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Where I was when I wrote this: Settled into my grandparents place in Shanghai. Thank god there won’t be any new posts from this point forward so I’ll be able to catch up for sure in no time. As an aside…I am REALLY DARK!
I’m going to keep our first day in Koh Samui short and sweet. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking.
Nikorn was awesome to pick us up from Le Meridien and drop us off at the airport. Jia’s got our last farewell photo.
Flight to Koh Samui with Bangkok Air was smooth as butter.
Once we landed we took a shared mini-bus to the Lamai area and costed only 300 baht each vs the 700 or 800 we’d have to pay for a private cab.
SPG Platinum pulled through for us again at Le Meridien Koh Samui and we got upgraded to a pool side room that had this crazy zen bathroom that was open to the air so they had to place mosquito coils in there at night.
We spent the day chilling around the jetty area, lighting and launching a lantern and then eating dinner at Barracuda in Mae Nam which was fantastic.
- Probably the biggest lesson learned from Koh Samui is that the taxis are basically monopolized or run under one kingpin. They say they’re metered but they never use it or even have it on the car. Everything is pre-negotiated fixed fare and with that everything is jacked up sky high when you compare it to cities like Bangkok or even Chiang Mai. Lamai Beach to Mae Nam costed around 600 baht which is $20 CAD (pretty damn expensive). Once I get to the next blog post about our move to the Conrad and the transportation costs from there, 600 doesn’t even seem all that bad.
- I originally had a rental car booked and I really regretted cancelling it. The cost of the rental car for 4 days probably equaled the amount of money we ended up having to dish out for cab. Stupid stupid stupid!
- Barracuda is rated #1 on TA and for good reason. Excellent food at decent prices. Just a bit far if you’re not in Bophut or Chaweng.
- Breakfast @ Le Meridien Koh Samui
- Pickup and drop off at the airport by Nikorn
- Arrive in Ko Samui at 2PM
- Chill at Le Meridien Ko Samui
- Dinner at Barracuda in Mae Nam
Check out the Next Day
Jump over to the next day where we move to the Conrad and find out what that was like. Read Day 24 – Koh Samui – Glorious Conrad Koh Samui Comes Through Again.
Curious what else I did on my trip to Asia? See the full itinerary and all 89 days.