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Relaxing on a Romantic Thai Island

Updated on June 3, 2011

Holidays are all about relaxing and that's just what I wanted to do when I left New Zealand. Thailand was an obvious choice.

I wanted somewhere to stay awhile to relax, read, walk and ….well….quite simply let the world wash over me. But what of the many islands in Thailand to choose?

The Thailand Island of Koh Samui which promised very appealing white sandy beaches and long days in the sun and surf won my vote and what a great choice it was.

Somehow, I found my way to this spot and away from the busyness of Chaweng Beach. I met Jeffy at his tour desk in an internet cafe. Jeffy seemed to read my mind. I let him know that I want a quieter spot with a bungalow on the beach and he conjures up one at Choeng Mon beach. Between his limited English and my non existent Thai, he managed to get the perfect spot for me and at a very attractive price.

Vendor selling along Cheong Mon Beach
Vendor selling along Cheong Mon Beach

This Thailand Island beach is a charming spot and just perfect for me. The only (slight) downside for this solo traveler is it is full of couples enjoying a romantic getaway! Ah, such is the life of a solo traveler.

At this beach low rise buildings dominate. It’s possible to stay in marvelous bungalows right on the beach. They can be expensive, but there are some cheaper options and I managed to secure one. I don’t know how he did it.

Massage huts line the sea shore along the length of this lovely beach and all day long people wander up and down selling all manner of things; jewelry, clothing, belts, wraps, shorts sunglasses and hats.

Then there are ice-cream, corn on the cob gently roasted over naked hot coals, donut and fruit vendors, plus those selling balls and floating devices of various descriptions. The list of vendors goes on and on. I think they must be sanctioned by some higher body because they all wear red vests with numbers on them.

Sunset from the Thailand Island of Koh Samui
Sunset from the Thailand Island of Koh Samui
Great beach on the Thailand Island of Cheong Mon
Great beach on the Thailand Island of Cheong Mon
Just outside my beach bungalow
Just outside my beach bungalow

On this Thailand Island of Koh Samui there are many beaches to choose from and many tourists opt for the very popular Chaweng Beach. But I am there less than a minute and I know it is not for me. Tourists compete for a place to put their loungers on a narrow stretch of beautiful sand on this Thailand Island. It’s busy. It’s loud and I want a quieter place.

A short distance away is Choeng Mon Beach. The beach is gorgeous, white sand like powder and the luke warm sea is a gorgeous green colour as seen in all the best travel brochures. In the distance several of the Thailand islands beckon you visit them.

Choeng Mon Beach has the loveliest atmosphere at night. As day gives way to the early evening there is a changing of the guard. Scantily clad sun burnt couples make way for a sophisticated and alluring scene.

The café and restaurant owners replace sun loungers with tables which they place right down on the sandy beach close to the water. Fairy lights twinkle on canopies and in trees in the still warm evening air. Candles are lit inside cute holders and placed on the tables. It is the most romantic scene to tempt honeymoon couples (or simply the romantic at heart) to enjoy a candle lit dinner with water lapping softly just a few feet away. As diners and relax over dinner couples stroll the along beach. It is pure bliss.

"My" pedicure and manicure ladies.
"My" pedicure and manicure ladies.
My hut on the beach!
My hut on the beach!
The town area close to Choeng Mon Beach.
The town area close to Choeng Mon Beach.

Walking along this beach, especially in the morning, is a social event. By the time I get back to my room I’ve said good morning to about three dozen people.

The massage ladies interest me the most. They seem to have a “hustler” and her job is to get “bums on seats”.

The conversation with me goes something like:

“Good morning ma-DAM… are yooou this morning? Ma-DAM, you want a mas-SAGE to-day?” all said in a lilting sing-a-long voice.

My reply is polite and stock standard. “No. But thank you VERY much.” They seem to like this and usually smile and sometimes give me that lovely Thai response of a thank you, hands placed just under a slightly bowed head in the prayer position. It’s very humbling. Other times the response is a regretful look as though there won’t be any redemption for me because my skin is in shocking condition and I really should get treatment with urgency.

Yesterday morning one particularly outgoing “hustler” dressed in a red tee shirt came rushing up to me and threw her arms around me for a big hug. Well, I’m an uptight (ever so slightly!) westerner and I was quite taken aback at this display of affection from a stranger. She proceeded to ask me, as they all do, “are you married?” (The other question is “excuse me ma-dam, how old are yooou?”)

But I digress I had a dilemma. How to choose who to favor for my various treatments?

The temporary “problem” was soon resolved. My bungalow is on a small stretch of beach around the corner from the larger area of sand where the majority of holiday makers like to take in their daily dose of sun. Just outside my bungalow, there are three massage huts all in a row and to get to the beach I walk between two of them. The massage hut closest to me offered a slightly different sales pitch to the one I’d been getting all morning.

