If the weather at Koh Tao had been a bit on the dull side, the weather while we were at Koh Samui was nothing short of brilliant. It was stinking hot, sunny, and we soaked it up.
We stayed at Moonhut Bungalows at Mae Nam Beach, on the northern coast of Koh Samui (600 baht per night for a fan bungalow with bathroom). It was fine but the bed was awful – so bad that we had to sleep on the pool lilos that we had taken with us from Koh Tao!
The boys wanted to hire scooters to see the island, so we found some at Pia and Mike’s hotel for 200 B per day ($8 NZD). We visited Fisherman’s Village – really cute, with yummy (but expensive) restaurants, a big Buddha, a waterfall, and a number of other beaches. It was loads of fun! We even saw a cat on a scooter and a baby elephant.
The walking street night markets at Mae Nam (Thursdays) and Fisherman’s Village (Fridays) were also fun. Lots of cheap cocktails, ‘flesh’ spring rolls, chicken satay skewers, fried insects, and your normal Thailand touristy necklaces, singlets, bikinis, and so on.
We hired a stand-up paddle board one morning from our hotel, which was heaps of fun – a good thing it was warm because we kept falling off!
Koh Samui was great – it was nice to have some good weather, and to explore an island we had been wanting to visit for ages. It was quite a bit more expensive (food-wise) than Koh Tao, but we expected that. There are some amazing beach bars outside resorts on Chaweng Beach (the main beach on the island) – we had mojitos and tapas at The Page, outside The Library hotel, a super-flash design hotel that had one-way mirror toilet doors (so you could see out of the cubicle but nobody could see in), and a red tiled pool. Exquisite!
So then we said see ya later to Thailand, what a great time we had there!
Next stop (and sadly the last stop on this trip): Hong Kong