Koh Samui

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Ko Samui, one of Thailand’s largest islands in the Gulf of Thailand, is known for its palm-fringed beaches circling coconut groves and dense, mountainous rainforest. It has a number of luxury resorts and spas and the typical rowdy Thailand nightlife scene that attracts the backpacker crowd and in Koh Samui’s case Muay Thai Kickboxers.

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I have only stayed at the Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort. This is a fantastic resort and you will not want to leave it. The resort is at the quiet end of the island well away from the main towns and popular beaches. So it is perfect if you want to get away and relax but not as great if you want to mingle into the Thai Nightlife and Pubs etc.

I stayed in a standard room in the main building with fantastic Ocean View. The room was 5 Star but being in the main building meant a 10 minute walk down to the beach and main pool. But the walk was through a suspension bridge and part rain forest so fun. The alternate is that they will take you anywhere anytime in a buggy to save the walk.  If you are with family then the Villas are down at Beach level and much closer.

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The Koh Samui Airport is an outdoor airport meaning no walls. This actually creates a great experience and instantly gets you into Island life as you are escorted from your plane in buggies and then go through immigration and customs with the breeze whistling through.

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Unlike other Thailand destinations the streets are not too busy and so I found it safe to be on a Motor Bike or alternatively you can easily hire a car.  There is one big ring road around the Island and it takes a good hour and half to get around so it is worth having your own transport to get around.  Attractions are very spread out.

Hiring a Motor Bike is easy as there are places all over the Island and it costs 200 Baht a day. Just get a Taxi from the airport to take you to your hotel and you will then find a hire place close by – no matter where you are staying. However Instead of getting a taxi transfer away from the airport I just walked out of the airport and instead immediately found a local family man who was hiring. Basically as you leave the airport there is a 7-Eleven on your right and just next to that is a family laundry business with bike hire.

It was a lot of fun to deal with them in hiring the bike. There 2 year old son kept running around looking at me.  They wanted to hold my passport which I would not leave with them. So instead I let them keep about AUD 300 that I had on me as a deposit. They were so fascinated by the colour of the Australian Notes that they agreed. 

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