You know those pictures of infinity pools with palm trees placed ever so perfectly beside them, and a white sand beach right next to it covered with sun-beds and sexy people?
This, my friends, is Koh Samui. It’s like visiting something right out of a travel brochure.
I’m here to tell you that if you’re visualising a vacation on an island beach with a coconut in hand, this is where you’ll find it. And if you’d like to spend time being a cute couple with your significant other, do it here! Samui has a very romantic atmosphere and you’ll come across plenty of other couples enjoying a stroll along the beach.
So, where do I suggest you go in Samui? The hip place to stay is the central area of Chaweng, which has restaurants and bars that spread right onto the beach which allows you to relax with a Thai beer and watch the moon come up over the horizon.
If you get bored of swimming lazily in your hotel pool and relaxing in the sun (unlikely, I know!), there are other activities to keep you occupied in Samui. Here are my top 4 sights for you to experience on this heavenly island.
1. BIG BUDDHA
Fairly self explanatory – the Big Buddha is a giant golden Buddha perched on a small hill on the northern coastline. If you fly in to Samui you may see the Big Buddha on descent, and if you take the ferry from Big Buddha Beach to Koh Pha Ngan you should get a fabulous view.
The the foot of the monument you’ll find some souvenir and snack stalls, so grab yourself a chilled coconut to sip on as you ascend the stairway of the to the statue’s viewing platform. At the top you’ll find some super specky views of the surrounding beaches and ocean.
2. Grandma/Grandpa rocks
Giggle childishly at the Grandma and Grandpa rocks (Hin Ta and Hin Yai in Thai), which are amusingly shaped to represent parts of the male and female anatomy. These rock formations are also set on a very lovely looking coastline between Lamai and Hua Thanon.
3. Wat Plai Laem temple
Visit the Wat Plai Laem, a beautiful ornate temple inside of which you’ll find oil paintings depicting Buddhist scriptures. Surrounding the temple is two large and ornate statues which celebrate the major religions in Thailand. The Kuan Yin statue is an 18-armed goddess of mercy, and the Happy Buddha who brings happiness and good fortune. These 40 foot statues will have you looking upwards in awe.
4. Ang Thong National Marine Park
A 45 minute speed boat ride from Samui will bring you to Ang Thong National Marine Park. A sparse collection of 42 tropical islands, the marine park is the perfect place to kayak along spectacular coastlines, see bright and colourful tropical fish while you snorkel, or visit the amazing Emerald Lake. Most day tours include hotel pick up, entrance fee to the park, and a delicious Thai buffet lunch at a secluded beach.
Have you been to Koh Samui? Do you have any fabulous sights to add to the list? Share your tips in the comments below!
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