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- North Koh Samui
- East Koh Samui
- South Koh Samui
- West Koh Samui
- Getting Around
Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand is one of the best destination in Southern Thailand. It is the second most visited island in Thailand right after Phucket. It is perhaps not a surprise as it offers unprecedented natural beauty, with white sandy beaches surrounded with coconut trees, azure clean water, hidden waterfalls and a dense tropical forest. It’s the perfect place to take a stress free holiday or enjoy a more active one by exploring everything the island has to offer including numerous water sports and the famous elephant treks.
From the north coast clockwise lets discover this beautiful island.
North Koh Samui
The north of Koh Samui has one of the most peaceful beaches of the island and is a perfect place to unwind and try some water sport. The most famous spot for windsurfing and kite boarding is on the northern west side on the Ao Bang Pho beach.
Further east is Maenam beach one of the most quiet and beautiful town on the northern coast. It offers excellent beaches for swimming with an astonishing view of Koh Phangan and many good value resorts to choose from.
The next beach is Hat Bophut which is a bit more lively offering many more facilities and resorts to choose from including excellent restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. Once known as a Fisherman’s Village, it has more recently become a good place for a beach holiday and a place to enjoy numerous water sports including jet skis.
Finally, the most know of the northern places is Hat Bangrak beach, a 3 miles long stretch of beautiful sand with the famous Big Buddha statue and temple on the east side. Next to the temple are some remarkable large size statues.
East Coast Koh Samui
The East coast of Koh Samui is the mostly known area of the islands with most of the resorts, shops and all sorts of entertainment. It includes the famous beaches of Chaweng and Lamai.
Chaweng is the largest, most-developed and most popular beach destinations on the island. Located on the northern East coast, it is close to the airport and has plenty of resorts, hotels and cheap bungalows to choose from. The town of Chaweng also offer a lively atmosphere with many seafront places to eat and drink, and plenty of places for an exciting night out.
On the southern tip of Lamai is Hin-Ta And Hin-Yai also called Grandmother and Grandfather, which are rocks that have a striking resemblance to male and female sexual organs. It is one of the island’s biggest attractions and also a great place to buy bowls and vases made from Samui’s coconut palm wood.
Only a few kilometre from Hin-Ta and Hin-Yai is located the Elephant stone which is also worth making a quick stop.
South Koh Samui
The South of Koh Samui is a perfect place for a day out with the kids as it is the location of both the Samui Aquarium and the Butterfly Garden.
Located on the south east coast, the Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo it is the perfect attractions to discover the marine wildlife and fauna of the region.
A few kilometres west is also located the Samui Butterfly garden offering a wide variety of protected species of butterflies.
West Koh Samui
The most important place on the west coast is Nathon which is the capital and primary hub of the island where live the majority of its inhabitants. It may not have the most beautiful beaches but it is for most travellers the transit point to other destinations on Koh Samui or to the other of the surrounding islands including Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.
The first beach south of Nathon is Ao Thong Yang which is perhaps of the most peaceful places on the island.
Further down is the Taling Ngam bay which offers multiple beaches along its 2 miles coast and is home to some of the top hotels on the island. It is also a spiritual place with one of the most beautiful Buddhist temple.
Finally Ao Phangka which is also named Emerald Cove is a beautiful bay and perhaps one of the most remote places on the island.
Central Koh Samui
Even though the island is mostly know for its idyllic beaches, the heart of Koh Samui also called the Samui highlands are definitely worth a visit. They are packed with numerous coconut trees which one constituted the primary industry of the island.
The heart of Koh Samui is also the location of The Na Muang Falls and their famous Elephant trek . It is by far one of the top experiences of the island and is definitely worth the money.
Getting Around Koh Samui
Koh Samui is very easy to get around with a main ring road all around the island, linking all the different beaches and local attractions. There are many transport options including air conditioned taxi, pickup buses and motorcycles. Perhaps the best and more affordable option is to rent a scooter on a daily basis for about 200THB.
Perhaps the most fundamental characteristic of this tropical island is that it is able to maintain a broad appeal to everyone. From vacationers, to water sport lover, from the backpacker to the more high end tourist. Everyone is welcome to join its distinctive laid back atmosphere. If you are looking to be spoiled in a tropical paradise, Koh Samui is your answer.