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#1 TamLou

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Posted 30 June 2005 - 03:35 PM

Hi Girls

I was about to book Phuket for our honeymoon when two people in the office are saying don't go, go to Koh Samui instead?

The main thing I am looking for is stunning beaches and nice food.

I have not been to either and would love to hear your thoughts.

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Posted 30 June 2005 - 04:08 PM

Why not go to both (if possible of course).

We are looking at going to phuket for 7 nights and Koh Samui for 5.

I havent been before but I am only going by what friends who have been say.

Definately Koh Samui is supposed to be extremely beautiful and I think a little more relaxed than Phuket.


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Posted 30 June 2005 - 04:27 PM

I voted phuket!! but it really depends what you are after...
Here are my personal experiences:-

Phuket - was relaxing, the hotel we stayed in was beautiful, (kata thani beach resort beachfront) the thai people from phuket were so lovely and did not stop thanking us for coming. DH absolutely loved it. We took a tok-tok into Patong and it cost us 200baht $6.00.

Kho Samui - was also relaxing, but hotel was terrible, kho samui I felt was more of a party place that phuket, beaches lovely.

You really can't go wrong with either, If we had stayed in a beta hotel in kho samui I might very well be saying kho samui right now!!

Good luck with your descion let us know what you decide!!

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Posted 30 June 2005 - 04:32 PM

Koh Samui hands down!!

I've been there twice - once for a friend's wedding and we went back there for our honeymoon! We stayed 5 nights on Koh Samui and 5 nights at Hua Hin (at Evason Spa Resort - mindblowing!! There's one on Koh Samui too....).

Have a look at the end of my "Non Professional Photos" for some piccies of the honeymoon.

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Posted 30 June 2005 - 04:33 PM

Can't say I've been to either however we're booked in for Phuket for our honeymoon and I can't wait.

I get the 'impression' there's more to do & see in Phuket. I also heard recently that a lot of tourists are choosing Koh Samui because they're scared lightning may strike twice. I'm not personally worried about this.

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Posted 30 June 2005 - 04:56 PM

Thanks girls seems everyone has a different opinion would love to know what hotel/resort you stayed in Koh samui?

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Posted 30 June 2005 - 05:36 PM

Hey Tam we were in Phuket for 5 nights and Koh Samui for 5 nights and I've gotta say although we didn't get to see much of Phuket (the tsunami hit on our 2nd full day there) it wins over Koh Samui hands down. The people are friendlier, there's more to see and do, and I thought it was much more beautiful (and we stayed in Patong!) Can I suggest that if you go, stay in Kata, it's really gorgeous there and when we go back we're going to stay at the Kata Thani like Mrs Kiwi did. If you want to stay away from the crazy party 'girlie bar' thing but still want a bit to do it's the place to be, Karon is a bit sleepy and Patong is pretty crazy at night!! The food there is great, the touristy restaurants are ok but the busy little street-front places are the best, I crave food from them every day!! You won't believe how cheap the food is and getting around is a breeze smile.gif

Koh Samui is nice for what it is but my negatives did outweigh the positives (in comparison with Phuket): from the main road you can't see the beach (it's all fronted by hotels which are just going crazy and to get to the beach you've got to walk down laneways or through hotel properties), you can drive around the whole island and see most of it in a day (ok if you're honeymooning and want to take it easy wink.gif ), to be honest the beaches were dirtier than in Phuket and because it's more of an 'up-market' place it's not as friendly, don't get me wrong the Thais are the friendliest, loveliest people in the world but when they smiled it didn't go all the way to their eyes, IYKWIM? (we felt like 'just another tourist' there, whereas in Phuket they saw and talked to us more as people.) It's also much more expensive than Phuket to get around, there's no tuk-tuks (little taxi trucks that are in Phuket, so cheap if you know how to bargain with them and most will take you wherever you want to go ), only songthaews (like little open-backed truck things that only go certain ways and pick up other people, kind of like buses) and private yellow taxis that are SOO expensive. Don't let me put you off completely, it's a gorgeous part of the world, the water's warm, the shopping's FABULOUS (better than Phuket) and you can eat dinner directly on the beach as the sun is setting with your feet in the sand. We stayed at the Imperial Samui (not the Imperial Boat House, two different places) and probably wouldn't choose it again, it was a bit too far from everything. I'd suggest somewhere close to or on Chaweng, there's some beautiful hotels there e.g the Banana Fan Sea Samui (and others that escape me right now), Lamai has too many 'girlie bars' for my liking.

Anyway, hope that helped a little, good luck deciding I'm sure you'll love whereever you end up, Thailand is totally, utterly amazing. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions biggrin.gif
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Posted 01 July 2005 - 10:08 AM

Lisa

Thank you so much for all that information it really helps. I am going to print it off and show FH.

I have just checked out the kata Thani, it looks amazing, Mrs Kiwi did you love it?

Suzie - the evason spa looks out of this world.

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 10:26 AM

QUOTE (TamLou @ Jun 30 2005, 04:56 PM)
Thanks girls seems everyone has a different opinion would love to know what hotel/resort you stayed in Koh samui?

When we went to Koh Samui for our best man's wedding we stayed on Chaweng Beach at the Chaweng Buri resort (3-4 star), which was lovely!

For our honeymoon, we stayed at Poppies (4-5 star), also on Chaweng Beach, but a bit further up the beach.

