by Lisa Niver Rajna
Lisa Niver RajnaAfter a second sabbatical year traveling all over Asia, my personal favorite place to stay is Thailand. George and I have spent the last two months in Lamai, Koh Samui, Thailand. We have enjoyed the restaurants, the beach and George plays in the band twice a week at Rock Island House.

I interviewed eight year-old Esteban from France and six year-old Angie from Thailand to find out the best things to do in Koh Samui from a kid’s perspective! A clear favorite was Coco Splash Waterpark, followed by sailing with Siam Pirates and visiting the waterfalls. Esteban’s dad, Florian, also said one of the best things about Lamai is just swimming in the water!

Coco Splash Waterpark in Lamai Beach is open from 10:30am to 5:30pm and closed on Mondays. The cost is 450bhat per person but if your child is under 130 cm the price is 350baht, and shorter than 90 cm gets a free pass. Take advantage of the family pass: 3 people for 1200B, 4 people 1500B. They have free wifi, a bar and restaurant, as well as spa and massage services, and a birthday party package. Your children will have a memorable day here!

The Samui Football Golf course is the only one in Asia. A happy father remarked: “My sons enjoyed their game although they did not beat the World Cup ranking system which the Club maintains. Nicely maintained grounds and a nice café and waiting area means that the non-football/golfers can catch up on the Internet with the free WIFI while the rest go out and enjoy themselves. They offer a cheaper rate for return or second games.” They are open until 6:30pm and this is a unique game the whole family can participate in.

My personal favorite is enjoying a day on the water with Arn as captain of the catamaran. Enjoy sailing with Siam Pirates; you can rent the catamaran by the hour or half or full day with or without a captain. With so many options, there is one that is right for your crew. I enjoyed watching co-captain Angie trying to catch us a fish for dinner.

Once you have selected to visit the island of Koh Samui, where should you stay? One top choice is the award winning Rocky’s Boutique Resort a secluded resort in a private cove south of Lamai Beach. With four private beaches, the resort consists of cottages and spacious private pool villas. Rocky’s facilities include gardens, two free form swimming pools, two fantastic restaurants, a child’s play room, free wifi internet and sea kayaks which are free for guest use.

Another boutique option on the island is Buddy’s Samui. You can book the Family Package with two connecting superior rooms with four nights stay and buffet breakfast, high speed wifi, kid’s club, and transfers from the airport. From a happy guest: “Buddy’s has an on-the-beach Thai restaurant. You can swim in one of the two pools, have a workout at the fitness center, eat Italian food or in an Irish pub, buy some tailored clothes, pick up snacks at the Coco mini mart or have one of the best massages all in the complex at Buddy’s.”

Thailand truly is the Land of Smiles! I hope you get to enjoy the island paradise of Koh Samui soon! Maybe George and I will meet you for dinner!

Lisa Niver Rajna is a traveler, teacher, and co-author of Traveling in Sin. She and her husband are on sabbatical in Asia.

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