Trip Start Nov 20, 2013
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Where we're staying is quiet and not necessarily in a touristy area. The complex is not really near a whole lot by foot, so unless we had a car or drove around on a scooter, it wasn't easy to really explore Koh Samui, even if only to find a place to eat. To get to different parts of the island we'd need to taxi, which isn't expensive in terms of North American standards, but it can add up. And since I'm not overly comfortable riding a scooter, we really didn't get a chance to see much or explore Koh Samui.
Tuesday night we went to an area called Fisherman's Village. It's described as being a quaint area with a nice sunset, shops, and restaurants. Sure there were shops selling all kinds of souvenirs, but the restaurants we saw were quite expensive and somewhat similar to North American pricing, which is a real turnoff for us since we enjoy really cheap and really good street food. We ended up at an Italian restaurant that was quite pricey. I got a meal and Gare got a salad. The food was very good, but neither of us were filled, so we ended up at an Irish pub for some appetizers and beer. All in all between the 2 restaurants we spent $40 Canadian on food, which is a lot for Thailand. Aside from Singapore, we haven't spent that much on food since Australia. We much prefer street food, but couldn't find any or an area where locals go, but that was our fault for relying on a taxi or our feet only. Neither of us enjoyed Fisherman's Village all that much.
Wednesday night we took a taxi to Chaweng Beach, which is a very popular tourist area. We walked around the main street that's filled with souvenirs, art shoppes, places to purchase custom suits and much more. In my opinion there was no Thai feel to it - simply an area for tourists to stroll through after a day at the beach. And many, many tourists are Israeli, which we thought was kind of neat. Walking through this area we heard more Hebrew spoken than Thai and English combined. There were many restaurants serving Israeli food and lots of signs in Hebrew and even Hebrew writing on the advertisements on public transportation. Some of the Thai shopkeepers would speak Hebrew. As we found out at the Seder, Koh Samui is a very popular spot for Israelis.
At night in Chaweng Beach we went to a show called Starz Cabaret and the stars of the shows were Thailand's famed ladyboys! I must say we both thought some were quite good looking and the scary part is had we not known we were seeing a ladboy show, I don't think we would have known that some of these "ladies" weren't exactly ladies. The show was fun and good natured with music from Abba, Fame, Whitney Houston, Rihanna, and more. They have 3 shows a night and the later the shows, the drunker the audience and the more raunchy the shows get. We saw half of the first and the entire second show. It was certainly a fun night.
All in all, while Koh Samui as a whole wasn't the most exciting destination or memorable one for us, we enjoyed our time. We went because of the Seder and that was a fun night and of course, celebrating Songkran there was awesome. Maybe we would have got more out of it had we rented a car or a scooter. The place we stayed at was perfect and we will miss the condo.