Our Hand Picked Luxury Villa Collection in Koh Samui, Thailand
Nestled in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is the second largest of the Thai islands and is has stunning white sand beaches distinctly edged with palm trees and coconut groves. It is a lesser known island that managed to keep its incredible scenery and activities a secret with holidaymakers opting for the more well-known destinations. However, visitors to this gorgeous location will not be disappointed by the wealth of things to see and do, and the chances to sample some of the most exquisite cuisines in the area. The climate is most often highly favourable, and there will be plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun, dine in the fresh air and add some amazing once in a lifetime memory to your completed bucket list.
One of the most famous iconic statues is located on a smaller island connected to Koh Samui. The Big Buddha is hard to miss standing at 12 metres tall, and shimmering in gold. There are a temple and souvenir shops - which make for an interesting combination, but it is well worth a visit, just be sure to enjoy climbing stairs. Just a stone's throw away from Koh Samui itself you will find And Thong National Marine Park which is a breathtaking collection of 42 islands with jungles and waterfalls, exciting coves to discover and a range of lakes for you to visit. The opulence of the area is something quite awe-inspiring. The joke of Koh Samui is very much embraced by the locals, and they are well aware of the hilarity. Known as the Grandpa and Grandma rocks or Hin Ta and Hin Yai these naturally formed giant boulders resemble certain parts of the male and female anatomy. If you want to get in the water and up close and personal with the wildlife that lives under the clear crystal waters, then Koh Tao - or Turtle Island is the place to head. Scuba diving is popular here, and you can investigate some fantastic coral reefs and the famed turtles themselves. For more spectacles of nature head to Namuang Waterfall where you will be blown away but the creativity of nature. A gorgeous waterfall is flowing through the plushest of green trees and contrasting gold and brown rocks. A real sight to behold. In the Hills of Samui, you can find the Secret Buddha Garden. Obviously the original religion of the country is a significant part of the culture, and here you will find a myriad of statues paying homage to their deity. It is a fantastic sight as they are all posed differently, and each pose has a history and reason of its own.
Where To Eat
Eating out is highly recommended as there as so many fabulous restaurants you could probably stay for a month and not get around to trying everything at every location. The Boudoir is located in Maenam and offers a glorious traditional floor dining experience in an opulent setting that is really wonderful. Expect mainly cuisine from France while you are here, but the quality and service are fantastic. While you are visiting the Big Buddha why not take the chance for Dining on the Rocks. This fantastic location features al fresco dining on terraced decks, or you can retreat inside, but wherever you sit the views of the water are amazing. New Asian Cuisine is on the menu here, and the food is entirely out of this world. There are many fabulous eateries serving Thai food or English alternatives so you will never be lost for choice.
Where To Shop
Shopping in Koh Samui is all about the night market experience, and again these are a must do tick on the canny tourist's guidebook. The Fisherman’s Village Walking Street brings together an eclectic mix of stalls and changes the usually quiet town of Bophut to a bustling riot of colour and incredible aromas every Friday night from 5 pm through to 11 pm. This is a great place to stock up on your holiday gifts, and the choice is pretty mind-blowing. Chaweng Night Market is another great example, but here the focus is on street dining, but really worth the visit. There are a few stalls that sell tourist souvenirs and local gifts and clothing, but it is primarily all about the taste buds.
Pace yourself there is a lot to see
Travelling is essential - hire a bike
Respect the culture and dress codes where needed
Book a jeep tour and see even more
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