While I still yearned to be stargazing on my patio in Pai, swinging in the hammock of my new patio watching the waves crash and the stars peak out wasn’t so bad either. It’s been a while since I spent anytime near open water at night, and I was reminded how the salty sweet ocean air and the soft crashing of waves have a way with my heart. Growing up just steps away from the beach and spending many nights looking out over the Puget Sound, I’ve grown quite accustomed to these warm comforts.
We spent just a few short days on Koh Samui, mostly swimming and once popping over to the fisherman’s village. Transportation was limited and even the minibuses charged quite a bit to go a fraction around the island (anywhere from 50 baht to 200 baht per person). However, overall I found Koh Samui to be overpriced, tourist driven, and lacking in culture. At least from what I’ve experienced. I honestly didn’t feel like I was in Thailand anymore. I felt like I had just been transplanted to a less lively Waikiki Beach. Getting to and from the Island is rather a pain as well as flights can be expensive and a ferry/bus combination from Koh Samui to Krabi was 650 baht (supposed to be closer to 450).
Nevertheless, waking up to waves crashing and jumping in the water first thing in the morning was still amazing. But I don’t think I’ll be making my way back to Koh Samui in the future. There are plenty of other places to visit in Thailand that are far more rewarding.