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Starz Ladyboy Cabaret: Celebrating Diversity on Koh Samui

Starz Ladyboy Cabaret: Celebrating Diversity on Koh Samui

Besides relaxing at beachside resorts, scuba diving with tropical fish, visiting temples, and exploring the jungle, another item on our Thai bucket list was going to a ladyboy cabaret. Dressed in flamboyant outfits, lip-syncing to popular songs, and dancing the night away, these transgender women or an effeminate gay male are one of the highlights of most tourist trips. Putting on spectacular shows on a minimal budget with no professional training, these ladyboys are truly impressive.


Having never been to a ladyboy show before, we decided to head to Starz Cabaret on Koh Samui. With free entry (you will have to buy a drink which costs about 200 Baht each), we settled into our seats and waited for the show to begin. Taken aback at first with these women’s sheer beauty, we soon relaxed and got into the show. The professionalism (and sometimes lack thereof) made an entertaining evening of loads of laughter, uncomfortable situations, and often questioning if she was once a he.

But being a ladyboy is more than just dress up and being a cabaret performer, it is someones choice. Known as Kathoey – which directly translates to ‘lady boy’ – by locals, these woman are fully accepted into Thai society, celebrated for who they are, and even perceived as a third gender – which is incredible considering how taboo the subject of transgenderism is in most parts of the world. From waitresses, and factory workers, to hotel receptionists and chefs in popular restaurants, it often amazed us at how Thai people did not discriminate, but rather celebrated the diversity of everyone in their country.

Join Us In The Front Row


Starz Carbert is located on Chaweng Beach Road on Koh Samui and runs two nightly shows that start at 20:30 and 22:00.

If you have any questions about visiting Koh Samui or going to Starz Caberet, please ask us on Twitter (@FreemadicLife) or on Facebook.

8 Lessons I Learnt After Being Robbed While Travelling

8 Lessons I Learnt After Being Robbed While Travelling

On a recent trip to Istanbul the unthinkable happened – I got robbed. After an amazing first night out dining and laughing in this incredible city, I awoke early the next morning – around 5:30am – and noticed that there was a stranger in my rental apartment.

In my sleepy state I sat up in bed and watched as the stranger walked out the front door, not realising what was going on. I reached for my iPhone to activate the torch, but my iPhone was nowhere to be found. At this stage it hit me like a ton of bricks – I had been robbed!

A cat thief had climbed into my second floor apartment through a window that was left open, and while I was asleep he stole of my valuables including my iPhone, wallet with bank cards and drivers license, digital camera, cash and even my favourite travel pants which had my international drivers license in it.

Even though I was extremely upset and traumatised, it could have been so much worse, and I was grateful that I did not get hurt and that the thief did not take my laptop. Thinking back to that day, there is so much I would have done differently, but you live and learn.

To help you not make the same mistakes I did, here are the eight lessons that I learnt from being robbed:

1. Always Lock All Windows & Doors

Rather be safe than sorry, and no matter what floor of a building you are on, rather lock your windows (especially if there are no burglar bars). It’s easy to say “it’s highly unlikely that it will happen”, but rather make sure to prevent criminal activity from happening.

2. Don’t Get Distracted 

Arriving at a new destination is both exciting and distracting. My senses got overwhelmed with new sights, sounds and experiences. On my first day and night in Istanbul, I was enthralled by this new destination, and I got distracted and unfortunately I let my guard down, making me an easy target.

3. Crime Happens Everywhere

Coming from South Africa I’m well aware of crime and am usually very cautious, but no place is as safe or as dangerous as you think it is. Unless you are a local, or are travelling with a local that knows the area, you are always a target to criminals. Remember that crime can happen anywhere especially in tourist areas. Always stay alert!

4. Always Lock Away Your Valuables

Whenever possible take preventative action. While travelling in Southeast Asia, Lara and I were extremely cautious with our belongings and always locked away all valuables. Fortunately we did not fall victim to any theft during our six month stay. In Istanbul I got caught up in the moment, forgot about the basics, and paid the price.

