Surat Thani Tourism & Travel Guide

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Full Moons and Exploring: Koh Phangan (4 days. Half of which will be spent trying to remember who you are) Ok, so this addition doesn’t quite fit into the rough trail I’ve created. To get over to Koh Phangan from Krabi is quite a journey (6 hours but will probably take longer) and you will get squeezed into tourist buses that resemble hot tin cans. The island is infamous for Full Moon Parties which you’ll either love or hate (Alex and I loved it…) but why not add it to your Bucket List? The Full Moon Party is huge, disorientating, fun, wild and confusing. Buckets, fluro body paint, pumping beats – you get the picture! Don’t stay on Haad Rin if you don’t want to have music blasting till your ears bleed (although the food is amaze) and choose to reside on the otherside of the island. Haad Yao or Haad Salad are better alternatives with relaxed vibes and reggae cafes. Wander the long endless beaches and indulge in sandy massages, with a dose of secretive beach bars. Koh Phangan really provides a balance of crazed party times and relaxed exploring!
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Hoping on to a Thai airway flight we landed right into the land of playas, Koh Samui in about an hour. At the airport, opt for buses and not taxis to get to your hotel, as they are pocket friendly at 10 $ for two and one gets a sight seeing ride by default as well. Half an hour later we arrived at The Pavilion Villas and Resorts, located at Lamai beach. This resort offers various kinds of villas each better than the other along with a library, being my personal highlight and the much-needed Internet of course. Their in-house spas and bars should undoubtedly be checked off the list. The staff here is very hospitable and can assist you plan your stay at the beach. After the chivalrous greetings, we checked into our Hydro pool villa with French windows, lavishly opening up to a private pool. The sight was nothing less than an alluring dream. Off went our shoes and we jumped straight into the pool. Soon, hunger took over, driving us to one of the beach side restaurants where we gorged our way through prawns and fish enjoying the first sunset in the city.The following day, to add to our romance, we hired a bike. It sure did save us a lot of bucks as well. 6$ a day and you can explore the whole island at your own pace and will. Riding our way through, our next destination was Chaweng beach. Chaweng is certainly livelier than Lamai, so if you are looking for a pure relaxing holiday, opt for Lamai. But if you are in the mood to groove & shop, then Chaweng is your beach. We spent our afternoon at Eat Sense Beach Restaurant, sipping on our margaritas and riding on the Jet Skis.We exited Chaweng by twilight to explore this wee land of beaches on our own. Riding through the town, we came across tiny shops selling sexy beachwear from bikinis to hats and sarongs. And just like that, our encounter to get to know Samui better, landed us into our next destination - Rocky’s. One of the most ideal resorts I have been to so far. Situated in Lamai beach and spread over some classy acres of land, this resort has its own exclusive private beach as well. It gives one a wild feeling amidst the seas, with two mesmerizing swimming pools and a bountiful number of bars and restaurants around. We eventually plotted our way to their restaurant where we were greeted with captivating live music and a lot of laughter. The basa fish on their menu was inevitably delicious, smooth as silk and full of flavors. We were in for a yummy treat.
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About Surat Thani

Next morning we caught the first flight out to Surat Thani and from there took a bus to the pier for a launch crossing to the idyllic island of Koh Samui. There are counters at the arrivals hall in the airport itself which allow you to purchase 2-in-1 tickets (bus and ferry) which makes life very easy.
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