Koh Samui & Koh Phangan | Thailand

4 May 2015 – 14 May 2015

We had 15 spare days from the day we landed in Kuala Lumpur before our next flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was, upon reflection, a bit of a stressful and tiring time leaving Nepal after the April 25 earthquake, so we took five days out to sleep and rest in KL. During this time we looked at our options as to what we could do to fill our time, or more accurately, we looked for the cheapest airfare out of Kuala Lumpur.

And that’s how we ended up on Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. You know, there are worse places to spend 10 days.

Lamai was our location of choice on Koh Samui in a sea view room.


Never mind the mattresses on the floor, the lack of air con in unbearable heat and the shared bathrooms. It was a slice of backpacker heaven for only $12.50 NZD per night.

The closest restaurant to out little hut was run by two beautiful local ladies who served up the tastiest food in all of Lamai and always gave me their special seat with the cushion, right under the fan, next to the TV.

Look at what they made us!

I blimmin’ love thai food. Wrap me in rice noodles and pour red curry paste all over me. Stir fry me with a little soy and dip me in sweet chilli sauce. Juliane me into your papaya salad, then deep fry me into a spring roll. I’m okay with any or all of these things.

After three nights we decided we needed a holiday from backpacking and upgraded accommodation to a room with a real bed, air con AND A POOL OVER LOOKING THE BEACH. Fan-cay to say the least.

This is living. Maybe one of the biggest perks of staying in the resort was having a fridge in our room. Fridges keep things cold. Fruit, water, beer, cheese. In the past I’ve really taken the humble fridge for granted. Not anymore. Fridge, I love you and I want to keep lots of things in you. What a luxury.

We then took a ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan.

Koh Phangan is famous for its Full Moon Party. We missed the full moon so the island felt like a freakin’ ghost town – there was NO ONE around. It was bizzare.

So instead of having a mushie shake, taking Ritalin or sculling a bottle of Robotussen (or whatever them crazy youths do these days) we had our own Full Moon fun and did crazy shit like this:


We also got savaged by mosquitos, ate a big chicken snitchzel, visited the doctor and got a free ride in an ambulance to the main hospital in Thongsala where, may I also add, we got free banana cake and drinks in the waiting area – boomtown! We did a bunch of dreaded tradmin (travel admin) STAB, STAB! Oh my lord, I cannot tell you what a drag admin is when you’re on a beach, UGH. *Rolls eyes* *Sighs* Way to ruin my year long holiday. That’s right, I’m still on holiday. Oh, how was work today? *Smug face* Anyhoo, our admin mainly involved putting together and sending paperwork to our insurance company in New Zealand WHICH cost $26 NZD to post. One letter. $26 NZD. Lucky I hadn’t had my lunch otherwise I would have CHUNDERED everywhere in shock at the price. $26 NZD. One letter. By cripes! After that we also spent a nice afternoon and evening in bar watching movies and eating pizza and chips. It’d been a tough day.

In between all of this we managed a few swims and a beer or two as the sun went down. Yeah we did. Thailand is the shiz-nizz. Still one of me faves.


Rate 1 NZD = 24 THB | All prices in NZD unless stated

  • Bus & Ferry combo ticket Surat Thani Airport – Koh Samui – $22.90 p/p
  • New Hut Bungalow (fan room & shared bathroom) | Lamai, Koh Samui – $12.50 p/n
  • Penang Curry | Porn Restaurant – $3.30
  • Green Curry | Porn Restaurant – $3.30
  • Thai Ayodhya Villa & Spa | Lamai – $52 p/n
  • 6 pack Singha beer cans – $25.80
  • 1 packet Ritz crackers – $2.30
  • Wedge of blue cheese – $3.00
  • 1 whole pineapple – $0.41
  • Van & ferry combo ticket Koh Samui – Koh Phanang – $16.66 p/p
  • Thai Dee Garden (fan room/own bathroom) | Haad Rin, Koh Phanang – $14.58 p/n
  • Coral Bungalows (air con/own bathroom) | Haad Rin, Koh Phanang – $20.80
  • Manicure & pedicure – $12.50
  • 4.5kg of washing – $8.95
  • Ferry & bus combo ticket Koh Phangan – Surat Thani airport – $31.25 p/p
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