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Staying at Conrad Koh Samui

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Staying at Conrad Koh Samui

Celebrating 20th wedding anniversary at end of month and have several questions that I would like to get help with.

Having not driven on left side of road, should one just utilize a taxi or would it be fine to get a rental car?

Any recommendations for eating off the resort close by as well as visiting a spa for several reasonable priced treatments?

Would it be better to book a land tour of Koh Samai or just go and do it yourself?

If one has a rental car, how difficult is it to find a parking space at the beach or in one of the numerous towns?

Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

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I recommend that you hire a car and drive yourself around .The traffic is not heavy and it is very easy to drive yourself if you have a sense of adventure and enjoy doing your own thing.

We hired a car and had no trouble finding a place to park . This will give you the flexibility to get around and see the island at your own pace.

We visited the Conrad and it is a very fancy resort ,but it is is at the top of a very steep hill in a remote area. You cannot walk to anything from the resort, although they may run some sort of shuttle bus service to nearby towns. Taxi's are another option of course.

We had a lovely meal at the Nikki Beach hotel which was not far from the Conrad-it is not a cheap place but it is very nice. I hear they do an amazing Sunday brunch too. There is also a gorgeous little beach hut restaurant nearby called The Beach at Taling Ngam-you need to drive yourself to get there but the location is beautiful and the food was cheap and very nice.It is just a cute little local restaurant with a breathtaking beachfront setting-nothing fancy but very memorable.

Can't help you with spa recommendations, but there are many of these places in KS so you will have no trouble finding one nearby

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As previous posters says your resort is rather out of the way. They of course will have curtesy shuttle bus service to town. I am too highly recommend car hire. With the car you get to see more of the island. Koh samu is just small island easy to navigates just follow the ring road get off the ring road and you will find places and beaches that some of them not even on the map. The parking space you wont have a problem at the resort or any where else except some times on Chaweng beach road you might have to go in side street to find car park as along the street most will occupy by motorbike and taxi.

Places for meals( special) I will head to fisherman village. They are plenty of beautiful bars and restaurants to choose from go on Friday night for walking street ( or click on the restaurants on the forum page). Nathon area ( the main administrative town of koh Samui ) is good for cheap shopping as well as southen cuisine.

For day spa if you dont want to have in the resort. Then perhaps have a look at tamarind spa and retreats and eranda day spa( pick up drop off service). But if you just want cheap massage then they are massage huts every where along the beach.

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Hire a car. The Conrad is so far from the main resorts of Bhoput and Fisherman's village or Chaweng that taxis would cost at least 50 US dollars for a night out.

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If you've never driven on the left Thailand is not the place to start, even though driving in Samui is not as bad as some other places. Its too easy to make a mistake and driving on the left side Is only one of many options that Thai drivers enjoy - and that Includes heavy vehicles and motorcycles.

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