5. Spread Your Cash & Bank Cards

Never keep all your cash and bank cards in one place like your wallet or purse. Get multiple ATM bank or cash cards in the event that one gets stolen or gets lost. Make sure to have an emergency fund in cash and always spread your cash. Not having cash or access to cash can cause huge problems and even ruin any trip. Unfortunately I had all three of my bank cards in my wallet which was stolen during the robbery, but I did have backup cash to use until I could get my bank card replaced. Having new cards couriered internationally was quite a challenge too.

6. Create Regular Backups

We often forget how valuable the contents of our digital devices are. Make sure to make regular backups of all your personal data from all your devices including mobile phones, laptops and tablets. Keep your backups on a separate external hard drive (that you can lock away) or even better, keep your backup in the cloud using one of many cloud based backup services.

7. Consider Using Cloud Based Services

As mentioned above, make sure that your data is safe and consider using one of many cloud based backup solutions. Doing backups to the cloud does involve transferring your files over the Internet, so if you won’t have reliable Internet access, then this may not be the best option. However you might decide to create a backup before leaving your last reliable Internet connection.

8. Have A Plan For Worst Case Scenarios

Being caught off guard and loosing my iPhone, drivers licenses, wallet and camera left me a bit empty handed. Make sure to plan ahead for these unlikely events, because they can and do occur. Have adequate travel insurance or funds to replace any important personal possessions, and most importantly make use of an app like 1Password to save all your sensitive personal data (passwords, pin codes, credit card numbers and emergency contact details) in a safe place that is accessible from the cloud.

Learn From My Mistakes & Don’t Be Discouraged

I often joke about this incident and choose to see the positive outcome. After having my iPhone stolen I spent a lot less time on my phone – checking emails and social media. I spent more time interacting with other travellers, locals and taking in all the amazing experiences.

Don’t let my experience and the risks of travelling put you off. Learn from my mistakes, plan your next adventure and make sure to visit Istanbul. Like any big city it can be dangerous, but there are too many unique and wonderful experiences that you will miss out on by not going.

Have you ever been a victim of crime or scams while travelling? Please share your experience with us on Twitter or on our Facebook.

Off-Road Jungle Buggy Tour – Koh Samui

Off-Road Jungle Buggy Tour – Koh Samui

With friendly staff, amazing views and a whole lot of mud, this full day, off-road jungle buggy tour was one of the coolest things we did on Koh Samui. We opted for a buggy as it seats two people and is closer to the ground (and mud), while the rest of our group went for quad bikes (ATV).

Join Us In The Front Seat


Driving this bad boy takes a bit of skill, but after 15 minutes behind the wheel, we got the hang of it. If you are new to driving a buggy or quad bike let the guides know as they are very patient, understanding and will allow you to take your time. The tour is definitely not for the faint hearted with a bunch of terrifying uphills all on dirt roads.

We headed up hills, through water and stopped at the most amazing lookout spots and a temple before stopping for a delicious lunch. After another hour of racing around in the buggy, we did a short hike (boulder hopping so wear walking shoes) to the stunning waterfall where we could take a refreshing dip before heading back home.

For more information on this awesome adventure visit the X-Quad Samui’s Facebook page.

If you have any questions about visiting Koh Samui or joining for this off-road jungle tour, please ask us on Twitter (@FreemadicLife) or on Facebook.

A Year Of Facing My Fears: Quitting My Job, Becoming A Digital Nomad & Scuba Diving

A Year Of Facing My Fears: Quitting My Job, Becoming A Digital Nomad & Scuba Diving

Whether it’s handing in your resignation letter, bungy jumping off Bloukrans Bridge or public speaking, facing your fears can hold you back from some of the most amazing experiences. My dad always tells me to face my fears and do it anyway, and during 2014, I did just that in a very big way.

Quitting My Job

In 2012 I started what I thought was my dream job. After the initial awesomeness of it all faded away, the late nights at the office turned into missed holidays, and even being sick on deadline was not an option. As time went on I became very unhappy in the stressful, unpleasant environment that was my job, and I started thinking about travelling and becoming a digital nomad. But I feared the lack of security that my monthly paycheque and employment benefits provided me with. This fear left me miserable at my desk for another six months.

