Last year I made a treacherous decision to visit Koh Samui during the monsoon season. The opportunity for a two week vacation came about last minute and feeling a little thrilled at the spontaneity of it, I jumped at the chance. My beloved and I had originally planned to spend the two weeks in Phuket, which wasn’t experiencing a wet season at the time. But for some reason, most likely a combination of not enough research and a ‘we’ll be fine’ attitude, we decided to go to Koh Samui instead.
We found ourselves stranded at a remote beach resort near Mae Nam. After three days of bedding down at the resort and being battered by constant rain and wind, as the only access road had been completely washed away by flood water, we were on the verge of going mad with cabin fever. We managed to escape our fortress and made a bee-line for the popular Chaweng Beach in search of some entertainment. At Chaweng we splashed out and stayed at a beautiful and unique design hotel called The Library, which has a striking blood red pool and cute little white statues of figures reading books around the garden.
The photo above shows a very different scene than that of the idillic island paradise which is normally portrayed in photos of Thailand’s islands. I can imagine this place would be absolutely breathtaking in the dry season.
Needless to say, I now do a little more research on the weather before I travel somewhere.