Following an unexpected (and tiresome) pit-stop in Bangkok, the remainder of our 13 000km journey felt like an episode from The Amazing Race; involving a continuous chase for our onward connections to reach our final destination.
Koh Samui airport has to be one of the most mind-blowing airports that I've even been to. It's essentially an open-aired glorified thatched shed, without a sterile terminal building in sight.
As a first-time visitor to Thailand, I had no expectations at all, so as events slowly unravelled, they were surpassed in leaps and bounds. Our opulent lodgings
were located on a hill, adjacent to an uncrowded beach called Choeng Mon, in the Bay of Siam - a small but magnificent cove with sugar-white sand. The rippling turquoise water scattered with small fishing boats was the type of scene you'd half imagine as one of those Microsoft screensaver options.
Our days were spent with the kids skimming stones into the calm sea, or making half-hearted attempts at catching fish in the rock pools, sipping cocktails at the rustic beach huts (the adults, not the midgets), tasting the local Thai cuisine and the most strenuous task was slapping on some sunblock.
In a nutshell, our Thailand retreat was JUST PERFECT!
For those that prefer a quieter Thailand beach holiday, sans the vibrant nightlife scene, Koh Samui is definitely your spot.