After a long period of wanting only to visit places I have never been to before, I have had an urge to visit destinations I have already visited again. It has been almost 10 years since paying a visit to Thailand and I had only been to Koh Samui once. So.. Tickets booked!
STAY HERE: SENSIMAR KOH SAMUI, MAE NAM
Located on the beach of Mae Nam only 3 km from the charming Fishermann’s Village and Bo Phut town. The rooms are minimalistic, clean, comfortable and all of them with sea view. Did I mention it is “Adults Only”.. yup! And that just means no kids, nothing else – lets make that clear. Stuff your holiday with daily happy hour by the pool bar, lots of activities in the gym with yoga and meditation sessions or enjoy the morning with a nordic walk. The place also offers weekly cooking classes, wine and excotic fruit tastings for the foodies, scooter rental and kayaking among a lot of other things as well. Of course you could also just grab your sun hat and chill in the bean bags on the beach or the terrace or have a long swim in the xx m. pool. That’s completely up to you.. you are on holiday.. aahh.
Try to get a room with your own private pool for early morning dips – it is so refreshing! Have a look here.
If you are not a hotel person there is plenty of beach bungalows and apartments to rent too. Completely up to you and your budget.
Sensimar Koh Samui, 44/134 Moo 1, Maenam Beach, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84330, Thailand (Book now).
There is plenty to see and do in Koh Samui, that is if you are not too busy having drinks in the pool bar or on the beach (that can be pretty exhausting actually).
Renting a scooter is a great way to see the island and try different beaches. But behold! The traffic is crazyyyyy so for gods sake wear a helmet! Also maybe wear something loose that has sleeves (like your boyfriend or your flings shirt) to protect yourself from the sun when driving around. It gives me nervous tractions around my eyes seeing people with skin as red as a baboons butt and still driving around with no coverage! It is not good for you human!
The cost of renting af small scooter to transport two normal european size humans is 250 baht a day. (Thais could probably fit 3-5 people on them but they have a different set of scooter skills). Gas can be purchased everywhere! Literaly. The cost is 40 Baht pr. liter-ish.
Rent a surfboard on Chaweng Beach
I must say Chaweng Beach is pretty heavily crowded and a bit too confusing for my taste, but the beach is wide and long and is a great place to rent a surf- or boogie board and jump in the waves for the morning or the afternoon.
Kayaing in Angthong Nationalpark
There are tons of operators doing this tour so make sure you go on a trip with a smaller rather than larger group. The national park is located just west of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan and the boat trip there is around 1,5-2 hours. At arrival you jump in the kayaks and explore. If you want to there is plenty of time to do some snorkelling as well.
Koh Tao is very popular for its dive sites and is great for beginners to try diving or to take Open Water Certificates. The island can be reached by boat from the northern beaches of Koh Samui.
Party all night on Koh Phangan
Everybody has heard of the Full Moon Parties going on once a month in Koh Phangan Island. If you feel like freaking out dancing on the beach all nights with cold drinks it is just a short boat trip from Koh Samui and you can get tickets everywhere.
Visit Fishermanns Village
This little village in Bophut is very charming. It is also a little touristy so therefor also more pricey (compared to the local restaurants). Spend the afternoon on the beach and have some grilled corn with butter and salt or maybe half a pineapple. Head to Coco Tams for a sunset drink in the bean bags on the beach or sit on the swings in the bar (pssst… they also have a beer pong table. You can always come back after dinner).
These places are great for very cheap and very delicious food and drinks. You can get almost all sorts of food in these markets. Local thai food, dumplings, fruits and fruit shakes, cakes, donuts, spring rolls, noodle dishes you name it, they got it! A must try is banana pancakes with nutella for dessert and dried mango for second dessert (Yes, that is a thing). Mae Nam Night Marked is on thursdays, I think. Fishermann’s Village has night markets as well.
If you are feeling cultural swing by the Big Budda Temple to experience this beautiful statue and a stunning view of the island.
Is located on the western side of Koh Samui and is easy accessible. The ocean here is crystal clear and the water is very calm making it a great place to get a break from touring the entire island on your scooter.
There is quite a few waterfalls to visit on the island. On our way to Lipa Noi we went to Hin Lat Waterfall to hike and get some lunch. The hike up there is fairly long around 40 minutes and the path is quite narrow so make sure you are wearing suitable shoes and insect repellant. Try to get there before lunch to avoid the crowds.
There are loads and loads of planes going to Samui International Airport but I believe that europeans will most likely have to do a stopover in either Bangkok or Singapore. If you are lucky enough to be travelling around Asia there are almost endless ways for you to get there. Boat, plane, helicopter or on the back of a dragon (okay the last one is.. yeah forget it, you can’t do that.. yet!). Tickets vary in prices, but make sure to book them 3 month in advance especially if it is a typical holiday season. I like keeping an eye out on Momondo or use the an app called Hopper from where the app will alert you if prices on the planes on your watchlist is changing. That way you will know when is a good time to buy your tickets.