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!!).
One thing you shouldn't miss is a performance of traditional thai dances. Most resorts in Koh Samui carry them during dinner time or as night entertainement. These colourful performances are really pleasant . I saw one in our hotel, the Chaweng Regent Beach Resort.
In town, we hung a right, walked a little way and found a little cafe. There, over a beer, wine and soft drinks, we decided to do the elephant trekk, lunch at a restaurant a fellow vt'er had recommended and us girls needed to do some serious shopping therapy.
Btw, I'm sure you will recognise our choice by these two lovely ladies outside, cooking the food right outside the cafe on the sidewalk. ....also, don't bother with the wine.....I should have had a beer instead ;o)
Ok, we're ready. No sooner had we stepped out of the cafe and were bailed up by this fella trying to sell us a taxi for 2,500 Baht ($90Aus).
..Well I'd heard all about batering, so after giving it a go,.....got him down to 1,800 Baht ($60Aus). ...Bargain!!! ......for running us around the Island for 5 hours :o)
Meet Cockeet, our Taxi driver for the day :o)
Found it!! The Little Boat Seafood Restaurant!! Recommended by jamiesamui here on vt.... (Hi Jamie :o) Talk about totally yummy food!! We all totally enjoyed our lunch here, and I happily fully recommend the place!!
With our bellies full, we decided to do a bit of shopping. Turning right, hubby and I ventured a few stores down the street and came to a taylor. ....Yes, about half an hour later, we had both ordered 2 beautiful leather jackets at a bargain price!!
Meanwhile, across the road, Kelli was doing some serious bargaining herself. Got a piercing, bag and sunnies for an excellant price....and on top of that, the fella re-imbersed her 500 Baht because the piercing looked good ;o) ...say no more...
Well our day in Koh Samui is sadly coming to an end. Kelli and I are itching to get back to spend our remaining Baht in town. ....now I'm happy to stay that my hippy batic wardrope is fully stocked up again :o) Clothes are so cheap in Koh Samui!!
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Full Moon Parties are famous, and helped put Thailand islands on the tourism map, along with the movie "The Beach." The main party is held on Ko Phan Ngan (Ko Phangan), whihc is a short ferry ride away. As theft and general mayhem are associated with Phan Ngan and the parties, I decided to stay at Samui and just take the ferry over for the party. This really worked out brilliantly. The area sets up everything for the party, so extra ferries run to and from the islands at the appropriate times. The parties are as massive and crazy as you might have heard, though they don't sport the well-known DJ's that they used to. It is still a VERY wild party, and a unique experience.
I have to profess to not knowing much about this place - why it was built or where exactly it is even!
It was one of the venues on the jeep safari of the island that I took. All I can say is that it is very peaceful, relaxing and a nice place in which to spend an hour or so.
If you would like to go, ask a local tour operator about the best way to visit.
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.
Katoey is Thai for ladyboy (or transvestite). They are a common sight in Thailand and fairly harmless. Some are involved in cabarets in such places as Phuket and Koh Samui. They hang around outside the cabaret before it starts to bring people in. These beauties I met at Chaweng Beach on Koh Samui. Pretty ugly actually and easy to spot but others are quite convincing.
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.
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.
Perhaps the world’s most famous rave, Ko Phangan’s monthly Full Moon Party appeals to all senses. Sound systems thump out techno and club music all along Sunrise Beach, which can be packed with as many as 10,000, neon-adorned revelers from around the globe. Hawkers at hastily erected drink stalls sell “buckets” of booze in all manner of concoctions and a haze of marijuana smoke lingers over the beach. Early in the evening fire dancers draw big crowds, but as the night drags on most partiers either pass out on the beach or join the throngs of drunken dancers inside or outside one of the many clubs. It's one of those experiences, like a parade or a New Year's party, where those people sober enough to smile and pose for all the right pictures and pretend to be having a good time do so to hide the fact they really aren't enjoying themselves. As with similar parties in Brazil and at Spring Break venues, the surf serves as a toilet and the beach literally becomes a cesspool of human waste. And there seems to be an inordinate number of partiers on bad trips or with alcohol poisoning who end up seeking (typically involuntarily) medical attention. It’s definitely not my scene nor my type of music, but the whole thing does appeal in a strange car wreck kind of a way. And it’s easy enough to visit for a few hours by taking one of the many party boats from Ko Samui. The boats run on varying schedules and cost in the 500-600 baht range.
You can drive around the island of Koh Samui in a day - stopping at Lamai Beach, the Giant Buddha, the fascinating man and woman rock.
Driving is easy although you should first find the petrol stations. They are smaller than the usual versions.
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