Monday, June 20, 2011

Koh Samui- Transportation

Transportation in Koh Samui is different from the rest of Thailand. Usually we take tok tok around, as it is cheapest type of transportation. In Koh Samui, there is no tok tok, only jeep and taxis or rent your own car.

Jeep- Is it more expensive than other parts of thailand, just a 4-5 minutes ride could cost B50 per person ,they might even ask you for B100.

Taxis- Taxis is even worst they charge more exorbitantly and the, taxis driver work together to fix the price.

We rented a car and it was quite reasonable, just that petrol price is expensive.

Beware of Taxi drivers!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Koh Samui Day 4- Airport

We requested for the airport transfer from the hotel. I thought that the airport must be a small airport we no shops and nothing to see at all. I was proven wrong, the airport- was so cool, it is an island airport, first time seeing such an airport. It has a touch of islander feel, but with modern shops. The two rows of shops, we ample of space for us to walk. they had Swensens too...

Could not resist Swensens, so went in to have an ice-cream. Love the airport so much. I think everyone starts to relax at the airport that they forget about their flight, therefore, I saw some rushing for their flight as they were late and attendant running around directing them to their Gate. We didn't want to make the same mistake, for this reason we went early to the Gate.

Are you drooling?

How surprise we were that there were tea, coffee and other drinks, muffins and snacks, we did not want to touch it at first, as we do not want to incur unnecessary expenses. but after asking we were told that all those are free for us to eat... everyone happily took a drink. The seats at the gates is not your ordinary airport waiting seats... in straight rows of five. No it was all in the island concept, with chairs made out of rattan with cushions, tables in between. Fascinating! felt like we were in first class. I would vote this one of the interesting and comfortable airport that I have been too.

Must go early to the airport and enjoy the islander airport.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Koh Samui- The Resort- Promtsuk Buri

Promtsuk Buri is just a small, family run resort therefore don't expect swimming pool as the beach is the resort natural swimming pool. The resort consist of individual Bungalows- Four different types: Garden Court, Mini Deluxe, Seaview and Beachfront.

During our stay we stayed in two types of Bungalow- Garden Court and Beachfront. Garden Court Bungalows- is nearer to the reception. While the Beachfront is nearer to the beach, but not located on the beach itself. But the concept and the bungalows are really beautifully design inside and outside. Making it look luxurious but without the luxury price. I have seen Bungalows like that costs so much, but the owners did a good job by not compromising on the quality of accommodation and yet making it affordable. The bathroom though is opened air, very close to nature. The restaurant is nicely design, having a cup of coffee and breakfast in the morning, since it is opened air, the breeze from the sea is so cooling. The scenery of the beach is beautiful with white sandy beaches, blue sea water and green mountains, making it a picture perfect view.

Breakfast is provided, but with limited options, no problem for me. The staff there are helpful and kind. You can use the internet at the reception.

Before jumping into booking this resort, there are some things that you will need to take note of:

Location: It is quite far to Lamai or Chaweng town, and transportation cost in Koh samui like taxi and jeep is expensive. Unless you rent a car or just want to stay in the resort and enjoy the scenery and beach if not you might have to rethink about this place, as the location isn't convenient located in town.

Mosquitoes: Be careful of Mosquitoes during rainy season.

Beach: There are some rocky parts while swimming in the sea, so be careful not to hurt your feet.

Other than that, all seems good to me.Normally I would like to stay in at least a 3 star hotel. I decided to stay in this resort because I like the concept, design, price and the beach. I would recommend it if you would like to just stay in the resort and relax by the beach but without burning a hole in your pocket. Good for honeymoon goers with a budget and not wanting all the extras- that other hotel offer. Would definitely stay here again.

Room: clean, nicely design
Location: Not in town. not near shops.
Facilites: Simple resort, no extra facilities
Service: Good-with personal touch

Picture of the Resort Beach

Picture of the Beach

Picture of the Resort Beach