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Oasis Of Natural Beauty: Koh Samui In Thailand

''Boasts of pristine white sandy beaches, charming limestone cliffs and dazzling corals''

It’s a premier island destination in Thailand and offer experiences which otherwise would not be possible in a single visit. A place where you can have a holiday the way you like from lazing around beaches and taking short strolls amidst nature to indulging in adventure like snorkelling, scuba diving and kayaking, The place has some breath-taking beachfront resorts and its famous Chaweng beach is always bustling with activities and offers some fine dining options and world-class night clubs for party goers. A very well developed island and children friendly too.

GETTING THERE : The place is easily accessible by air. Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways fly from Bangkok to Samui and the journey would take about 1hr 20mins. On reaching, you will be received by a beautiful and unique boutique airport. Ferry option is also available from Bangkok for the destination. Air conditioned buses leave in the evenings and journey lasts generally 10-12 hours until Suratthani, about 650 kilometres south of Bangkok.

THINGS TO DO : • Wanna indulge in water sports? Head to Ang thong marine national park or Ko Tao. The marine park is made up of 42 small islands and boasts of picturesque limestone cliffs, lagoons and white-sand beaches. A speed boat would take anywhere around 45 mins from to Marine Park. For those who wish to stay overnight, there are simple bungalows and camping tents available for rent at the Park Headquarters.
• Chaweng is the most happening beach with a line-up of bars, restraurants, spas, shopping and a hopping nightlife. One can also plan a stay here given the choice of hotels.
• Sounds funny but, Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks are a key attraction here. The place has smooth and peculiar rock formations and look like the male and female genitalia.
• Also visit fisher’s village Bophut for cultural experience. The place has a slightly laid back atmosphere but is good for eating and shopping. Especially on Fridays, night markets add charm and colour to the place. So, explore as much as you can.
• Wat Phra Yai, the Big Buddha Temple, sits majestically on a small rocky island. Worth a visit once. The campus also houses a shopping arcade that offers good deals on clothes and collectibles.
• As we all know Thailand is known for body polishing and massages. So, don’t forget to indulge in one. Booking for the same can be done through hotels.

FOOD : The island has a huge range of restaurants, cafes, street stalls, bakeries and local places to eat. Chaweng beach is known for fancy dining. Try Thai cuisines here. If a non-vegetarian, also try hands on grill food. Coconut is available anywhere and everywhere. Also, lunch is must at the Cliff Restaurant, booking for which can be made through the hotel.

STAY : Best place to stay is Chaweng area. There are innumerable luxury high end and affordable hotels.

Here’s a list of hotels one can choose from:
Sandalwood Luxury Villas
OZO Chaweng Samui
W Retreat
The Library
Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa
Six Senses
Elements Boutique Resort & Spa Hideaway

GOING AROUND : One can rent scooters and bicycles on the island but, helmet is a must. Motorbikes can be rented virtually anywhere on Ko Samui for between 120-700 baht per day depending on the season and rush,

BEST TIME : Avoid going in September through to November as the period sees heavy rainfall. The weather gets unpredictable and not a good time for water sports too. December to February, on the other hand, has slightly cooler temperatures and is supposed to be the best time for tourists. If not very allergic to hot weather, March and April, too are good months. In April, The Songkran Festival is also celebrated here which kids will surely love. There is a tradition of throwing water at each other to wash all of the bad away. People go around the city on bikes and open jeeps and locals standing on either side of the road attack by water guns.


Source / Review By : Aditi Chatterjee

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