A lot of people gloss over the beautiful tropical island of Koh Samui in Thailand. But, if truth be told, this place has a lot to offer in terms of natural beauty, architectural attractions and delectable cuisine.
Here are some of the best things you could do when you go from Hua hin to Koh Samui:
Visit the breathtaking beaches
The island’s coastline is almost completely covered with beaches- some quiet, some busy. You can choose one according to your preferences. The towns surrounding the beaches also have a lot of entertainment facilities for you to participate in. Spend your time relaxing in Mohput or Baenam beach to feel the epitome of relaxation.
Marvel at the Buddhist temples
Buddhist temples are a great place to learn more about Thailand’s religious heritage. They are also architectural masterpieces, preserved with care for posterity. The Big Buddha and the Wat Plai Laem are the more popular ones, while the Wat Khunaram contains the body of a mummified monk. The southern half of the island is the hotspot for beautiful buildings, but you will have to hire a motorbike to take you there.
Explore the night markets
Thailand is famous for its night markets, and Koh Samui is home to some of the best. From cocktails and local Thai cuisine to clothes and souvenirs- there’s a lot available at these markets. Fridays in Koh Samui are reserved for the Walking Street, where you can walk from the Fisherman’s Village to Bohput. The Walking Street offers the best discounts on both food and clothes, so you can shop to your heart’s content.
Enjoy the amazing views
There are some specific viewpoints in Koh Samui which provide you with a breathtaking scene of the whole city- with its green fields and blue skies. There are many small cafes located around these viewpoints where you can gaze at the horizon over a cup of coffee.
Visit the Tarnim Magic Garden
The hill based Tarnim Magic Garden, also known as the Secret Buddha Garden, is a traveller’s delight. Here, not only will you find exquisite Buddha figurines, but also statues of other animals like snakes. You can reach the garden on a motorbike with ease.
Take a look at the beautiful waterfalls
There are plenty of waterfalls and freshwater pods in Koh Samui to last you a lifetime. You can even take a bath at the Namuang and Namuang 2 waterfalls. It’s best that you visit these waterfalls during the monsoon season to witness their full glory.
Enjoy the views at the Ang Thong Marine National Park
This marine park is located off the coast of Koh Samui off the Gulf of Thailand. If you’re interested in water sport adventures like diving and snorkelling, the many dive sites around the park will definitely delight you. You can also go on boat tours around the area to take a look at the marine life and the coral reefs there.
These are some of the reasons why Koh Samui has emerged as one of the most popular holiday destinations in Thailand, and also why you should certainly give this place a shot on your next holiday in the country.