Hello, we are thinking of going to Koh Samui and somewhere else either in Thailand or Malaysia next year. Has anyone got any tips please? We are 5 - 2 sons aged 6 and baby who will be 2 by then. Funnily enough all my children were conceived in Thailand (maybe best to avoid!!!) Thanks in advance
We stayed on Chaweng Beach on our honeymoon - pre kids. Chaweng Regent Beach Resort. We loved it to be honest. Not sure if it had any kids club - did have kids pool though. We liked it as when you were in the hotel it was sooo quiet, but you could walk out the door and be in the bustle of the resort. May not be what you want though.
we stayed here tongsai bay it was ok but the main strip on the beach, chaweng is a bit sleazy. i would liken it to a thai blackpool. the meridien is further out and theres a lovely four seasons. theres better places.
Thanks for these, I hadn't seen them until today - sorry! I think you both sound not too keen on Koh Samui, maybe I should look for alternatives. I would love to go back to Khao Lak but just feel a bit boring having been there 2 years ago.
Alhthough none of the places we stayed were particularly 'nice' in the sense that I prob wouldn't go back now I have kids but fine for a young couple type way, I really liked being in 'fishermans villiage' which is slightly north of the airport. It was much more peaceful and relaxing. We did stay (it's all coming back to me now) in the Oasis Spa which was like a detox health center but had a nice pool and you didn't have to do all the starvation stuff and it had a lovely veggie restaurant. I'm jealous...I adore Thailand but can't contemplate the flight yet with a 3 yr old and due again end dec which will prob delay our return a bit longer!
Oh we stayed in the most fabulous house on Koh Samui - it kind of depends what you want though: I was pg with my first and it was lovely and quiet and secluded (so your kids might get bored, there's no club or anything). (But a nice beach and, looking back at my diary we visited a waterfall, had a ride on an elephant, saw butterflies, tigers, parrots, otters, fish and snakes (in zoos and aquaria not wild!) and had a day-trip to Ang Thong National Park where we saw wild monkeys.) A chef from the local restaurant came and cooked our breakfast every day!
if you have the budget I would stay here. Its the hotel I actually got married in a few years ago but its gorgeous and there are lots of different accommodation options including gorgeous cabins by the beach which had lots of families with young children when I was there. There is a spa and lots of lovely restaurants and its easy enough to get a cab to other parts of the island when you want to tour.