Ko Samui was a blast. It was very similar to the island we visited just off the coast of Vietnam, Phu Quoc. We stayed 3 days and 3 nights, with a mix of beaches, swimming, scooter riding, more beaches, and snorkeling. It was a blast. It was actually really touristy and very pricey, but for a couple days it was worth it. Some of the vistas were incredible and well worth the trek, and the money.
We spent one day touring around the island on our scooters. We rented two for the day at $4.50 a piece, plus gas. I liked this a lot better than the organized tours because you explore at your own pace. You go and see what you want, when you want, for as long as you want. We saw some amazing beaches, hiked to a cool waterfall and got off the highway and saw some cool local communities that we otherwise would have never seen.
The organized tour we did on the island was a day trip to the Mu Ko An Thong National Marine Park. It’s a fantastic cluster of islands surrounded by warm blue water. We spent the morning kayaking around one of the islands, eating lunch and then snorkeling, and hiking up another. The hike up to Ko Mae Ko was amazing. Situated in the middle of the island is a bright blue/green lake. Once on top you can take in the beautiful lake and behind you the ocean and the stunning view of the other smaller islands. It was probably one of the highlights of our trip here in Thailand.
As I write this we are seated on top of a high speed catterameran headed to Chumporn. We will spend one last day on the beach before heading to Bangkok and then flying home shortly thereafter.