I’m currently sat at the airport, waiting to board our flight to Bangkok and thought I’d write the ultimate guide to Koh Samui, Thailand, while its still fresh in my mind!
Bit of a back story, I visited Thailand 6 years ago and fell in love. Joe and I explored Phuket and the Phi Phi islands. So I was dying to go back and explore different parts of Thailand as it’s one of my favourite countries in the world.
We settled on Koh Samui for 10 nights, which is such a contrast to Phuket. The island is A LOT quieter. If you’re looking for a nice relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle, I’d highly recommend going!
So, where to stay? We stayed at the Zazen Boutique Resort and Spa. A stunning traditional Thai hotel. Which included an outdoor shower, gym, yoga studio and free breakfast! They also have a spa, where we treated ourselves to a Thai massage and head massage. Delightful!
When to visit? We travelled early September and got sunshine and clouds most days. We had one thunderstorm on one evening, but apart from that, it was all good! T’was around 31 degrees most days and reached a low of 24 degrees, mainly at night time. As I’m pale skinned and burn easily, I stayed in the shade most of the time. When I sunbathed without the umbrella up, my skin would burn within an hour, and I was using factor 50!! Pale skinned problems I know!
What to do? Visit the magical national marine park is a MUST! It’s only an hour away on a speedboat.
We booked with Grand Sea Discovery Co, and had a great time. First we did snorkelling, then we explored the national marine park islands, followed by lunch. After lunch we did kayaking which was rather fun.
Another MUST is visiting Samui Elephant Sanctuary!
On our second day we had the pleasure of seeing and feeding the elephants. This cost 3000 baht each, which is about £80 per person, which may seem a little expensive, however, it’s going to a good cause, ensuring that the elephants are fed well and properly looked after.
Another thing you have to do is an island tour. We paid around £18 each and got to visit the big Buddha, temples, Hin Ta Hin Yai beach, the viewpoint and a waterfall. I’d highly recommend booking with Happy Samui, the tour company.
Also, you have to experience a Thai massage, it’s not a relaxing massage by any means, but it’s definitely worth having one. Joe and I had a couples massage and I could see him in the corner of my eye, being stretched out with his hands pulled backwards and a scared look on his face. Hilarious moments.
Where to eat: there are lots of restaurants in Bophut! Or if you go down the fisherman’s village on a Friday night there’s lots of food stalls to try! I’ll be writing a guide on where to eat shortly, so watch this space!
If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday with a bit of adventure, Koh Samui is your island!
Have you visited Thailand before? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the country!