Koh Samui - Thailand

Ko Samui (or Koh Samui, Thai: เกาะสมุย) is an island off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus in Thailand, close to the mainland Surat Thani town. It is Thailand's third largest island, with an area of 228.7 km² and a population of 47,874 (2006).Samui is visited mostly by holidaymakers wanting to "get away from it all", and its main appeal is its funky rural beach communities with white beaches and clear & warm seas, and it has a few exceptional ones to choose from. Ko Samui is hardly "away from it all" anymore, but rather a cool and bustling international island resort.Chaw

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Riya :

I’m going to Thailand for 12 days at the end of the month. I wanna go to Koh Samui & Chiang Mai and stop over in Bangkok for 2 nights 3 days. How should I plan my travel? Which place should I visit first (depending on convenience) How far are Koh Samui and Chiang Mai from each other?

Chuck P :
"Confucius say, man who go through turnstile sideways is going to Bangkok, hope you have a safe trip."
The_Mouse :
"I assume that you will be in Bangkok first as you will likely enter the country there. So enjoy your stay in Bangkok - go shopping (although realistically - this is best done before you leave Thailand so no heavy luggage to drag around the trip) Koh Samui is in the southern end of Thailand and Chiang Mai is in the northern end so - They each are over an hour flying time in the opposite direction of Bangkok. Which place to go first? It really doesn't matter. You will enjoy them very much."
Amit/ Nishant :
"hi if in koh samui contact me"
omes :
"Hello, I think 12 days in thailand is great. Chang mai is about couple hours from bangkok.The place is ok, alots of temples and monuments. Koh samui is an amazing place. Beautiful beach and very clean. People there are nice and there are many things to do there. Stay at the cheweng beach(amari ) is a good hotel or (Family banglow) cheap but very good place to stay. Good hotel, good food,good shopping. You hav everything over there even the night life is very good, Mango pub is a must see disco:)"
weescotsguy66 :
"with only 12 days you have got to fly, is best. Nok Air is very dodgy take my word for it. I flew to Chaing Mai I won't go there again. Also try Bangkok Airways, ONE2GO..for more Type in low costs airline in"
Ian w :
"Bangkok Airways is a cheap, safe, a good airline. Thai rail is good too. When i went last summer I flew from BKK to USM via Bangkok Airways. I stayed at the Renaissance hotel VERY NICE. On the way back I took the ferry from Saumi to Surat Thani. From Surat Tani I took the night train back to Bangkok it got me in at about 6am. The previous time I went to Thailand I also took the night train to Chiang Mai. If you take the train you MUST have the food on board it was the absolute BEST Thai food I have every eaten!"
Lisa L :

We will be spending a month in Koh Samui this December, and would like to know what is the easiest and safest way to take our spending money. We will be taking 7,000 baht in cash with us to get us through the first few days and we will also have our VISA debit cards with us. Should we also get travellers cheques? Are there lots of places on Koh Samui that we can cash these? Since it costs money to get travellers cheques, is it easier just to take the debit card? How easy is it to use a debit card in Koh Samui? Are there lots of ATMs? Is it safe to use your VISA in shops, or it it best to take cash out of an ATM every couple of days? Any help or advice on this matter will be greatly appreciated! We want our honeymoon to be disaster-free if possible!

Gerald J :
"Koh Samui is very up to date as far as using atm's, banks, debit cards, traveler's checks etc., and you will have no problem using whatever method of payment you choose. As far as the safety issue when using your Visa card, most places are very safe, but you never know for sure these days. ATM's will charge a small fee and traveler's checks are easily exchanged (American Express are always the easiest to convert). One thing you need to be aware of though, is to contact Visa before you leave and let them know when and where you are traveling to make sure they don't block your card when you are overseas. I live in Thailand and this has happened to a few friends that have come to visit, and it's difficult to get the card unblocked once you're here. I think it's always good to have a combination of cash, traveler's checks and credit or debit cards and they are all easily used in Koh Samui, have fun."
The_Mouse :
"I agree with what Gerald J just said. All poins well covered . Nothing I want to add. Have a good trip. Just collecting my two points."
nowhereman :
"just want to add one more thing to what Gerald had told you. No need to bring baht here your getting a better rate at the airport or just use your atm card at the airport."
TC :
"I use to use Travellers Cheques a lot but it seems to be getting more and more difficult. Banks and exchanges scrutinize them like crazy. I've even been told that my signature was not the same as the signature I signed when I got the cheques and several times had to sign multiple times. I'd suggest just using your ATM and visa cards. It'll be easier. ATMs are everywhere. Never had a problem with credit card fraud there in many trips but they do pass the credit card charge, typically 3%, on to you. And not all shops will take credit cards. Cash for most things is easier."
Megane :

