Koh Samui is a beautiful island situated in Thailand, popularly known as the land of sun and fun. With sandy beaches and blue waters, this place provides various accommodation options and activities for budget travelers and luxurious tourists. Tall coconut palms welcome honeymooners, families, backpackers, party animals and health & wellness enthusiasts to this paradise-like island. Conveniently located a few hours away from Mumbai, this place is a great option for a budget holiday or even a short getaway from the city.
– Getting There:
The best way to get to Koh Samui is by taking a short flight from Bangkok, Singapore, Phuket or Pataya. Flights are available all through the day and can be booked in advance. Samui International Airport is one of the prettiest looking airports you will ever see. Flanked between two open-sided terminals and colourful flowers, the exotic charm of this airport is enough to get you into holiday mood.
Alternatively, one can also opt for a flight from Bangkok to Surat Thani and a ferry ride from the latter to Koh Samui.
– In & Around:
Hiring a car service is a convenient and pocket-friendly option. Ask your hotel/apartment to put you in touch with a car service and make your bookings accordingly or simply head to Chaweng beach to make a booking. Motorbikes are also available on hire and can be booked easily. Though taxi services are available throughout the island, drivers do not agree to switch on their meters, thus over-charging customers.
Park yourself at one of Samui’s plush spa resorts or simply book a room at a hotel. The best option, however, would be to rent an apartment/villa, depending on the number of people. Samui Summit Estate is one of the most exotic villas that can comfortably accommodate a group of 15 people. Situated at a height, the panoramic views from the villa are a sight to behold. With an extensive infinity pool overlooking the mountain, an entertainment room, kitchen and other state-of-the-art amenities, the villa promises an unforgettable holiday experience.
– Big Buddha Temple:
A 12-metre seated Buddha statue is the islands most popular attraction that can be seen even from a distance of several metres.
– Grandpa and Grandma Rocks (Hin Ta and Hin Yai):
Discovered by locals, several years ago, Hin Ta and Hin Yai are fascinating rock formations located between Lamai and Hua Thanon.
– Na Muang Waterfall:
Na Muang boasts of two panoramic waterfalls – first being 18 metres high and the second about approximately 80 metres. While walking to both the waterfalls, tourists can also explore the forests and nearby hiking trails.
Koh Samui’s longest and busiest beach, Chaweng is the entertainment hub. With innumerable restaurants, bars, cafes, nightclubs and more, one can spend hours at this bustling beach eating, drinking, shopping or simply strolling around. While most restaurants and cafes are open until midnight, nightclubs usually welcome people until 4am. The most happening clubs on this party street are Green Mango and Arc Bar.
Nikki Beach Club & Resort overlooking the crystal blue waters of Lipa Noi Beach is another party place that one should not miss. Their Sunday brunch has become known for its cocktails, food, music, VIP service and picturesque view.
For people who are up for a thrilling experience, there are several adrenaline-pumping activities to choose from. Go hiking or rock climbing between Chaweng and Lamai or surf the waves at these beaches. Snorkel in Koh Tao or kayak in the midst of nature at the Ang Thong Marine National Park. Explore exotic flora and fauna while elephant trekking or simply relax and watch the sky burst into various colours during sunrise or sunset – a breath-taking sight indeed!
Koh Samui promises a therapeutic holiday for health and wellness enthusiasts. With innumerable spa resorts, massage parlors, yoga studios and wellness centres, Samui pampers her city folks to the fullest and ensures a comforting and stress-free vacation.