I would have to say Lamai's nightlife is much more suited for single men than Chaweng. There seems to be a bigger influx of girlie bars pretty much everywhere. The town itself is a bit more threadbare than Chaweng. Not quite as modern. Certainly not as many dining, shopping or nightclub options. Once again though, it does offer a bit more chill of an nighttime environment than Chaweng, which can be a good thing.
The area right off the beach, especially in central Chaweng is one big party location. The road is called Beach Rd. Tons of bars thomping music all hours of the night. Live music everywhere, sports bars. During the day the village is great to walk around in to grab a bite, go shop, or check out a travel agency for a days excursion. Pretty much every modern convenience you will need will be in the village area of Chaweng. Like I said before though, it really does get crazy at night.
On a positive note, the rates for accommodations are a bit cheaper than Chaweng. The vibe is a bit more mellow as well. But otherwise, not very impressed. The reason being is the huge amount of trash washed up on shore. It was disgusting! Also, some areas in the water had what looked like oil splotches from the jetskis being rented out. Not really my cup of tea.
At roughly 2 1/2 hours from Samui, just to the north/west of Ko Tao is a private island, but accessible to everybody, although it costs 100 baht per day. Believe me, it is well worth it !!! For most people visiting from Samui these 100 baht are included in the price for the boat trip. Regulations are strictly applied including NO plastic bottles
This was the first real white sand we had seen, in a narrow band stretched between the 3 islands. Yes Ko Nangyuan is actually 3 islands joined together by this band of sand. Normally the parasols and mattresses are to be paid for, but no-one says anything if you park yourself for half-hour.
Take the walk up to the top of the island, by a trail across some pontoons and then a dirt track and finally a climb up some rocks to the viewpoint. A superb vista offers itself.
Also the clearest water we had in our 9 week trip to Samui, nowhere was the water bettre than here. Also the best snorkeling I did. A couple of hundred metres off the beach are a few diving boats, mainly from Ko Tao.
The day out including the return boat trip, snorkeling gear and a meal came to about 1000 baht (25 euros) per person, children half price. Also included is a pick-up from your hotel or villa if you need it.
Bar Ice Samui is the newest and by far the best experience on Koh Samui. It's certainly different!! Fir hats in Koh Samui..... It's Absurd!! The ice bar is stunning (only 375 thb to enter)and the main bar and garden area really nice to (excuse the pun) just chillout. The staff are really friendly and the drinks reasonably priced.
Check This Place Out!!
Especially when the weather is not so good, having a Thai massage is a nice thing to do. The traditional Thai massage is done with your clothes on and is exercised with much more pressure than the massages we traditionally know in western countries. Sometimes the masseuse will even use the weight of her whole body on you.
A very good place to get such a massage is one of the "My Friend" salons. Here you can be sure that the staff is properly trained, which you cannot always be sure of with the women offering massages on the beach. You recognize the "My Friend" salons by the masseuses in orange uniforms waiting inside.
I had a traditional Thai massage for 200 Thai Baht (about US$ 6) an hour. You can, however, also have a whole range of other services, as for example an oil massage or a facial treatment. If you feel like having a massage, you can just walk into one of their salons without having an appointment.
An expesive tour but worth every penny.............we booked through a local travel agent, we were then picked up from our hotel and taken to an area near Lamai where we were kitted out with gloves, helmet & our ATV's we then practiced on a course for about 15 minutes.
We then with a guide were off into the mountains.
The entire trip including the practice was about 4 hours and the price encluded free bottled water and lunch in a moutain top resturant, we also stopped at several view points and visited the magic garden. At one stop we were offered a go on a tree top slide for extra cost but we declined. When we arrived back we were offered a go on some BB guns for a small price while we waited for our transport.
Could be seen as a bit of a tourist trap but still it was great fun. Along Chaweng Beach Road you can find a number of tourist shops/agencies that will organise day trips for you and the 'eco tour' on Samui is well worth it. For around 1,700 bahts for half day, they will pick you up from your hotel about 8.30. The tour takes you to 2 waterfalls (the first on the elephant is more of a trickle though), the elephant trek through the jungle being the main highlight, you'll get to see and taste some traditional Thai cooking (YUM!), yellow curry which was hot but lovely. They will take you to another location and show you rubber tapping. How they send monkeys to fetch the coconuts from the tall palms and finally lunch. They have squeezed a lot in the half day but a good trip.
Rent a jeep for a couple of days to sea the island. This is good way to see the main sights of Samui and really cheap (about 800 bahts). You can find rental jeeps or bikes anywhere along the strip in Chaweng. It can be a bit daunting because they don't look particularly professional places to hire from (when we got there early in the morning there was someone asleep on the floor!!), but it all turned out well in the end.
The island itself it very easy to get around especially the coastal areas as a road circles Samui, so it's impossible to get lost. There are plenty of signs too. The jeep and the days we had it for were great although it did takes some time to work out how to get the key out of the car (Japanese cars!!).
We found this place by accident and its worth a look. 2 or 3 shows a day. Its not expensive...........the show itself is a little tacky with performing monkeys then you see a demonstration of monkeys getting coconuts from trees and after chance to get photos at no extra cost....................be careful of sun glasses and hats...........the monkeys can get playful.
This attraction is in the north of the island.
Ko samui has so many spas!...it's really difficult for me to choose which spa i want to go too since the sources back in my hometown dosen't provide much info regarding ko samui not untill we reached samui airport and grab all the leaflets and not having much time to actually read what are provided and the reviews. Most spas comes in packages which can be very competitive in terms of price and what is included in the package.
And so we end up booking one at our the resort we are staying. The Quan Spa. I read that it's quite well known but only to disappoint myself that the oil massage is more of the fusion basis which i must say i don't quite like it because the massage is soft though they arsked if we wanted the strong one which is not that strong afterall. And on top of it the package we took includes 30 mins steam bath and javuzzi which i find 30 mins its just too short. 15 mins each....sigh!. Tamarind springs allows their guest to use their steam bath and jauzzi for as long as you want to so you can enjoy and no worries of rushing.
Located in the South of Koh Samui travel here by bike or car it is (by car) 20 minutes from Lamai 30 from Chaweng
Enterance fee is minimal...........the exhibits aren't much but the snake, scorpion and centerpede show is fantastic.....................and how often has that bloke been biten.............300+ times. The show is on 2 or 3 times a day.
An Island North East of Samui reached by boat. There are several piers on Samui where you can catch boats to here. We went by a passenger boat (approx 1 hour) which then went on to Ang Thong.
On Koh Pha Ngan you have various types of accomodation, bars and resturants but mostly its geared for backpackers.
There are beaches and inland areas to explore...............but most people come here for the famous full and half moon parties held at Hat Rin. The best party is New Years eve.
The last time i was in Samui there were 2 venus both in Chaweng. One was new and i didn't try this out, the other is called Christie's. It is located just past the Green Mango. The show starts at 11pm and goes on for an hour. You can't miss it as half an hour before the show Lady Boys stand on the main road to get your attention.
It is free but you have to buy one drink (a small price to pay).
After the show the entertainers stand in a row and try to get a photo with you..................if you don't want to pay don't have your photo taken with them.
Other shows are held in several hotels as the weekly entertainment
There are a number of massage shops around Chaweng both on the beach and on the strip. Some look quite seedy so do look out for those that look busy, clean and where the staff are wearing uniforms. These normally open until well after midnight so nice to pop in for a foot massage after dancing all night! You will normally be given a drink and you'll be totally relaxed after.
As for the masseurs on the beaches, again just use your judgement.
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