The stepping stone to Ko Pha-Ngan and the Full Moon Party, Ko Samui is a tropical island whose towns have been swallowed by tourism. Still, the comforts of home and all the latest private DVDs can be good once in a while, and it’s very easy to escape the mobs and relax on perfect beaches.
Where: Ko Samui, Thailand
Cost: Flight to Ko Samui from Bangkok = 3,500 Baht one way ( AUD$150 / Euro 77 / GPB 72);
Ko Samui has an airport with flights from Bangkok, Phuket and Singapore. You can also get the ferry over from Surat Thani and Ko Pha-Ngan. There are plenty of hotels to choose from, but Marc Passion normally stays in the reasonably priced Wave Samui, 11/5 Moo 2, Hat Chaweng.
Want the comforts of home?
Ko Samui has it! Hat Chaweng is the biggest town with the widest range of hotels, shops, restaurants and bars all geared for Western tourists. You’ll be buying your normal toothpaste, the latest (knocked-off) films and a full English breakfast before you know it. Heaven!
Want the chilled vibe?
Ko Samui has it! A bus tour from Hat Chaweng is good to see the island and plan where to chill the next day. You’ll see Hin Lat waterfall (nice), Big Buddhas (big), a mummified monk (strange) and Grandmother Grandfather Rocks (don’t ask), as you look for your perfect beach retreat.
Was it worth it?
Ko Samui is the best place for a pre and post-Full Moon party chill. Yes, it’s touristy and there’s every chance you’ll be drawn to watching football with a gang of sun burnt Brits, but it’s also possible to escape to tropical beaches.
Other activities on Ko Samui
There’s nightly Thai Boxing, the Buffalo Fighting Stadium, performing monkeys and the Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo. It’s possible to have a two week holiday on Ko Samui and not get bored, but you’ll be paying tourist tax at the overpriced restaurants and bars.
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