If you have chosen the idyllic island of Koh Samui for your luxury holiday in Thailand you are in for a real treat. For the island, situated in the Gulf of Thailand, is full of treasures with a varied and fascinating repertoire of things to do and see.
Covering an area of 230 square kilometres with a lengthy coastline of stunning white sand, the island is without doubt a beach lover’s paradise and one of our top destinations for those wanting to chill out and relax on a much-needed break in a five-star hotel in Thailand.
But Koh Samui also has a large range of other attractions and we recommend our clients see as many of as possible before leaving the island.
If your time between reclining on a sun-lounger and relaxing in a Jacuzzi in one of our Thailand hotels is limited, however, why not pick just a couple of activities from our Top Five Things to do in Koh Samui?
1. Arguably the jewel in Koh Samui’s crown is Ang Thong National Marine Park, an archipelago of 42 islands scattered in the Gulf of Thailand, off the mainland. The national park, which stretches over an area of more than 100 kilometers, is the perfect place for snorkelling, sea kayaking and scuba diving.
2. Check out the Big Buddha temple which sits majestically on a small island off Koh Samui’s north-eastern corner and not far from Absolute Q Signature Resort & Spa, one of our leading Thai hotels. The temple, known locally as Wat Phra Yai and featuring a 12 metre tall golden Buddha statue, is reached by a walkway that connects it to the main island.
3. The rock formations known as Hin Ta and Hin Yai – or Grandpa and Grandma – make for a fascinating day trip from your Thai resort. Situated on the south coast of the island, the rock formations are thought to look like male and female genitalia and are a great source of mirth in this particular corner of the Land of Smiles.
4. Another memorable day trip is to the Na Muang waterfalls, a set of two cascades situated inland from Nathon Bay, in the south-east of Koh Samui. The waterfalls are set about 30 minutes apart by foot, and are perfect for a cooling dip.
5. For fans of Thai cooking there is a highly-recommended Thai cooking course at the Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts. Here you can learn how to carve fruit and vegetables into intricate floral designs. You even get to invite a friend along to share the fruits of your labour.