At the end of 2013 that all changed, and I was forced to look my fear straight in the face when the branch of the company I worked for closed. Even though I had the option of staying with the bigger company, I knew I needed to do the bravest thing I’ve ever done and leave to become my own boss. I was so scared when I walked into the office that day and had to tell everyone my plan. It felt like my entire world was turned upside down, but I was happy, relieved, and saw so much opportunity ahead.

For more on how I successfully made it through this transition, read ‘My 6 Step Game Plan After Quitting My 9 to 5 Job‘.

Becoming A Digital Nomad

After a few months of trying to find my freelancing feet, I knew that what I was doing from home could be done from anywhere in the world. On paper the idea of being a digital nomad seemed amazing, but on the inside I was freaking out. Having spent no more than a month away from home, knowing I often get homesick, and leaving my support system behind was extremely scary. What I was planning  wasn’t a short two week vacation, this was going to be a six month adventure.


Once I faced the fears that were playing over and over in my mind, I was able to rationalise my plan and move forward. Here are some of my digital nomadic fears and how I overcame them:

  • Loosing clients and running out of money – No matter where I am in the world I always have the risk of loosing clients, and running out of money.
  • Having to rediscover my work comfort zone in new country – As a digital nomad my focus and work comfort zone needs to be flexible. Having never been a digital nomad before, I surprisingly thrived in my new environments.
  • Not being able to speak the native language  – I grew up in South Africa, which has 11 official languages, and when I come across someone that speaks a language that I don’t understand, I always figure it out, so why can’t I do the same abroad.

Even though I got onto that plane with all my fears still weighing me down, I learnt that like leaving my job, I needed to face my fears head on to get what I wanted.

Scuba Diving

Not being the strongest swimmer, having a real fear of everything underwater (especially sharks), and getting panic attacks from seeing deep, open ocean, I surprised myself  while on Koh Samui in Thailand, and ended up facing one of my biggest fears – scuba diving.

I have to admit that the staff at Discovery Dive Centre in Koh Samui acknowledged my fears and put my mind at ease by giving me the option of going into the pool, trying the equipment, and then deciding if I was comfortable enough to carry on and go into the ocean. During the pool training, I really struggled (especially having to take my mask off underwater and sit there for a minute) and just wasn’t getting it which only made me more fearful. Our instructor, Nicola, had so much faith in me and truly pushed me to what she thought I was capable of. Before I knew it, my training was over, and even though I’d downgraded my certification from Open Water to Scuba Diver, I was comfortable enough to head out to sea the next day.

Heading to the boat the day after training my fears escalated to a point that when Nicola asked how I was feeling, I started crying – full on ugly cry. My fears were becoming all too real, but both Sean and Nicola calmed me down and reassured me that everything was going to be ok. I needed to remind myself that I did the training and I knew what I was doing.


My moment had arrived. Nicola gave me the thumbs up and I headed from the beach into the ocean – and before I knew it Nicola signalled that we were 12 metres underwater. I was scuba diving by myself, in the open ocean that I feared so much, and was surprisingly calm and at ease. The serenity of being with my thoughts, experiencing a new underwater world, and using my acquired skills gave me so much confidence on my first dive. By the time we surfaced, my adrenaline was pumping and I realised that I had faced my fears – and couldn’t wait for my second dive. I’d gone from crying to confidence in less than a few hours and today, I can’t wait to go diving again.

My mind was blown by the stunning coral and sea life of Koh Tao. To see more of our diving experience watch our video.

In January 2014 my ‘dream job’ ended, and my dream life began. It took me facing my fears to get me where I am today – a self employed, scuba diving digital nomad chasing my own dreams. If these things didn’t  bring out this amount of fear in me, I wouldn’t be as proud of where I am today!

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Scuba Diving Koh Tao & Sail Rock, Thailand

Scuba Diving Koh Tao & Sail Rock, Thailand

With average sea temperatures around 28 degrees, an abundance of extraordinary sea life, and up to 30 metres visibility, diving the Gulf Thailand is a remarkable experience. Heading out with Discovery Dive Centre in Koh Samui, we did eight dives collectively (Lara did two, and Sean did six) around Koh Tao and Sail Rock. With one shore dive off Koh Tao, and six boat dives, we were spoilt during our month long stay on Koh Samui with incredible dive conditions.

