Koh Samui - what to do and where to go...?

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  1. ChicagoEric
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    My wife and I are going to be spending four nights on Koh Samui in late March - did a search and didn't find much in the way of information on Samui. I'd be interested in any recommendations, be it for activities or food.

    Also, if there is a cooking school to be recommended, I know my wife would be interested.

    We can't wait - we've been to Thailand before but never Samui.
     
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    Where on Samui are you staying?
     
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    Hi!

    For dinner I can strongly recommend you the "Khao San Restaurant" in Koh Samui!
    Its in the Chaweng Beachroad and offer you very good food for good prices...
    Maybe you have to wait a little bit because its always full but the time is worth for it! [​IMG]

    Khaosan Restaurant and Bakery $ Friendly roadside restaurant that briskly serves everything from breakfast pancakes to succulent steaks at genuine backpacker prices. The Khaosan also has some of the best authentic Thai food in Chaweng and there's an attached bakery that sells fresh takeaway cakes and pastries. Shows movies throughout the day and at 7.30pm and 9.00pm nightly. Central Chaweng. 7.30am - midnight. TeL: 09 967 5854.

    Greetings Mark
     
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    I can only suggest staying away from Hat Chaweng. Probably the largest selection of evening entertainment, but also the largest collection of tourons.

    I've enjoyed Hat Lamai. Low key, good local food, mellow local flavor, good beach.
     
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    Thanks for the ideas - - we are staying at the four seasons but would like to get away from the resort and explore the island.
     
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    If you have any more questions or you need some other help/advice - i was end of november last time there!

    Greetings Mark
     
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    It all depends on what you like to do and how long you are there. As in everywhere else in Thailand, Koh Samui has its share of spas, Katoy cabarets, crocodile/snake farms, cooking schools, and golf courses. You can do all those somewhere else if your are pressed for time. What we've got left is nature and culture. Here are some of the musts for Koh Samui and the surrounding areas:

    - Angthong National Marine Park
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    - Koh Tao & Koh Nang Yuan for snorkeling, kayaking, etc.
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    - Laem Sor Pagoda
    - Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)
    - Wat Khunaram to see the mummified monk
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    - Lamai and/or Chaweng Beach
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    - Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks (Hin Yai / Hin Ta)
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    Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts (SITCA) is the best cooking school on the island.
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    Enjoy a meal at the end of the class.
     
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    Thanks for the picture. They look amazing - and I think my wife will love the cooking school.
     
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    USM closed and 4m waves have shut down the ferries out of Samui. This is such an odd spring. At least the rumors of this being radiation related have faded.
     
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    Well, it has been interesting, to say the least.

    We are still on the island, unable to get out. USM has been closed for the last couple of days. The storms were awesome in the most literal sense of the word and the damage to the island has been substantial.

    I have to give the people at the Four Seasons credit - they kept the power on (generators, trucking fuel in through flooded roads to keep them going) and water running (though came close to running out) through this all. All things considered, we weathered the storm in absolute comfort.

    We are the fortunate ones. Most of the staff here at the resort have homes that have flooded and the island is a wreck. It is tragic, really. And I have to say we found ourselves a bit embarrassed to be served coffee by such hardworking individuals that have suffered such losses. They continued to work through it all, and with smiles on their faces. We feel humbled by them.

    Word has it that two flights left for bangkok tonight, so we're hopeful that we will get out tomorrow. Were supposed to go to Phuket but scrapping that and just heading straight to Bangkok. Weather not much better there but more to do in the rain.

    I really do appreciate all the suggestions. We only scratched the surface before the storms hit, but we can tell how beautiful the island is - we will definitely have to return.
     
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    Nature is awesome indeed. And fantastic. I'm pleased you are well and not endangered by what's going on. If you'll be in Bangkok early next week let me know, I'll also be around.
     
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    Does anyone have any further updates on the situation in Samui with respect to flooding? I understand the major flooding is over, but I'm curious about the extent of any lasting damage to the infrastructure.
     
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    This is an everyday activity on Samui? Or just Chaweng? :D
     
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    ;) nah ... just the 2011 Songkran at Chaweng Beach Rd.
     
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    Well Kal- indeed Banyan Tree is not a backpacker hangout! I still have to stay the nicest place I have on Samui is a villa with private pool at Karma (very close to Banyan tree). It may be the nicest hotel "suite" I have ever stayed in actually with ~200 square metres of inside space plus a lot more outside...
     
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    Any suggestions for company to contact for surf lessons in Koh Samui?
     
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    I am thinking where there may be good surfing on Samui? The water is typically really shallow????
     
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    There is kite surfing, wind surfing and hardly any regular surfing as we know it here in Southern California. I found this photo here about surfing in Samui.
     
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    Hotel price war erupts on Samui
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    Listed by the NYT as one of The 46 Places to Go in 2013
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