If you feel a bit tired and you wish to take a break from everything for a while, plan a holiday to Koh Samui. An island of splendid natural beauty, lush green tropical forests, coconut trees, coral reefs, and clean waters, Koh Samui is the perfect holiday destination to forget your daily trials and tribulations. Depending on your personal choice and preference, you may have your holidays in Koh Samui relaxed and laid back or action packed and full of thrill and adventure.
Some facts about Koh Samui
Koh Samui is Thailand’s third largest island after Phuket and Ko Chang. Over the span of the last 4-5 years, it has become as famous as Phuket and receives large numbers of tourists from different parts of the world. From young college students to retired, this beautiful island has something for everyone. There are crowded white sand beaches for the fun lovers, as well as lonely and isolated spots for those who are looking for seclusion and serenity to escape the humdrum’s of noisy city life…
There is yet another interesting fact about Koh Samui. Here you would come across mid ranged hotels and bungalows, as well as top end holiday resorts and beachfront bungalows, cheap food stalls serving local dishes, as well as world class fast food chains. Koh Samui is a holiday destination that is meant for every wallet. Depending on your budget, you can have a luxurious holiday experience out here or a budget holiday.
When to visit Koh Samui?
February to June in Koh Samui is hot and dry. From July till October, there are rains in Koh Samui and from October till January end, the region receives heavy winds. If you plan your trip between December and July, be prepared to find huge crowds and soaring prices wherever you go as it is time of the year when Koh Samui is swarming with the tourists from all over. You may also plan your itinerary around September as the weather is favorable and the crowds are also fewer.
How to reach Koh Samui?
Koh Samui has its own international airport. You may travel by air. You can also reach the island via ferry, which departs from Surat Thani, located on the Thai Mainland. You may rent a motorcycle, taxi, or use Songthaews for reaching different places in Koh Samui.
Attractions at Koh Samui
If you are drawn to religious imagery and architecture, you may visit the Big Buddha. The statue is situated in Koh Samui’s northern coast and is one of the prominent landmarks of Koh Samui. This 12 metre high Buddha in gold can be seen from miles away. Inside, you would find several different shrines and small sized figures of Buddha. Wat Plai Laem and Secret Buddha Gardenare other places for the followers of Lord Buddha and of his profound teachings and principles.
Another interesting place that is worth visiting is the Angthong National Marine Park. It is a calm and tranquil archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand which is made up of 42 islands. The Ang Thong Park is stretched out for approximately 100 sq km and comprises islands with thick jungles, white sandy beaches, beautiful waterfalls, hidden coves and lakes. Here you would also come across amazing sea creatures and unique wildlife.
If you are bold and have the guts to see the snakes, you must visit a Snake Farm. Here you would come across some of the most dangerous and poisonous snakes who duck and dive, dodge and weave and are made to perform many interesting acts by experienced snake charmers. To watch coral fish, cat fish, shark, parrots, sea hawks, tigers, eagles, horn bills, and other animals, you should visit the Samui Aquarium.
Nightlife at Koh Samui
If you are a party animal, then Koh Samui is the place to be at. The hub of all self indulgence and fun, Chaweng has several cool places to have an amazing night out. You can have a classic night life experience at Soi Green Mango. Just check out sweet soul café, solo club, sound pub and many other cool places out there. For beer bars, discos, and a lot of foot stomping, you may go to the Central Lamai clubs. If you are there at full moon, do not miss the Full Moon party at the neighbour island Koh Phangan. Just 30 min by boat northwest of Samui, Koh Phangan is renowned all over the world for its Full Moon parties.
Enjoy the shopping at Koh Samui
If you are holidaying with your family, or with a female partner, get ready to empty your pockets as Koh Samui is famous for its shopping scene. Take your family to Chaweng Walking Street. From sunglasses, watches, sexy beach dresses and cut-off jeans to polo shirts, hand bags, sandals, and cosmetics, there is much to shop for. And if you want to buy some cheap holiday wear, Chaweng fashion shopping is a great place to check out. Buy trendy yet affordable beachwear, leisure wear and sports wear to hit the streets of Koh Samui in style.
Interested in Swiss Army knives, Buddha images, colorful knives, bags, belts, knock-off goods resembling Rolex, Cartier, and Ralph Lauren? Check out Lamai Night Bazaar. It is the hub for knockoff stuff, as well as local items that you can take back home to gift to your friends and family.
Get in to some action
Adventure seekers shouldn’t lose heart as there is lot for them too. Karate, mountain biking, kitesurfing, fresh water fishing, football, golf, diving, elephant trekking, kayaking, snorkeling, and sailing are some of the endless activities that you can enjoy on this awesome island.
While some travelers just stay for a week, others stay for forever and are still not bored of this place. Visit this beautiful place and find out the magic of the hippy island paradise that has become one of the most prominent places in the Asia.
Koh Samui introduction
Siam Property, 2013