Koh Samui – Over the hills and far away…
Most people consider coconut island Koh Samui as very touristic, mainly known for its beaches and water based activities. However last week we went of a special nature hike, operated by Laurence (a French, living here for 2 years already) and a good Thai friend of hers, Gitar.
Gitar usually joins Laurence on the treks and she turned out to be extremely knowledgable and good fun. She often started her explanations with an ‘Oh yes, when I was young, we used this one for ….’ A good laugh for us every time.
Starting point of our trek was on a concrete back road – but immediately there was plenty to see, several times Laurence and Gitar pointed out interesting fruits, flowers, trees, and lots more.
At the beach we passed several fishermen with their boat and catch.
Walking across plantations, back roads and dirt trails we stopped countless times, if not to see (or sample!) a kind of fruit or herb, then to look at an unusual temple (including one boat shaped), shrines or a pagoda.
The only ‘challenging’ part of the day was a short hike uphill to a spectacular viewpoint.
Altogether we walked for about 12 km and saw an amazing variety of natural products, such as: mango, coconut (different kinds), pineapple, lamut, maprang, papaya, banana, cashew nut, rose apple, taling pling, pomegranate, wild passion fruit, sala, yangna, Spanish cherry, tamarind, etc.
We also learned about various uses of several wild growing herbs, some to reduce fever, others for treating wounds.
In many ways this hike is a great eye opener and gives Koh Samui a whole new perspective, highly recommended!
For more information on Samui Island and this particular trek, please contact us at [email protected] or email Koen directly.