy cabaret. Dressed in flamboyant outfits, lip-syncing to popular songs, and dancing the night away, these transgender women or an effeminate gay male are one of the highlights of most tourist trips. Putting on spectacular shows on a minimal budget with no professional training, these ladyboys are truly impressive.

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Having never been to a ladyboy show before, we decided to head to Starz Cabaret on Koh Samui. With free entry (you will have to buy a drink which costs about 200 Baht each), we settled into our seats and waited for the show to begin. Taken aback at first with these women’s sheer beauty, we soon relaxed and got into the show. The professionalism (and sometimes lack thereof) made an entertaining evening of loads of laughter, uncomfortable situations, and often questioning if she was once a he.

But being a ladyboy is more than just dress up and being a cabaret performer, it is someones choice. Known as Kathoey – which directly translates to ‘lady boy’ – by locals, these woman are fully accepted into Thai society, celebrated for who they are, and even perceived as a third gender – which is incredible considering how taboo the subject of transgenderism is in most parts of the world. From waitresses, and factory workers, to hotel receptionists and chefs in popular restaurants, it often amazed us at how Thai people did not discriminate, but rather celebrated the diversity of everyone in their country.

Join Us In The Front Row

 

Starz Carbert is located on Chaweng Beach Road on Koh Samui and runs two nightly shows that start at 20:30 and 22:00.

If you have any questions about visiting Koh Samui or going to Starz Caberet, please ask us on Twitter (@FreemadicLife) or on Facebook.

Off-Road Jungle Buggy Tour – Koh Samui

Off-Road Jungle Buggy Tour – Koh Samui

With friendly staff, amazing views and a whole lot of mud, this full day, off-road jungle buggy tour was one of the coolest things we did on Koh Samui. We opted for a buggy as it seats two people and is closer to the ground (and mud), while the rest of our group went for quad bikes (ATV).

Join Us In The Front Seat

 

Driving this bad boy takes a bit of skill, but after 15 minutes behind the wheel, we got the hang of it. If you are new to driving a buggy or quad bike let the guides know as they are very patient, understanding and will allow you to take your time. The tour is definitely not for the faint hearted with a bunch of terrifying uphills all on dirt roads.

We headed up hills, through water and stopped at the most amazing lookout spots and a temple before stopping for a delicious lunch. After another hour of racing around in the buggy, we did a short hike (boulder hopping so wear walking shoes) to the stunning waterfall where we could take a refreshing dip before heading back home.

For more information on this awesome adventure visit the X-Quad Samui’s Facebook page.

If you have any questions about visiting Koh Samui or joining for this off-road jungle tour, please ask us on Twitter (@FreemadicLife) or on Facebook.

Scuba Diving Koh Tao & Sail Rock, Thailand

Scuba Diving Koh Tao & Sail Rock, Thailand

With average sea temperatures around 28 degrees, an abundance of extraordinary sea life, and up to 30 metres visibility, diving the Gulf Thailand is a remarkable experience. Heading out with Discovery Dive Centre in Koh Samui, we did eight dives collectively (Lara did two, and Sean did six) around Koh Tao and Sail Rock. With one shore dive off Koh Tao, and six boat dives, we were spoilt during our month long stay on Koh Samui with incredible dive conditions.

Watch us take the plunge and live our dreams scuba diving in The Gulf of Thailand:

 

If you have any questions about scuba diving the Gulf of Thailand, please ask us on Twitter (@FreemadicLife) or on Facebook.

Kol Kol Mountain Lodge

Kol Kol Mountain Lodge

Situated on a farm just an hour outside of Cape Town, Kolkol Mountain Lodge offers self-catering log cabins and luxury tents. Each cabin comes equipped with electricity, a wood heated pool and a braai area. The luxury tents are eco-friendly – powered by gas and solar energy. The perfect place for a romantic getaway.

Kolkol offers 2 types of accommodation: 4 wooden log cabins (3 that sleeps four and 1 that sleeps 8) and 2 luxury tents (sleeps 2). Each accommodation unit has a fully equipped kitchen and braai (barbaque) area – this includes wood, firelighters, matches, braaigrid and “potjiekos” pot.

 

Location: Botrivier, South Africa (1hr 11min from Cape Town)
Cost: R 680 – R 1100 ($ 69 – $ 111) for 2 guests per night
Where To Book: You can book this accommodation online at kolkol.co.za.

What to bring: All food, toiletries, warm clothes, swimwear, water, mountain bike, hiking gear, bird watching gear, board games

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Birds Of Eden

Birds Of Eden

Home to over 3 500 birds, this free-flight aviary – the biggest in the world – is an amazing eyeful. Situated just outside of Plettenberg Bay, this 2.3ha aviary has a 3.2 mesh cover and a 1.2km criss-cross walkway. We were blown away by the 200 species  of birds, as well as small monkeys, squirrels, bats, bushbabies and breathtaking waterfall.

Join Us On Our Tour

 

Where To Book: Tickets are available at Birds of Eden. Combine your trip to Birds of Eden with one to Monkeyland and Jukani for a discounted price.

Tour Cost: R160 – R175 ($16 – $17.50) for adults and R80 – R90 ($8 – $9) for children (3-12 years old)

Have you ever been to a free-flight aviary?
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Botlierskop Game Drive

Botlierskop Game Drive

One of our favourite this to do in South Africa is go on game drives, and Botlierskop Private Game Reserve has one of the coolest ones. With a variety of animals, Botlierskop – situated on Garden Route  – offers a three hour game drive that is breathtaking. Taking you up into the Quteniqua Mountains over a 3000 ha stretch of wildlife inhabited land, Botlierskop offer morning and afternoon game drives for overnight and day visitors.

Join Us On The Game Drive

 

Where To Book: You can book for this game drive online.
Cost: R395 ($40) for adults and R198 ($20) for children

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Penguins At Boulders Beach

Penguins At Boulders Beach

With a coastal drive and a colony of African Penguins waiting, the one hour drive from Cape Town to Boulders Beach is totally worth it. Situated just outside of Simons Town, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to swim with these majestic birds. We also viewed them from the boardwalk at a designated penguin-only beach. With limited parking and every tourist wanting to see the birds, we advise that you get to the beach early – especially on a clear, windless day. Remember to respect the penguins and their home. Do not touch, feed or chase after them. Let the penguins come to you – don’t crowd around them as they will panic and run away.

Join Us On The Beach

 

Cost: R45 ($4,50) for adults and R 20 ($2) for children. Cost includes entry to both the view boardwalk and the beach.

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Bloukrans Bridge Bungy

Bloukrans Bridge Bungy

There’s nothing that will get your adrenaline pumping than jumping off the highest bungy bridge in the world! At 216 metres high, it’s something we will never forget – and if you’re worried about safety, Face Adrenalin has a 100% safety record. If you’re not as brave to jump, do the bridge walk or zip line to the the bridge, but definitely go up onto the bridge and look down. To jump there are weight restrictions of less than 150kg and more than 35kg.

Join Us On Our Jump

 

Cost: R790 ($70) to bungy jump and R100 ($8,50) to do the bridge walk

Have you ever bungy jumped?
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