Since Jun. 2017
For the next part of our trip, we stayed in Ko Samui, which has become one of my favorite places in Thailand; it is not as touristy as Bangkok or Phuket and has an amazing natural environment! While in Thailand, you definitely need to book some excursions. We did some amazing things while on our trip, and one of our favorites was the full-day trip to Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan. We booked our tour on TripAdvisor, which was a good decision because it not only saved time, but also gave us a great experience with the entire tour and company; they were very reliable and professional! We also used TripAdvisor to book a half day tour of Ko Samui island. If you are adventurous and like to have fun while meeting new people, this tour is for you! To be honest: We were a bit skeptical in the beginning when we got picked up at the hotel with a 4×4 jeep without A/C. It was a very hot that day and we were quite sleepy so we expected to be able to rest a bit in a cool car. Even though the car ride was hot, we would have never thought that this day would be one of the best days ever! Our first stops included a Buddha temple, a market, and a viewpoint.
We were super happy to stay there again for three nights; for our hotel, we booked the W Retreat Koh Samui on TripAdvisor. Our jungle villa offered complete privacy, and the other villas offered more scenic views; so it all depends on what you prefer. The beach at W Koh Samui is beautiful, so don’t forget to miss watching the sunset there because it is stunning! Overall we absolutely loved our stay and it has become one of our favorite hotels in Thailand.
Our day began when we were picked up at the hotel around 8am and around 9am we officially started our trip with a 1 ½ hour boat drive to our first stop, Koh Nang Yuan. When we arrived at the island, we were able to explore the tropical marine life while snorkeling on the coral reef. Thailand is one of the best places in the world for snorkeling and diving; nowhere else in the world have I seen so many colorful fish and sea creatures! We really enjoyed this stop where we spent approximately one hour.
After a great lunch, we visited Koh Tao. Upon our arrival, we could already see the crystal clear water and the stunning hills. After reaching Koh Tao, we immediately hiked up to the viewpoint, which takes approximately 20 minutes. The hike was not very tough, but the heat and high humidity was quite a challenge; however, we arrived sweaty and happy to the top. We couldn’t believe our eyes, Koh Tao shines in different tones of blue and green and you really think you’re looking at a painting… that’s how beautiful it simply is! After reaching the hotel we were exhausted but also totally happy about this amazing tour day. I can 100% recommend this tour! It is especially suited for sporty and active people.
The Na Muang Waterfall. It was absolutely stunning, and the cool thing about it is that there are waterslides right in the jungle (Some of them are very fast… the other ones are a bit slower). An inside tip, bring some cash, because it costs some baht to ride the slides. After this cool experience we had a nice lunch, which was the perfect way to get to mingle with our tour group. It was a small group and we really got to know each other well and exchanged tons of fun stories!
We stayed in Ko Samui, which has become one of my favorite places in Thailand; it is not as touristy as Bangkok or Phuket and has an amazing natural environment!