It only takes a single visit to understand why Koh Samui is one of the top-rated destinations in Thailand. Its picturesque landscapes are awash with attractions that make a boring stay near-impossible. This article will give you a quick guide to the area’s top attractions.
Getting to Koh Samui is easy thanks to the international airport. On arrival, National Car Thailand and other airport transport companies will be waiting to take you to your hotel and provide you with transportation throughout your stay. Our readers can use National Car Thailand’s promotion code called “NATBLOG” that provides a 15% discount on all car models.
Pristine beaches dot the entirety of the Koh Samui coastline. Most of them are calm and quiet but there are others that are equally as vibrant. Tourists are spoiled with choices the make it easy to find a beach that perfectly suits your needs for the day. If you don’t like crowded beaches, you might want to stay away from Chaweng Beach and Lamai Beach to the east. Bohput, Bang Por and Maenam beaches offer a more serene atmosphere.
Koh Samui is a hilly island and therefore has a wide range of interesting viewpoints that can make for great photography. Some of the top spots include the Samui viewpoint between Chaweng and Lamai, the Khao Hua pagoda, and the Wat Rattanakosin.
The Tarnim Garden
Also known as the secret Buddha Garden, the Tarnim Garden can be found on the Khun Nim Peak and is decorated with many religious and animal statues. Tourists generally go on a tour of the garden on the back of a jeep but you can also arrange to take a bike tour. There is a small entrance fee, but it’s used to maintain the beautiful garden and is therefore worth every penny!
There are many waterfalls along the Koh Samui, but the fresh water at the Namuang Waterfall offers the perfect combination of sightseeing and swimming. Avoid edge height dives, however, as the formation around the waterfall is rocky and dangerous for diving. Other less popular but equally as surreal waterfalls in Koh Samui are Hin Lad Waterfall and the Wanorn Waterfall in Lipa Noi.
The Chaweng area holds the bulk of the nightlife in Koh Samui, with lots of bars around the Chaweng Beach including the popular Soi Reggae pub. The pub features quality Reggae music with live performances from some of Thailand’s top performers. The food is every inch what you would expect from this oriental heaven.
The Ang Thong Marine National Park
Do you love snorkelling? Then The Ang Thong Marine National Park is not to be missed. You can find amazing snorkelling sites as well as enjoy a view of the Monkey Rock and the blue lagoon of the Koh Mae Koh. Touring the park, however, is on a speedboat and it costs around €50. You can elect to go with the cheaper wooden boats but prices will vary per day and time of day. Whatever the amount paid, you are certain to have a magnificent time.
Koh Samui is a great destination to start with if you haven’t visited Thailand. If you have and are considering a return visit, then you are certain to enjoy every day of your stay in this awe-inspiring location.