There is HEAPS of shopping to do along Chaweng Beach - we rarely had to catch a taxi as everything we wanted to see/do was in walking distance. A highlight for us was a Thai cooking school that we stumbled across. We went back twice to do more cooking lessons - it was great fun and we got to eat what we cooked afterwards! There were no nightclubs near us - we did go once the first time but had to catch a taxi to get there (we didn't go to nightclubs on the honeymoon). Plenty of lovely bars/restaurants overlooking the beach for a nice quiet drink and meal!

I guess it really depends what you are after on your honeymoon - we were after secluded and relaxed and exclusive - we were not interested in racing around "seeing" things, just hanging around spending time with each other in beautiful surroundings...

As I mentioned before, there is an Evason Spa hotel at Koh Samui (5-6 star!!!) but we didn't go there. As far as I understand, it's up on a cliff, as opposed to on the beach which is why we didn't stay there. As you can see from the pictures of Hua Hin, the villas are completely amazing and the service is out of this world (24 hour personal butler on call, own 10m pool, outdoor spa set in a lotus pond etc... etc...!!!) - I want to go back!!

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 12:20 PM

Thanks Susie

I am confused I thougt the evason spo was the hua hin, I think I am wrong?

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 01:40 PM

QUOTE (TamLou @ Jul 1 2005, 10:08 AM)


I have just checked out the kata Thani, it looks amazing, Mrs Kiwi did you love it?




Definatley stay at the kata thani and make sure you get a poolside balcony room, views are magic!!
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Posted 01 July 2005 - 02:10 PM

QUOTE (TamLou @ Jul 1 2005, 12:20 PM)
Thanks Susie

I am confused I thougt the evason spo was the hua hin, I think I am wrong?

Tam

Sorry Tam - the Evason Spa has a chain of properties. We stayed in the one at Hua Hin, there is another one on Koh Samui (which we didn't stay in). They also have properties on Phuket, Maldives and Vietnam.

Here is the link if you want to have a look!

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 02:56 PM

We did both Samui and Phuket on our honeymoon, and loved loved loved Samui.

I found Phuket to be too touristy, a bit 'dirty' and just not as pleasant - in fact came across a few dodgy types while we were there .

Samui doesn't have any high rises, has all the same shopping, great places to eat and quite a bit to do and see. The people were lovely and friendly, and we didn't come across any nightlife at all really, although I know there are night clubs around if you are into that type of thing (I am too old for that now tongue.gif ). We hired a motorcycle to whizz around on and had a blast. There are plenty of beaches outside Chaweng you have easy access to. We have been back since and plan to go again. *Sigh** I LOVE IT.

But that said, the people of Thailand are truly beautiful and Phuket NEEDS VISITORS. Their tourism is currently down 67% and I am sure you can appreciate the impact this has had on the community. Seriously the chances of another freak event like the tsunami happening are so low.

Thailand in general rocks - I am lucky I get to go there for work a bit too.
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Posted 01 July 2005 - 04:16 PM

QUOTE (TamLou @ Jul 1 2005, 10:08 AM)
Lisa

Thank you so much for all that information it really helps.  I am going to print it off and show FH.


Tam, you're very welcome! I just want to clarify some things though (not to confuse you, just because I've read over the other replies and I missed something that I think is important!).. Anthony and I didn't go to Thailand in a 'honeymoon' kind of mindset, we wanted to do, and see, a lot of things and have an adventurous kind of holiday. What Susie said:

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I guess it really depends what you are after on your honeymoon - we were after secluded and relaxed and exclusive - we were not interested in racing around "seeing" things, just hanging around spending time with each other in beautiful surroundings...


is so important to take into consideration, my reply wasn't based on that kind of holiday, which is a big reason why we didn't like Samui as much. You can do some absolutely amazing things there, e.g we rode elephants to the base of a waterfall and climbed to the top, Anthony shot an AK-47!! but it seemed to lack what Phuket did in terms of this, but maybe not in terms of what could be a very different holiday, depending on you and your H2B. In terms of romantic dining, Samui really tops them both - there's Poppies, which has the best food and service even if it is quite expensive for Thai prices, and Budsaba, a place where you can book you own little candle-lit private hut right on the beach where they light the water and you can roll down the shutters so it's really private, and when you want to order you just ring a little bell. Gorgeous!! There's actually nowhere on Phuket where you can eat with your feet in the sand (please someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong about this!), so if this is more the feel you want then maybe Samui is more for you. Can I suggest doing a google for 'thailand travel forums', the good non-commercial ones are full of helpful advice from people that have been to Thailand and love offering advice and they really helped me in deciding where to go and what to do, in both Phuket and Samui.

Geez I haven't been much good in terms of helping you decide, have I?? ph34r.gif
Sorry if I've confused you, I'd love to know where you decide to go smile.gif
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Posted 03 July 2005 - 08:40 PM

I have just booked a holiday in Bangkok and Koh Samui - if you do some research (I spent most of last night and today doing it) you can get some amazing prices - sometimes much less than 1/2 what we would get in the brochures. I had originally gone for Phuket bgut decided on a place called Sala Samui where you have your own private pool - very exciting. As StarGrrl mentioned - have a look at some travel forums and also have a look at the reviews for the properties - and by having a look at some of their websites you will be able to upgrade accomodation (and from reading through the forums you can work out which onhes are reputable)
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