Those that have been to Thailand already known a little secret: it’s awesome. For those who have yet to
experience the pleasantries of Thailand and are looking for places to bring the whole family choosing an
island can be a great way to ease into an international family vacation. Koh Samui vacation rentals rank
among some of the best in the world and meets a broad range of vacation styles and needs.
Thailand is no stranger to welcoming guests to visit their country. The culture embraces foreign tourists
and has many rather well organized systems in place for tourists. Around the bigger cities and even in
smaller towns, English is spoken more and more making communicating with the locals a less daunting
task. Bangkok is a major international flight destination hub and Koh Samui is a fairly easily reachable
island from this city.
As you determining where your next holiday will be it’s not so much a matter as to if you should visit
Koh Samui, it’s when will be the right time to visit Koh Samui. Here is a small sampling of why this island
is appealing to the majority of travelers and families:
Rated Best Luxury Beach Resorts
Making headlines, Conde Nest Traveler has ranked Koh Samui as having some of the best luxury beaches
in the world. If you are looking for a place to go and have an ideal holiday without the roughness around
the edges, this could be the place for you. Honeymooners, individuals and families all seem to find their
way to this piece of land out in the gulf of Thailand. Having a strong reputation for having top rated
yoga, spa and wellness retreats, this is a place to recharge your energy.
Visit Angthong Marine Park
Most people visit this archipelago consisting of 42 islands on an easy day trip tour from Koh Samui.
Towering limestone cliffs, thick jungles, mangroves, waterfalls, white sand beaches and lakes encompass
this 100 square kilometer area of protected habitat. The main thing visitors enjoy on these trips is
hiking, diving and snorkeling in what is considered some of Thailand’s most stunning scenery.
See the Big Budda
Along the northern coast of the island, this well-known landmark can been seen from miles away. This
large 12 meter Budda stands out over the landscape drawing many visitors to enjoy time around this
Go to Bophuts Fisherman Village
With boutique stores and trendy restaurants popping up this whole area is part of the historical Bophut.
If you can arrange it with your schedule, try visit on a Friday evening. Every Friday the whole area
becomes the site of the Fisherman Village Street Walking Market. Plenty of locals come to sell their
wares and plenty of tourists come to enjoy food and see what is on offer.
Day trip to Koh Tao
Koh Tao means ‘turtle island’ and as the name implies, Koh Tao is known for delighting plenty of water
enthusiasts. People come from all over the world to snorkel and dive in these warm waters. The great
visibility and water temperatures make a snorkeling trip to Koh Tao a pleasant snorkeling experience for
most people. If you are a diver then get your underwater camera ready to capture those beautiful corals
and underwater aquatic life.
Visit Wat Plai Laem
If you are already going to the Big Budda, visiting Wat Plai Laem is a great stop to combine with that as
they are near to each other. In doing so you will get two very different Budda experiences. Wat Plai
Laem is a very colorful and interesting Buddist Temple. Here visitors can see the ornate and decorative
18 armed image of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and a Chinese Budda set on a lake. If you give small
donation you can also feed the fish and that is almost always a crowd pleaser!
Enjoy Namuang Waterfall
If you are looking for reprieve on a hot day Namuang Waterfall makes for a great spot to have a picnic.
The name refers to all the massive purple rocks around the waterfall. As the trail does cross over roots
and rocks, ensure you are wearing sturdy shoes for the walk up there and consider wearing a hat.
Usually venders are available selling snacks, drinks and souvenirs. This makes for a great place to pack a
picnic and spend the afternoon.
Go to Secret Garden Budda
High into the hills of Koh Samui lays this gem of place called the Secret Garden Budda. Along the way
guests can enjoy stunning majestic views and observe this unusual collection of statues amid the lush
green jungle. The garden started as a creation of an old Samui fruit farmer. Nim Thongsuk began
erecting several statues in 1976 on his families land. He continued the process until his death at the age
of 91. Now the result is this peaceful garden, in a cool surroundings with a stream running through it.
The roads to get to the Secret Garden Budda are very rough and best traversed with 4WD. Most guests
opt to go on a day tour of Koh Samui Island with a stop that includes viewing the Secret Garden Budda.
As you plan out your vacation to Koh Samui one of the great things is many of the details can be worked
out upon arrival. Once you have your bigger items like flights, transportation and accommodation
booked, you can unwind and enjoy the simple wonders of island life.