One of the more well known island resorts in Thailand, Koh Samui indulges you in sandy white beachs and sun soaked days. This is probably one of the more popular island get-aways in the past, but now that the other islands in Thailand are getting on in popularity, Koh Samui isn’t so much on the radar screen of purist beach goers anymore. We visited in 2007 to enjoy the beaches, and also to see how the place was since we kept hearing so much about it then.Koh Samui has a small airport and Bangkok Airways operates a direct flight from Singapore. The air ticket price is actually quite expensive compared to flying to Bangkok. I didn’t realized it then, but the airport in Koh Samui was built by Bangkok Airways and they charge a premium to fly there. There are other airlines that fly there now from Singapore like Silkair.

The rustic looking Koh Samui airport.
The rustic looking Koh Samui airport.
No electronic signboards, all manual.
No electronic signboards, all manual.
You can watch your plane land in front of you.
You can watch your plane land in front of you.
That's how we get to the plane.
That’s how we get to the plane.

There are numerous hotels to choose from when staying in Koh Samui. So pick the best one that fits your budget. Of course hotels that are next to the beaches are more expensive.

I stayed at Samui Natien. It's middle of the road pricing and next to a beach.
I stayed at Samui Natien. It’s middle of the road pricing and next to a beach. Koh Samui has a lot of European tourists and topless sunbathing is the norm.
Sunset views from the beach.
Sunset views from the beach.

Almost everyone comes to Koh Samui to enjoy the beaches, so activities like sea sports, sun bathing, diving are the norm.

Our island hopping trip brought us to Koh Nang Yuan.
Our island hopping trip brought us to Koh Nang Yuan.
One of the idyllic beach scenes on Koh Nang Yuan.
One of the idyllic beach scenes on Koh Nang Yuan.
A small resort on Koh Nang Yuan.
A small resort on Koh Nang Yuan.
Snorkeling at Mango Bay.
Snorkeling at Mango Bay.

Besides the beaches and resorts, there isn’t much else to see or do on Koh Samui. Even then, We rented a small jeep to drive around and explore the island on our own.

Filling up the tank of the rental jeep.
Filling up the tank of the rental jeep with gasoline at the friendly village gas station. It’s just a hand pump and a hose.
The only Big Buddha temple on the island.
The only Big Buddha temple on the island.
Bad English is everywhere (not the pop group).
Bad English is everywhere (not the pop group).
The Big Buddha temple is on a small hill and you can get a nice view from up there.
The Big Buddha temple is on a small hill and you can get a nice view from up there.
There is a small waterfall called Namuang. Not that interesting but something to see.
There is a small waterfall called Namuang. Not that interesting but something to see.
Everyone goes to see the Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks. I didn't know rocks have sexes.
Everyone goes to see the Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks. I didn’t know rocks have sexes. Grandfather Rock is on the left, and Grandmother Rock is on the right, in case you are clueless.
We stopped for some tea at a cliff top restaurant.
We stopped for some tea at a cliff top restaurant.

Koh Samui would be good for a long weekend stay, but the cost of a vacation there was quite expensive.  Besides the pricey air ticket,  Koh Samui was popular with European tourists and I found that the prices of hotels and restaurant food was much more expensive than in Bangkok (probably because the Euro has so much purchasing power in Thailand). I figured that I could have gone to Bangkok twice for the price I paid. I guess then that back then this was the ‘in place’ for most tourists. But with the rise of more budget friendly island get-aways in the Kingdom, there are more options for us nowadays.

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