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05 Mistakes to Avoid on your First Trip to Koh Samui – Island Paradise

Koh Samui where sun sand and surf abound is every travellers dream destination. A place where white sand beaches are lapped by turquoise blue waters, that you may think of just packing for the tropics, but there are some rules, hence this article looks at first-time mistakes to avoid.


You Can't Just Pack for the Tropics

Yes, Koh Samui is a tropical island but it is also located in Thailand, a Buddhist nation which staunchly upholds its conservative culture. And while short-shorts are ideal for traipsing along the beach, you can't wear it on your excursion to the Big Buddha. Oh, no! temples no matter where they are located in Thailand demand respect, you need to dress modestly, hence, be prepared and take along appropriate clothing, for the beach and for honouring the modest culture of Koh Samui. Your basic packing list must include, cotton shirts, shorts and loose skirts or cotton pants, flip flops, a hat, shades and insect repellent. The best resort Samui has to offer are those located along the beach and if you are staying at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort or similar place, pack some colourful lightweight kaftans for the beach and evening dinner.


Beach Mistakes You Need to Avoid in Koh Samui

Booking a Bophut resort in Koh Samui comes highly recommended; as its one of the best beaches in Koh Samui. You should also explore Choeng Mon Beach to truly savour the best of Samui. Secure the correct beach resort and schedule in time to explore the top beaches and you have avoided the most crucial and basic mistakes you could make in Koh Samui.


Avoid Too Much Shopping

Don't just go around buying every item that takes your fancy, sure most items are quite cheap, but shopping unnecessarily will only take up space in your luggage, and when you really do find items you love, you may have to forgo buying it for lack of space. Hence, plan your shopping at the premier boutiques in Thailand, shop for unique items like Thai silk or those rather outlandish souvenirs. And just in case you do over-shop, take along a foldable bag which you can fill up as additional luggage when leaving.


Don't be Eager to Ride the Elephants

Since animals rights activists are more active these days, gullible visitors are educated on why they must not encourage animal rides and the cruelties that follow. While it may seem tempting to ride high on top of the magnificent beasts, you should first do your research about the place offering the rides to see how they care for the gentle mammals.


Don't Under-Estimate the Sun

Seriously, folks, you need to take along loads of sunscreen; an SPF factor of 30 or more is recommended and you need to have plenty of it to keep reapplying. The last thing you want is nasty sunburn ruining the rest of your holiday.

Plan wisely and enjoy!