The beaches gain much notoriety in the Leonardo DiCaprio film, “The Beach”, which accurately portrays the beauty of Thailand’s white sand and clear blue beaches.
Four Seasons Koh Samui – $$$$
Sareeraya Villa’s and Suites- $
Banyan Tree Koh Samui – $$$
Ko Nang Yuan Beach
Ang Thong National Park
Chaweng Muay Thai Boxing
Thailand has much appeal for every travelers desires. From the big city of Bangkok to their famous beaches and their northern jungles. Their beaches gain much notoriety in the Leonardo DiCaprio film, “The Beach”, which accurately portrays the beauty of Thailand’s white sand and clear blue beaches. While there are many different beaches to choose from, this will focus on the Koh islands of Koh Samui and Koh Tao. The islands are about 60-90 minute boat ride apart from each other with Koh Samui being the main island. The best and easiest way to get to the Koh islands is flying into Koh Samui International Airport via Bangkok. They also have daily flights via Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong depending on the time of the year.
Nightlife: All of the nightlife on these two islands is concentrated around Chaweng. It’s a small strip which has several bars along the beach and back alley bars/clubs. Ark Bar is a good place to start. It’s right on the beach and generally has live music or a DJ playing every night. From there you can bounce around to smaller beach bars, or Cha Cha Moon Beach Club. If you’re looking for something a little more mellow head over to Bam Boo Bar. About two blocks into town you’ll also find an Australian bar (Bondi Aussie Bar and Grill) along with several other hopping bar/clubs (Solo and many others). You don’t have to walk far to experience the nightlife around Chaweng Beach. The easiest way to get to Chaweng is hop a ride on a Tuk Tuk and enjoy the experience of them being your DD for the evening. If you’re there on a Sunday, go to Nikki Beach for their Sunday Brunch party, it’s a must!
Overall: – Koh Samui and Koh Tao have a lot to offer from their natural beauty, welcoming people, amazing food, and relatively cheap island life. If you want to have a little action stay on the southern portion (Sareeraya Villas & Suites) of the island which makes a lot of the towns easily accessible. If you prefer the quiet then stay on the northern side (Four Seasons). If you want to stay on the neighboring Koh Tao island, Haadtien Beach Resort is the best option. I highly recommend Koh Samui and Koh Tao as a destination for many different experiences from a honeymoon to a girls getaway or even a solo experience. No matter what brings you here just make sure you try many different authentic restaurants. There are some great Italian, French, Russian and other authentic cuisines around Koh Samui because once they visited, they stayed and opened a restaurant. You might even be tempted to stay after visiting.
I’ve hiked Kilimanjaro, ran with the bulls in Pamplona, got tattooed in Thailand and traveled to over 70 countries. Some of my favorite cities include: Cape Town, Barcelona, Hong Kong. Enjoy the blog and feel free to hit me up with any questions, comments or feedback!