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Because it’s monsoon season, we decided to go to the Gulf side instead of the Andaman Sea (Phuket) side of Thailand. Supposedly, we should see less rain. Today we flew to the island of Koh Samui.  We’re staying the Imperial Boat House Beach Resort on Choeng Mon beach.

From Aidan: My first impression of the hotel that we are staying at was “awesome hotel.” I thought that we were just gonna stay in one room. But no, we are staying on a rice barge. The rice barge is a huge boat with rooms inside. We get the whole boat to ourselves.

From Aidan: We spent the afternoon in the pool and on the beach. There are two pools at this hotel – one small one and one big one shaped like a boat. We swam in the big one. We also went kayaking.

Travel TipTravel Tip 38: Pick a hotel with some character.

You can stay in a chain hotel anywhere, but staying on a rice barge in Thailand… that’s memorable, right?!