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