Koh Samui, how do I put this gently? Your beauty is so deceiving.
I received 7 nights accommodation as a work bonus in my previous role as a digital manager for a travel magazine, an amazing gift – but Koh Samui was never actually on my Thailand travel list to begin with – but how could I knock this bonus back? I had been warned about Koh Samui on my previous travels and knew it probably wasn’t for me. But with 7 nights in the bank, I was looking forward to discovering a different perspective of Thailand. I thought I knew what to expect, but I just wasn’t prepared for just how touristy and alarmingly polluted this island really was, I discovered the pristine beauty singing to me from the pages of magazines, was all a facade.
The beauty of this place is not the beach, the resorts’ nudging the sand line – it’s all the little experiences that lie behind the perceived paradise. Finding the heart of Koh takes some work. Of course, the strongest point of the island is the Thai people that inhabit it.
During our stay we worked hard to peel back the veneer, in doing so we discovered some pretty great moments. Fun can be found venturing beyond and around the empty yards behind Wat Khunaram, chowing down on the best Chicken Penang I’ve had in Thailand at Khaw Glong Thai Restaurant. Hitching rides all around the island in the back of a Songthaew – part of the fun is attempting to charm the drivers for a good rate, and be charming. Walk up to Lamai Lookout, drink Gin Fiz’s all day long by the pool while spying on the guests, and indulge in a very guilty un-Thai like pleaser, burgers at Stacked.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter where you are, everything sparkles when you’re on holiday, you just have to look a little harder on Koh Samui. Thanks to my pals at Holidays for Couples for funding the stay at Melati Beach Resort & Spa Koh Samui and Chaweng Regent Beach Resort.