Saturday, May 18, 2013

Koh Samui - Corona Malaysia, Let The World Wait

Thanks to Corona Malaysia, a total of 25 winners and their plus ones are invited for a trip to Koh Samui, Thailand in conjunction with the Corona, Let the World Wait contest.

Now, finding the 6 packs of Corona as the proof of purchase was not an easy feat, but alas I managed to get mine after hopping from one shopping center to another. After submitting the forms and such, one thing led to another and voila, the rep from Corona called and I managed to snag a spot to Thailand!

Thailand was actually the remaining closest neighboring country I've yet to visit (the other 3 would be Brunei, Singapore and Indonesia) and this is a great start though I least imagined that my first trip would be Koh Samui instead of Bangkok. C'est la Vie.

On the 10th of May, we gathered at Subang Airport to board the direct flight to Koh Samui via Firefly. The flight is one hour-ish and we arrived shortly at a resort looking airport of Koh Samui. After clearing immigration, we were transported to a tropical resort located at the beach of Chaweng, Chaweng Buri Resort. Navigating the labyrinth of rooms while in awe of the architecture of the resort was surreal.

There were 6 bottles of Corona waiting for us in the room, with the signature lime wedges that goes along with the beers. The absence of bottle opener was challenging for noobs like me, but we quickly learned how to remove the caps barehanded. Trade secret. Go figure how :) (Don't hurt your gums though)

It is well connected to the Chaweng beach alongside with other resorts that shares the long stretch of sand and sea. The resort is also alongside Chaweng road, a compendium of shops and eateries that caters much to foreigners. From McDonalds and Starbucks to local delis and restaurants, one thing for sure, we won't be able to starve here (with exception of being broke of course).

The street is lively during the night, from musics played at pubs to interesting 'Ah Guas' that are out to attract clients and street food, boredom is never an option.

The following morning, we chose a tour that brought us to the island of Tao and Nang Yuan. Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan are located an hour or so, boat ride, so be prepared to bring your sun tan out. I felt that the tour goes on a very fast phase, the boat ride to the islands takes about an hour from Koh Samui, having said that the boat ride itself could be tiring.

Le parents very happening, snorkeling and all.
Au Muong Resort at Koh Tao, with the burning sand. Really.
Having visited 2 locations, we spent only two hours or so on each islands, definitely not enough for snorkeling at your own phase. Never the less, the island themselves worth the long journey. Crystal clear water glistering with the sun light, these remote beaches are truly breathtaking.

Koh Nang Yuan
Food in Chaweng. What we had was of course traditional Thai cuisines for dinner on the first night and indulged in seafood barbeque on the second. McDonalds here serves pork burger, and being deprived of McDonalds pork burgers in Malaysia, we decided to give it a try. They do taste good, but heck, we have plenty of Pork Burgers joints in the Klang Valley, so I probably wouldn't miss it that much. :)

They do exist. LOL
Oh, King Prawn in Chaweng Buri, lovely place to have your breakfast. Facing the beach while indulging in hearty breakfast, with requests of bacon and eggs cooked to the style of your choice, I truly live the life in paradise. Yazaa!

Breakfast lady. Too bad can't tapao her back to Malaysia.
It was Mother's Day on the Sunday, and I was glad to bring the entire family here (it was our first family vacation overseas as well).

Time do passes by fast when we're having a good time, and before we know it, we are back to the Samui Airport. Thanks again Corona Malaysia for the memorable trip, and we look forward to creating more memories with them in the nearest future.

Female powerhouses - Kanmani, Florina, Not-a-female, Kelly and Crystal

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