Our dear friends Tass and Barbara invited us to the wedding of their son Alexis and Brooke. The couple was living on Koh Samui island, Thailand, as does Alexis' sister Krystina. We accepted the invitation with great pleasure, and decided to make a 12-day vacation out of it. I managed to get tickets to Bangkok using frequent flyer miles; Bangkok Airways took us the rest of the way (1 hour flight). Brooke and Krystina got us a very nice room at a fantastic little hotel, The Lodge in Bo Phut "Fisherman's Village", close to where they live and to the wedding venue. This wonderful little island is perfect for relaxing, shopping, partying, and enjoying Thai food. Tass, Barbara and their family & friends showed and took us around the entire island. The seawater is at a pleasant 28º C (82 ºF) most of the year.
Our hotel: "The Lodge" in Bo Phut
The beach, right behind the hotel
View on the street side, and of the beach-side garden
The breakfast bar
A mobile kitchen and restaurant
An hour-long relaxing massage on the beach - and quite inexpensive
Myself, contemplating life...
We had to spend two nights at a hotel down the street - the owner of "our" hotel moved us on a moped
Many fancily decorated temples on the island
At a temple under construction, we dedicated a roof tile to our cat Satchmo
Hanging out at a girly bar in Chaweng
Ready to launch a lampoon with wishes for the wedding couple
The couple: Brooke and Alexis
The couple, both families, and the witnesses
Part of the venue for the ceremony and the dinner party
The happy groom and parents
One of the many pretty flower arrangements
Tass and I enjoying a good Cuban cigar
A light fruit meal
Group dinner at the French restaurant across the street from the hotel
Local craft work - I bought the one on the right as a souvenir
Coconuts are (were) the traditional industry of the male population
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