Monday 14 October 2013

Would you like a little trip out?

Today we tootled off to Nathon, a place I like much more than Chaweng on Koh Samui. We're staying at Bophut, which has lots of shops but not the variety you find in Nathon. Chaweng deserves a visit for sure but it's much more touristy as well as more expensive.

We left the hotel mid-morning after waving goobye to these little guys:
They're the most common bird here, called Nok Kaews (pronounced Knock You's) - very cheeky and amusing to watch. I guess they're close to our own blackbirds in the UK.

We wandered along the road in front of the hotel:
And then came across another very common sight here - 'Spirit Houses'.
The house is intended to provide a shelter for spirits which could cause problems for the people if not appeased. The shrines often include images of people and animals and offerings are left at the house to propitiate the spirits. More elaborate installations include an altar for this purpose. You'll find them all over South East Asia and I truly would love one for home - but no way would the luggage allowance cope :(

We then went into Nathon and spotted this building up a side street, not sure if it's some sort of temple, not one I'm familiar with as Thai 'Wats' are much less scarey:
Then we had a good couple of hours wandering and bartering before doing as one should do when it's very hot and sticky:
Len, bless him, with an ice cold beer. He's a terror, always puts on a silly smiles for photos and I was threatening him at the time!
Yours truly complete with the 'lampshade' as Mary Mac called it :) And not a single slick of makeup - it's so hot it just slides off!

And what did we buy? Clothes mainly - these are a couple of dresses for me as I travelled very light 'cos all the shops at home already have their Winter stuff in now and Dumbo wasn't as well prepared as she thought :(
Jazzy huh? Swingy, light and very cool - ticks all the boxes.

That's it for today - tomorrow (15th) is Lens' Birthday so I need to wrap the gift I dragged all the way from the UK and write his card before we shower and go for an evening meal. It's a hard life, but someone has to do it :)



  1. Happy Birthday to Len for tomorrow.

    Great hol snaps.

    Everything under control in the playground (if you believe THAT you'll believe anything!).

    Sarn xxx

  2. Your holiday looks fab Di, we stayed in Bophut last year for our honeymoon, at the Bandara resort and also took a trip to Nathon. Enjoy the rest of your holidays

  3. Looks absolutely gorgeous Di. Love the dresses.
    Happy Birthday to Len for tomorrow.
    Caz x

  4. Lovely photos, Di. I rather like the idea of having Spirit Houses popping up all over the UK ... they would look so colourful and cheer us all up I think. Gorgeous dresses. Happy birthday to Len for tomorrow. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  5. Lovely photos. Dresses look lovely and cool but hope you packed something warm to come home in!!

  6. Looks like you're having a wonderful holiday! Happy Birthday to Len!

  7. Happy Birthday to Len and a huge thank you to you Di,
    I'm sitting in a grey wet cloud here this morning and your post has warmed the cockles of my heart.
    It's so bright and colourful and just what I need.
    Carry on enjoying yourself and don't worry about me here in the 'dreak'!

  8. Great photos those spirit houses!
    Perhaps Len needs a new hobby...a little woodworking and whittling maybe!

    You donèt need any makeup look gorgeous in your photo! And Ièm sure will look like that in your new frocks...they look cool and relaxing!

  9. Happy Birthday to Mr Len.
    Stop posting pics of sun - there's none here....... lol x

  10. Looks like you are having a great time Di, forget the make up. you look just as good without it. Great to see a photo of your in-house critic, beginning to wonder if he was a figment of your imagination lol.
    Happy Birthday to Len, hope he likes the prezzie that you have carted all the way there, hint let him cart it back, more room in your case for more purchases!

    Kath x
    Freezing here, and boughts of very heavy rain today.

  11. Lovely Photos Di thanks for sharing your holiday with us and enjoy the lovely heat as its not too good here take care x

  12. Just lovely! It is Chris' birthday tomorrow too! And would you believe I bought that exact same, blue dress in our market this summer.(It did say 'made in Thailand' on the label) As you say, perfect for the hottest days.We didn't see many pint pots out there, but I was mostly on the exotic fruit drinks anyway.
    Enjoy the rest of your stay.

  13. Wow - what a fab place to visit. Your frocks are perfect - love the colours. Happy Birthday Len!! x Jo

  14. Happy Birthday Len xxx
    Looks like you are having a great time. You will need your thermals on under those frocks if you plan to wear them at home now!!

  15. Looks like you're having quite a lovely vacation taking in the local color! Have fun you two :)

  16. Dang. This looks like paradise, Di! Those colored frocks are sensational!! And the photos of the two of you are so adorable - you look like two fresh-faced kids exploring and enjoying! I send you best wishes for continued fun and relaxation and lovely hot weather!! Hugs, Darnell

  17. So enjoyed this post, with all the fascinating things you are seeing. Could you have one of the little spirit houses mailed to you? Thanks for showing us what the House Critic looks like. (Very amiable I must say). And you looked fine with no makeup. Such pretty skin and your blue eyes fairly sparkled. I think you could go w/out it all the time. Just MHO though! Lovely dresses did you find. You must share a pic where you are modeling. Glad to see you are having such fun. Enjoy & dun worry bout nuthin' (Dang it, I don't have that lingo yet!!!) Ya'll have fun, don't fret ya'selves. Hugs

  18. I love your pics Di - Len looks such a happy chappy with his very cold beer! I lurve your lampshade - very chic me duck! As for those dresses - I wish they had those big sizes 'cos they are a dream!

    Big hugs to you Sue Pxxx


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