Bangrak Pier welcomed us with lots of people, extreme heat and very expensive cabs. The best way to discover and move around the different islands is to rent a scooter. And yes, it is possible to ride on it with two people, four backpacks and not fall off 😊 Tried and tested! Cost to rent varies from 200 to 300 baht ($6-9) per day. Most places require you to leave your passport as a deposit, some only take a photocopy of your passport. We never had issues leaving our passports at the various local vendors.
We stayed in a residence type hotel located on a very quiet beach called Santi, which is part of a bigger beach called Lipa Noi. Perfect for someone who enjoys the peaceful sounds of the waves while watching breathtaking sunsets. I could not imagine a more ideal place. We spent most of our time driving around the island. We stopped at viewpoints, temples, beaches, food stands or simply whenever we felt like it which was only possible because of our scooters. Koh Samui is one of my favorite islands that I had visited in Thailand. Why? I could mention beaches like Lipa Noi, Lamai, Chaweng, viewpoints like Lad Koh, but there is something more to it. The island, not too big in size, with lots of roads and shortcuts, which sometimes are not that short. People are everywhere, but it is not crowded at all. Sound of the sea and heat of the sun on your skin… Whatever it might be, you just want to come back.
Must see spots on Koh Samui
Wat Phra Yai, temple of the Big Buddha located in Bophut. It is an enormous statute sitting at the top of numerous stairs. It guards an indescribable view, so you better get up there and see it for yourself. You do not have to pay an entrance fee, just remember to cover your knees and shoulders.
Next stop is the Fisherman’s Village, which is the historic spot of Samui. In the past it was a home for fishermen, which now moved to other spots, leaving behind old decrepit buildings. Many restaurants and a vibrant atmosphere grabs the tourists attention.
Hin Ta & Hin Yai also known as the Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks are rocks formation which are shaped like genitals. You just cannot see them and not smile, after a while it is worth to actually appreciate the entirety of the views. Giant stones all around the beach with smooth surfaces are a great place to watch the sunset before heading back.
Let the road guide you, swim often, follow the island shore in a kayak, eat like a local, buy fruits and absorb the energy from the island that has a lot to offer everyone who visits.