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This small island, (approx. 247km²), sits on the western side of the Thai Mainland - 700km from Bangkok - in the Gulf of Thailand. Bordering the South China Sea and the Pacific, it is surrounded by more than sixty other islands, such as Koh Phangan and Koh Tao (divers island). Many of which are small and uninhabited.
Though the first inhabitants were fisherman, some 1500 years ago, it was more recently "discovered" in the 1970's by backpackers. Since then however, Koh Samui has developed as a major tourist destination, catering to tourists from all over the World. Tourism is now the island's main source of income.
Bangkok Airways flies direct, a mere 1 hour and 50 min flight from Singapore - making it the perfect destination for a quick and easy getaway. Exactly what hubby and I were looking for.
After doing much research on Koh Samui, we elected to stay at the Hansar Samui Resort in Bhoput. We enjoy being able to walk out of our Hotel to find local restaurants and shops. The major areas in Samui seem to be Chewang, Lamai and Bhoput, but fabulous resorts and villas are sprinkled all over the Island, some in quite lovely remote locations. It all depends on how you are looking to spend your time. We just didn't want to have to rely on taking taxi's to go out in the evenings, preferring to be able to take a leisurely stroll and explore.
I must say, the choice was perfect for us. The Hansar is located right at the end of the boardwalk style street in Bhoput (or Fisherman's Village as it is also known). There were some more great resorts like The Zazen Resort, along the beach, past the Hansar. However, these were further away from the shops/restaurants and the downside was the lack of good walking access to the village. Other than a taxi, walking on the beach was the only way to get to the village. You might think this is fine, but let me tell you, this beach has coarse and shelly sand which we found very difficult to walk along. It was very hard on the feet.
Our room was great at the Hansar. It is only 3 levels (no elevator by the way), and we were on floor 2, room 1205, right in the middle of the block you see in the picture to the right. The infinity pool was good. Buffet breakfast was included, and had everything you could want. Omelettes, eggs and even eggs benedict made to order, yummy. The beach bar has 3 happy hours, 1.30pm, 6.30pm and 9.30pm! What more do you need?! There was an option to have a romantic dinner on the beach. Water sports and massages were also available on the beach, right in front of the Hotel. The sea was very easy to swim in, nice and calm. It also had a roped off area in front of the Hotel so you could swim safely. For more details and pictures of our room and The Hansar Resort, check out my Koh Samui page. You can also check out The Hansar on Tripadvisor
High Season / Low Season
An increasing number of tourists are coming to Koh Samui during the low season months when the heat from the sun is not so intense.
Low Season : May 1st through to July 15th and October 1st through to 15th December
High Season : December 15th through to April 30th and July 15th through to Sept 30th
December - April : The temperature gradually rises over this period from highs of about 30 C (86 F) from December to February to highs of about 40 C (104 F) from March to April.
There are usually some short tropical downpours in December.
May - June : The temperature dips during these 2 months and usually there are occasionally some rainy periods lasting a few days.
July - September : The temperature rises again to highs of about 35 C (95 F). There are usually some tropical downpours but these rarely last more than a few hours.
October - November : The temperature dips to around 25 C (77 F) during these 2 months and there are usually some rain and wind storms that can last for around a week or two.
Information courtesy of http://www.amazingsamui.com/ksinfo.htm
It was funny to see all the fast food places available in Chewang. Also, wall to wall mopeds! Wherever you go on Samui, there is always a ton of mopeds parked everywhere. Obviously the biggest mode of transport for the locals. We did contemplate renting one for a day, but ultimately we bottled out lol!
On the plus side, yet another tick in my 'where in the World is Lynny" travel box!