Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. That is the only word that comes to mind when someone mentions the island of Koh Samui. From its tropical beaches to its tropical jungle to its mountain to its luxury resorts and spas, this island truly is the place to be.
Koh Samui is located in the Chumphon Archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand off the East coast of the Kra Isthmus. It is actually the third largest island in Thailand.
it is easy to access by several means with planes and boats the most popular.
Why would I visit Koh Samui?
By the time I’m through with this article you will be dying to go on a vacation to this tropical paradise right away. “Why should I?” you may ask. I will tell you why. There are several factors to consider when picking a travel destination. These include whether it is within your budget, if the destination has beautiful attractions among many other factors.
Well, sit back and strap in as I tell you why you should take a trip to the beautiful island of Koh Samui.
My, oh my! Where to start? Koh Samui has very many attractions and tons of activities to do. These include:
- The Ang Thong National Marine Park, which covers a beautiful archipelago of 42 beautiful islands with beautiful beaches, waterfalls, lakes, hidden coves and thick jungles to explore. It is home to a wide variety of exotic wildlife and sea creatures.
- The Big Buddha Beach, which is home to Wat Plai Laem, a colorful Buddhist temple with a large white Chinese Buddha. It is also home to a gigantic 12-metre high golden Buddha which can be seen from many miles away. The beach also has a market with numerous souvenir and food stalls.
- Bophut’s Fisherman village, which would please those with a passion for architecture since it features lots of rustic-style buildings. The village is also a must stop for those who love to shop as it houses the Fisherman’s Village Walking Street Market and many boutiques.
- Koh Tao, which means “Turtle Island”, is an island that is surrounded by crystal clear waters which making a very popular destination for scuba-diving. It also has coral reefs which are home to a wide range of colorful sea creatures.
- The Secret Buddha Garden is located in the hills of Koh Samui. It features an unforgettable collection of statues smack in the middle of the jungle.
- The Mummy Monk at Wat Khunaram. Yes. You read right. Apparently it was the wish of a monk named Luang Pordaeng to be mummified and displayed in a glass case as a visual reminder of Buddha’s teachings. His body has barely decomposed after 30 years.
Apart from these main attractions and activities on the island, there are many more such as attending Lady boy Cabaret shows and visiting the numerous waterfalls in the island of Koh Samui, especially the two Na Muang waterfalls.
Now that you’ve seen what the island of Koh Samui has to offer, can you afford a trip there? The good news is that through many travel agencies such as Expedia Inc. and Priceline Group, you have a wide range of options to choose from when making a travelling plan, from booking flight tickets and hotel rooms to renting cars.
All this will determine how much it will cost you to visit the island but that also largely depends on your preferred level of luxury and lifestyle.
Another determining factor on whether a person will visit a place is the culture of the destination. Are the locals friendly? What about their food? Are they hospitable?
Of the 62,500 people of Koh Samui, most of them are Buddhists although there are some Muslims and Christians. They are well-known for their openness and warmth towards tourists. Their hotels prepare a wide range of dishes like Chinese, Mexican, Italian, French, Indian and many other types so that you will never feel left out or homesick. The natives themselves also have a specialty on a wide range of seafood.
The people of Koh Samui also celebrate a wide variety of festivals such as;
- The Chinese New Year in February.
- Songkran (The Thai New Year) in April where families pay a visit to their local temples to share food. Later in the evening, they throw parties all over the island. On at least one day of the festival, local people go out on the street and have a huge water fight!
- The Loi Krathong (Festival of Light) in November where both natives and visitors alike purchase krathongs, which are small decorated boats containing three sticks of incense, a candle, a coin and other things. The candle is usually lit and the boat is placed in the water.
- Temple Fairs that take place all year round and pass from village to village.
- Buffalo fighting is a very popular local sport. The fighting season varies but you can get lucky and participate in one if you visit Koh Samui at the right time.
I also have some advice to all the travelers out there. You should always have travel insurance when traveling, be it for a vacation or for any other reason. It saves you a lot of time, hassle and stress. Think of all the benefits you can get from travel insurance in case of unforeseen circumstances such as medical emergencies or flight cancellations.
Travel insurance can help you reclaim your cancellation and reschedule flight fees, get medical attention even when in remote areas, compensate for emergency accommodation in case of delays, replace your lost or stolen luggage and also give you the peace of mind you need when on vacation, especially when with family as they all will be covered.
This brings us to the end of this article which I hope you have found informative. By now you should be planning your vacation to the island Koh Samui, without forgetting to buy some traveling insurance of course. If not, oh well, you must be really hard to please. I wish you all safe travels.