Koh samui in June
For a start the weather in June probably that much better on Samui than Krabi. Secondly if you enjoyed Patong then you probably want an area with plenty of restaurants, some shopping and a lively atmosphere ? If that is the case then Chaweng Samui would probably suit you fine. Krabi is very nice but to appreciate it the best months are from late November until early April.
For accommodation go to somewhere like beachsiam.com for Koh Samui and then perhaps browse through the reviews for those at Chaweng beach to get an idea of what would suit you, as a family your budget is fine.
If you are familiar with Patong you will be glad to know that certainly for that budget you will find good absolute beachfront accommodation so you can walk right onto the beach. For snorkeling best to take a trip to Koh Tao, just a boat ride from Samui.
For flights - who are you booking your long haul into Bangkok on ? If you are flying with Thai they now have 2 flights per day so see if by chance you are flying with Thai to get them to include Samui and see what the fare is, it could be your cheapest way of doing it.
You can fly budget to Surat Thani and then it is a bus ride and ferry over to Samui. Tip: Why not budget to Surat Thani and then you have the boat ride but then fly direct back to bangkok with Bangkok Airways / Thai, that helps on the cost. Going down via Surat Thani would be 'interesting' as a change but probably at the end of your vacation / holiday a straight flight back to Bangkok would be easy.
Don't bring what you can buy!
Bermudas/Shorts are a must, swimming costumes/trunks/bikinis, loose shirts. Try to get those disposable water-proof cameras or get a water-proof case for your precious SLR. A most popular angle to capture pictures is NOT on dry land. Wet suit for divers, slip-proof sandals. A definite not-to-bring is a pair of sunglasses as they are sold on the cheap there. I once tried bargaining till 100 baht for a pair, and at that price, you can bear to wear them into the water!
The pub here will be operation from 1pm onwards till 2am... this what i got before get a taxi to the airport... hehehe. By the way, when u got sunburn dont forget this green gel... sunburn after lotion.. or after sunburn lotion... well i dont know how to say it... but u know what i mean right ?
Scooter & tuk tuk is a best transport to go around
This journey is from KL to Koh Samui trip (warning!! This is non stop journey)
From KLIA to Hat Nyai Airport (Flight – 1 Hr 30 Min)
From Hat Nyai to Suratthani (Train – 5 Hrs)
From Suratthani to Koh Samui (Boat – 3 Hrs)
During the time we are in the island, we have seen so many scooters has been riding by a tourist, scooter is a handy transportation which you can travel all by yourself to anywhere you like to go. The whole day renting of the scooter is about TH150 - TH200.
Tuk Tuk also fun, i like to ride with tuk tuk while im going there, it a small truck for you to moved around with cost about TH50 - TH100 to lamai shooping area. I shop a lots though
Disappointed at Zico’s
We walked blindly into this Brazilian restaurant
having read excellent revues and
that there was an ‘a la carte menu.’
After choosing my wine from their
glass-enclosed, walk in wine room
we asked for the menu and were told that,
it was an all ‘the same’ one price menu.
And I was thinking of only ordering
one of those tasty salads that I saw
on the table next door.
So this menu included a copiousness salad bar.
Plenty to choose from here.
Us being both girls with tiny appetites,
we could have stopped right here.
we waited around for someone to pick up our plates.
At the end we had to draw
the attention of the waiter to do this
and asked him to start serving the main dishes.
Being South Americans,
we were already accustomed to
the Brazilian Restaurant BBQ parade,
with circulating servers carving meats in our plates.
We weren’t very impressed here.
I’ve omitted pretty much,
red meat out of my diet,
so I was eager for the several varieties of fishes
that are said to be served.
So the first thing carved on my plate
was the salmon, which was good.
After that, chicken legs, chicken wings,
lamb, sausage, turkey wrapped in bacon,
beef and prawns were offered to us.
NOT the 15 different varieties that is said to be served.
So I guess you could say,
for a female with a small appetite,
and who doesn’t eat much meat,
I felt that I was over paying for this set menu,
that I didn’t even care for.
I would have been happy with just the salad.
Somewhere along our meal,
they cranked up the music real loud,
and 2 female dancers straight from Brazil
started wiggling around.
Great asses, but…..
Having problems digesting to the loud music here.
they danced for only 2 songs.
But I am sure that plenty of the men,
wanted lots more. When it came time to move on,
we literally needed to
flag down our waiter to bring us our bill.
We felt the service was bad and
my mother didn’t like her Caipirinha either.
And that’s a Brazilian drink!
For a guy with a hearty appetite
and loves to digest his food
to loud music and Brazilian girls
dancing around his table,
this might be a spot for him.
There is an upstairs bar which
might be cool for some drinks.
But to be honest,
I have had more than enough
of this place.
Price for Fixed Menu:
645 Bahts + VAT