We were invited to go on a boat trip with our friends Annette, Oscar, and their children Jing Lan & Chang, their neighbor Rutger has a small boat in which we made an exciting day trip to Bandon Bay at the mainland of Surat Thani, this is the largest of the southern provinces of Thailand, on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Thailand, which is about 80km from the western coastline of Koh Samui.
Some boats laying around at the pier of departure on Koh Samui.
Here is our Captain Rutger with one of his handmade boats.
We are heading to Don Sak.
And our youngest passenger, Chang. The son of our friends.
Our first destination, a small beach side restaurant in Bandon Bay, where we stop for a coffee and the children go and look for shells.
An idyllic white house with a red roof is situated here on the coast, next to the restaurant. How bliss!!
We are welcomed by a small dog, which the kids immediately made their friend.
Back onto the boat for the next stretch, now we go onto the Tapi river to have some lunch at a seafood restaurant before heading back to Koh Samui.
Hundreds of fishing boats are laying on the docks of the river, the area has a strong fishing smell, which the kids didn't like too much. But after a while we either got used to it or the wind turned...
A lot of local people live here on the banks of the Tapi river, all working in the fish industry.
On the way back we saw many small uninhabited islands with gorgeous white sandy beaches, there is still a lot of land in Thailand that is not invaded by tourists, that is great to see. And I hope these small islands will be like that forever!!
We had a great day, saw so many beautiful sights, had a great seafood lunch at a place where not many tourists will go! The real deal! Thanks to Rutger, Oscar and Annette!!