Koh Samui is the third largest island of Thailand located in the Gulf of Thailand in Surat Thani province, which I have listed on the “must go” for a long time.
How to travel to Koh Samui
From Bangkok, there are only two ways to get to Koh Samui: one is to travel by Bangkok Airways, which is quite expensive and another is by train and bus to Surat Thani. From there, take the ferry to Koh Samui. It’s about 5 hours or more depending on vessel type and weather. I chose to fly to Samui because I did not have much time and energy for the long trip afterwards. Tickets are twice as expensive as tickets from Saigon to Bangkok.
Bangkok Airways is the private Thai airline but not cheap. It is “boutique airlines” with the good service. All of the passengers are in the private lounge at the airport to eat and rest while boarding the plane.
The first impression of Koh Samui
Hotels in Samui are quite expensive. Depending on the region and name, their rank is also affected. Koh Samui has many different areas. This island is over 200km2. The most popular destinations are Chaweng, Lamai & Bophut. Chaweng is like Kuta in Bali or Patong in Phuket. It’s a place where many resorts, hotels and pubs … are gatheres. The evening is full of fun and the beach is beautiful too. The Lamai area has a better view, where there are more cliffs and Bophut is a little more peaceful, but its Fisherman’s Village at night is no less noisy than Chaweng.
Travelling around Koh Samui
I rented motorbike to travel around Koh Samui. First, I came to must-see destinations in Samui that I havd search on the Internet before such as Fisherman’s village, Buddha statues, the temple that has thousand –arm Buddha Statue or Hin Ta Hin Yai. Samui has small towns with cafes, eateries and massage parlors. Along the way, there are beautiful scenery and the beach is very poetic.
Samui is an island but tourists come here they also visit other islands. They are Koh Tao with the beautiful clear sea that nearly 2 hour travelling by canoe and Koh Phangan Samui – half an hour more canoe. Koh Phangan is famous for Full Moon Festival. Koh Phangan also has many resort hotels but the island is quite quiet except the Full Moon, so most guests are on the main Samui and cruise through the Phangan.
I stayed in three hotels in Samui: Bo Phut, Lamai and Chaweng. Bo Phut is more peaceful than Chaweng. In the evening, I came to Fisher’s Man village to have dinner and explore the night life here. I stayed two nights in Bo Phut then came to Jungle Club in Chaweng – the high mountains and not too far from Lamai. I have known Jungle Club through some foreign friends.
Jungle Club is a small resort situated on the mountain. This resort has ten rooms viewing to Chaweng beach. There are bar and café with beautiful view with the colorful chairs made in Thai style for tourists to sit there watching the sea immeasurably peaceful different from the hustle and bustle of Chaweng. I liked the peace here. I had a great time with new friends who are receptionists here.
I do not like Chaweng because it’s so noisy but the sea here is beautiful with clear blue water and white sand. There are a lotof restaurants, bars, resorts as well as hawkers, renting thick jetski. In this area visitors are crowded all the day and especially when the night down the restaurant again lights up glowing, rumbling music from the bar, club sounded out. Chaweng street is busy with many delicious dishes. There are also a lot of advertising for shows, bars and clubs. However I think that those who like activities will love this area. There are a lot of delicious foods served from Thai food, Chinese food to fast food. The price is very reasonable.
Samui is large and bustling. For me, Samui is beautiful, friendly and full of charm. There are plenty of things to visit and explore. Of course I am very satisfied with my trip.
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