She said “When you wanna mas-SAGE, you come to me OK?” and I found myself saying OK. After all, it would have been disloyal to ignore my closest neighbors in favor of anyone else along this colorful stretch of beach.

So that’s how I ended up with a two hour pampering session (and that was just for my feet and hands!) administered by two lovely Thai ladies. It was one of the most blissful pedicure manicure treatments I have ever had. I lay prostrate on a mat in an open sided hut, listening to the waves rollicking onto the shore, barely two meters away. My feet, after uh-um decades of neglect, received the treat of their life.

I left feeling fantastic and with lovely pink varnished finger and toe nails.

Walking the beach the next morning though, the affectionate “hustler” in the red tee shirt was there. Like an adulteress after a delicious night out, I tried to sneak past her without my indiscretions being uncovered. But that was not to be. She rushed up to me and the minute she saw my feet, with the skin glowing and looking lovely, along with flash new nail polish on my fingers and toes, her face fell. She knew, what I had being trying to hide, the fact that I’d been a traitor.

Ah….such is the dilemma of a decadent traveler who found herself on this Thailand Island having a marvelously relaxing time.

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    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Some of the beaches on Koh Samui are indeed beautiful but some of them are far too busy for me! Cheong Mon is a gorgeous place for a lovely Valentines break IMO.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting EC. Your insight is much appreciated.

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      Edwin Clark 

      7 years ago from Thailand by way of New York

      Thailand's glorious islands was what convinced me to stay in the Kingdom. I had a choice at the time between Malaysia and Thailand. But the listerine blue waters of Koh Samui, Ao Nang and Krabi swayed my decision to stay in Thai. Whenever someone ask me where to go for a far away romantic trip, say for instance this coming Valetine's day I always recommend Koh Samui.

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      This beach on Koh Samui was a lovely place to really chill for awhile.

      Your comments are flattering - thank you so much Peg.

    • PegCole17 profile image

      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This looks like an ideal place to vacation. Your hut on the beach and the luxurious pampering from the massage ladies sounds delightful. But the best part was your description of the night life: "enjoy a candle lit dinner with water lapping softly just a few feet away". Wow. How romantic! Loved reading about this adventure. It was nearly as good as being there!

    • World-Traveler profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      I can understand why you enjoyed Koh Samui. I spent some time there myself. It was perfect- the weather, the sea, the food, and very friendly people.

      My friend and I stayed in a little bungalow similar to the one you stayed in. There was a fantastic seaside on the sand restaurant where we ate and watched Tom Hanks in a movie with a UPS theme. He was stranded on an island just like Koh Samui only there weren't any people there. He later made a raft and was rescued. Koh Samui was the perfect place to watch that movie. I can't for the life of me remember the name of the movie though.

      Thanks for helping to bring back my memories of Thailand.

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Its a great place to relax isn't is WT. I'd like to travel some more throughout the Kingdom too. Thanks for your comment.

    • World-Traveler profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Very nice. Brought back wonderful memories. During the five years I spent living and teaching English in Thailand I traveled extensively throughout the Kingdom. Kos Sumui Island was one of the places I visited. Stayed there three wonderful days and nights. Thailand. Incredible!

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Glad you liked this PD. It's a nice spot and although I had a great time there I won't hurry back.

      Did you get caught up in the recent escalation in BKK? That looked really scary and I would hate to have been in BKK then.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Rob Welsh 

      8 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      (namaste) Sawadee krup TE, tee dee sOOt! I had a date to go to Koh Samui, but I didn't get on the plane when the Red Shirts disrupted BKK airport. I don't think I would come back... I would get lost there.. amazing and such tiny voices eh? Nice Hub Mate.. Thanks for sharing.

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      I am so glad you are enjoying my hubs myownworld. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment.

    • myownworld profile image


      8 years ago from uk

      Lovely..! Have been going though your other travel hubs, and have loved them all! A treat really....

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Thanks for your comment habee. It's an easy place to visit that's for sure.

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      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Great hub and gorgeous pics! I'm ready to go!

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Thanks awsydney. Yes - I agree with you - the people of Thailand are absolutely wonderful. Sydney (my base for now) is an excellent place with wonderful people too!

    • awsydney profile image


      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I love Thailand too, especially the people as they are some of the friendliest and warmest people one can meet. Thanks for sharing.

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Hey dohn121

      Thanks for your comments...I laughed. I wish that were the case ALL the time! Love the beaches though but I guess you can see that.

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      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I'm envious of you, travelespresso. Your toughest decisions revolve around which beaches to lounge on and and wihich pedicurist/manicurist/massage therapist to choose! Great job! I hope to join you too and be where you are :D


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