So we arrived into Ko Samui to one of the nicest, if not the nicest airports I have ever been to in my life. The place is immaculate and more like a 5 star hotel rather than an airport. The weather was also really quite nice with the sunshine blazing down, and with it being a beach resort it was going to be quite handy. It was also a huge contrast to life in Bangkok, hectic to laid back in under an hour's flight.
After a short journey from the airport to Chaweng beach we settled for the first place we came across, Relax Resort. It was a nice little beach bungalow set back about 2 minute stroll to the beach. Other than the stench in the reception the rooms were nice and fairly cheap and the place also had a little pool by the beach.
The beach was really really nice and the sand perfect under foot and the water crystal clear, which was surprising as people we had spoke to really didn't like Ko Samui or had little good to say about it. People had said that it's a very ugly strip which may be true as it has McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Nando's and a Starbucks (and surely that's a good thing :) ) believe it or not, but this was only the road side. The beach on the other hand had some lovely hotels and nice chilled out restaurant's and bar's and we mainly kept ourselves beach side for the duration of our stay.
We spent 3 nights overall in Samui and everyday was more or less the same, days were spent chilling on the beach on complimentary comfy sun beds which was good as normally you would have to pay for these at other beach resorts we have previously been to.
Lunchtime would consist of a 5 minute stroll down to Ark bar which had amazing food which was reasonably priced. The night's generally were also fairly similar with a meal out as food was pretty cheap really and then head Ark bar to have a few laid back drinks on Chaweng beach.
The beach comes to life at night with the white sands transformed to have the sun beds laid flat down with blankets on and cushions with little tables where you can chill out with a beer or cocktail. The atmosphere is so chilled out with the sea literally lapping at your feet.
The Local's walk up and down the beach with Gibbon's (Monkeys) and Iguana's which you have to pay to have your photo done with them, which we thought was rather cruel. Laura was petrified of both the Gibbon and the Iguana and one night we were sitting there on the beach and one of the guys plonked the Iguana on Laura's head without either of us knowing as we were chatting to another couple, and this really freaked Laura out, but she was absolutely fine. The swine (Thai Man that is).
I must quickly mention they had a place on the island that had football golf (Liam you will know what I'm talking about), which looked and sounded amazing. I really wanted to go however Laura perhaps was not as keen as me and also it was going to cost us about £10 to get there and £10 to get back. We decided seeing as we are traveller's and on a tight budget that we would give this a miss. But I must at some point return to have a go, as my friends will know as we have played football golf many a time, which I thought I had invented the game. Anyway.....moving on
Another thing that deserves a little mention would have to be the Nuttella and Banana pancakes (it's always food that I have to mention) are so good! We tried our first one in Samui recommendation by Danny Williams (Thank You) This is without doubt the pancake to have on pancake day.
From Samui it was onto Ko Phangan for the famous full moon party.............