Thailand 2016… Koh Samui is paradise

Holly Travels to Koh Samui to find beautiful beaches, cheap food, cabaret and happiness!

Koh Samui is Paradise - Honestly Holly Travels

Honestly Holly Travels to Koh Samui where she finds paradise, starting right in the beautiful airport!

Holly travels to Koh Samui to find paradise with her BFF

In February, I took an amazing trip. My friend, Daniella, decided to do a 3 week organised back packing trip. I decided to join her at the end for us two to have 10 days together in the sunshine. Koh Samui – here I come!

As someone who’s terrified of flying, it was an insane decision to make, but one of the best decisions of my life!

Trying to decide where to stay and what to try and do seemed almost impossible. We ended up deciding to spend 6 nights on the island of Koh Samui, followed by 3 nights in Bangkok. I’m a bit of a princess so we stayed in lovely hotels, rather than backpacking hostels. I took a suitcase. I do not have time for a backpack.

After flying 7 hours to from Heathrow to Doha, a further 8 hours from Doha to Bangkok and another hour from Bangkok to Koh Samui, I landed in possibly the most beautiful airport in the world.

There I was to meet Daniella.

Samui Airport
 
Naturally, I was instantly overwhelmed with the heat and humidity so turned to the cafe for a lovely refreshing coconut water. Which cost about 50p. Already, I was impressed.
 

We stayed at the Akyra Chura Samui, in Chaweng.

 
It’s less of a hotel and more a collection of bungalows. I’d say there was only around 50 rooms so at no point did it feel overcrowded. Everything was clean, modern and well kept. We had breakfast included, which offered a great selection every morning, including lots of delicious fresh fruits. The staff were friendly and warm, the pool was cool and the beach was beautiful. It’s well connected to the main strip by a short walk down hill on the road or along the beach, wandering past all the other hotels and restaurants on the water’s edge.
 
Chaweng Beach

 

Night beach View
 
 
A few people had warned me that Samui was overly touristy but I didn’t find this to be the case. Yes, there are tourist shops and bars but there’s still a lot of natural, local things to do and see and taste. The scenery is mostly untouched and speaks for itself. It’s absolutely stunning and a far cry from my little corner of South West London, in every way!
 
Whilst we were in Samui, we did two day trips. The first was the Chantara Junk Boat day trip to Koh Panghan and the second was a Safari day trip, visiting several attractions the wonderful island has to offer. We also headed out to the Jungle Club for dinner which was amazing; I only wish we’d gone there during the day!
 
Jungle Club dinner

 

Jungle Club Cocktail

 

Jungle Club night view