Koh Samui is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand – it has 247 square kilometers, 50,000 inhabitants, 500,000 tourists yearly, more than 200 luxury hotels.
Most of the island has a dense tropical jungle and mountains of up to 600 meters in altitude. Not to speak about the nearly 3 million coconut trees, many over 100 years old and 35 meters high. Samui is famous for its beaches, inland mountains and coral reefs. The modern history of the island starts 150 years ago, with the first Chinese settlers who came from the Hainan Island, but it’s referred to for the first time on Ming Dynasty maps in 1687.
Wake up in the opulent Kirikayan Luxury Pool Villas & Spa (Kirikayan.com) where you can live like a nabob for the prices of a regular hotel in Europe; I recommend Jacuzzi instead of shower, then a sumptuous breakfast.
Rent a scooter (6,5 euro per day, from Kirikayan) or under 5 euros at street centers. It’s the cheapest means of transport on the island, and the most pleasant.
Get on it and head for Silver Beach; on the way, stop for 15 minutes at View Point to enjoy the sight from Chaweng (where the heart of the Koh Samui tourism is) and take pictures. At Silver you have 4 hours to bath, beach, massage (5 euro per hour) and lunch at one of the beach restaurants.
Go to Lamai beach to see the rocks (with sexual innuendoes) of the island: Grandpa and Grandma, the main tourist attraction in Lamai. You have to leave your scooter in the parking (0.1 euros). Only 20 minutes for photographs and souvenirs.
Visit the Muslim village to see how the people there live.
Head for the cascade (Namuang 1) where you can swim or ride elephants.
Step on it about 20 minutes to Nathorn, the capital city, which hosts the governmental institutions and major banks, but also many shops where all natives go shopping (at prices half compared to those in the tourist areas). If you want to go shopping you have to get to Nathorn at about 2 a.m.: shops close around 5 p.m., when those for tourists haven’t opened yet. Street stalls with delicious and cheap Thai food are everywhere (you can eat well for up to a half euro), especially in the area opposite the port. Do you mind one more snack?
Back to the hotel for a shower and an hour’s rest.
Turn your lights on and head for Chaweng Beach (Samui’s tourist center) for dinner at Ark Bar Restaurant where you eat at candlelight directly on the beach, on cushions. Relaxation, seafood and drinks.
After dinner, walk in the streets to enjoy the nightlife or to shop.
One more glass at The Solo Bar. Solo usually means going alone and leaving in pairs.
The evening may continue on Green Mango Street with a dance at Sweet Soul or Green Mango Pub. If a girl winks to you, be careful: it may be a transsexual. Samui is one of the world’s capitals of transsexuals.
Pubs close around 02.00 a.m…. It’s time to go back to the hotel. Remember where you’ve parked your scooter?