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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Ko Pha-ngan Surat Thani Thailand
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!
Lamai Beach Surat Thani Thailand
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.
Ko Tao Surat Thani Thailand
Effortless and fuss-free, Thailand is everyone's favourite destination to dive and Koh Tao is the place to go if you are looking for a good deal. The stiff competition amongst dive-centres means excellent rates for dive-packages, although the instructor-student ratio is usually not brilliant.
Ko Pha Ngan Surat Thani Thailand
Ko Pha Ngan in Thailand, is famous for its Full Moon Party. There are about 10,000 to 30,000 people at this beach party each month! Yes, not annually, but monthly for what has been called “the ultimate party experience”. The Full Moon party is so big, it’s a destination in itself and people come to Thailand specifically to experience the Full Moon Party.Air Tickets: Approx INR 12,000, check out SkyScanner for great deals. Book your flight from Kolkata and plan 1-2 months in advance.Stay: As low as INR 1500 per night for two people travelling together. Book awesome places to stay at Airbnb like this one.
Cabanas to lounge in peacefully, a kids’ pool, and a whirlpool—all this with spectacular views of the Gulf of Thailand, and you’ll agree that the freshwater infinity pool at Vana Belle (a Luxury Collection Resort) is perfect in more ways than one. Don’t miss a walk by the pool at night when it is illuminated with red, blue, green, and yellow lights. www.starwoodhotels.com5. Cape Weligama, Sri Lanka
Amstardam Bar & Stone Hill Resort Koh Phangan Ko Pha-ngan Surat Thani Thailand
Slightly pricy, but incredible place to stay with one of the best views in all of Koh Phangan
Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks Ko Samui Surat Thani Thailand
However, what caught my fascination was the Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks. While rock formations across Thailand is no surprise, but these ones were unique because they were rocks in the shape of male and female genitals fondly called by the locals as Grandpa (Ta) and Grandma (Yai) rocks. Legend has it that it was an old couple who lived with their son who had come of age in the southern part of the district. In their pursuit to find a suitable girl to ask for a hand in marriage, the couple set out on a boat across to a neighbouring province.
Island Gem Picnic Ko Samui District Maret Ko Samui Surat Thani Thailand
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Khao Sok National Park Khlong Sok Surat Thani Thailand
Spend a night at a rainforest bungalow at the Khao Sok National Park
Cabaret Paris Follies หมู 2 Bo Put Surat Thani Thailand
No Thailand trip is complete without their infamous Ladyboy show, was it. So, we did our research and found out that we were pretty much at the best place to watch one of their best shows in Paris Follies Cabaret. They have two shows every night and while there is no charge to enter, purchasing a drink is mandatory. The show was very decent and a fun experience. A must if I say so in Koh Samui.
Samui Mart Ang Thong Surat Thani Thailand
The next day we got up late and had a leisurely lunch and some indulgent massages. We dropped into the Samui Mall and then walked around the town buying souvenirs for folks back home. In the evening, one of my friends who was teaching in Samui at the time, came to meet us and took us to the Night Market. We went by tuk-tuk and the moment we got off she handed us cocktails off a cart by the roadside! How cool was that!We walked the market, fending off entreaties from sellers to buy stuff and clicking photos of the street food and this beautiful lady performing a traditional Thai dance. When we got tired of walking we had dinner at a gorgeous Italian place by the sea and came back to our hotel.
Full Moon Party Ko Pha Ngan Ban Tai Surat Thani Thailand
The vibrant night life and the ultimate party at sun down- Koh Pha Ngan