Hi friends! Today I’m popping in with the very last recap of our amazing honeymoon trip to Thailand! It was such a fun experience, and writing these posts has allowed me to relive it, which is such a nice bonus.
In case you missed my first six (holy cow!) posts, you can find them here:
- Part 1: One Night in Bangkok
- Part 2: Exploring Wats in Chaing Mai
- Part 3: Elephant Nature Park
- Part 4: A Quick Trip to Pai
- Part 5: 7 Things to do in Chiang Mai
- Part 6: A Romantic Dinner in Ko Samui
Today I’m highlighting a few of the activities we really loved in Ko Samui. If you ever find yourself in that part of the world, here are some things I recommend doing during your stay!
1. Take an all-day speedboat tour of Ang Thong Marine National Park. This was an excursion we knew we wanted to do, so we booked a tour through the concierge at our hotel. We might have had more options if we had booked online before our trip, but with coordinating the rest of this vacation and – oh yeah, planning a wedding – I decided winging it and booking upon arrival would be fine. And it was! 🙂
When we arrived at the tour’s starting point, I knew we were in for a fun day!
We boarded a boat with about 20 other people and then zoomed across the ocean. Our boat’s first stop of the day was snorkeling!
Fabio and I are lucky enough that we’ve both snorkeled in plenty of places around the world – though mostly in the Caribbean – and this snorkeling was pretty similar to other snorkeling trips we’ve done. Lots of coral and plenty of fish!
Our next highlight on the boat was riding around the National Park itself, which allowed us to view tons of cool rock formations that came right out of the water.
We even got to see “Monkey Rock,” and this one that’s out of a James Bond movie.
After that, we had a couple of other stops including one to eat lunch and one to climb up some super steep steps to check out a blue lagoon!
There was also a great view of the National Park’s rock formations from up there. Oh, and we got some Thai beers from a little refreshment stand to enjoy while we soaked in the views!
Our last stop of the day took us to a nice relaxing private beach (there was no one around except for the people who were on our boat) where we were able to take out some kayaks, play beach volleyball, and soak up the sunshine.
It was definitely a fun day-long excursion!
This one wasn’t quite as nice as Dining on the Rocks and the food definitely wasn’t as good, but it was much cheaper, still tasty, and had a really nice view! And I guess you can’t eat like a king every night, right?
3. Eat all the mango sticky rice. This tip really goes for all of Thailand, but since we visited Ko Samui during the end of our trip, we really felt the need to enjoy this amazing dessert as much as we could before it was time to head back to the U.S.
The mangoes were always perfectly ripe, and the warm, sweet rice was perfection. Yum! I think I need to recreate this dish sometime soon.
4. Attend a party on Chaweng Beach. There weren’t any crazy full moon beach parties happening when we were down by Ko Samui, but there was still plenty of beach entertainment! One night we walked up to famous Ark Bar and enjoyed an amazing fire-throwing show on the beach.
There were lots of people trying to sell us stuff which was kind of annoying, but it was still fun to listen to good music, sip deliciously cold beer, and watch the show. Afterwards, we walked over to the Green Mango club area of Chaweng Beach and enjoyed a really fun night at a couple of different bars! Green Mango is a really big, crowded club, but we had just as much fun at a smaller bar next door with an awesome DJ! Lots and lots of dancing happened that night. My favorite! 🙂
5. Go to the Thai Experience! This is something you absolutely, positively MUST do if you’re ever in Ko Samui! Our friends Brian and Daria (who we met up with in Chiang Mai) did this during their stay, and they signed us up for it as a wedding/honeymoon gift for us. They’re the best!!In a nutshell, the Thai Experience was created for people who have outgrown staying in hostels during vacation but still want an opportunity to get to know other travellers and bond over shared experiences.
In a nutshell, the Thai Experience was created for people who have outgrown staying in hostels during vacation but still want an opportunity to get to know other travelers and bond over shared experiences.
A van picks you up right from your hotel and takes you to the Thai Experience location where a friendly host for the evening explains that you’re going to wear silly hats, drink lots of booze, talk to other travellers from around the world, learn about the Thai culture, and eat TONS of delicious Thai food.
We also got to learn how to make Thai cocktails!
The food was incredible, and we ate SO much of it. We also had a blast getting to know a family from New Zealand that was seated next to us. And now we’re all friends on Facebook!
Plus, as promised, there was an endless supply of cocktails. 🙂
We wound up doing this on the last night of our trip, and it was such a fun way to end our vacation! Apparently there’s another “Experience” location in Argentina, so if we ever make our way down there (which we plan to!) we will definitely add that to our itinerary.
After all that fun, we spent 30+ hours traveling back home to the states. Womp womp. Oh well, at least our two-week vacation was a blast and one we will never forget!
Question of the day: Do you like dancing at big clubs or smaller bars?