Thailand’s islands are famed for their crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and great Thai food (not to mention Thai massages). Islands like Koh Tao and Koh Phi Phi make for a tropical paradise and warrant the long boat trips to get there. But what if you only have a limited time available, and still want to get your beach hit?
This nomad took a weekend trip from Singapore to Koh Samui, and never looked back. Here’s why Koh Samui is the bee’s knees of Thai islands.
1. Easily accessible
From Singapore, you can take a direct flight to the island, and the main beach is only a short taxi ride away. At less than 2km, if your feeling active and don’t mind the heat, you can even ditch the taxi and walk straight to your resort.
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2. Great food
Like so many parts of Thailand, the food here is great. Add to that a candlelit dinner at one of the many beachside restaurants, and you’ll feel like you want to be a Samui nomad forever!
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3. The massages
Nothing compares to a massage by the pool (the Bhundhari is a great choice) or the beach. Finish your fresh coconut juice, then settle in for a one hour massage for less than the price of an iced frappachino latte (ok maybe a little bit more, but not much). Thai massage is different to your usual Swedish massage, and is something not to be missed.
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4. Great swimming
No matter where you decide to stay on Koh Samui, you can be guaranteed to find a great place to swim.
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5. It’s not Phuket!
Big crowds, overpriced resorts, questionable massage establishments… Phuket is a beautiful environment but can be overrun by crowds. Koh Sumui has beaches to rival that of Phuket, with fewer people and less seedy influences. A great place to relax and unwind, uninterrupted.
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Bangkok Airways and SilkAir have daily direct flights between Singapore and Koh Samui, and other destinations in the region. We stayed at the Akyra Chura Samui resort, on the quiet end of Chaweng beach.
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