Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan and visa run in Kota Bharu (Malaysia)

After a month in Patong (Phuket) I finally decided to explore some of the Thai islands. The Air Bangkok operates a direct flight from Phuket to Ko Samui for a very cheap fare so… why not take the opportunity?

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Ko Samui

Beaches

Choeng Mon BeachOne of the thing that disappointed me most was that you can’t see the sea driving along the main beach road. In Phuket I really liked to have a ride and stop everywhere to eat some fresh fruit sit on the scooter and looking at the sea. I missed it so much in London!

If you stay in Changwen or Lamai probably you have to cross some resort to see the beach. Even if finally they are amazing, I don’t like this limitation.

The smallest beaches are the most incredible, like Choeng Mon Beach.

 

Where to stay

Ko Samui cliffI stayed in Changwen, five minutes by scooter from the beach road. The hotels and resorts are more expensive than in Phuket. For a night you can pay around 900 baht for a decent place.

If you want to live 100% the sea, book a resort directly on the beach. If you prefer quietness you can book a place on the cliffs just out Changwen. Amazing views and relaxing environment.

If you want to live the wild part of the island you should choose a bungalow or a house literally on the beach in the south part of the island. Not many restaurants, no tourism. On the other side this is the most underdeveloped area. You can easily see many shacks.

 

Nightlife

The night life is mostly in two areas: Lamai and Changwen. If you go to Changwen I recommend Ark bar for the Full/Half Moon parties and The Green Mango. Nice people and nice music. And sometimes fire shows as well.

 


 

ko Pha Ngan

What about the island

Around Ko Pha NganKo Pha Ngan is wilder than Ko Samui. It’s smaller and most of the people come here for parties or for yoga and spiritual experiences. Many areas are not easily reachable. Half of the island doesn’t have road so sometimes you have to take a taxi boat to arrive to a hidden beach.

Most of the roads are done of concrete, not asphalt. Some long parts are still work in progress so you have to ride on sand, mud and soil. A fun experience if you are a good driver.

 

Beach

There are many small and hidden beach. I suggest to visit Haad Yao and Chaloklum bay. Amazing colours!

Many come here for diving. I haven’t tried but people say it’s a must.

I stayed in Thong Sala. Nothing to see or to do, avoid it.

 

Nightlife

People are crazy for Ko Pha Ngan nightlife. They told me it is plenty of place to go to have a drink and dance. I haven’t found any. Probably they are very hidden. I suggest to contact with locals to find them.

 

Scam

As usual I rented a scooter. When I gave it back (one hour and half before the time of my boat for the visa run) the owner invented I scratched it, in particular the bottom part under the platform (not visible at all). They asked me for 4500 baht (125$) to repair it. Of course I said no but they had my passport. So I called the police. A policeman came and didn’t do anything. I asked him to give the passport from them to identify me and he denied. Finally he told me that he was leaving and coming back in five minutes. Of course he didn’t come back and finally I had to pay 1000 baht!

 


 

Kota Bharu (Malaysia)

Malaysia borderI went to Kota Bharu (Malaysia) for my visa run. The journey was very long (8 hours by minibus plus 2 by ferry). The town is very small, dirty and nothing to do. Also the company I travelled with (Easyway) is very bad organised. They left us few times alone and my luggage in the minibus in Thailand so I had to buy clothes and a toothbrush in Malaysia.

Just another experience 🙂

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