How to get to Koh Samui, your haven of relaxation and calmness?
Did I hear that you want to play golf on an island amidst swaying coconut trees? Did I also hear that your husband is asking for that promise you’ve made about the half day pampering spa treatment? And didn’t you tell your teenage children that they are allowed to party the night’s out once they get good grades?
There is one place that is not too far away from Kuala Lumpur where everyone’s dreams or promises can be fulfilled. A place where mum and dad can also tuck into their own romantic getaway. This place is the idyllic sun drenched island of Koh Samui, which means ‘safe haven’ and Koh is ‘island’ in Thai.
Maybe the gods have extra fondness with Koh Samui where they bestowed it with such beauty and magnificence that once you are there, you naturally submerge in its calmness and charms.
What are there on the island that will soothe the soul, calm the mind and nourish every cell in the body? Let’s take three activities that will satisfy the Young, the Adventurer and the Vacationer:
For the Young (and all the forever-young)
Take a closer look at Samui’s steaming street-side food stalls and choose everything from fruit shake to pancake roti, try to list your favourite top ten padthai or challenge your friend to a street muay thai, not the fight but the cocktail drink. Check out the much talked about full moon party on the island or at Koh Phangan, another small island off the coast of Koh Samui. You will never get to sleep once you are having fun.
For the Adventurer (and the intrepid traveller)
Choose your kind of adventure, it could be a quiet meditation at one of the many Buddhist temples situated on the island or you could backpack to one of the shanties right down at the quieter stretch of sand in Bo Phut or Lamai, instead of the tourist packed resorts and shopping streets over in Chaweng area. For more rustic adventure, head on to Ang Thong National Marine Park on a canoe. When you are there, explore the caves and the underwater sights snorkelling while keeping your eyes open for dolphins and sea turtles.
For the Vacationer (and Parents)
Samui is known as the health centre of the region for many justifiable reasons. You will find a myriad of award winning all-star spa resorts to pamper your senses. These are world class excellent spas located at secluded and private locales that are only accessible for people who truly want to enjoy peace and harmony. Just relax while you are there, to enjoy your time to breathe in as you stretch in various yoga positions or just allow your muscles to be kneaded and caressed as you sink deeper into relaxation. The breeze will bring you to slumber as you rejuvenate in total luxury and comfort.
To get to Koh Samui from Kuala Lumpur, there are inexpensive transportation by air. Check out Air Asia or Firefly (operated by Malaysia Airlines) for the best fares. Highly recommended will be Firefly because they fly you directly onto the island. On Air Asia, you will arrive at the nearest town, Surat Thani, take a cab or a bus to get you to the pier in about two hours, then a ferry ride to the island in one and a half hour. By the time you arrive at Chaweng area where most of the tourists book their resorts stay, it would have been a four-hour journey from Surat Thani. With Firefly, when you alight, you are just 5-minutes cab-ride to Chaweng area.
It really doesn’t matter, whichever way you choose to arrive at Koh Samui, once you are there, you will immediately feel relaxed. All you want to do is lay back and listen to the lull of the ocean.