KOH SAMUI – THE ISLAND OF BEAUTY
Koh Samui is an island off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus, Thailand. It is Thailand's second-largest island just after Phuket, with the total area of 228.7 km2. This island is the main one of a group of approximately 80 islands. According to the survey of Luxury Travel, Koh Samui was voted as one of the 10 most popular tourist islands. The archipelago is famous for white smooth sands, blue clear water, and colorful reefs that pleasure every tourist. Koh Samui was formerly known as Coconut Island with only a few visitors in the 1970s. Nowadays, this island becomes the famous tourist destination of Thailand. With the length of 25 km and the width of 21 km, Samui is a perfect place for those who want to find new explorations.
The island is famous for its wonderful beaches, small villages built entirely of bamboo. Samui's weather patterns are a little different from the rest of Thailand. The weather in Koh Samui is really pleasant most of the time. The best time to travel to Koh Samui is generally during the dry season from mid of December to April.
There are many must-see attractions in Koh Samui that you don’t want to miss during your trip to this paradisiac island. Ang Thong National Marine Park: The 40-some jagged jungle islands of Ang Thong Marine National Park stretches across the Gulf of Thailand and is one of Thailand's largest nature reserves and parks. This National Park is the home to various special animals that you can see the first time in your life such as little herons, hairy-nosed otters, Pacific reef egrets, white-bellied sea eagles, sea turtles, iguanas, and pythons. In the surrounding sea, many colorful fishes can be seen, offering some decent snorkeling and diving sights. You also have the opportunity to join in some adventurous activities such as go trekking and climb the observatory to admire the beautiful scenery of the park from above.
Big Buddha: Bid Buddha Temple located on a small rocky island off Koh Samui's north-eastern corner. Erected in 1972, the modern Buddha stands 15m high and makes an alluring silhouette against the tropical sky and sea. The Big Buddha sits in the Mara posture with a symbol of steadfastness, purity, and enlightenment.
Na Muang Waterfall: Na Muang Waterfalls are set in lush jungle surrounds, just 10 km south of Nathon and boasts two beautiful waterfalls. Both of these waterfalls boast some of the most scenic views on the island. Na Muang Waterfall seems to be Koh Samui's best-hidden secret. You can experience activities such as trekking in the forest, exploring the diverse flora or conquering the treacherous falls.
Beaches: Koh Samui now becomes one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand thanks to its gorgeous beaches. Many tourists travel to Koh Samui because of their beautiful beaches as well as the wild parties under the soft light of the full moon. More than 1.5 million tourists visit the island each year to enjoy the kind of tropical coastline and beaches. You can easily find beautiful beaches in Thailands such as Chaweng beach, Lamai beach, Bo Phut beach and many other.