For the perfect coastal getaway in Thailand, Koh Samui won’t disappoint and here are some reasons why it continues to draw travellers from around the world.
The island is blessed with sublime shorelines in which to soak up the sun and have fun in the sand and surf. If you’re looking for more seclusion and serenity, Maenam Beach, home to golden sands bordered by palm trees and resorts like Santiburi Koh Samui, makes an ideal choice for both couples and families. Nearby, you can also visit Bophut Beach and its Fisherman’s Village as well as Chaweng Beach which attracts more crowds and is known for its happening nightlife scene.
Fun Activities & Sports
The active traveller also has much to look forward to when based at a beachside luxury hotel. Koh Samui adventures can include trying water sports like paddleboarding and kayaking; some properties will additionally offer a fully-equipped gym, floodlit tennis court, Pilates, private yoga, a jogging trail, guided mountain bike tours and even Thai boxing sessions. Don’t forget you can enjoy golf too at the Santiburi Samui Country Club which has an 18-hole PGA Championship course overlooking the sea.
You can go on a cultural tour and visit the sacred temples in Koh Samui. Amongst the top sites is the impressive Big Buddha which features a golden Buddha statue reaching a height of around 12 metres located beside the coast. Equally captivating is Wat Plai Laem, a temple that’s home to an 18-armed statue of the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion, Guanyin; you can also head to the enchanting Secret Buddha Garden and Wat Khunaram to see its mummified monk as well.
On your island escapades, you will come across enthralling natural wonders too; these include some truly breathtaking sights such as the two Na Muang Waterfalls and the Hin Lad Waterfall. From Koh Samui, you can also plan an excursion to the Ang Thong National Marine Park where you will find pristine islands set amidst limestone mountains to explore; you can take in marine life when snorkelling or diving, while the islands feature untouched beaches, jungles, waterfalls, and lakes to discover.