Koh Samui, the perfect island getaway
One of the most beautiful places to visit in Thailand is the island of Koh Samui, with much beauty and charm. Although Koh Samui has been under great development and tourism in the past few years, time spent on a motorbike or in a car exploring, can lead you to Samui’s amazing unspoilt and undeveloped areas.
One of the most iconic images of Koh Samui is the 12 meter golden Big Buddha statue known as Wat Phra Yai. The Big Buddha sits in the Mara posture which symbolizes purity and enlightenment. You can find locals and Buddhists visiting this area giving you insight into the Thai and Buddhist culture.
A beautiful and colourful Buddhist temple worth visiting is the Wat Plai Laem temple illustrating art and architecture. A famous and spectacular structure on the grounds is the large 18 armed goddess surrounded by a lake. There also sits a Buddha which is great attraction to be seen.
With its spectacular and astonishingly diverse flora, and its little neighborhoods, exploration of this island is sure to provide you delight. Don’t forget to visit small local food markets for fresh products as well as the many street markets for shopping, where you can bargain for some great deals.
Exploring the island further, you can visit the Intercontinental hotel built on the mountains of Koh Samui for a great beach, the moon bar and it’s breathtaking views. Another option is visiting Nikki Beach Resort for relaxation or if possible for Sunday Brunch for an exclusive party.
Majority of visitors to Samui often than stay in Chaweng or Lamai but there is much to see all around the island. All along the coasts many secluded bays and beaches can be found that are well worth visiting and are generally quiet. A location to also see is the Fisherman’s Village, offering a better sense of what the island was like before the mass tourism. The village in Bophut is an elegant, traditional and well preserved place to visit, with a Mediterranean feel. You can find a great range of restaurants, bars with amazing views and trendy boutiques for shopping.
Travelling around the island is fairly straightforward with different travel options available. This allows for touring around the inland and the coasts of Samui, both of which are worth exploring with pleasant and stunning scenery and sights. As one of the top destinations in Thailand, the beautiful Koh Samui is a perfect getaway.