Koh Samui, Thailand (August 2018)

Cheap skewers at the Lamai Sunday Street Market

I’ll keep this post brief as I didn’t do that much in Koh Samui.

This was the last island before we headed back to the mainland and honestly, we could’ve skipped it. We primarily came to break up the travel between Koh Tao and Bangkok (as Koh Samui was the closest island that had an airport). It was fine for 2 days but I would’ve rather stayed at Koh Tao or Koh Phangan longer instead. Koh Samui was much more noticeably tourist-run, lots of people on the beach and just higher priced than the other islands. Drinks, food, taxi, hotel rooms – overpriced and not that much better. We ended up just hanging out at the beach most of the time, which is fine for a day but we would’ve wanted more (affordable) adventure the rest of the time. The only special things we really did was see an amateur Muay Thai fight one night and walk a street market, which you could do at other cities/islands.

local muay thai fighting

Day 1 – Sat

  • Arrival at hotel via taxi from the port (no grab app)
  • Lunch at Harry’s Restaurant (medicore)
  • Went back to hotel to relax as it was raining
  • Dinner at Made In (better than lunch). Friendly service.
  • Walked around Downtown Lamai
  • Lamai Muay Thai Boxing only on Saturdays at 10PM

Day 2 – Sun

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Beach Day!
    • 1/2 price juices and smoothies at neighboring hotel’s beach bar. Get the watermelon smoothie – I’m obsessed.
  • Lunch at The Cuisine
  • Dinner at Lamai Sunday Street Market – good, cheap street food. Definitely try the skewers.

Day 3 – Mon

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Hotel van to airport for flight to Bangkok

Stay: Lamai Coconut Beach Resort
Busy beach front resort at Lamai Beach. Great for its close vicinity to the beach as well as restaurants. Plus it had free breakfast (but food was mediocre). We stayed in a room with a balcony that had a slight ocean view- there is a wooden bench on the balcony but no loungers to fully relax on. The hotel provided free sun beds at the beach. All sights/restaurants were walkable from hotel.

Koh Tao, Thailand (August 2018)

On top of Nangyuan Island

Koh Tao, aka Turtle Island, was my favorite island and my favorite other place visited besides Chiang Mai. This island screams IM SUPER CHILL BRAH AND EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT. I loved Koh Tao because everything was pretty much walkable in the part where we stayed (Sairee Beach). It was like a beach town but there wasn’t really a beach to hang out at… at least no sand area. Koh Tao is known for scuba diving and snorkeling and there are many areas on the island to do just that.

Day 1 – Tuesday

  • Check in to Sairee Cottages
  • Lunch at Sairee Cottage Restaurant
  • Walked around the area
  • Dinner at Farango Pizzeria (dude…$90 baht/$3 USD magherita pizzas here for happy hour)

Day 2 – Wednesday

  • Breakfast at PermPoon Coffee Bar by the Pool (part of our hotel)
  • Hung out at the pool
  • Rained so we hung out at our balcony and read or played games
  • Went to go check out different snorkeling and scuba diving places
  • Dinner at 995 Roasted Duck (BEST FOOD OF THE TRIP)
  • Dessert at Butter I-cream (ice cream at our hotel)

Day 3 – Thursday

  • Breakfast at PermPoon Coffee Bar by the Pool
  • Oxygen2 Snorkeling Tour (Full Day)
  • Snorkeling at Nangyuan Island, Shark Bay, Mango Island, Lighthouse Bay and Aow Leuk. Lunch, snacks and beverages included.
  • BBQ dinner at Sairee Cottages Restaurant

Day 4 – Friday

  • Breakfast at PermPoon Coffee Bar by the Pool
  • Scuba Diving Lesson and Open Water Dive at Ban’s Diving Resort
  • Dinner at Roasted Duck (yeah this place was freaking awesome, we went twice)
  • Dessert at Butter I-cream

Day 5 – Saturday

  • Breakfast at PermPoon Coffee Bar by the Pool
  • Taxi to Mae Haad Pier for Koh Samui
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Koh Phangan, Thailand (August 2018)

First island stop on our honeymoons

Pronounced “Ko Pahng Yun”, this island is famous for its wild full moon parties or half moon parties (or any parties) at Haad Rin. We just missed the full moon party so we opted to explore the quieter sides of the island. It’s a bigger island, one where you even by motorbike, it may take you an hour to ride somewhere because of the roads. We only planned to stay for 1.5 days but we would’ve like to add on another day to check out more of the island. I’ll include a list of things recommended but we didn’t have time to do.

Day 1 – Sunday

  • Thai Smiles flight from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui
  • Ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan
  • Taxi to High Life Bungalow & Check In
  • Dinner at Zots Resto @ Tantawan Resort

Day 2 – Monday

  • Breakfast at Tantawan Resort
  • Motorbike rental at My Hut
  • Mae Haad Beach
  • Haad Khom Beach
  • Lunch at Haad Khom Bungalow Restaurant
  • Pool at High Life Bungalow
  • Dinner at High Life Bungalow

Day 3 – Tuesday

  • Breakfast at High Life
  • Secret Beach
  • Check out and took their taxi to the pier for Koh Ta
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