How to get there?
After one week in the North we took a plane to get to Ko Samui. Of course we didn’t choose a standard airlines but we decided to take Air Asia from Chiang Mai. Our final destination was Ko Samui but it’s not so easy to get there. After landing we were transferred to bus and afterwards we took a ferry and finally on the Samui Island a van. Don’t understand me wrong- you can reach Ko Samui faster but flying with Bangkok Airways but we went for the cheaper option 🙂
General info about Ko Samui
Ko Samui is destination which most of the tourist will take. You have there everything what you need and dream about. This island has many negative opinions due to too high development (too many hotels, spa’s, shops, bars etc.) I never believe until I check it myself.
Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand (bordering the South China Sea in the Pacific Ocean). Koh Samui became a backpackers destination in the late 70’s. Today, all kinds of tourists from all over the whole world are visiting this easygoing “paradise”. Samui is surrounded by more than sixty other islands, some small and inhabited, some are larger such as Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.
The nature in Samui is very beautiful, the air is clean and there are many long sandy beaches are not crowded at all. It’s a place which has something for everyone. For the party animals, there’s a lively night life, bars, restaurants, clubs, etc. For those who prefer a more relaxing stay, they can take a break on the beach.
Prices here compared to Phuket are cheaper, but much more expensive when compared to the north of Thailand. Local food here is more limited than in Chiang Mai.
How to travel on the island?
Wherever you are staying on the island, you will need transport to visit the highlights. Take the most convenient kind of transportation in Thailand-a scooter for a very cheap rate.
After our stay at Samui we supposed to fly to Phuket early morning. To be sure that we can get there in time we ordered a taxi at our hotel (wanted to be protected so I booked the taxi 3 hours in advance).
We got up next day and were waiting for our taxi (10, 20, 30 minutes…), our receptionist didn’t reply so we had make a fast decision to not miss our plane. We walked to main road and were trying to find a way to get to the airport. All the streets were so empty. After 20 minutes of waving and waiting for a miracle someone stopped.
-Do you need a taxi? YES, YES please.
Our understanding of taxi was a bit different than the reality- We had to manage to take 2 suitcases, 2 backpacks and 2 of us on 2 scooters with 2 drivers. Not sure if you know that Ko Samui is a hilly island but Luckily we arrived SAFELY and WE Didn’t MISS our PLANE!!!
What to do?
To be honest, you will not find a “Niagara looking” waterfall on Samui, but it can be a nice experience anyway:
-Na Muang Waterfall (Located 10 km south of Nathon. This one about 80 m high).
-Hin Lad Waterfall (Located 2 km south of Nathon Town).
Lamai Beach-quite, charming beach. The Southern part of the beach is more inviting than the Northern (not too many stones and coral),