Watch us take the plunge and live our dreams scuba diving in The Gulf of Thailand:


If you have any questions about scuba diving the Gulf of Thailand, please ask us on Twitter (@FreemadicLife) or on Facebook.

Rent n Connect: Staying Connected In Turkey

Rent n Connect: Staying Connected In Turkey

As a digital nomad, there’s nothing worse than having to head out to go find fast, reliable Internet after returning from a day of exciting tours. Earlier this year I was faced with exactly this problem while on a two and half week family trip to Turkey. Due to the fact that this was my family’s first international trip, a lot had been planned and I wanted to be part of as much as possible, however I still needed to do some work on days when I was free, and in the evenings. I knew I’d be tired after long days that were jam packed with activities, but my work comes first.


What Is Reliable Internet?

Even though most hotels promise free WiFi, a lot of the time the free wifi is not fast enough and not reliable. Not only can it be slow, capped, and have additional costs, but it is less reliable without a VPN, making not as safe to do financial transactions. Understandably, free hotel WiFi is often only used by travellers to upload a few images to social media, message family and friends back home, and occasionally check emails. But I was dealing with logging into client accounts, and having to check my online banking to make sure clients have paid me, so reliable Internet was a must.

Finding A Solution

Not knowing how easy or how difficult it is to get a nano SIM card in Turkey, I spent hours trying to inform myself on the best cellular service providers, data packages, and where to buy everything. There were so many mixed reviews that I quickly gave up on getting a nano SIM for my  phone. Feeling awfully deflated and  a bit panicked, I went on to search for mobile data services and found my answer.

Rent n Connect

Started in 2014, this hotspot rental company solved all my problems, had excellent online reviews, and met all my requirements. I quickly ordered two of their devices and headed to Turkey for what became an incredible vacation.



Mobile Hotspot – For the entire duration of my trip, Rent n Connect provided me with a mobile hotspot that gave unlimited amount of 3G. It was fast, reliable and efficient. Small enough to fit in my day pack or pocket, I had 3G throughout my trip making working a breeze. Not only could I connect my devices to it, but my family could too which made it so useful when the hotel WiFi was horrible.

Hotspot with Digital Guide – Even though we’d been booked on a 17 day tour, we had a few off days and wanted to explore the 10 cities that we visited. The Hotspot with Digital Guide came in the form of a tablet installed with the guide. We often referred to it when looking for a place to eat, grab a drink, or visit some a tourist attractions. And when I had issues with the Mobile Hotspot the tablet became my backup device.

Why I Loved Using Rent n Connect

Delivery – Conveniently the devices were delivered to my hotel in Istanbul in a neatly packaged box along with charging cables, storage bags, instructions on how to use them, and return packaging.  At the end of my stay in Turkey, I had the option of leaving the devices at the reception of my hotel or dropping it off at a specific location at the airport – I opted for the airport drop off so I could work for a few hours before my flight. The entire system worked seamlessly, and I didn’t once need to go out of my way to drop off or fetch devices.

Reliability – Not only was the Internet fast, but it was also secure. I could slip the devices in my daypack, and constantly be connected while on an overnight bus, poolside at the hotel, or just while exploring the city. I was able to do all my work with the peace of mind knowing that I was not sharing a public network.

Customer Support – I unfortunately needed to use Rent n Connect’s customer support once when during the first week of our trip, the Mobile Hotspot refused to charge. I emailed  the company and they replied in less than an hour with step by step instructions on how to fix it, and a promise that if I couldn’t fix the problem that they would replace the device.

My overall experience with Rent n Connect was an effortless one. They catered to all my connectivity needs, and made getting a reliable Internet connection a simple and enjoyable process. I’d definitely use Rent n Connect again when I next visit Turkey.

To  get your mobile hotspot in Turkey, visit the Rent n Connect website.

How We Finance Our Lifestyle of Travel

How We Finance Our Lifestyle of Travel

We recently received a great question from Johann via Twitter. Johann (owner of Chalet Robyn’s Nest) asked us how we make money to upkeep our travel lifestyle. This is one of the most common questions we get as long-term travellers, and in this post I will explain five points that have helped us successfully finance our digital nomad lifestyle.

