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The Molloy family wanted to return to Thailand with their children this summer and combined the holiday with seeing friends in Singapore, so we worked out an itinerary for them. Here is their travel story!
Arriving in Koh Samui and setting off from the airport to our hotel, we immediately realised that the island had developed significantly since our last visit 13 years previously as backpackers! Returning this time with a 7 and 5 year old, we were looking forward to, hopefully, a more luxurious hotel than our previous visit and the Anantara in Bophut did not disappoint! This was a perfect resort for us; right on the beach and just a 2 minute walk along the beach to this laid back and friendly resort. We were keen to avoid the craziness of Chaweng Beach, and Bophut was a great alternative to this for us. We were so glad Jules recommended this as we would have been unlikely to have stumbled across this gem for ourselves. Five days here was the perfect amount of time for us; as well as enjoying the beach and the pool, we got out and about on snorkelling trips and – the highlight for the kids – an elephant trekking trip as well.
Much to the delight of the kids, we then transferred by speedboat to the island of Koh Phangan and the unique Santhiya resort. This eco-type resort was a fantastic experience for us and we loved the fact that we didn’t see either a car or a road for the 5 days we stayed here. Ideally located on its own private beach, the resort is set on a steep hillside and comprised of entirely wooden buildings. It has a very remote feel, despite being just a 10 minute walk to the other end of the neighbouring beach which is dotted with an array of small Thai restaurants and some low-key bars. We enjoyed another snorkelling trip whilst here, as well as using the spa and paddle boarding and kayaking from the hotel’s beach and a private Muay Thai (kickboxing) lesson for the kids. They really enjoyed the wildlife we were able to spot around the resort; mostly lizards and various unusual birds. They were also very excited when a snake (non-poisonous thankfully) appeared from a nearby tree whilst we were having lunch one day! Again, I don’t think we would have discovered this resort for ourselves and we loved our stay here.
Both resorts were fantastic and exactly what we were looking for. This was the first holiday Jules had booked for us, but her recommendations were spot-on! Despite the long flight and various transfers, everything went very smoothly and was very well organised so we had a completely stress-free 2 weeks.
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