This is a guest post from Michelle M. Chun-Hoon who volunteered on the beautiful tropical paradise of Koh Samui, Thailand.
I am excited to finally be blogging about Koh Samui, as it was my favorite part of my trip.
Our hostel was located just a ten minute walk from the beach, where I spent at least half of my time while on the island. The water is so clear that you can see the sand floor and fish swimming around your feet.
I am the type of person who has to tiptoe slowly into the pool, but the water here is perfect for jumping right in! Its like bath water that is just cool enough to be refreshing.
The best part about the beaches: they’re not crowded!
Did I mention you can get a massage right on the beach too? Yup, one hour will cost you about $8 – $10. (See the hut below? I got a few massages right there!)
You still here? You shouldn’t be, you should be booking your flight and emailing the boss your vacation dates.
Well, maybe you need more convincing. Let me tell you about the food market. Imagine a large parking lot with stall after stall of different foods – fresh fruits, kebabs on the grill, noodles ready to be stirred up, egg rolls, steaming dumplings, crepes, freshly squeezed juices, etc. Also, there’s this cocktail bar at the market that we discovered serves up strong drinks for a few dollars. We sure got our mojitos on here!
Note: Since Koh Samui is an island everything is a bit more expensive (but, still budget friendly). For example, beer was $2 in Bangkok, but in Koh Samui it will cost you $4. Massages were $6 in Bangkok and will cost you $9 here.
The last part of the Koh Samui experience that I did not mention yet were the three days we spent volunteering. We had two tasks to complete: build a dam for a local village and to paint a wall at a local nursery school. While both tasks completely ruined my shoes and clothes they were both wonderfully fulfilling.
Building the dam was quite a process: first we had to shovel up sand into bags, carry the bags to wheelbarrows, mix the correct proportions of sand with cement, add water, mix with a shovel then pour and lay stones gathered on top. Here is the cement mixer (me!) and the final product group shot: