Thailand, Koh Samui 🇹🇭
In general I think that Thailand is a paradise for families with small children. Thai people are extremely humble, kind and service minded. Well at least in most places we’ve been. As a bonus, they are very fond of children! They don’t mind entertaining your kids so that you and your partner can finish your meal, and most importantly they take the initiative themselves. They don’t mind at all! 🙂
We were so lucky to have an extra seat for A! Daddy did not book an extra seat and that completely stressed me out months before departure. She’s not tiny anymore and 12 hours of claustrophobic feeling with a child is not my dream scenario! Luckily we had an extra seat on our way to Thailand and on our way back to Denmark. During the flight we took many walks down the aisle and A said hello to everyone. She charmed the cabin crew and received inflatable toys – Airplane and Teddy. Oh, what a joy! Although she didn’t sleep much of the flight she did so well during the 12 hour flight. I guess she’s a pro now 😎
Read my “Top 10” items when traveling with babies/children. LINK!
Chaweng Beach As many others, we (ok, mostly me) fell in love with the KC Resort over Water Villa. It was impossible to book a stay longer than 4 days due to the high season. We booked the 4 days and found a hotel in another area for 10 more days.
In my opinion, KC Resort is totally overrated! The online photos of the place were beautiful, but it was NOT maintained and it was too old. According to Daddy, he did tell me this before booking, but I guess it’s one of those things that I chose to ignore. Not a smart move, mama bear! 😛
The breakfast buffet was the biggest disappointment. It was so bad that I didn’t look forward to eat in the mornings. The guests always had to remind the staff that there was no milk or fruit or… what ever! The service was so poor. A was satisfied. She ate eggs every morning – and it was all good without Vegeta (Bosnian spice that is used for everything!), but at home Vegeta is a must.
I think it was a good thing that we couldn’t book more than 4 days at this resort. The food was boring and it was a long walk to other places. The first couple of days we were jetlagged, especially A! She slept for 4 hours and when we wanted to go to bed she kept us up for 4 hours. Exhausting! Luckily this changed when we moved to the other hotel.[c
on id=”” align=”aligncenter” width=”792″] The pool and view @ KC Resort[/caption]
Next destination was in the North part of Koh Samui. Close to Big Buddha. The Privilege Hotel Ezra Beach Club. This place was the best! 10 days didn’t do it for me 😉 We booked the Beach Front Pool Villa with private pool.
If your child(ren) still takes a nap during the day we recommend private pool! Why? When the child(ren) is sleeping you can still tan, swim, eat or what ever with no worries! You’re just outside the room and don’t have to stress about the nap and you don’t need to be indoor while your child(ren) sleeps.
The breakfast buffet was DELISH! The selection was great. This was my favorite time of the day, ha ha ! The staff is amazing. They placed extra bottled water in our room because of A, and lately A wants “čaj” (/chai/=tea) right before nap/bed time, and it had to be camomile. However, they only had Lipton Lemon tea. They came and replaced Lipton with camomile with no fuss and no extra charge. Otherwise, we would have had to take a Taxi to Chaweng Beach because apparently Camomile is not popular in Thailand and Chaweng was the only place where it was possible to buy Camomile.
If your child(ren) is under age 4 it’s not possible to go on adventures to other islands. This concerns pregnant women too. This is because they use speedboats and it can be pretty bumpy.
Instead we chose to enjoy the days at the beach and by the pool. A loved the beach and the taste of salt water, ha ha! “Yummy” she said, while tasting her finger.
Main pool @ The Privilege Hotel[/caption]
Where to eat?
Fisherman’s Village is nice! It has a great atmosphere and the place is filled with restaurants. You won’t go home hungry! 😉 Unfurtunately, we only visited Fisherman’s Village twice because our first visit was in the last few days.
The restaurant Ocean 11 is at the beach front not far from our hotel. Since 2008 it has won “Thailands Best Restaurant”. I didn’t knew this when we visited it the first time. The food was so good that I had to Google the restaurant and read about it. It’s a bit pricy but the food won’t disappoint you. Definitey a visit worthy! You’ll experience a true foodgasm 😉
Another restaurant I would recommend is Green Leaf Restaurant. It’s across the Privilege Hotel. It had western food but their thai food was delicious! The restaurant is a garden, which gives it a relaxing feeling and A was free as a bird. She even saw a frog and got totally excited.
There is a foodtruck in front of Tesco Super Market. The food is really cheap approx. 70-80 Baht and it’s tasty! In general we love the local places that don’t look all fancy etc. and where the food is very good – well of course, it’s made by the locals! 😉 However, the foodtruck is placed at the main street and it is too loud, too hot and unsafe with small children. We didn’t finish our meal but chose to get it to go and finish it at the hotel. It was too stressful. But as take away it was perfect.
Koh Samui vs Khao Lak
The main difference between the to destinations is THE PRICE! Koh Samui is Europe standard in prices, while Khao Lak is much cheaper and you can get a dinner for 2 incl. drinks for a total of 300 Baht. It was mainly the small local places we ate back in January 2016 (I’ll make an English version soon – LINK). Meanwhile in Koh Samui it was 1000-2000 Baht for a dinner.
It’s easy to get from A to B on Koh Samui, while the trip from Phuket to Khao Lak was curved and long. We got car sick and A was only 6 month and threw up 3 times during the 1:15h drive.
You have to experience Thailand! Where ever you decide to go you won’t regret it. It’s a paradise no matter which part of Thailand you decide to go.