A touch of Koh Samui

13 Mar

If you love the beach and not the crowds, don’t get overwhelmed if Chaweng Public Beach was your first taste of the Thailand coast. Koh Samui has so much to offer. All you need is a bit of driving knowledge, 200 Baht and the urge to explore! Hiring a motorcycle, or scooter, is easy-peasy (just don’t expect the best driving skills from everyone else, hang left and smile). Lamai Beach is a few kilometers away and is not as packed with tourists. Carry on to the end and you will discover open sands, clear water and a little piece of heaven.

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A hidden gem? Silver Beach lies between Chaweng and Lamai and is a truly beautiful spot. Accommodation is reasonable (if you wish to stay), the coffee shakes delicious and the beach is swept clean each morning.

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Staying in Chaweng is recommended if you want to enjoy the night life. If not, Lamai has plenty of accommodation to offer. The Samui Easy Hotel is where we stayed and loved. It is a simple hotel/hostel (not sure where the line for the ‘s’ is drawn), 200m from Chaweng Beach (perfect for evening sun downers and afternoon swims), has an array of restaurants in walking distance and is just a little way from the main party scene.

Koh Samui on a budget? First time round, we had 900 Baht each a day, second time we had 700 Baht. More money, more days to hire a scooter and maybe splurge on a cocktail. Eat at the night market (50 Baht Pad Thai or Fried Rice with Chicken). Ninja is also a real score – great meals for under 70 Baht. Get to know 7/11… It’s the perfect place to get cheap lunch. Get used to getting exactly what the menu says. If you order “two fried eggs”, you will get two fried eggs. Toast is extra. Curry is curry, no rice. Unless, it says “curry and rice”…

Got some extra time? Go and explore the areas of Bo Phut and Bang Rak. Got some extra cash? Spend the day at Angthong National Marine Park for a day filled with activities (most tours include breakfast and lunch – bonus!)

My advice? Get a map. But don’t use it. Keep it in your backpack in case, but take the road less travelled. We loved our first 10 days on Samui so much, we came back and loved it all over again.

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3 Responses to “A touch of Koh Samui”

  1. Sam March 14, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    I used to live in Koh Tao and all your Thailand posts are making me homesick!

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