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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What can be a suitable itinerary for Koh Samui?

Anupriya Bedi DEC 10 2012
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Koh Samui is perhaps one of the most important island-destinations in the Gulf of Thailand, making it a hotspot among travellers from all across the world. With a world of delights in its fold, it is imperative that you make the most of this trip in the little time that you have. Here’s a sample itinerary that you could follow to cover the most important sightseeing options in Koh Samui.

Day 1

  • Assuming you start in the morning, begin with visiting the Big Buddha Statue. The massive 12 m high statue and the temple were built in 1972, on a raised platform. You have to climb an entire flight of stairs to reach the golden statue to either offer your prayers or take in the absolutely magnificent view of the island and its surroundings. Sitting in the Mara pose, the statue is the ultimate symbol of peace in the face of chaos and conflict. Buddhist pilgrims and devotees offer prayers here in the form of flowers, fruits and incense. Though the temple is open all day long, and even at night with its golden lights, it’s best to visit this temple early in the morning to experience the cult of devotion which you’ll see when the devotees offer prayers and chants here.

  • From here, you can head to the Big Buddha Beach for some serenity and tranquility.

  • Some 20 km away from here is the Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks, another landmark that Koh Samui is famous for. Commonly known as the Grandma and Grandpa rocks and shrouded in a fascinating story explained at the entrance of the rock, these rocks seemed to have formed on their own, resembling the male and female genitalia. Offering fuel to the age old debate of nature v/s art, these rocks are a fine example of nature imitating art. The play of colours and the breathtaking landscape is nothing less than a picture perfect canvas.

  • It will almost be lunchtime by now, so you can stop at the various resorts and restaurants around these rocks for a delicious Thai meal.
  • After this meal, head to the Na Muang Waterfalls for breathtaking views of the island and an unprecedented experience of nature.
  • You could then spend the evening in Chaweng and party it out in the several popular nightclubs here, hopping from one to another.

Day 2

  • Keep this day for a sea-safari of the Angthong Marine National Park, an experience you don’t want to miss. Book a kayaking tour which will take you through lakes and rivers, into the very interiors of the island. Towards the end of the trip, you could also opt for a snorkeling tour around the coral reef area, exploring the absolutely fascinating secrets of the life below.

  • Keep your evenings for a quiet dinner and some serious party-fun. If you’re around Koh Samui on full moon, you could take a ferry-ride to Koh Phangan for the full-moon parties that are the talk of town.

Day 3

  • Take a trip to Koh Tan and Koh Nang Yuan, which are about a 90 minute speedboat ride away from Koh Samui. Spend your day snorkeling or exploring the islands for their pristine beauty and unique character.

  • You could choose to come back by around early evening and shop your way through the various markets at Chaweng or Lamai beaches, collecting souvenirs and trinkets for yourself and your loved ones back home.

  • Spend a quiet night under the moon at one of the several beachside restaurants, taking in the sheer charm of the place under twinkling stars and the cool sea-breeze.

This is of course a tentative itinerary. Some travellers choose to stay for months in Koh Samui, for the island never fails to surprise them with some new delight or the other. Take your pick from the popular things to see and activities you can indulge in and feel your way through the destination. The hotels here are also pretty resourceful and willing to help when it comes to booking excursions and planning your trip. So just kick back and relax and let the good times roll!

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