Day Trip from Koh Samui to Koh Mat Sum
How does this sound to you?
- Boat ride in the Gulf of Thailand on a beautiful Summer's day
- Snorkeling in the ocean surrounded by coral and all sizes and colors of fish
- A wood-fired BBQ and some cold beverages
- Lots of sunscreen or suntan oil (pick your poison)
At only 1500 Baht (most 'tours' cost almost double that) it was a trip that I couldn't pass up. So last Sunday, the 4 of us from Cheong Mon Beach Hotel made the trek to Bob Bar. Upon arrival, we met up with a group of 7 others and then we travelled from the North East side of Koh Samui down to the South coast, and then onto Koh Mat Sum by boat.
Koh Samui Travel: My Banana Scooter
First of all, the 4 of us had to get to the Bob Bar as we were meeting the others there. As I've mentioned in other posts, the scooter is a permanent fixture on the island of Koh Samui. You can't go five feet without seeing one parked or available for rent, or have one whiz past you (possibly carrying groceries or up to 2-3 passengers...yes, I've seen up to 4 people on one scooter at a time...photo hopefully coming soon).
The scooters are great fun. They're pretty easy to maneuver, cheap on fuel, and fairly comfortable even though there's not much to them. As the 4 of us had access to scooters, the ride from Cheong Mon Beach Hotel to the Bob Bar was a quick 10 minute trip.
The Bob 'Reggae' Bar
Two of my friends met Emma from the Bob Bar in their first week here on Samui. She's originally from the UK but has been living on Samui for some time now. Together with her husband, they run the Bob Bar, which is located close to the Big Buddha statue on the North West tip of the island. It's a super chill spot with a nice view across the water to the Big Buddha.
If you want to do a snorkeling trip or any type of boat tour, I'd definitely recommend asking someone like Emma for some suggestions. There's plenty of tour companies around, but the best options are often the ones that are passed on more by word of mouth than by traditional marketing.
Heading to Koh Mat Sum
Once the rest of the group arrived, we piled into a van with 5 other people we just met and headed to the South side of Samui. Emma had told us briefly about the others who were joining, giving us a friendly 'warning' for a lady that Emma affectionately named 'Red Sonja'. Think of the person you know that speaks their mind the most, now double that, add a Brittish accent, and a touch of 'I don't care what anyone thinks'...makes for some great fun 🤣
Now some of you uber smart folks are thinking "hey matt...where's the underwater pics?" You win the prize. There are none. 😤😭
I do not own a GoPro...yet...so I borrowed a smartphone waterproof case that a friend bought at 7-11. It didn't work. I was rotted.
Everytime I went underwater, the touch screen wouldn't respond. It definitely kept the water out, but it also kept the possible photos of HUNDREDS OF TROPICAL FISH away from my phone (oh so sad).
So don't be me...get yourself sorted with a solid option in advance if you want to shoot underwater.
Beach, Barbeque, Beers and Buds
The afternoon at Koh Matsum was great...so chill. The sun was high in the sky, the beach was nothing but white sand, the water was clear and warm, and there was food, drinks, and good people. What more could you ask for? :)
Sounds like a great trip right? Beautiful beaches, tropical island, food and friends. Here's the rub: sweatproof sunscreen really does not exist. If I can't use it without it sweating off of me, you really can't label it as sweatproof. That sounds fair, right? I mean, I am a bigger guy and I've always thought that my body 'burns' a little hotter than most, but come on - if you stick a thermometer in my mouth, I'm still 98.6 Farenheit like everybody else.
All that to say this: I got my second burn of the trip on Koh Matsum beach. I was literally in the shade for almost the entire time we spent on the island, except for a 20 minute jaunt down the beach to check out that white house pictured above. I reapplied the stuff several times, but I must have sweat most, if not all, of it off. My Canadian-made body is just not meant to be in the hot Asian sun. 🙃
What's Up Next?
Who knows really. There's no real plan here. Vietnam is in my future and, after a message from a friend, I'm very interested in going to South Sumatra at some point. For now though, I'm on Koh Samui and there's tons more to check out here.
For now, I leave you with this picture of a tree 😉🤣