From time to time, even the most down-to-Earth people want to change something in their lives, professionally and personally, whether it’s a simple thing, like buying a dog, or something bigger, like changing their carriers or moving to another country. If their previous lives were extra-boring and completely predictable, a more extreme option can be the most appealing and that’s how you find yourselves in a completely new country, somewhere you would’ve never though you’d end up in. This is generally what people who want a change do – they leave their jobs for a while and take an extended vacation to an exotic location, and enjoy themselves for a month or two in an utterly different part of the world. In case you want this to be on a cool location, surrounded with palm trees and fresh breeze, Thailand might be the perfect place for you.
Thailand, First Try
I have already visited this country before and have, as many first-time tourists do, chosen the capital city of Bangkok. As I’ve explained in this article, this city really is something else and totally different from all others I’ve been to before. Not only is its architecture and looks different from European or US/Canada cities, but its overall atmosphere is very special and extraordinary. I visited the local market, the Wat Pho temple, tasted the most delicious food, talked to a number of people from both Thailand and other countries and, in short, had the time of my life. This city really lives 24/7 and can always offer you something new and exciting. Unfortunately, what I didn’t have enough time for were the beautiful beaches of Koh Samui, so, a few weeks ago, I returned there for a new experience.
Koh Samui, Again
This magnificent island in the Chumphon archipelago is actually the second-largest island that is in the Kingdom of Thailand and has more tourists than you can imagine at first. With the staggering number of over one and a half million a year, this location can go hand in hand with the most popular tourist attraction all over the Western world. That’s why it’s full of foreigners who own houses in Thailand, and who come here to find their inner selves in a new environment.
What it offers are beautiful beaches, taken care of by a legion of people, and coral reefs that are even more exotic than those on Tahiti. The temperature is always between 24 and 32°C, so it really isn’t that hot and unbearable – I went to Greece a couple of years ago and couldn’t even afford lying in the sun because it was too hot between noon and 5PM. In addition to wonderful hotels very close to the beach, Koh Samui also features a wide selection of extra curricular activities, such as diving and snorkeling, visiting coral reefs, fishing and underwater photography, as well as “land” activities, such as golf, horse riding and organized visits to Buddhist temples.
What Do You Get on Koh Samui?
This type of vacation is quite different from visiting Bangkok, but this was just what I needed – some time away from my work and responsibilities, and a chance to leave all my problems behind, focusing solely on relaxation, getting a new tan and reaching my inner Zen state. The last time I was here, I didn’t have enough time for all these great things, so, this time, I paid attention only to them. And, trust me, it was completely worth it!
Kimberly Lawrence is a twenty-something freelance writer and translator with an ambitious goal to travel the world and a slightly less ambitious goal to share her traveling stories with thousands of readers.