Koh Samui lags behind only from Phuket in popularity and the number of visitors to the Thai resorts. And there are good reasons, in spite of years of chronic over-development, the island retains much of its natural beauty and beaches cards pictures. To get to the island and out easily, regularly hosts international and domestic flights to the island, as well as regular ferry crossings from Surat Thani.
On the island there is a huge choice of accommodation, corresponding to different budgets, although the trend is to develop more and more high-end resorts. Head beach – Chaweng, which is an extended section of beautiful white sand. City Chaweng is very built up with resorts that stretch most of the beach and the shops, bars and restaurants in the streets behind the build. Less tranquil beaches can be found north of the island. In Bophut has a more rustic family atmosphere, although the beaches are not as good.
There is plenty to occupy yourself in Samui, whether you decide to take the car, a bike or take a local transport. (NOTE – If you decide to hire any equipment – car, motorcycle, jet ski, etc., do their research beforehand and use only reputable tenants In Thailand there are many scams, where the employer will try to charge you extortion.. amount to repair small scratches that you probably have not put. Such situations are known to become unpleasant. Do a Google search to read more about this).
So, here are the main stage events:
Visiting temples – one of the highlights of visiting the majority of people in Thailand – visiting several temples, and not from Samui & # 39 is no exception. The most famous – Big Buddha Beach Big Buddha. A short climb to the top of the temple reveals a beautiful view of the sea. Also there are some fairly tricky machines guessing, and you can buy a brick, to contribute to the construction of the new temple buildings. Another famous temple – Wat Khunaram, containing the mummified body of the local monk. Located along the southern section of the ring road, it is necessary to stop quickly.
Hin Ta – Hin Yai – it's quite a strange stop, a few miles south of Chaweng Beach. The ring road runs along the edge of a rocky cliff, and you come to a small rotation, which has signs. This will take you to a small village and the car park, where there are a few tourist souvenir shops. Then you go to the short path to some rocks and a tiny beach. How painful thumb – two rocks (Hin Ta and Hin Yai, literally Grandfather Rock and Grandmother Rock), which are similar in male and female "private parts"!
Attractions animals – In the far south-east corner of the island is a zoo and an aquarium tiger that with & # 39 a good way to spend a few hours, especially if you have kids. Both are interesting and have some shows during the day. It is part of the Samui Orchid Resort. Garden Na Tian Butterfly offers good opportunities for photos for lovers of butterflies and orchids, but not everyone cup of tea! It is also near the airport, is the farm crocodiles.
There are regular shows in the theater of monkeys monkeys through the ring road from the beach of Bophut. Monkeys show how they are used to collect coconuts, as well as elephants. Monkeys also regularly see a constant stream of motorcycles traveling on the road itself (fortunately only as passengers!). for Elephants Journey is available at various locations throughout the island, usually in the interval & # 39; EASURES, as it is very convenient.
Natural attractions and excursion – The most popular waterfalls on the island – Na Muang 1 and 2. They can be easily reached, if not the most spectacular. Na Muang 1 – is the lower part of the two and is located next to a small parking lot, pedestrian passage is not required. Na Muang 2 just above and requires walking. On the island there are many natural species, which offer excellent opportunities for photos of the sea, especially in the west. One of the most famous – stop north of Hin Ta – Hin Yai, around the beach Lama. Inter & # 39; er Samui offers several good hikes, if that's your thing.
The beaches are certainly the main attraction of Koh Samui. As I have said, Chaweng – the main beach, it is the longest, and the sand and the sea are superior to the rest of the island. It is also the most developed with lots of shops, pharmacies, food and brazen nightlife spots. The neighbors scrap Shaveng somewhat quieter. Popular and more peaceful place in the north of the island – Bophut beach. This is a great family beach with a rustic village with a few shops and restaurants. Outside the island – there are the usual choice of water sports, including zhetski, banana boat, etc., mostly outside of Chaweng.
Ferry ferries operate from Bophut pier to the nearby Koh Pha Ngan. It is an island famous sights of the full moon, and you can organize an overnight stay on Koh Pha Ngan, through the agency of Samui. You can also get to Koh Tao, which is famous for divers paradise. From here you can get to the beautiful National Marine Park Ang Thong. You can also spend the night at the camp, but no accommodation in the park. I have a few photos of this spectacular location on my website.
Miscellaneous – The town of Chaweng Stadium has Muay Thai, if that's your thing. There are also several sporting activities such as kartking and dashes. If you are brave enough to rent a car, travel around the ring road of the island – a fun way to spend the day.
In general, in Koh Samui there are many offers to suit every taste and budget. Although keep in mind that it is now an international destination, and the prices are generally higher than in the rest of Thailand, and they are partially developed. Despite this, it retains much of its natural beauty that makes people go from time to time.