After staying one night in Bangkok, we had decided our next destination. It required a short brainstorming moment, though. We booked a night bus + ferry combination via 12asia.go from Bangkok to Koh Samui Thailand. The whole combo cost 1000 baht ($29) per traveler which felt quite a fair amount considering that the ferry included there, too.
The night bus journey started at 7 pm from an unusual place for a bus – Hua Lamphong train station. It was more than suitable for us since our hostel located just next to the station.
Before jumping into the bus, we celebrated the wife’s birthday, too. I had booked an escape room experience from Escape Break in Silom. Neither of us had experienced that before so you can imagine, it was next to impossible for us to escape the room.
Even though the game itself was fairly difficult, their service was first class. Wife even got a gift from Escape Break staff after I told them that we were celebrating her birthday. Big recommendation for Escape Break adventure experience at Silom Road, Bangkok for all nomads having few spare hours to spend.
90 Minutes Ferry Trip from Donsak to Koh Samui Thailand
Our night bus arrived at Surat Thani at 6 am on Thursday morning. We had to wait over two hours for the next bus taking us to the Donsak Ferry Terminal. All the 30 or so passengers were exhausted after the 11-hour bus trip, two hours of waiting, and half an hour more sitting on the bus. Finally, we got aboard into the ferry from continental side to Koh Samui Thailand at 9.30 am.
We arrived at Nathon Pier in Koh Samui at 11.30 am. Since we had read beforehand online that you shouldn’t take songthaews straight from the pier, we had a lunch in a tiny restaurant near the pier. The reason for not taking songthaews immediately was the so-called scam price. It cost 100 baht ($2.9) per person to get anywhere in Samui Island.
After lunch, we tried to grab presumably transportation to Chaweng Beach which located another side of the island. Nevertheless, it quickly appeared to us that each and every songthaew driver insisted the same amount from Nathon Pier to Chaweng Beach. That would be 100 baht. With that being said, do not waste your time trying to find cheaper transportation to the other side of the island. Just hop into one of the countless songthaews at the pier and pay the fare in order to ride approximately 45 minutes ride to the east side.
We had booked a premium room from Cheeky Monkey’s online beforehand from Hotels.com near Chaweng Beach. Even though the room is quite a tiny, it does have all the needed facilities such as over 30mb wifi connection, soft bed as well as rooftop swimming pool and bar.
Getting ourselves familiarized to Koh Samui Thailand
Koh Samui is a very touristic island. Even though it is a low season at the moment (in the late April), there are still masses of Western people populating the streets and beaches of Samui. We aren’t huge fans of a mass tourism (would you as a digital nomad?) because it usually means a huge difference in everyday local life. In addition, it will bring a high-cost level with them. On the other hand, it (hopefully) will make more money for local people and improve their quality of life.
After chilling a while near Chaweng Beach, we rented a motorbike on Friday in order to see Koh Samui more comprehensively. Like on many occasions before during our travels, we prefer motorbiking for its cost-effectiveness and independence to see surrounding areas. We got one from our guesthouse with 200 baht ($5.80) per day.
In Koh Samui Thailand, we drove to see other beautiful beaches besides Chaweng Beach, visited Big Buddha in Northeast, and went to grab pics at Lad Koh Viewpoint. It was very pleasant to take a quick dip into the sea after riding around the island under the sultry Sun.
Motorbiking exploration continues by myself
The wife felt a bit ill on Saturday morning. With that being said, I decided to continue riding by myself until the 24 hours renting time would be over. It was better to let wife resting for the day in our comfy hotel room.
I checked out a couple of other beaches in the morning of Saturday. Since it got too hot to drive in the afternoon, I returned back to Cheeky Monkey’s in order to check the wife’s condition. Generally speaking, it’s a wise choice to work a couple of hours during the warm hours between 1 and 5 pm in Southeast Asia. If you have a pale skin like me, you’ll burn yourself quickly during the shining daylight.
That brings us to one of the things to do in Koh Samui Thailand
The main thing to do in Koh Samui is sunbathing on the countless of beaches along the island shores. Furthermore, you can try to cool yourself by taking a dip into the unbelievable turquoise sea. Usually without cooling effect whatsoever.
Good news for digital nomads going to Koh Samui
Moreover, the Internet connection is ordinarily very fast in Koh Samui. That’s a great news for digital nomads. Our experiences based mainly on Cheeky Monkey’s Guesthouse and several restaurants near Chaweng Beach. Having said that, we haven’t found any reason to believe otherwise.
Since the wife began to feel much better during the Sunday, we decided to go ahead and book another ferry trip. This time we’re going to travel to Koh Phangan on Monday noon. We will share you our time on the bit smaller but presumably more relaxing island in the following blog post.