Thailand25 Jan 2007 11:12 am

I’d yet to experience an area that I dont like in Thailand.   Something that does not have a unique charm or selling point. In Koh Samui, I found it. 

Having traveled down at break-neck speed from Laos on a journey that included a pick-up truck, tuk tuks and rediverted planes from an airport with 5 flights a day (see video below) – to hit Koh Samui gave me mixed emotions

Great to meet up with friends that you get on with and have fun from Australia, but the intensity of going from laid back Laos to this Ibiza of Thailand was a little disturbing.  

The large clubs that are flanked by legions of lady-boys (who could have made more of an effort to be lady-like), the shopping all expensive and not open to negotiation, the large number of Srilankans selling suits and the Burmese posing as Napalese all trying to get your into their restaurants that line a street stinking of sewerage. 

Call me a snobby stuck up traveler now, but the tourists on this island, mainly young Australians; were not all great ambassadors for their country after a few buckets.  I hesitate whilst writing that, as there re some of you i met there – that were GREAT and will understand what i mean by that comment.

BUT – you become part of it.  Whate else is there to do but party?  You can stay there at your resort and lie around all day and have an early night, or you can just go out and get drunk also.  

So it was.  Some footage has not / could not be posted (tabloids… make me an offer).    Nearly went to Koh Phangan but thought it would be the same if not worse in regards to parties. Having now arrived in Koh Phangan – I know now that that is not the case.

Advice for the future – bypass Koh Samui, go straight to Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.


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Description: Journey to Samui


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Title: Swimming-Hole
Description: Destroyed Swimmers.


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Title: Thai-Haircut
Description: So boring it hurts.


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Title: Mornings
Description: Average morning in Samui.


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Title: Maaaasssaarge
Description: Suits massage and Monsters.


2 Responses to “Koh Samui – why go there?”

  1. on 27 Jan 2007 at 6:31 pm LyL

    Wow! Some Journey Chris! I think you and I have it in common that we prefer the unspoilt and wilder places. Which is why I am here I guess:-)

  2. on 28 Jan 2007 at 12:19 pm jj

    Looks like you’re having a great time Chris. Good on you for taking the time for a big adventure now.