Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Koh Samui

On the last weekend in April, a bunch of us went on a 4 days 3 nights trip to Koh Samui. It's always fun to go on a trip with a bunch of friends that you can have fun with but it's always hard to get everyone together because we all have our own busy schedule to keep up with. I was so glad that this time we all managed to agree on a date.

To cut cost, instead of flying straight to Koh Samui, we took the longer and cheaper route. We flew Air Asia to Surat Thani Airport (MYR512 for round trip airfare). To save the hassle of looking for transportation to Koh Samui upon arrival which was the initial plan, I arranged for an airport transfer from Surat Thani Airport to our villa in Koh Samui via Sawadee.com Newdestination 2000. I got a private van for THB4500 per trip and an additional THB150 per person for the ferry ticket. There're eight of us. So that's approximately MYR144 per person for a round trip transfer from the airport to our villa in Koh Samui. So a few hundreds ringgit saved there! Yay!

The journey was pretty smooth. The driver from Newdestination was waiting for us at the airport holding a sign with my name on it. The only hiccup was the long immigration queue at Surat Thani Airport because there were only three immigration counters.

Koh Samui Day 1 - 1 Immigration
Long immigration queue at Surat Thani Airport

The journey from the airport to the pier took us about an hour, the ferry ride took about an hour and a half and the drive from the pier in Koh Samui to our villa took us 40 minutes. We spent 3 hours plus for the airport transfer. Yes, it was a long journey but a good experience and pretty fun too!


On the ferry to Koh Samui

We stayed at Baan Kao Hua Jook (MYR308 per person for three nights). We got two Superior Villas, so four of us in each villa. The villa is in the Chaweng area but it's quite a far walk to Chaweng Beach. Good thing the villa provides free transfer to the beach and back. The only thing I didn't like about this villa is that they didn't have ensuite bathroom in the bedroom but I could adapt. We rented 2 motorbikes from the hotel for Ryan and Sean for MYR18 per day each. They wanted to charge more but thanks to my negotiation skill, he lowered the rental for us.


Baan Kao Hua Jook

We wanted to check out the beach so the four of us (Ryan, Sean, Jess and myself) went on with our bikes and the rest on foot. We thought of picking them up on the way after the guys dropped us. We realised later that it was too far to walk and Chaweng beach road was a one way street and to get back to the villa was a one big circle which took us 20-30 minutes. I had to text Nic to tell them not to walk any further and to meet back at the villa and we should all take a cab or songthaew to Chaweng beach. The bike ride was fun though, exploring the surrounding area.


I like this picture of Sean with the bike

So we all took the Songthaew to Chaweng beach and settled for a cozy restaurant for dinner. We then continued walking along the road heading south towards Monkey Bay Bar and we chilled by the beach for a while. The music was good. We really wanted to tapau the DJ back to our villa. LOL!


Walking along Chaweng Beach road


Monkey Bay Bar

Back at the villa, we all went for a dip at the pool with all those alcohol we bought while listening to music from my iPod. Luckily I borrowed X-Mini speaker from my sister-in-law. I was pretty impressed with the sound quality that I bought one for myself when I came back.


Us chilling at our private pool


My adorable fiance before the accident

We were all so chilled that night until Ryan accidentally stepped on his glass and he was bleeding so much that the place looked like a crime scene. That really freaked me out. I was so afraid of losing him. I must thank God for the wonderful friends I have. They were all helping and supporting him throughout and Alvin managed to get the security guard to take Ryan to the hospital. Ryan's head was spinning and he was about to faint so Nic and PS carried him out of the villa. Alvin sat on the guard's bike behind Ryan to give him support and that makes three men on a motorbike. Wow! Luckily the three of them isn't that big. Later, Sean sent me to the hospital on his bike and I got to see the doctor stitched up Ryan's foot. He got 9 stitches.


Ouch!

The next day, I stayed in the villa with Ryan while the rest went to the beach. So I just chilled by the pool at the villa, listened to jazz, sipped cocktail and read a book. It was really nice and relaxing. The rest came back later and we all went to the big common pool to chill. It was fun too because we had the whole place to ourselves. I think we were the only tenants there.


Chilling by the pool at the villa

Jess pre-arranged dinner at Beach Republic located at Lamai Beach. Beach Republic provided free transfer from our hotel and back which was fantastic. The place was really nice. Dinner was good too but it's a little pricey. After dinner, then came the proposal which was really sweet. It was an unforgettable night. Awww! *Cry* Poor Ryan, his foot was bleeding so much that night because he walked too much.


Beach Republic

We went to Nikki Beach the next day. Nikki Beach got a very nice beach pool bar. I love that place. It's located at Lipa Noi beach which is a 40 minutes drive from our villa. I got the receptionist at our villa to arrange for a private van to take us there for RM150 to and fro. I had a great time in Nikki Beach. Jess and Nic did their water ski at the beach.


The indoor lounge area at Nikki Beach


The dining area at Nikki Beach


The outdoor pool area at Nikki Beach


That's me just chilling at Nikki Beach

For dinner, we hired the same driver to take us to Krua Bang Po Seafood Restaurant for RM150 to and fro. Krua Bang Po is a small beachfront restaurant located at Maenam Beach which took us 40 minutes to get there. I highly recommend this place. The food is really good and cheap. I must say that was the most satisfying meal I had in Koh Samui.

Krua Bang Po Address:
Moo 6, 4169 Ring Road, Bang Por, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84330


Krua Bang Po Seafood Restaurant

After dinner, we went back to the villa and packed. We all slept early because the next day, the driver picked us up at 6am to Surat Thani Airport.


The ferry back to Surat Thani

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