We are just finishing our second week of staying in Koh Samui. We were very busy at work so we did not explore island that much. We have also looked at our finances and getting a car on the top of having the house which was already outside of our initial budget completely blew us of the track.
Accommodation & Transport
After lots of conflicting thoughts we have decided to stay in Koh Samui for another month (May) but to change the accommodation for cheaper one. We are currently paying 35.000THB / 781EUR (30.000THB for rents over 3 months). We looked at few places. We saw one particular estate which I heard about before coming to Koh Samui (more details next week). We could not see the actual apartment which we hope to rent, saw similar one. On Wednesday we will view hopefully what will become our house for the next few weeks. That apartment is 20.000THB, so will save us 334 euro amonth. Comparing different properties just want to point out that 30.000THB for an apartment/house we have here at the moment is very reasonable (135m2 with swimming pool and western kitchen). I have also made few inquires about the car but looks like 20.000THB / 446EUR per month is a fair price for small automatic car.
Food/Drink & Dining
This week we have eaten most of the lunches and dinners at home. Koh Samui is great for shopping for western foods. We discovered a massive Tesco Lotus Chaweng (for those who know Tesco in Dundrum in Dublin – this one is bigger!)
Roberto finally was able to cook lasagna and we had lots of other pasta dishes and antipasti.
We dined out in 5 places but only 3 are worth mentioning and recommending:
We went to Aroma Boutique based on recommendation from TripAdvisor. Unfortunately good coffee in Koh Samui is difficult to find (very opposite to what we have experienced in Chiang Mai). The owner of Aroma Boutique is wonderful and you can expect excellent coffee and sandwiches which even Italian will enjoy [You are not so funny! n.d Rob]! Place is nicely decorated and makes you feel like if you were sipping coffee in your own living room.
In Vicasa we had a lovely lunch on Saturday with even better views. I had pumpkin soup and Roberto had Salmon carpaccio. We both had two very good fresh fruit milkshakes.
In Crystal Bay Beach Resort we stopped for a cappuccino and a dessert (fried banana rolls). Cappuccino was very good and we will definitely be back there. Another stunning view and it’s just on the amazing Crystal Bay Beach also known as Silver Beach. Later on I have discovered that place arranges (or used to arrange – need to verify) bbq buffet dinners at 400THB / 9EUR per person (no drinks included).
Crystal Bay Beach / Silver Beach
This weekend thanks to Alyona’s post from www.alyonatravels.com we found a wonderful beach, just 10 mins drive from our house. Crystal Bay also known as Silver Beach is located between Chaweng and Lamai beaches. White sand, crystal clear water, palms and rocks. Water temperature we would estimate between 25 to 28 degrees Celsius. This was the hottest water both of us have ever swum in. Water is very clean and you can see many fishes swimming around your legs. Around the beach there are few little, easy-going and chilled out bars and cafes (no loud music… at least during the day).
To finish the day we treated ourselves to aroma oil massages at the beach (provided by Crystal Bay Samui). Although we paid for 60 min (400THB/9 EUR per person) they were almost 90 minutes long. I had one of the best massages of my life. Maue is excellent and I will definitely see her many times before we leave the island.
Funny evening in our style
We dressed up for the evening. Plan was to go for a nice dinner and then do the clubbing round in Chaweng Beach partially to find out about the night life of Koh Samui and have some fun and for Roberto to arrange some Dj gigs. First mistake we decided to take a car. After spending 15 minutes in a traffic (not moving even 1 meter we turned around). Second mistake: taking a car in the evening before Songkran (Thai New Year). Thai people (and Western) are very serious in continuing tradition of pouring liters of water on everyone and everything. So your ride through the streets is basically constant watch for baskets full of water landing on your front window, on the top of checking out for bikes on your left site, right site, front, back and any other side the vehicle has. Roberto said yesterday…
There are no driving rules during the day. During the night rules go below zero and during SongKran nite it’s just hell on earth! Anyway next nite out… we are taking taxi! After leaving Chaweng Beach we drove towards Lamai beach in a search for open restaurant but it was after midnite so we turned back home and Roberto cooked spaghetti aglio olio peperoncino and we eaten it in style at out gorgeous swimming pool! We are happy!