So it was a couple a years’ back and as someone said that ‘the first impression is the last impression’, well, to add to that – we’d like to say that, that the first experience is always priceless!
The check-in at Banthai Sanghathian, Koh Samed, Thailand was super easy, we got a room which was right on the beach. Yes, who wouldn’t want that!! The room was nice and clean. They had their small private white sandy beach; the view was just perfect! And, here when we say sandy, we mean that it was so soft and non-grainy that you could just feel the smoothness on you palm.
On the flip side, the hotel didn’t have a restaurant, though there were plenty of places just next door, additionally, we had some visitors in the form of mosquitoes, so you might want to carry a mosquito repellent with you.
So now let’s get to the facts… yes, how to get there?
We traveled to Baan Thai Sang Thian in 2013, it was our first trip overseas. We knew we wanted to spend time on the beach but we didn’t want to go to Phuket or Pattaya. That’s when one of our dear friends suggested Koh Samed. It’s a small but beautiful island located on the South East of Thailand. It’s a 2 to 3 hour drive from Bangkok by car/bus. We boarded the shared cab in the morning from our hotel in Bangkok (Grand President, Bangkok, Thailand), got down at Nuanthip Pier and from there we took a ferry to Koh Samed Island.
Tips to note:
- Make sure when you talk to a travel agent, you ask him for a deal where you pay him for the cost of both the bus/car drive and the ferry as it works out cheaper, but more importantly its hassle free and reliable. After all, you don’t want to run around at the pier for a ferry ride. Once you pay the travel agent you are all set to reach the destination without any questions asked.
- Travel agent offices are by the dozen near each of the hotels. Make sure you check with each of them, since their prices vary!
Total trip cost from Hotel in Bangkok to Koh Samed Island including Ferry (THB 750 per person)
OK, now back to the hotel, let’s talk about it! Like we mentioned before, since this was our first trip we were a little hesitant in taking a chance on getting a room on the island, so we spent several hour while in Bangkok and booked Baan Thai Sang Thian for two nights from TripAdvisor. To be honest, we were not sure how the room would be and when we reached the hotel we were blown away. By the way, once you get down on the Samed Pier, you have to take a ride to your hotel. There are many cabs that will drop you and pick you up when you are checking out.
Since, our room was right on the beach and as you can see we had a perfect view. The hotel has a small, cozy place, we kind of loved the personal beach, just perfect to take a quick dip and to relax. There are lots of places nearby to eat, stock up your fridge with beer and to have a nice time in the evening by the ocean. We did venture out to the nearby beaches. Ao Wong Duen and Sai Kew are pretty close by. There is more night life there but we preferred our side!! 🙂
Are you looking for a perfect getaway within your budget? Do you prefer a peaceful evening rather than partying all night? If you said yes, then Baan Thai Sang Thian is definitely the place to be! All in all, it was a wonderful experience! That’s not all, we were just warming up…
To know more about our next pit stop , stay tuned….
Till then share your experiences with us. Let us know if you’ve traveled to Koh Samed and what were your best moments??
Bangkok, Thailand Hotel– Grand President
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Edited: Part 2 – Click here