We have a little story about frequent Thailand visits. Our first holiday was in Phuket – it was a rain season (raining everyday) but we were enjoying our holiday. 4 years later, My husband and I married in Phuket, so that’s why we decided to go to Thailand once a year! This time we choose Koh Samui to celebrate our 1st Anniversary.
From Hong Kong to Koh Samui only 3 airlines have a direct flight and they will take around 3 hours and 20 mins.
- Bangkok Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Hong Kong Airline
WHERE TO STAY IN KOH SAMUI
This time we had 2 hotels, one is located in Chaweng Beach and the other one located in Choeng Mon beach.
Baan Haad Ngam Boutique Resort: We booked from booking.com and received a free one-way pick up (20 mins drive from airport). The location of the hotel is excellent, close enough to the Chaweng street for easy access (shopping) and far enough to avoid lots of tourists. The infinity pool overlooks the ocean and was amazing. The beach itself was quite and shallow. Breakfast was delicious with a lot of choices from local to international cuisine.
Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort: The location of the hotel is really quite, ideal for relaxation. It is a bit far away from Chaweng and Fisherman’s Village but not a big deal for us because we rented a scooter. They also offer a free shuttle but you have to book at reception. We stayed in a one bedroom villa with a large pool area, comfortable outdoor sun lounges plus outdoor table and chairs. It was very relaxing. The beach is nice with a bit rocky sea. The breakfast was good, you can order Egg Benedict, Thai style omelet…etc.
WHERE TO EAT IN KOH SAMUI
Dara Serene Restaurant: The first night we arrived at Koh Samui we found this restaurant at Chaweng beach, We sat on a table less than 4 meters from the sea, each table has its own little tent and lantern, the cocktails were perfect. I ordered a drink with coconut rum, but the food I would say was soso, everything was pricy and the service was very slow. It was $57USD for 2 person, I would say not worth it to go there, unless you want to sit in a romantic way at the beach.
Olivio Restaurant: It is only one restaurant in Baan Haad Ngam Boutique Resort, breakfast buffet in the morning, lunch and dinner was offered, both Thai and Italian dishes. You must try handmade pasta, it was very delicious and with reasonable price.
Jungle Club: We stay there for drinks and chill out only. They offer food as well. This had an amazing view and is my TOP tip.
Night Market : Koh Samui has night markets almost every night, every night in different locations. Thats why I love Koh Samui:). Let me know in the comments below, if you want me to post a night market guide.
Local Restaurant: When we were staying at the Outrigger Resort, there were also a local restaurant nearby (directly at the exit, main street). They only can speak limited English, but they have photos inside the menu. Really highly recommend to go there. My husband and I went there everyday for lunch. Thai noodle soup, pai thai, fresh coconut, fried morning glory…etc. Cheap (3-5 USD only) and delicious!!!
WHERE TO GO IN KOH SAMUI
Jungle Club – Make a reservation before you go there and make sure you get a table to see all over Koh Samui. Most of the people they go at the sunset time.
Big Buddha Temple (Boput) – We arrived at almost 5pm when the sun was going down, it was perfect to see the sunset and not many tourist at all (less than 10 people).
Chinese Temple (Mae Nam) – It is located in Mea Nam Night Market, you can take some photos when you go to the night market.
Central Festival Koh Samui – “Top Market” is located in G/F, if you are looking for dry mango, coconut oil or coconut cookies…etc. This is a good place for souvenirs and local dried food.
Lamai View point – (100Baht) – very nice view, just walk 10-15 mins to the top. Tip: no need to pay for the cable car. Order cocktails and enjoy the view.
ARK Bar – They have a cool beach party every week. It was an amazing party.
Secret Buddha Garden – (80Baht admission fee) located at north-west of Lamai Beach on top of hill. It will take around 30 mins drive from Lamai View Point. The jungle and banana fields are absolutely beautiful. It is a wonderful and peaceful garden.
Spa or Thai Massage – Highly recommend to do Thai massage at the beach. It is around (300-400Baht) for 1 hour. Must try coconut oil massage.
- Chaweng Beach is a busy area, if you want something between busy and quite, you can consider Baan Haad Ngam Boutique Resort or nearby. If you want stay away from the tourists, then Choeng Mon beach is really a quite beach.
- I would suggest you guys to go to the night market instead of the restaurant. They have a lot of delicious food in the night market.
- You don’t need to get taxi in Koh Samui. Rent a scooter or take a local “Tuk Tuk”, you can save a lot of money and it’s so much more fun.