It’s high season here on the wee island of Koh Samui, which means the whole place is overrun with a lot of tourists, particularly from Russia and China. The beaches are covered with topless European sunbathers and men in speedoes, the restaurants are full (for a change), and at the night market down the road it is near impossible to get a table.
High season also means high prices — for hotels, apartments, and flights. The flights in particular are a big problem. Bangkok Airways owns the only airport on the island (they built it themselves) so they have a monopoly on price. Domestic flights from Bangkok to Koh Samui, which take a mere 45 minutes, can cost up to US $300 one way! That’s what we were paying to rent a house here for a month. It is the most expensive domestic flight in Thailand, and for that reason a lot of people can’t afford to come here.
For all these reasons and more, we are saying goodbye to the island, and heading off to Bangkok tomorrow to find a place to rent from now until May, because Koh Samui has definitely become too expensive. The good news is there are millions of places for rent in Bangkok, serviced apartments that provide you with everything, and close to the train stations which means easy transport. Spending three months in Samui was great, but this is a really small island. I think Bangkok will be a great experience as there is so much to do. So, farewell Samui, it’s been short and sweet, but we’re off to Big Bad Bangkok tomorrow. Updates coming soon.