Koh Samui, Thailand. Not the Maldives, but Still Paradise!

Or what to do on Koh Samui.

New Star Beach Resort. Koh Samui. Thailand.

New Star Beach Resort. Koh Samui. Thailand.

Actually, I would gladly have spent two weeks in Europe, but Irina said that after the long winter, every girl needs some bright sun, the sea, and at least a hundred massages in the bargain. So, we flew to Koh Samui, Thailand.

We have not been there in seven years, and now we come out of the plane that landed in a familiar airport in the middle of the Gulf of Siam in the Pacific Ocean. Well, well. Over these years, walls have not been built here—there are trunks of coconut trees instead—and the airport roof is still made from banana leaves. Koh Samui Airport is very unusual.

The runway has not been extended either, and the airport of Koh Samui does not take big airplanes. To get to the Thai paradise from Europe, you need nearly 20 hours with a transfer in Bangkok. It is far and hard. However, can a paradise be easily accessible?

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The Jamaica of Henry Morgan or Bob Marley?


Both these men made Jamaica famous. You won’t find anyone who has not heard about this island, and if you ask what is associated with it, the answers will be “pirates” or “reggae.” However, some may say Jamaican rum.

In my view, the Caribbean Sea today brings to mind thoughts of pirates, just as would have in the 17th century. Because of that piracy connection, a young man named Henry decided to leave England and his rich parents, to go to the Caribbean Sea to seek adventure, romance, and treasure. He had not even enough money for passage on a ship, so he sold himself into slavery. That was a very common practice in those times. If you could not buy a ticket to the West Indies, you pledged to work on the sugar plantations for several years. The price of a one-way ticket for Henry Morgan was ten years.

However, Henry turned out to be a very capable guy; he got his freedom in only seven years, joined a gang and started to steal. Two years later, he had stolen enough money to buy a ship. He continued to rob, kill, and rape. He was lucky to get away with it, as piracy was forbidden by the United Kingdom. The Royal Court could hang you from the yardarm for it, but only if you had no license.

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Isla La Gomera or Christopher Columbus’s Love Story


Teide volcano, the highest mountain of Spain, 3,719 m. Island of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

Teide volcano, the highest mountain of Spain, 3,719 m.

During the night, La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands, is mystically blinking with lights in the black ocean, and in the daytime it is often hidden by clouds and cannot be seen at all. This is the very piece of land from which the great conqueror of the oceans, Сhristopher Columbus, departed in search of the sea lane to India, but accidentally discovered America.

At the end of the 15th century, Isla La Gomera, lost in the Atlantic Ocean 1500 km away from the Peninsula, had become the last European station of Christopher Columbus’s ships before the trip from the Canary Islands, Spain, to the shores of an unknown continent. That is why the island has the second name, Isla Colombina. Plus, this historical event is supplemented by the love affair of Columbus and Beatriz de Bobadilla, governor of the island!

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