Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Travel Advice: Koh Samui, Thailand.

Koh Samui, a Thai island smaller than Phuket and much more luxurious. Its quieter and more aimed for relaxation.
                                                                        Their spa resort-like airport.
Shuttle bus looks like an amusement park open air train.
This island have some of the best food I have ever had. Extremely good restaurants. Yes there's lots of clean food. Bo Phut area has the best retaurants and they're classy. I will dedicate a post for tried places to eat there. Fisherman's Village is in Bo Phut and it's a street with tiny boutiques and restaurants/bars. If you want the noisy more livelier place, where people don't sleep, its the Chewang area. An extremely long street lined up with shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs. If you're planning for a night there, wear flats (ladies) and be extremely casual (men). There is nothing fancy about this street. But the life there is so energising. I was thinking that if you were looking for a hotel with a great location, then book a room at Chewang's The Library, a very modern design boutique hotel. We have been there twice just to sit in their open air sea front lounge! And we loved it. If it had private pools I would've stayed there. So I recommend this hotel to the men mostly.

Do the island half day tour. You get to see everything worth seeing in the island in just a few hours. That includes an elephant/monkey shows, the huge Buddha, waterfalls, a temple, elephant rides, and more.

You can also explore nearby islands and dive.

There were lots of fireworks done there, I'm not sure if it had anything to do with the Chinese new year or that this was something they did on a daily basis.

Like most of Thailand, you will find lots and lots of Thai feet massage shops. And spas.

Don't count on finding good shopping malls there. There might be one department store and the rest consist of souvenier and other small shops. But who needs shopping, when you're surrounded by the beauty of the sea.

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