We are planning a visit to Bangkok, Pattaya & Koh Samui in a couple of months. Anyone who can help with the following: 1. Refer good, clean well-located hotels with great service in the three places. 2. Places of attraction for a three-year old. 3. The best beach in Koh Samui.

mikem33607 :
"good info at fodors.com talk forum btw, April is the hottest month of the year in Thailand."
papars :
"Suggest you visit and check for what best suits your budget. In Bangkok, the best place to stay, in my experience, is the Hotel Tai-Pan located in the Sukhumvit area. The hotel is reasonably priced, includes free breakfast which is pretty good and conveniently located, close to the skytrain station, shopping malls, embassies etc. You will find traveling from here also very easy. In Pattaya, depends upon your budget once again...But I strongly recommend the Peace Resort. It consists of cottage-type rooms, is well maintained and clean and doesnt cost a fortune. Breakfast is usually free and good. This one is also close to shopping centres and other facilities. It should not cost you more than US $30 -35 per night, all inclusive, for two persons sharing. Koh Samui has an Amari resort, which is good. Honestly, I dont know any other places there. For a 3-year old plus adults, attractions in Bangkok are the Crocodile Farm located in the nearby town of Samutprakarn and the Rice Barge Cruise, which consists of a zoom in a long speed boat in the Chao Phraya river. This also includes the famous floating markets- depending upon the time and a return journey on board a replica of an old rice barge. Most of these tours can be booked at agents or their counters in the hotel itself. In Pattaya, the best attraction for a family is the Khao Kheow- or the Green Mountain. The park features an open zoo with the not-so-dangerous animals and birds around. They also have a night safari. Koh Samui is more for beach lovers and adults but if you do change your mind, visit Phuket. They have the wonderful Phantasyland show there, which consists of traditional Thai dances, dramas based on mythology, magic and elephant show...all under one roof. It's the best I've ever seen."
..donkii.. :
"ahhhaa....good hotels in bangkok the list goes on forever: Plaza Athenee, Sheraton Grande, Oriental, Westin, Eastin, Four Seasons, JW Marriott, The Davis... The Cozy Beach Hotel in Pattaya is good. the food is great, the rooms are nice, and its conveniently near the royal varuna yacht club. places of attraction. try the dusit zoo in bkk but really, i say pattaya will not beat phuket. if ur gonna go to a beach here in thailand, i say phuket trang or krabi theyr'e really nice, and besides the night life in pattaya.......... its just not good if you have a 3-year-old. (both for the kid and you; im taking thta if u havea 3 year old ur rather young so pattaya is NOT a good idea at night!!) yes, there is phantasea at phuket. i really recommend a beach on the coast of the andaman/indian sea i really cannot help with the places of attraction i'm afraid you'll have to find out yourself. OH in Bangkok go to The Emporim (shopping mall) nd go to Jamboree Land, theres some kiddy place there your three year old should like it....thats all i can do hope it helped"
nipha s :
"i love chiang mai in the north of thailand more"
fiara f :
"some help"

 

Comments on Koh Samui

damnidunno
Date: 2008-02-05 02:25:24

Würde mal gerne wissen welches Guesthouse in Thailand ihr als das beste, gemütlichste, schönste, fairste erlebt habt. Wo ist egal, ob Krabi, Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Chang, Koh Lanta, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, Pai, Koh Samet, ....


davin
Date: 2008-02-05 02:25:24

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dhruv37
Date: 2008-02-05 02:25:24

Karma Koh Samui luxury bali villas , The first operational Karma Resort, lies in the heart of Samui, Thailand.


bluearrow
Date: 2008-02-05 02:25:24

Escape the crowds with our sit-on top kayak! Paddle yourself around some of the Island in Krabi , koh kai, koh boda, koh hong, Tap and Mor Islands most dramatic and beautiful coastlines and in Krabi's peaceful Andaman Sea.Phi Phi Islands , located just 45 minutes by speedboat from Phuket, offer a great laid back tropical life style.




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