The rainy season started when we arrived, and it is supposed to affect the west coast (Phuket & Kho Phi Phi). But the east coast and the gulf of Thailand are pretty much preserved and have their own monsoon more in Nov-Dec. So during August, Kho Samui and the neighbor islands are very in the hype. I would not go to Phuket without going up to the Similian Islands. These islands offering world class dive spots are open only from November to Mai. So I decided to go to Kho Samui.
There are many ways to go to Kho Samui: bus, flight or train. Some bus companies were full already, direct flight to there is very expensive (but I later figured out that you can get a good deal for flight to Surat Thuni), so I preferred to take a night train. However, all sleeper places were already sold out, so I got a seat in the 2nd class with the loud fan. The “rapid” train #167 (actually very slow and stop many times) arrived with 40min delay in Surat Thani station (which is actually a few km away from the town). Then, you need a bus to Donsak Pier where the ferry to Kho Samui starts. As most of the tourists just want to go to Kho Samui or other islands, several bus companies were waiting for the trains and even the train after mine (which was also too much delayed that we had to go before it arrived).
I arrived at Kho Samui on the 9th at 11:30 and stayed more than an hour in the tourist information centre: I indeed realized there is much more to do as I initially thought, and that the transit between the islands takes some time as well!
I had enough to be in a hurry, so I changed my plane to the next destination (India), so that I can stay some days more in southern Thailand. ~1000b (~25€) for changing the plane were worth it!
I spent only one day in Samui: I stayed in an easy bungalow for 400b close to the beach Mae Nam. On the 10th, I rented a motorbike and went until Hat Lamai, with a stop and a bath in the biggest beach of Chaweng. The smaller Crystal Beach and its rock formation reminded me somehow my home region Brittany in France!
Later, I came in Kho Phagnan, the “party” Island on the North, to check the “half moon party”. I met again Oliver (from Austria): we first met in the bus from Surat Thani to Donsak. Oliver brought me to his resort (hacienda beach) not far from the pier in Thong Sala. We later went to the party together until 5am, and just slept outside back in hacienda, I didn’t check for a room anyway.
I spent one day more in Kho Phagnan, but got too lazy to discover the island, and just stayed in the resort, organizing my next trip in India.