"Ultimate Beach Resort?" Ko Samui by XLH

Ko Samui Travel Guide: 1,132 reviews and 2,491 photos

Arrival...

This was planned as a holiday within a holiday. We came from the Thai capital of Bangkok for a supposedly relaxing 4 days 3 nights getaway; to: check out the surrounding islands, laze around the picturesque beaches and bascially just rot.

Rot? No way!!

As soon as we touched down, however, the "kiasu" (literally "afraid-to-lose") spirit in me kicked in and not wanting to waste our precious morning (it was only 0800hours), we quickly rented a 4 wheel drive and took out our MUST-VISIt list of sites as suggested by fellow VT members. This picture was taken while we were out exploring the island.

What we came for, and could have used more of...

In the end, we visited around 90% of our intended sites and still managed time for this...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Idyllic beach views, amazingly clear waters, easy to navigate.
  • Cons:Prices seemed to be jacked up because of richer(?) foreigners.
  • In a nutshell:Amazing chain of islands marred just by being too commercialized?
  • Last visit to Ko Samui: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated Feb 5, 2005
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