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
As morning came, with a heavy heart we bade goodbye to Koh Tao and made our way to Koh Phangan. We made the mistake of not booking our ferry through Lom Prayah and paid the price of a delayed ferry by over an hour and a half. The journey to Koh Phangan was smooth (Thankfully so! We had our share of sea adventures already). We had a short stay in Koh Phangan and got a pretty amazing resort for our stay. Sarikantang, a boutique resort, right on the Head of Leela Beach next to Haad Rin beach is a delight for pretty much any agenda you have on islands.The resort arranged for a pick up as smoothly and before we knew it we were exploring the lovely property. As our stomachs craved for food after all the delay we went in the hunt for some good food and my oh my did we find a catch. A small restaurant called “Moon Paradise” was just by the resort and we just stopped to explore the menu and it was pretty much perfect – Lovely view, an all comprehensive menu and excellent prices. Like it needed any selling, it also had the best waiters who reminded you exactly why the restaurant is the best, the guy just kept saying “The best food at cheap prices, only at Moon Paradise” and well, it was pretty much undisputable. So we decided to go with it and had an excellent time there.As the setting sun approached, we walked by the coast in the property and reached the lighthouse and parked ourselves among the rocks to view one of my best sunsets ever. It was the most beautiful play of colours in the sky I have ever seen. Koh Phangan being Koh Phangan of course had a party going in Haad Rin despite being just a day after their glorious “Full Moon Party”. We preferred a quite night by the beach and we did just that. We woke up early morning to catch the part of the rising sun and had a lovely walk by the same coast as we saw people coming back from the party still in another world altogether and realised with a deep sense of disappointment just how much we were growing old. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the quiet breakfast by the rising sun and we had little time to soak in the property before we had to make our way back to the ferry point.The Touristy Island - Koh Samui
Ko Samui Surat Thani Thailand
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.
Ko Tao Surat Thani Thailand
View of Koh Tao – The Turtle IslandWe reached the resort dropped our bags and headed to Sairee Beach right opposite our resort. It was a beautiful coast truly. We had a sumptuous breakfast (read bread for vegetarians) and headed out to find a taxi to take us to the next beach spot. For commute in Koh Tao, you can either rent bikes as cheap as 150-200 Baht per bike for a day or you can hire a cab at 1000-1500 Baht depending on the places you want to cover. Since we were a large group, we preferred going together in a jeep and took a taxi to Tanote Bay.
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
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 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: Around ₹12,000. Check out SkyScanner for great deals. Book your flight from Kolkata and plan 1-2 months in advance.
Khao Sok National Park Khlong Sok Surat Thani Thailand
Spend a night at a rainforest bungalow at the Khao Sok National Park
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.
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.
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
Island Gem Picnic Ko Samui District Maret Ko Samui Surat Thani Thailand
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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
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.