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A Look At The Bachelorette Party Vacation in Koh Samui | Vegan Travel


Bachelorette in Koh Samui - Koh Samui Travel  Tips - Vegan Blogger - Vegan Travel Thailand
A look inside a luxury escape to Koh Samui (or Ko Samui). It was actually a bachelorette party for which we rented a beautiful villa overlooking the ocean and set on top of a mountain, with its own infinity pool making it the perfect luxury retreat.
We were so lucky to have rented a private villa place instead of staying in a hotel because this beautiful ocean-view villa made all the difference in making this bachelorette party vacation a blast. It was located in the quiet Bophut area, and driving to this place was quite a thrill - it was located on a steep mountain and you had to drive downhill to reach the place.

The villa's infinity pool and the magnificent views of the ocean, from almost every bedroom, made it look like right out from a movie (remember Iron man's ocean villa?). Plus, their daily cleaning and concierge-like service (via WhatsApp) ensured we had the best of both the worlds - an expansive luxury space with privacy and top-notch service. For most of the trip, we wallowed in the pool watching the ocean. A quick dip every morning while enjoying the exotic Thai fruits made the most deliciously fresh start to our days in Ko Samui.

That reminds me, while in Thailand you have to make sure to try all the amazing fruits the country has to offer, especially the mangosteen, Thai mangoes, rambutan, coconut water and its cream, dragonfruit, longan and the juicy and sweet melons. I even got back some fruits from Thailand and made a super yummy Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl using them.

{You can book this villa here}

VEGAN FOOD IN KOH SAMUI


Finding vegan food in Koh Samui is fairly easy, the island has plenty of vegan and vegetarians restaurants and cafe. Do your research before you travel and find the cafes closest to where you are planning to stay and move around.

Since we were in a villa with a kitchen, we cooked our meals most of the days. Plus, we had plenty of vegan snacks and meals for emergencies. However, we did visit the Funky Vege Cafe near Lamai Beach - a tiny vegan cafe with some good food options. We were a large group and the cafe staff did not seem to be well-prepared for a party of 12 people. Most of the items on the menu were unavailable, others finished after our first round of order. Despite all the hassle, we managed to have a satiating meal.

Lamai Veggie - a vegetarian and vegan Thai restaurant at Lamai beach is another good place. However, both these cafes are very casual and nothing close to fancy.

There are a few other vegan-friendly places where you can grab super amazing smoothies, smoothie bowls and raw foods (not completely veggie though but healthy and organic). Vikasa Life Cafe was one of my favorites for smoothies, plus the views from this place were great. Although I did not visit, from the pictures and my research I found The Wild Tribe Superfood Cafe quite cool too.

In addition to the cafes, ample availability of fresh cut fruits, fresh juices and grilled corn will not leave you starving anywhere in Thailand, including Samui.
Vegan Koh Samui Guide - Koh Samui Travel Tips  -Luxury Women Travel
You can find the list of vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Ko Samui here.

THINGS TO DO IN KOH SAMUI

While we didn't explore the island as much as we'd have had it been a normal vacation, we did manage to do a few things. Here are the top things to do in Koh Samui from my experience:

1. Watch the sunrise - trust me it's totally worth waking up in the morning. We had great views of the sunrise from the Bophut beach near our villa (10 minutes drive), but you can manage it from any beach. Sleep again if you like, but don't miss it.

2. Chaweng Beach for the night market and Ark Bar - one of the coolest party spots in town with super cool fire show, Ark Bar was one of the best places to chill, party and enjoy the music from among a few places we visited. The night market on the main road was also quite a delight, we picked some cool straw handbags, handmade jewelry and essential oils from there. Air Bar at The Intercontinental hote;l is another great hangout place, its more upscale but not as much action as Ark. It also has great views of the ocean and you can come in early to watch the sunset.

3. Get a Thai massage - Thai massage is a must when you are in Thailand. We asked the hotel staff at the Nikki Beach Resort for the recommendation and he directed us to this amazing massage place, which was not fancy but minimalist and boutique style and the masseuse there was a magician. Unfortunately, I don't remember the name and was too tired to click pictures. However, you can search for some of the top rated ones and you won't be disappointed. Avoid the cheap places, they are not hygienic and you may not get the result you are looking for.

4. Full moon party at Koh Phangan - If you are a party lover and are visiting Koh Samui during the full moon date, then island hopping to Phangan is a must. While I found the full moon party to be overrated (I did have fun though), you have to experience it for yourself. However, be careful and vigilant of your possessions at the party, especially of your drink to avoid spiking and take care of your personal safety because drugs and alcohol is full on at the full moon party. Scroll down to the travel tips later to learn more about Full Moon Party and things you need to take care of.

GETTING AROUND IN KOH SAMUI


Like most islands, Koh Samui doesn’t have a very good public transportation system. Renting an air-conditioned car is the best way to explore the island. It's safer and will also keep you protected from the harsh sun and warm weather. Although, renting a motorbike or scooter is also quite popular among tourists.

Tips on renting a vehicle in Koh Samui: A cash-deposit has to be made when renting the car, and most car rentals do not accept cards (barring a few global brands). However, make sure to rent it through your hotel concierge or villa manager to ensure your money is safe.

GETTING TO KOH SAMUI

The best way to get to Ko Samui is via the island's own airport (known as Samui airport, USM), its a little pricier than flying to Surat Thani but saves a lot of time. They have flights from Bangkok, Chiang Mai and even a few international flights from Singapore, Malaysia and China.

For us, we took a flight to-and-from Surat Thani airport and then took a bus (to the pier) & ferry to Ko Samui island, which was also fun and cheaper but a longer and time-consuming route. If you decide to take the flight to Surat Thani, you need to reach the Samui island via a ferry. Getting a ferry from the airport (and return) is fairly easy and cheap. You can walk-in to any of the ferry operator's counter and book the ticket on-the-spot or pre-book it online. Ferries depart every hour. The operator first takes you to the pier via a mini-van or bus, and from there you take the ferry to the island. The total journey is about 3 hours (from airport to Ko Samui island).

KOH SAMUI TRAVEL TIPS

  1. Cash is king on this island, so make sure you carry cash for your meals, car rental (if you book it on-the-spot) and other daily expenses. 
  2. Whether you are booking a ferry or renting a car, make sure you always make booking through a safe source. Ask your hotel or villa manager for reference. While we didn't have any dodgy experience, Thailand is infamous for cheating. So make sure you are not duped.
  3. Get ample sunscreen - Koh Samui can get very hot and sunny and the last thing you want is burnt skin. Make sure your sunscreen is safe and natural, here is the guide to best natural sunscreens that work!
  4. If you plan to visit the famous temples of Koh Samui (Wat Phra Yai and Wat Plai Laem) make sure to dress appropriately - no shorts, low necklines, off-shoulders. Carry a robe or a modest maxi with you.
  5. Full moon party - if this is on your itinerary, I would strongly recommend that for the night you should plan to stay at one of the hotels at the Koh Phangan island itself. The ferries that run from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan are not safe, getting a ferry back to Samui late in the night is super scary and the queues are often long and messed-up. As for the dress code, wear shorts or something beachy, flip flops are best for comfort as the party is on the beach, although some cool kicks can also do as long as you don't mind them getting wet and dirty. 
  6. Ditch Starbucks and regular baristas, Koh Samui has plenty of cool healthy and organic cafes to load yourself with delciious superfood smoothies and make sure to drink plenty of fresh coconut water everyday. You will easily find it at local markets, vegetable vendors or supermarket (Tesco).
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Location is : Ko Samui, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand

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