Koh Samui┇Travel Diary » Part 1

Those who know me, know that I’m not a big fan of travelling, especially to farther places. Although this trip hasn’t changed this fact, I do want to share with you all how much I enjoyed my stay in Koh Samui; many thanks to my incredible boyfriend Kenny.

I can anticipate everybody asking me how the trip was, and often I draw blanks or end up giving a response that is lacking. The next few blog posts will be a full fledged recount and thoughts on our 10 day holiday!

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After approx 8.5 hours of travel we finally arrived at our destination. The plane ride was not as horrid as I had anticipated it to be, probably because Kenny had deliberately planned it so that we would board at midnight – allowing us a larger chance of sleep on the plane and exposed to a shorter duration of motion sickness.

reception – waiting to check in

Why Koh Samui?

We knew we wanted to go somewhere hot and relaxing to escape from the frosty and dreary Melbourne weather. I love resorts so convincing me to travel was a little easier this way. So we found a small window of opportunity between my erratic semester’s timetable to do so. We chose to travel to Koh Samui because we were told that places like Bangkok or Phuket were typically more busy and boisterous. Ken’s sister had been here before and stayed at a very nice resort so we decided to follow advice – with absolutely no regrets. Koh Samui is a small island in the gulf of Thailand, where we were both met with wet and hot weather.

Accommodation

We stayed at Silavadee Pool Spa Resort, the website alone will steal your heart. Silavadee is located towards the south-east of the island up on the hills in Surat Thani. Do not expect to be able to have walking access to small convenient stores just outside the hotel. Rather, it is found in a quiet area that offers a lot of privacy with its own two infinity pools and surrounded by its own private beach. It’s only a free shuttle and 10-15 minute ride away from the small and lively Lamai where you can find cheap food and services; and just 15-30 minutes away from the bustling shopping/market district in Chaweng.

This accommodation was absolute luxury and offers exceptional service. We struck luck after the hotel made a mistake giving us the wrong room we originally booked. So we received a very generous and kind upgrade to a Villa (upto a thousand dollars more than what we paid). I was so stoked and extremely grateful, words could not describe! Our Villa had our very own private pool that surrounded the perimeter of our hut! We had a beautiful spa, and a small exit that leads to an outdoor shower next to the pool.

Complimentary champagne ft. the surrounding pool!
not pictured – complimentary food / fridge / wardrobe

Door leads to outdoor shower Not pictured – to the left is the toilet

One part of the service offered at Silavadee is the cute “buggee” that transports visitors up and down the hills that lead from the lobby / pools / hotel restaurant and bars. The hotel restaurant consists of 3 levels, “Sun, Moon and Star”. The Sun is where you can find the main public infinity pool where there is a pool bar, and an external bar where free entertainment is provided such as a pool table and a darts board. The Moon is the main dining area is where complimentary breakfast buffet is served as well as lunch and dinner (both at extra costs). The Star is a rooftop bar with seats surrounded by water.

Sun bar
Outdoor dining area by the sea
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Main infinity pool (The Sun bar)
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The Sun bar
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From the main dining area (The Moon)
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View from the Moon main dining area


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on the buggy
Dinner at the Moon on the first night

I’ll have a vlog up on the trip where you can get a better view of these photos. Keep your eyes peeled for part 2 where I talk about some of the things we got up to during our trip! Thanks for reading!

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