Saturday 4 April 2015

Koh Samui, Thailand I: Weekends should all be like this

I rarely do short weekend trips but I had an amazing one recently thanks to skyscanner, Koh Samui Renaissance and Bangkok Airways. Rushed to the airport one Friday evening to catch my 8.10 p.m. flight. I fell asleep almost immediately after we took off. I remember hearing the air steward going "Chicken or fish?" while I was in a deep slumber. It helped that I had the whole row to myself. :p The air stewardess covered me with a blanket halfway through my sleep and I woke up long enough to smile and say thank you. When I arrived at Koh Samui airport, I was pleasantly surprised by how adorable the airport looked! We took a tram to the arrival gate that was shaped like a hut. I felt as if I've landed directly in a resort! After clearing the customs, I panicked when I couldn't find my pickup. There are TWO pickup points at the airport. One nearer to the gate with the hotel counters and another which is further away, follow the "limousine" sign to get there. After a 20 minutes drive, I arrived at Koh Samui Renaissance.

We were warmly received by the staff and shown to our rooms. My fatigue was immediately blown away by the splendour of my room.

Yes the room came with a balcony and a jacuzzi. ;D

We had breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel and the food was amazing. We were so well fed that our tummies did not have a chance to rest. There was fresh juice available upon request and we tried this mix of carrot and ginger that the chef recommended.

We had lunch at Banana Leaf restaurant again where we had breakfast. We shared a seared tuna salad which was wonderfully done. My mushroom soup was delicious as well, I love a good soup. I had salmon for my main course, I was torn between this and Ravioli. Jaclynn got the latter and I took a bite, it was super good too. Highly recommended. Renewed love for Italian food!

We had lobster with cheese for dinner at TawaNN restaurant and it was so fresh and juicy! We were so happily stuffed. The calamari and crab cakes were fantastic too, in fact we had two servings of calamari. :p I must say the food at Renaissance was absolutely perfect, there was nothing I could pick on.


Don't you wish your weekend was relaxing like mine? Well, you can do the same! Koh Samui is less than 2 hours away by direct flight and with Bangkok Airways' frequent direct flights there, you have lots of chance to escape to this beautiful island. You don't even have to apply for leave. The departure on Friday night (8.10 p.m.) and return on Sunday afternoon (4.10 p.m.) is perfect for a weekend getaway.

With so many (long) weekends to choose from, how do you decide which weekend is the best to jet off? You can use skyscanner to help you. Enter Koh Samui in the search bar and instead of entering specific dates, select 'whole month' or 'in a week' or even 'in a year'. Skyscanner will help you scan through all the available flights and you can see which days are cheaper for flying. What's best is that you don't have to pay anything for this awesome service! Skyscanner is entirely free. It finds you all the options based on your search at no extra cost, you are directly linked to the airline or travel agent so you get the cheapest flights on offer. This is yet another reason why I always use skyscanner to help me save bucks while travelling.

All ready for a weekend in Koh Samui? Look out for the next post on what to do on this beautiful island. :)

This trip was made possible by the lovely people of skyscanner, Koh Samui Renaissance and Bangkok Airways

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