To holiday away from the rush of everyday life to a mix of relaxing beaches and lively activities at cosmopolitan melting pot of Koh Samui is a transforming experience. This tropical destination is unique among its counterparts in thailand. Here budget traveller and wealthy holiday makers alike get the most out of this lavish and variety filled getaway.
This island is situated in the Gulf of Thailand about 35 Km. northeast from the town of Surat Thani. Koh Samui is Thailand’s second largest island after Phuket and is known as one of the oldest tourist destinations in Thailand. It has long been regarded as one of the most popular holiday destinations in Asia. This easily accessible destination is a site of majestic natural beauty.
Koh Samui is home to lavish resorts and villas and it is also endowed with palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and dense, mountainous rainforest. The iconic man made landmark here is the 12 metre golden Big Buddha statue at Wat Phra Yai temple. There is much to do on Koh Samui and whether it is relaxing on the beach, embarking on a culinary adventure, bar hopping, island hopping, jungle trekking or water activities it is all part of a fulfilling holiday experience.
My first destination on the island was Chaweng; Ko Samui’s longest and most beautiful beach featuring soft powdery sand and crystal clear water. Here I indulged myself in a blissfully relaxing sojourn exploring the great range of restaurants, bars and cafes that lined the beach.
One of the main reasons for my visit to Koh Samui on this trip was to be part of the full-moon festival held across Koh Pha Ngan—a small island that is a part of the Samui archipelago. I arrived at Koh Pha Ngan after a pleasant 30 minute boat trip in the afternoon and went straight to the Amstardam Bar. This is a very popular bar amongst tourists and is located adjacent to the Stone Hill Resort. Here I was privileged to witness one of the best sunset views I’ve ever come across.
At sundown we headed towards Haad Rin Beach where the full moon party was being held. A local crowd of families numbering over 20,000 people gather here to enjoy the party. This is a vibrant event and the enjoyment is so infectious that it has become some of the major tourist attractions in Thailand.
I am really glad to have had the opportunity to enjoy the sights and exciting things to do on Koh Samui and have promised myself a return trip sometime soon.