Samui – Another Thailand
Usually people come here either immediately, for the first time buying a tour to Thailand, or after the satiation of Pattaya. Phuket on Samui is rarely changed, although in vain.
In my opinion, Samui is more comfortable. And, probably, more interesting. In any case, it is easier to get to mainland Thailand from here, if you are already tired of the island.
True, in order to be tired, you need to be a fairly young and active person. I am neither one nor the other. I mean – I love thoughtful contemplation, lounging on the beach, wandering ankle-deep in turquoise water over a dazzling white sand. It turns out, Samui is just for me. But no, I have been here only once and have not become attached. Perhaps for the reason that very good is also not good. It takes a slight imbalance between expectations and reality, so as not to stop and continue moving … Not convincing? Yes, I myself do not particularly believe.
Samui is a paradise. If you go with the whole family, but with the kids on vacation, it is better here. Slightly more expensive than, say, in Pattaya, but if you do not throw your money around, you can relax completely “budget”. Or in a big way – as you like.
What is the attractive island of Koh Samui? The lack of fuss. A limited number of nightly entertainment that not everyone likes – what can you do, Puritan (that is, Soviet) education. Gorgeous views. The combination of mountainous terrain, the jungle and the sea. Here, on Samui, you see another Thailand, not as crazy as in Pattaya. Although, if you want respectability and peace, I would go to Hua Hin. That’s where peace and grace are. True, the beaches (exclusively in my opinion) are not so interesting.
The only inconvenience of Samui – for our brother-tourist – is the road. You will have to get to the island with a change in Bangkok – most often to another plane (local airlines) or to a bus that will take you to the island via a ferry. Both that and another are tolerant, although after a many-hour flight from Moscow I don’t really want to fly somewhere again or take a nap on the bus for another half day. But there is nothing to be done, all the charms of Samui are due to its isolation from mainland Thailand. Samui is a “country” of fishermen and tourists. And more coconuts. It is full of palm plantations (though, they say, much less than it was in pre-touristic times).
Which part of the island to choose? The one in which your hotel is located. I did not find any particular differences in any settlements, although I did not travel all over the island far and wide, but visited only three places. Knowledgeable people (farang hovering here, which are surprisingly many) praise some places (where they live) and scold others (where they failed to settle). But equally and quite good-naturedly. I’ll only tell you about the places where I managed to visit. The first is Nathon, the administrative center of Samui. We came here, and we left here. We did not stay long, making sure that the neighboring beaches are at least no worse. It is full of shops and souvenir shops. Although shopping on Samui is fine, wherever you are.
Thailand. Holidays on Koh Samui Koh Samui is another Thailand
After living for three days in Nathon, we moved to Lamai – due to the fact that we managed to rent a hotel room for only two nights (and we no longer wanted to move to another hotel in Nathon). Well, it was interesting to look at the Samui version of Volkin Street. We looked … About the same “disgrace” as in Pattaya, however, on a smaller scale … But the beach is very good. Right super, not the beach. And many great restaurants and restaurants with famous Thai cuisine. Although nowhere in Thailand, wherever you climb, there is no problem with the kitchen. Eating – inexpensive and amazingly delicious – can be done anywhere, anytime. One of the guides told us that in Thai there is no word for hunger. And we willingly believe that. True, another thing is surprising – there are practically no full people among Thais. In any case, there are few of them and they are not striking (unlike well-fed tourists, who are rapidly bursting with Thai grub – I judge for myself).