Koh Samui – Overview

My 3 days trip to Koh Samui was great. It was an exhausting but fun trip. I wish could spend more time there.

Koh Samui is an island located at the Gulf of Thailand. It neighbours Koh Pha Ngan, another island which is well known for its full moon party. Other than Koh Pha Ngan, there are various islands around Koh Samui including Ang Thong Marine Park which consists of 40 over islands.

Koh Samui wasn’t the place that I expected it to be. It was like a scattered town with a few spots for tourist. It is highly commercialised and highly popular with Western travellers. I heard that David Beckham and Robbie Williams even own a place in Koh Samui.

A and I took a flight from Subang airport via Firefly. The airport has changed tremendously since I last came here 2 years ago for my Langkawi trip. The interior is now nicer and there are loads of new shops.


Subang Airport

It took us 2 hours from Subang airport to reach Koh Samui airport.


It was pretty cold so I had A’s cardigan on…damn ghey


Ahoy!

I must say that Koh Samui airport was impressive. It had an open styled concept. It felt like a hotel!


Even the toilet has an aquarium. Reminds me of Bali’s airport.

Our hotel, Hotel Impiana, picked us from the airport. Our hotel is located along the famous Chaweng Beach but at the least commercialised area. There were hardly any shops along our road.

I must say that the hotel is quite nice. Great interior and surroundings.

We were initially given a room facing the road but we learn from comments from the Internet that rooms facing the main road are noisy. The other available room faces the pool but we had to wait 2 hours for the hotel to sort out the room. Since we had 2 hours to spare, we rented a Jeep from the hotel for 1000Bath/day (should be lower if I went to shop around for better prices). I heard that taxis are fairly expensive in Koh Samui and the other alternative is songthaews, which I heard slaughters tourist. A motorbike was not an option as the last time I rode a bike was more than 10 years ago.

Driving a Jeep was no easy task and I almost had an accident before I could step into the Jeep. What happened was that someone forgot free the Jeep’s gear and I started the Jeep when I was outside. The Jeep startled front and hit a bush. Thank god no major damage.


Backseat – damn small

We spent our 3 days doing various activities such kayaking, hiking, swimming and even a Muay Thai class.There were hardly anytime to rest and we came home with a bruised knee and sore calves.

Overall, Koh Samui trip was well spent. Many thanks to A for the air tickets and hotel. More details soon!

11 thoughts on “Koh Samui – Overview”

  1. Yes, Subang airport is very nice now…
    As I know, there are two airlines provide services to Koh Samui. Firefly and Berjaya air.
    The price is not cheap as Samui is marketed as an exclusive destination.
    I heard Firefly’s service is great… Hmmm… I shall give it a try 🙂

  2. Hi there,

    nice write-up on your trip to Koh Samui. In fact i will be going there this friday and will be staying at Impiana as well 🙂

    Just want to ask a few things if you dont mind, was the flight journey good and comfortable (first time im taking firefly) and was the hotel of a good standard – room, facilities, food (so far good reviews on TripAdvisor).

    Thank You

    1. Hi Fashah!

      Yes, the flight was great! Quite comfortable. Hotel on the other was good as well, no complaints from me. However, the hotel food is a little bit pricey hence you may want to travel out for food 😀

  3. Love Koh Samui Island, but we took full day trip to Koh Phangan Island with http://www.safariboat.info and the Island a koh phangan tour was incredible, never expected something nice. the service was supergood and we enjoy also Angthong marine park with them. after we saw koh Phangan with Safari boat we decided to move there and that was the real holiday. recommended for everyone.

    Tomas

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