1. Long Term Travel Is More Affordable Than You Think

A typical two week overseas vacation that includes a few nights in a hotel, all inclusive meals, and a selection of tourist attractions can get rather expensive. By spending a longer period of time in each destination we visit – usually a month or longer – we reduce the cost of travel dramatically. For example, renting an apartment for a month can cost the same as spending a few nights in a four or five star hotel, or renting a scooter for month in Southeast Asia can cost the same as having your car serviced back home. By spreading our travel costs (including the cost for our visas and long haul flights) over a longer period of time, the average cost decreases substantially making it more affordable.

2. Valuing Experiences Over Possessions

We all have limited time, and most of us have limited disposable income, so deciding how we spend these two valuable resources is a huge decision. Over the past few years I have gone through a transition where I have downscaled my personal possessions, and made a conscious decision to only buy what I really need moving forward. By valuing experiences over possessions I’ve made a commitment to having less and doing more. While travelling I take photos, create videos and collect experiences. Living out of a suitcase has helped me prioritise what I really need. The truth is, I don’t need much at all to be comfortable and content.

See our Ultimate Packing List and Mobile Office Setup to see what’s inside our suitcase and what gear we use to work remotely.

3. Convert Unused Assets Into Income

From selling off possessions to renting out a house or apartment, selling or renting unused assets could help finance your next trip. While travelling long-term it would be a waste to leave a house or apartment standing empty when it could be rented out and generating an income. Similarly physical possessions that are not being used now or while travelling will just get old and worthless. I chose to sell whatever I could to generate some additional income, which we used to pay for part of our month long stay on Koh Samui.

4. Minimise Long-Term Contracts & Monthly Payments

There are many companies out there that will offer you great products and services for a monthly payment and/or a multi year contract. Mortgage payments, car payments, health insurance, gym membership, mobile contracts, clothing store accounts, and the list goes on and on. I made sure to cancel as many of these contracts as possible, which brought down my monthly expenses substantially. For example, there is no use being locked into a two year mobile contract in your home country if you won’t be there to make use of it. It’s better then to purchase a more affordable phone and use the additional cash to purchase a pay-as-you-go card at your next destination.

5. Find & Secure A Location Independent Income

In order to pay for travel and living expenses it’s important to have a reliable source of income. This could be anything from a trust fund, investment dividends or a donation from a family member. For me it is earning a location independent income by providing online marketing, web development and video services to my clients. For more info visit Posmay Media

To my own surprise and delight, travelling is not as expensive as I believe would be. It’s as easy as saving money, living within my means and earning additional income.

If you have any further questions, please submit them to us on Twitter (@FreemadicLife) or on Facebook.

Temples of Koh Samui

Temples of Koh Samui

More than just beautiful beaches and a romantic vacation destination, the island of Samui has a rich cultural and religious presence. With Buddhism practiced by most Thai people, there are various stunning temples on this island. Often seen as tourist attractions rather than a holy place of worship, these temples are frequented by tour buses and can get a bit crowded, but if you go early enough or on the off season, you can truly see these temples as they are meant to be experienced. During our month long stay on Koh Samui, we got the opportunity to visit various temples and here are a few of our favourites:

Wat Phra Yai (Big Buddha Temple)

Even though this Buddhist temple is on the small island of Phan is just offshore from Koh Samui, it is still accessible by road and is known as one of the most popular temples in the area. With a stairway decorated with mythological serpent leading up to a viewing platform and a 12 metre high golden Buddha statue, from the ground this temple is spectacular. On the viewing platform surrounding the base of the statue are giant bells that visitors can ring for good luck.

We spent all morning at the temple and extended our stay by enjoying a seaside lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. With the airport being so close by,  it is also an awesome place to watch aeroplanes coming in for landing.

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Wat Plai Laem

Home to various elaborate statues and temple buildings, Wat Plai Laem is a Buddhist compound on the north coast of Samui. It is the perfect place to get a perspective of Chinese-Thai beliefs and get to view Buddhist art and architecture. Towering over the compound is the 18 armed Guanyin – the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion – with her nine sets of arms each representing a sector of Buddhism. With so much intricate detail, and impressive architecture we spent about three hours exploring this amazing compound and feeding the catfish.

