After an exciting trip to Bali we headed off next to Koh Samui. Koh Samui is a beautiful island in Thailand and is nothing like any other typical Thailand cities, it is unique in its own way with beautiful beaches and lush green dense mountainous rainforests.
Yesterday afternoon after a particularly rubbish overnight train (we got the crappy top bunks which are right next to the strip lighting) a cold coach ride (overly enthusiastic aircon), and nausea inducing boat ride (choppy seas), we made it to Koh Samui.Koh Samui is the largest island on the gulf side, and the most developed. It’s become a bit of a resort island, for those who want to stay by the 5-star pool and maybe play a few rounds of golf. A number of friends and people we’ve met travelling have warned us not to spend too much time here, so we made a beeline for a cheap place to stay on the north of the island; making it super easy for us to get an onward ferry to the small but allegedly beautiful island of Koh Tao.We hit a bit of a hiccup when we arrived at Koh Samui. Our research had indicated that the ferries between Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan should cost around 300baht (£6) each. In actual fact, the prices are double. In this late stage of our trip, every penny really counts, but we have already reserved accommodation on all three islands, so the costs will just have to be absorbed by our remaining budget.As a result of this realization, we are now trying to live as cheaply as possible whilst still enjoying the last couple of weeks. So what does this consist of? Well, amazingly, we managed to find a resort called the Samui Mermaid which offers rooms with no air conditioning (only a fan) for 490 baht per night. That’s £9.70! Yes the room has seen better days, but it’s clean and does the job, and it has two pools, right in front of the quiet beach.We’ve also discovered that there’s a type of food that’s even cheaper than street food. It’s called convenience food! Our lunch today was two 15 baht (30 pence) cup noodles from the minimart, eaten on the beach; it still beats any of my expensive lunch breaks in London!We spent a good few hours soaking up the sun this morning, but inevitably, those monsoon rains came blowing in and we had to beat a hasty retreat to a local Internet cafe to work on our CVs. The end of our trip seems so close now, and inevitably our thoughts are turning to the real life we need to build when we get back home.Luckily, the rain didn’t last long and we were able to get back to big Buddha beach to enjoy a beautiful moody sunset, as the planes from the nearby Koh Samui airport skimmed our heads. Oh, and seeing as we’d been so frugal all day, there was room in the budget for a little Monday tipple too!
Our final day at Samui went by in a flash. The island has so much to offer and everything leaves you hoping for more. It pampers and caters for every whim and fancy that one would dream off. With the crystal blue waters overlooking our next stop, The Cliff Bar & Grill, was a matchless choice to spend our afternoon. Sitting on top of a cliff, this beauty gives you an overview of the entire island. Post our scrumptious lunch of Fresh Lime Fish and Gambas con Caril, we took a small walk down the cliff and enjoyed the silence amidst the water and the rocks. Just two words describe that moment perfectly - serene and peaceful. P.S: best spot for las fotos! Giving my lovey-dovey heart one last chance to experience the ideal dinner date while vacationing on an island, I was in for an exceptionally romantic dinner by the beach with my partner. Far far away from the crowd, in a little hut constructed on the shore, with candles & orchids, with the violin playing in the background and the waves touching our feet while we sipped on our glass of wine, this was how we spent our last night in Samui. Pavilion did a perfect job and made this a memory that we would cherish forever. Every age group and no matter whom you go with, you’ll have an experience waiting to enrapture you. Catch a bunch of friends and you end up spending your trip shopping and pub hopping with booming late nights or choose your better half and you’ll relish the romantic dates, beach beds, massages, spas, wines and more. Flawless and sublime, exemplary and idyllic, Bangkok and Koh Samui have got to feature on your travel diaries for you to witness all these moments and create beautiful and “sanuk” memories. Centrally located in Sukhumvit Soi 2, one of the prettiest boutique hotels I have checked into in a long time. The cherry on the pie being the fact that despite the hot cake location they do not burn a hole in your pocket, the room rent ranging from 1200-1500 baht a night.First sight of The Grand Palace definitely satisfied our lust for exotic. A remarkable maze of buildings constructed in oriental Thai style, mounting roofs with colors ranging from white to glamorous gold is a beautiful and unforgettable sight. The venue being packed with tourists and all of us were left breathless by the beautiful paintings and intricate drawings across walls.
We soon caught the ferry to our last destination for this trip “Koh Samui” , the most beautiful island and beautiful it was. But the worst part of a last destination is that you have a dejavu feeling of already having seen it all. Trying to keep that feeling to the bay we made our way to the hotel. We had booked lovely budget hotel right by the Chewang Beach and it was pretty awesome location wise.