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Photo Credit: Greg Scourse

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Photo Credit: Greg Scourse
I was looking at this breathtaking photo of Mr. G's 'island' from his profile pic on facebook when I read his message. He was in Thailand the same time I planned my trip and thought I should make it to Koh Samui. He was renting a little beachfront hut there for 3 months this year for his holiday. He described his beach as quiet and secluded. I would love it!

Koh in Thai meant island and Samui meant coconut. Coconut Island. I had visions of rustic Koh Samui. Deserted pristine beaches, friendly locals who offered coconut juice from the shell, quiet nights with bossa nova playing in the background. I was looking forward to a quiet vacation after spending a few days of shopping and sightseeing in big bad Bangkok.

A week before I had to leave for Thailand, I asked Mr. G for directions to his place in Koh Samui. He told me he had exchanged his little hut for a room at a resort. A resort?, I wondered. Then he told me to take a songtao, the Thai version of the Philippine jeepney, from the pier and tell the driver to drop me of at Mcdonalds. Not the one on Chaweng beach, but on Lamai beach. Mcdonalds? On the rustic island? And there was more than one?

As it turns out, Rustic Koh Samui was not as rustic as I thought.

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There was a 7-11 on every corner and the farangs (foreigners) have almost outnumbered the locals!

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Though the image I had of Koh Samui was far from reality, that didn't stop me from looking for corners of the island where I could enjoy peace and solitude. Mornings were the best part. Mostly everyone woke up past noon after nights of drinking and debauchery. So I could walk down the beach without seeing anyone or getting offered anything.

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I often spent mornings going for an early swim. To be followed by a walk on the beach and a few chapters of Lonely Planets' Best Travel Writing. I skipped breakfast but indulged on lunch (mostly seafood):

Koh Samui food

1 I seldom had lunch at the resort but this squid with vegetables and white rice was very delicious

2 Prawns in special sweet and sour sauce also ordered at the resort

3 I splurged on a pad thai we ordered at a fancy restaurant by the beach. I still think the pad thai I ordered at the market for 30 THB was more delicious. Minus the fancy plate and cutlery of course.

4 Mr G's favorite ingredients in his daily shake. Fresh dragonfruit, watermelon, mango, pineapple and all sorts of good stuff. For 30 THB a pop, you could drink it all day long!

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So next time I visit Thailand, I've been told I would enjoy Koh Tao more. Koh Samui and Koh Pangan are the party islands. But Koh Tao is more laid back, less touristy and great for snorkeling and diving. But my Koh Samui experience was great not just for the place but the people I've met: Mr. G and his friends, Bing and Christopher, and the many locals I'd talked to who did their best to bridge the gap and welcome me to their island.

Until the next trip,
Sole Sister Lois


Have you ever had the wrong idea about a place you're visiting? Was the reality even better? Share your experiences by leaving a comment below.

I'll share some gastronomic delights from Thailand next.

5 Responses so far.

  1. definitely had one!!! just recently... my friend booked us a flight to tacloban... i was like what's in there... was thinking that it would just be the usual san juanico bridge, sto nino shrine, mcarthur's park.... but we were already filled with oohhsss and aaahhs we haven't settled in yet... :-)

    im still in the process of completing all my blogpost about tacloban... but so far here's what i have... :-)


    http://promdingchamimay.blogspot.com/2010/09/im-officially-in-love-with-tacloban.html

    http://promdingchamimay.blogspot.com/2010/09/hotel-alejandro-tacloban-city.html

    http://promdingchamimay.blogspot.com/2010/10/tacloban-resto-review-calle-z-zaragossa.html

    http://promdingchamimay.blogspot.com/2010/10/tacloban-resto-review-jose-karlos-cafe.html

    http://promdingchamimay.blogspot.com/2010/10/tacloban-resto-review-dream-cafe.html

    http://promdingchamimay.blogspot.com/2010/10/vintage-trinkets-galore-in-kyles.html

    http://promdingchamimay.blogspot.com/2010/10/sto-nino-shrine-tacloban-part-1-chapel.html

    http://promdingchamimay.blogspot.com/2010/10/sto-nino-shrine-tacloban-part-2-marcos.html

    http://promdingchamimay.blogspot.com/2010/10/sto-nino-shrine-tacloban-part-3-common.html

  2. Lois says:

    Thanks for dropping by charmie! yes, your entries also made me rethink tacloban. I've never been there... Perhaps the sole sisters should make more trips around the Philippines.

  3. definitely had one!!! just recently... my friend booked us a flight to tacloban... i was like what's in there... was thinking that it would just be the usual san juanico bridge, sto nino shrine, mcarthur's park.... but we were already filled with oohhsss and aaahhs we haven't settled in yet... :-)

    im still in the process of completing all my blogpost about tacloban... but so far here's what i have... :-)


    http://promdingchamimay.blogspot.com/2010/09/im-officially-in-love-with-tacloban.html

    http://promdingchamimay.blogspot.com/2010/09/hotel-alejandro-tacloban-city.html

    http://promdingchamimay.blogspot.com/2010/10/tacloban-resto-review-calle-z-zaragossa.html

    http://promdingchamimay.blogspot.com/2010/10/tacloban-resto-review-jose-karlos-cafe.html

    http://promdingchamimay.blogspot.com/2010/10/tacloban-resto-review-dream-cafe.html

    http://promdingchamimay.blogspot.com/2010/10/vintage-trinkets-galore-in-kyles.html

    http://promdingchamimay.blogspot.com/2010/10/sto-nino-shrine-tacloban-part-1-chapel.html

    http://promdingchamimay.blogspot.com/2010/10/sto-nino-shrine-tacloban-part-2-marcos.html

    http://promdingchamimay.blogspot.com/2010/10/sto-nino-shrine-tacloban-part-3-common.html

  4. BrettBuen says:

    Well if you stayed in Chaweng, that would have dampened your view of the rustic images of samui. I lived there for 2 years and I must tell you, it beats every island in the planet that's for sure. Be it comfort, convenience, infrastructure, governance, and what have yous. It's the place to be, not just for holiday but for LIVING. You should check out the more laid back sides of the island next time you come visit. There's Lamai and Maenam for that quiet walks by the beach. And hey fellow Filipino, you should check out my website if you want that fab and luxurious stay there. I can give you big fat discounts if you want. My site is http://www.thai-luxury-villas.com/villa_charmant.html. I stay at the Villa Tawan when I'm there. Cheers. -Geoff, Makati.

  5. I have been too busy in my holiday trip koh samui for some days. I did sea surfing there. It is a awesome feeling.
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