When I was planning my trip to Thailand, I didn’t really know where to start. When looking at the map, there were so many possibilities- how do you pick just one or two places? I had limited time and I was planning other stops in different countries, so I wanted to ensure wherever I went, I could get there easily with minimal layovers.
One of the things I took into consideration before booking anything- time of year. I initially wanted to visit Koh Phi Phi and Phucket, but realized that the time of year I was travelling (May) was known to be Typhoon season. Although sitting on a beach in the rain sounded awesome, I decided against those destinations to be safe.
We had 4 days in Koh Samui and I wanted to make the most of them, so I carefully planned my itinerary so I didn’t miss anything. Flying into the Koh Samui airport was easy- we had a short Bangkok Airways flight from Chiang Mai, which I might add was delightful. I have actually never been on such a great airline- We flew Bangkok Airways a few times during our Asia trip and we always got a meal and drinks, even on an hour flight (which wasn’t bad, I am not embarrassed to say!)
Once we arrived at the Koh Samui airport, we took a cab to our hotel along Chaweng Beach- The Muang Samui Spa and Resort. It was a 5 star resort (with reasonable prices considering how nice the rooms were!) We could easily walk to all the attractions along the main road, which I mean got a little loud at times, however our room was very spacious and quiet! It was directly on the beach and we definitely felt like we were in a Thai jungle oasis with all the lush greenery surrounding the rooms.
NOTE: There are a lot of different areas you can stay on Samui. We chose Chaweng beach, since we wanted a more lively scene. Do some research before you book, as different parts of the island all have different atmospheres!
We are in Koh Samui- Now what?
CHECK IN, EXPLORE CHAWENG BEACH
This was actually our honeymoon, so I will be the first to admit, the strip along Chaweng beach does NOT scream romance, with the clubs blasting music, the hustle and bustle of tourists and the loud cars driving up the strip advertising Muay Thai fighting and sexual Japanese massages- but there was definitely not a dull moment. There was no shortage of places to shop, eat, party or grab a cheapy foot massage (oh YES!) As I was walking up the strip, I thought how awesome of a place this would be for a bachelorette party, since there wasn’t any way I was going to be hitting da club with my husband. Finally, there was a large stretch of beach along the main strip which is perfect for anyone wanting to catch some rays and drink some Mai Thai’s!
DAY TRIP TO MU KO ANG THONG NATIONAL PARK
We purchased a daytrip to Mu Ko Ang Throng National park through our hotel, however there are places to book excursions throughout the main strip. It cost a little over $100 (Canadian) and it was a full day of swimming, kayaking and hiking. If you are willing to hike up to the top of the hill, the views are amazing! And on the way back, we saw a bunch of monkeys swinging through the trees. It was pretty surreal! We got picked up and dropped off at our hotel for convenience, and the day included food and refreshments!
DAY TRIP TO KO NANG YUAN AND KOH TAO
This day happened to be my birthday, so I wanted to ensure the day was extra fab! This daytrip was also booked through our hotel, was similar in price and again we were picked up directly from our hotel and brought to the marina. We were then whisked away to a beautiful island, pictures cannot do justice! We arrived bright and early, and were able to get some photos without a ton of people, thankfully, as the day went on it got quite packed. From here we snorkeled, tanned, enjoyed some adult beverages and hiked to the lookout point. After a few hours we got back on the boat and snorkeled off the coast of Koh Tao, where we saw a group of baby sharks. Cute, but kinda terrifying. Needless to say I jetted back to the boat STAT.
RENT A SCOOTER AND EXPLORE THE ISLAND
Firstly I will add that renting a scooter may not be for everyone, and if I had some more common sense and didn’t care as much about site seeing, I would probably NOT done this, as my husband has zero knowledge on scooter riding. However, I am a sucker for photos so I took a chance, grabbed my camera, threw caution into the wind and hopped on the back of that scooter. (I will also add that for the entire day, it cost us less than $25 Canadian for gas and the rental)
We had a rough idea of a few sites we wanted to hit and it was a scary ride, but we managed to see them all!
BO PHUT FISHERMANS VILLAGE
If we did not stay along the main strip, I definitely would have chosen to stay in this area. It was a lot more relaxed than Chaweng but still lively with a lot of great places to dine and shop. The beaches here are beautiful and calm. We decided to grab some Pad Thai and take in the scenery at one of the great restaurants.
WAT PLAI LEAM AND BIG BUDDAH PIER
These colorful Thai monuments are pretty close together and are both free to see.
This is another popular area to stay on Koh Samui. We spent some time hanging out at this popular beach and enjoying the scenery.
HIKE BESIDE A WATERFALL
This was quite the crazy uphill hike, so maybe don’t wear flip flops as I did. Na Mueang 1 waterfall was a challenging hike, but provided some good exercise and some great views. You can even take a dip along the way in one of the pools of water.
HIN TA HIN YAI
We didn’t go to this, but if you are into rocks that are in the shape of male and female genitalia, you are in luck here!