November 7, 2012

Koh Samui - Thailand

I have now been back for a week, fully recovered from the suspected food poisoning, back at work and unfortunately feeling like my holiday was a lot longer ago!

 After 3 days in Bangkok we travelled to Koh Samui. We were warned that it was the wet season, we were told that rain had been predicted for the rest of the week so it was no surprise that it was cloudy and wet when we landed.

Koh Samui airport is very small and cute, it reminded me of Nadi, Fiji airport. We caught a little bus from the plane to the baggage terminal to pick up our bags before walking a few meters to the pick up point where our transfer for the Mantra Samui was waiting.

View from room at the Mantra

The Mantra Samui is located approx 20 min from the airport, near the Bophut fisherman's village, it is located on a steep hill. Being some distance from the beach and so high on the hill the view is fantastic, if you are looking for a beachfront resort the Mantra Samui is not your resort, regardless of the location we had a good time, the staff were friendly, the view from our room was amazing, food and drinks were reasonably priced (what you would expect to pay in Australia), the pool and gym was quite good too.

We visited several attractions, below are some photos and some information if you are planning on travelling to Koh Samui:

Krua Bophut
Treetops - Chaweng
Elephant ride
Bophut Fisherman's village
Anathong National Park
Anathong National Park
  • Krua Bophut - A Thai restaurant located in the Bophut fisherman's village, it is located along the beach, unfortunately the weather wasn't great so we sat inside however there are tables and chairs outside and along the beach. The food was fantastic, the best Thai food I ate whilst in Thailand.
  • Bophut Fisherman's Village - We visited the Fisherman's village several times, there are a number of resteraunts, bars, some tailors and market stalls within the fisherman's village. If you are in the area on a Friday night the locals set up stalls where you will find make up, wallets, bags, clothes, shoes, food, drinks the list goes on.
  • Mr Ung Magical Safari - This is a tour defiently worth doing, the tour was reasonably priced, we spent a full day travelling around Koh Samui we visited several attractions including the Grandmother and Grandfather rocks, an elephant park, waterfall, a magical garden, the mummified monk and the big buddha.
  • Treetops - Chaweng - An amazing restaurant in Chaweng, I was advised to go to this restaurant by several people on tripadvisor. The restaurant isn't cheap however it is worth every cent, each table is spread along a long boardwalk amongst the trees, we sat at the furthest table which had ocean views, the staff were attentive, polite and friendly, we were given a demonstration on the different types of salts they had on offer and which ones they recommended with our mains, there was even a selection of knives to use during the main course. We were given complimentary breads and a small dish and sorbet between the entree and main to cleanse our palate. The food was unbelievably good.
  • Chaweng - A tourist area containing shops, restaraunts, bars and the beach. Along the beach is Ark bar a bar where you can relax on the lounge chairs facing the beach, by the pool or in the restaurant, we visited Ark bar in the late afternoon, it is an ideal place to unwind with a cocktail whilst listening to the DJ playing some tunes. Another bar worth visiting in Chaweng is the Ice bar, the bar and furniture in it is made out of ice, there is an entrance fee, it is cheaper to purchase drinks before entering the bar. The shots were great,my favourite was the Mars bar, it is a small bar, we didn't spend long in there however it was a good place too cool down, try a few nice shots/cocktails and take some photos of the ice sculptures.
  • Anathong National Park - A must visit, we did a day trip to the national park which included pick up from hotel, 1.5 hour boat ride, a hike up a mountain for fantastic views of the national park, lunch, optional kayaking and snorkelling. Don't forget to take your camera and decent walking shoes if you climb up the mountain.