Our final stop on our Thailand tour was the island of Koh Samui. It won the award for nicest/most unique airport by a landslide. Please look at our terminal:
This was the stop we had the least amount of plans for, and after two full days of tours in/from Bangkok and multiple full day trips from Phuket– that was perfectly ok with us. We lounged on the beach the first afternoon and walked around by our hotel. We stayed in Chaweng, which is the main touristy beach, but not as intense as Patong in Phucket. For dinner that night we walked across the street to the Chaweng Night Market where we picked out our own seafood and ate like kings for less than $20.
The next morning we thought we were getting such a late start when we didn’t eat breakfast until 9. We quickly realized that nothing starts too early in Koh Samui. We stepped out into the street around 9:30 and you could hear the crickets chirping. Not a soul in sight and nothing but Starbucks was open. We were looking for a place to rent a motorbike and finally found somewhere that opened at 10 (most places didn’t open until 11) and we were the first in the door.
We had read a lot of warnings online about renting bikes, but also knew of a lot of people that had done it successfully so we decided to take the risk. We did not want to use our passport as collateral (which is common place there) so we managed to convince the woman to let us give her a cash deposit.
I made sure to take lots of pictures of our scratched up bike before we left so that she knew she couldn’t pull one over on us. As she handed us the keys, she said “be careful with it” with a smirk on her face. Don’t worry- Travis immediately drove it off the curb and toppled over in the street RIGHT in front of the shop window. We didn’t see any new scratches on the bike, but he was clearly feeling oh so confident as we navigated through the crazy, busy streets of Chaweng and finally out onto the open road. I on the other hand, was having a great time on that back of the bike!
Here’s my snap chat story from the day (it actually starts on the previous afternoon).
My favorite part of the day was exploring the island and finding quiet little towns in the less touristy parts.
But no matter where you go in Thailand you will always see this…
even carved on the back of chairs.
On one of our many stops, I looked up where to find the best beaches in Koh Samui. One of the ones that came up was Maenam Beach at the north part of the island. We stopped up there and followed the signs down a back road and then literally through the entrance to the W Hotel and finally found the beach. Even though it was their busy season and we were right in front of the hotel- there was hardly anyone on the beach.
It was the perfect place to relax in the shade after our big day of exploring the island.
My favorite thing was watching people take selfies with the giant W.
We were so nervous when we went to return our bike. We just knew that we were about to lose our deposit. The lady working on the other hand seemed to be quite happy to see us, she quickly went outside to inspect the bike. When she finally walked back in, she barely said a word to us, and quickly counted out our cash deposit and handed the entire thing back to us. We probably should have gone and bought a lottery ticket next.
The next day, Travis went on a scuba diving trip in the morning to Sail Rock and I got a massage and relaxed on our beach. It was pretty nice not having a busy day for once.
That evening we took a cab over to a different beach and checked out Rock Bar that had been recommend to me by some friends. It is a reggae themed tree house bar literally in the rocks on the side of the ocean.
It was a pretty cool place to hang out and watch the sunset on our last night in Koh Samui. The next morning we hung out on the beach before catching an afternoon flight back to Bangkok and then Vietnam!! More to come…
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