Koh Samui is arguably Thailand’s most famous island. It is a postcard-perfect tropical paradise with swaying palm trees, long beaches and warm water. The island is one of Thailand's largest and caters to high class travellers with many stunning resorts and luxury spas. However it is equally as popular with backpackers who come for a touch of paradise coupled with cheap accommodation and food, and of course crazy nightlife like the Full Moon Party on nearby Koh Phangan.
Sights to See
Many of Koh Samui’s most beautiful sights are underwater! The island is a snorkeller and diver’s dream. The most popular places are Ang Thong National Marine Park and Ko Tao, which both have clear waters, bright coral and a wide range of sea life. Ang Thong is home to 42 small islands that jut out from the water in odd shapes, topped with forest, and is said to be the inspiration behind the book and film, ‘The Beach’.
Of course if you’d rather stay above the water line, swimming, kayaking and parasailing are all very popular too.
What’s For Lunch
Koh Samui is an island full of coconuts, so you’d best try them! Drink straight from a fresh coconut accompanied with a seafood dish, such as a fish curry cooked with coconut milk.
If You Only See One Thing
Apart from the beaches, Koh Samui’s most famous land mark is probably the golden Big Buddha statue that stands 12 metres tall. The surrounding temple and shrines are also worth strolling through.
Try out a simple hello, Sawatdee krup for men and Sawatdee kah for women. This is usually accompanied with a wai hand gesture, where you press the palms of your hands together in a movement similar to praying.
The coconuts on Koh Samui are meant to be the best in Thailand so pick up some coconut oil, whether it’s for cooking or beauty purposes. It can be used on skin and hair and is said to be good for your general health.