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Wat Khunaram (Mummified Monk)

Vietnam has The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Russia has Lenin’s Mausoleum, and Thailand has Wat Khunaram on the island of Samui which is home to the Mummified Monk. Yes, you can view the mummified body of Monk Luong Pordaeng who died in 1973. Seated in a meditative position, his body is on display in a glass case at this temple as per his own wishes and aims to bring awareness to Buddhism. Even though there is very little decay on the monk, today he wears sunglasses to cover his eyes. The temple itself is very simple yet, like all other temples, is beautiful.

Things To Consider

Dress Code

Like most religious places a dress code is enforced. Please dress respectfully when visiting these Buddhist temples by making sure everything between your shoulders and knees are covered. Most temples do offer free sarongs to those who are not appropriately dressed, but it is easier to bring your own cover-up.

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In certain areas of temples it is also required that you take your shoes off. We suggest you wear flip flops or shoes that are easy to slip on and off.

Blessings & Donations

Most temples offer blessings that usually consists of a monk sprinkling holy water above your head before asking you where you from and, in our case, if we are in Thailand on our honeymoon. It is a very special moment to experience and an excellent opportunity to interact with monks that can often speak English. In return for a blessing we always gave a small donation to the temple.

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If you have any further questions, please submit them to us on Twitter (@FreemadicLife) or on Facebook.

Ban Sua: Our Apartment On Koh Samui

Ban Sua: Our Apartment On Koh Samui

Finding rental apartments in a vacation destination like Koh Samui can often be difficult, but we luckily stumbled upon a blog post by Freelancers On The Road which described the type of apartment we were looking for. Called Ban Sua Samui, these family-owned apartments seemed like our best bet, and we quickly enquired about availability, and booked our month long stay at what would become one of our favourite apartments to date.

Why We Loved It


Located on the slopes of a jungle covered mountain, in the quiet area of Chaweng noi, Ban Sua overlooks Coral Cove Beach. The location is perfectly placed between the crowds of Chaweng and Lamai with a less than five minute drive to either area.

Internet Connection

With two routers to choose from, the connectivity in our apartment was excellent. During our month long stay we didn’t have a single problem with connectivity and throughly enjoyed working from our apartment.

The Views

There is really no other way to describe the views from Ban Sua than breathtaking. Being halfway up a mountainside, you get a 180 panoramic view of the bay with Chaweng in the distance. During the day we enjoyed watching boats sail by, and by night the entire bay is lit up with green lights from squid fishing boats.

Friendly Owners & Staff

From enquiring about availability and making our booking, to arriving at Ban Sua and throughout our stay, owners Klaus and Dara where so welcoming, and helpful. Whatever we needed they did a great job at assisting us. They provided scooter rentals, laundry services, and great restaurant recommendation. The staff where also professional, friendly and always willing to lend us a helpful hand.

Amazing Pools

Yes, Thailand has amazing beaches, but when it’s 38 degrees with high levels of humidity, it is far more refreshing (and convenient) to take a dip in one of the two infinity pools at Ban Sua than in the 28 degree ocean.

Scooter Rental

Ban Sua conveniently offers scooter rentals to its guests and we had no problems when it came to renting our scooter for a month.


Because Ban Sua isn’t a resort or hotel, you can expect a whole lot of privacy. With limited apartments, you’ll avoid the crowded pool, and noisy neighbours.

Daily Cleaning

Most serviced apartments only offer weekly cleaning, but we were spoilt and had the staff come in and clean our apartment daily.

Things To Consider

Due to the apartment being halfway up a mountain on a very narrow, steep road, taxis, songthaews, and even tour company vehicles won’t travel up or down to pick you up or drop you off at Ban Sua. We often had to walk up and down this steep road when going on a tour. However, as mentioned above Ban Sua does offer scooter rentals, and there is plenty of parking for both scooters and cars.

Ask us anything about Koh Samui on Twitter (@FreemadicLife) or on our Facebook Page.

7 Reasons Why We Spent A Month on Koh Samui

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.

Ask us anything about Koh Samui on Twitter (@FreemadicLife) or on our Facebook Page.