I’ve moved on to the island of Ko Samui. This is a much more touristic island than Phi Phi, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There is so much to do here that I think you could spend two or three weeks seeing everything! I’m staying at a beach on the northern part of the island, farther from all the tourist stuff. It means that I have to rent a motorcycle to get around, so I’m having to quickly learn how to drive one properly! I’ve taken advantage of a lot of the stuff the island has to offer…I’ve gone diving again, ridden an elephant, seen pot growing in the wild, relaxed on the beach, gone swimming, and then done it all over again!
Just taking a day to tour the island by bike was one of my favorite things to do. The island is roughly circular shaped, and it takes about 5 hours to drive all the way around at a relaxed pace. I found out later how important sunblock is here! Some of the things I checked out you can see below…the two rocks are Hin Ta and Hin Yai..known as grandfather and grandmother rock. Of course these have become two of the most popular attractions on the islands. Another strange sight is at Wat Khunaram, where there is the mummified body of a monk. According to the local legend, the monk who died in 1973, had been a rich Thai who a few years before his death gave up all his worldly possessions to devote himself to his spiritual life. A few days before his death he told his followers to build him this glass coffin, and then died exactly when he said he would. Supposedly the body refused to decay, and it is displayed here exactly as he wished. Apparently the eyes aren’t in such great shape, so they decided that at the very least he needed a set of cool shades. 

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Henry has spent three winters living in Antarctica which funded his early explorations and adventures around the world. Now he holds down a full time job in Denver, CO and continues to make travel a priority in his life, both internationally, and on weekend warrior type trips.

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