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Ko Samui-Mae Nam, Good Better Best?

  • VeronicaBot-
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    Hi there,

    Excellent and helpful site by the way, well done.

    OK, my problem is this, I am going from Bangok to Ko Samui in early August. Now, which in your opinion is the best way to get from Bangkok to Ko Samui? I've read some train horror stories on the Net and they just don't seem worth the mission despite the price. Would you recommend taking a bus? In that case, is the bus station close to the airport? If you don't recommend taking a bus, then flight is I suppose ideal. If only I were Donald Trump. Our flight would land in BKK at 22:00 so my ideal would be to hop straight onto a bus, kip for the rest, arrive in Surrathani and take the ferry. Are there late night buses? Where can I find their timetables?

    OK, next question, which beach do you recommend we stay at in Ko Samui? I am thinking Mae Nam beach, it seems chilled but not dead. Am I correct in understanding that Ko Samui is that small enough that you can access nightlife from Mae Nam easily should the mood take you? Any other beaches you would recommend over Mae Nam?

    Last question, I have read about the Mae Nam Beach Huts on your site, you wouldn't happen to have contact details for them in order for me to book in advance, would you? If I am unable to book in advance, do you think that chances are good (given the time of the month- beginning August) that we'd be able to waltz into most backpacker/bungalow places in Mae Nam(or any other beaches you might recommend) and get a nice spot on the beach somewhere? We're looking at spending about 200-250 baht per night, is it feasible?

    OK, thanks again for hopefully a smashing response. Keep up the good work.

    Best wishes,
    (your latest Travelfish evangelist)
    Veronica

    #1 Posted: 6/6/2006 - 20:00

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    Hi Veronica,

    Welcome to Travelfish - and an evangelist already!

    In answer to your questions:

    1) I'd always recommend the train over the bus. Full Stop! Three main reasons:
    a) Theft can be a problem on the buses - whatever you do don't stow valuables in the luggage area underneath the bus
    b) The train is waaaaay more comfortable
    c) The trains are reliable and a good introduction to Thailand -- you'll probably meet other travellers and Thais enroute -- if not wander up to the food carriage and you'll meet some there.

    Now, I've just read on and seen you're not arriving in Bangkok till 22:00 - in which case you're pretty much destined to a night in Bangkok - which is a good thing as Bangkok is an amazing city!

    So, from there you have two options - head into Bangkok and overnight, or doss at the airport overnight and get the morning flight to Samui with Bangkok Airways (the 06:00 flight, first of the day to Samui, is one of their two cheap flights - the other is last of the day -- it is 2,000B one way - still way more than bus of train, but you're not quite straying into Trumpian territory with that are you!)

    Anyway, next point:
    Beaches on Samui:
    First give a read of our What is a good Beach on Samui ( see the features link top right to find it) I'm on Chaweng Beach on Samui at the moment and believe you me I can't wait to get out of here - headed to Maenam tomorrow if all goes to plan. Now the Maenam "nightlife" scene is very sedate, especially compared to the vibrant/horrific (depending on your leaning) scene on Chaweng - a few (or more) drinks at one of the many beach bars is about as exciting as Maenam gets - but as I'm heading there shortly I've revert with an update in the next few days.

    August in Maenam, no real need to book ahead - there should be a room somewhere waiting for you - but again I'll report in a few days with an update as it has been quite some time since I've been there - but I can't wait to get there... that's a good sign I guess!

    Hope that helps!

    #2 Posted: 6/6/2006 - 21:14

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    Yes, this IS an amazing site and I would love to be updated on what's going on with Mae Nam Beach.

    We're leaning towards Mae Nam as we don't want a "party 'til you puke" atmosphere.

    #3 Posted: 7/6/2006 - 20:18

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    Well, I just got back from a blindingly hot day (and I mean HOT) walking down Maenam Beach and have to say, it remains a great slice of Ko Samui.

    The water is a bit cloudly at the moment, but if you're after stretches of beach with next to nobody on them and a nightlife comprised of a few sleepy drinks in a hammock, then you'll be very satisfied there...

    There's been a few changes since I last visited -- a few new upmarket places, a few changes of ownership, a few closures, but overall, remains great.

    #4 Posted: 8/6/2006 - 16:08

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    Hi there,

    Thank you so much for letting me know, appreciate the effort. Based on your sterling advice we have settled on Mae Nam and cannot wait, it sounds like my kind of un-party. Pina Coladas, me and a book.

    One last travel question, yes, flying is cheap but I suppose it's all relative to the Donald being Trumped. So, the train seems to be the best idea. Is the train station close to the airport? Also, do you know the ballpark price of a ferry ticket from Surrathani to KS?

    Thanks again, enjoy your stay there, I cannot promise that I might not badger you again for some intelligence, the travel plans are all theoretical at the moment.

    Enjoy and thanks again!

    #5 Posted: 9/6/2006 - 18:53

  • VeronicaBot-
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    Hi there,

    Thank you so much for letting me know, appreciate the effort. Based on your sterling advice we have settled on Mae Nam and cannot wait, it sounds like my kind of un-party. Pina Coladas, me and a book.

    One last travel question, yes, flying is cheap but I suppose it's all relative to the Donald being Trumped. So, the train seems to be the best idea. Is the train station close to the airport? Also, do you know the ballpark price of a ferry ticket from Surrathani to KS?

    Thanks again, enjoy your stay there, I cannot promise that I might not badger you again for some intelligence, the travel plans are all theoretical at the moment.

    Enjoy and thanks again!

    #6 Posted: 9/6/2006 - 18:56

  • VeronicaBot-
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    Hi there,

    Thank you so much for letting me know, appreciate the effort. Based on your sterling advice we have settled on Mae Nam and cannot wait, it sounds like my kind of un-party. Pina Coladas, me and a book.

    One last travel question, yes, flying is cheap but I suppose it's all relative to the Donald being Trumped. So, the train seems to be the best idea. Is the train station close to the airport? Also, do you know the ballpark price of a ferry ticket from Surrathani to KS?

    Thanks again, enjoy your stay there, I cannot promise that I might not badger you again for some intelligence, the travel plans are all theoretical at the moment.

    Enjoy and thanks again!

    #7 Posted: 9/6/2006 - 18:56

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