7 Reasons Why We Spent A Month on Koh Samui
With Thailand being our first stop of our Southeast Asia adventure, we spent our first month working and playing on the beautiful island of Samui. Here are our main reasons for choosing this popular destination to be our home for a month.
1. Sunshine, Beaches & Palm Trees
Like most visitors to Thailand we too were looking forward to these three commonly sought after holiday ingredients. As part of our exploration of the island we soaked up hours of sunshine, swam at a selection of stunning beaches and went off-roading in the tropical jungle.
2. Great Serviced Rental Apartment
Our rental apartment at Ban Sua Samui offered us everything we needed for a comfortable and productive stay including being perfectly located, having great WiFi, offering daily cleaning, and breathtaking views overlooking the ocean.
3. Scuba Diving
It has always been my dream to learn how to scuba dive on a tropical island, and Koh Samui was the perfect destination to do so. With some of the best best dive spots in the Gulf of Thailand just kilometres away including Koh Toa and Sail Rock, we both took the opportunity to completed our scuba diving certification. This experience was one of the highlights of our stay on the island.
Watch our video → Scuba Diving Koh Tao & Sail Rock, Thailand.
4. The Island Lifestyle
From family run roadside restaurants, one man cocktail bicycle bars, fresh fruit shakes served around every corner, and shrimp boats that illuminated the bays at night with their green lights, we loved the relaxed, slow paced island lifestyle.
5. Thai Massages & Street Food
After trying a foot massage at one of the local spas, we quickly become regular customers. We often headed out in the late afternoon to our favourite spa to get our full body massage followed by some smoothies, spring rolls, veg noodles and a delicious Nutella pancake.
6. Personal Safety & Friendly Locals
There have been various reports of tourists being killed in Thailand with two murders taking place during our visit. We know that these sort of isolated incidents can happen anywhere is the world, and while staying on Koh Samui we felt very safe and the locals were friendly, peaceful and hospitable.
7. Low Season & Less Touristy
By visiting Koh Samui during the month of September we enjoyed the benefits of the quieter shoulder season. Roads, beaches and tourist attractions were less crowded and therefore more enjoyable.