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Staff trip report: Koh Samui/Bangkok

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I spent last week in Koh Samui visiting friends which was a real pleasure. In this post, I’m going to show you some photos and some of my favourite parts.


Firstly, flights to Thailand are extremely easy. Connectivity from the UAE is extremely prevalent; I flew Emirates to Bangkok and then used Bangkok Airways for the short hop down to Koh Samui.


As we were staying with friends, I’m afraid I don’t have much to report on hotels! However, we visited a few different resorts for drinks/dinner etc – Zazan Resort was a beautiful place for sundowners and Kanda Residences put on a great dinner at RockPool.

What is there to do in Koh Samui? Well, we spent our time exploring the entire island on scooters. They were extremely cheap to rent (about 100dhs for 5 days) but please be careful who you rent from. The driving can be a little challenging though, coming from Dubai, I found it OK!


It’s a great place to go if you want to hit the beaches which are truly world class. There’s loads of great places to get beach front massages, cocktails and miles of beautiful sand to relax on.


If you like cultural experiences, I also highly recommend it. There are plenty of lovely temples to visit which are all very, very accessible. It was also a joy to just ride the bikes through the jungle roads and go exploring.


On the way home, we stopped off in Bangkok for a night as my wife had never been there before.


We stayed at the Oriental Residence which is highly, highly recommended. A little more expensive than most hotels in Bangkok but absolutely worth the money. I uploaded a video of our suite here:

Fancy a trip to Thailand? Give us a call on 04 343 3929 or email us on and our experienced consultants will be happy to help you arrange it. I highly recommend it – it’s a beautiful country with warm, kind hearted people.


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