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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular places for sightseeing in Koh Samui?

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A hint of yellow from the bright sun mixed with the mystic turquoise from the sea, yes, beauty at its best. A leisurely abode of adventure, spirituality, enlightening culture and a lively lifestyle, Koh Samui is your perfect holiday destination. This beach town has something in store for everyone. If you are a nature enthusiast or a wildlife buff or an adventure nut, something special awaits you in Koh Samui.
Here are some places that will make your holiday a wee bit more fun.


  • Beaches

    The moment you step into this haven, the beaches call out to you. Crowded with numerous beaches, the island is paradise for water babies. Sunbathe, take a dip or treat your tired muscles to a rejuvenating massage, the beaches of Koh Samui are yours to explore.
    Want to be in the middle of absolute chaos and fun, then head to either Chaweng beach or Lamai Beach. Bustling with excitement, these vibrant beaches are two of the most popular and populated beaches in Koh Samui. Lined with inviting beach shacks offering delicious Thai grub and seafood, the beaches give you a complete Thai beach experience. Give your adventure wishes a slight push with thrilling water activities like windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and you have yourself a perfect holiday.

    If some quiet and peace is what you are looking for, head to
    Choeng Mon and Bo Phut. Offering everything from jungle safaris to shopping along with precious moments of relaxation, these beaches have a distinct old world charm. Away from the hullabaloo, the beaches have their own pace and culture. With fewer shacks and not many tourists, you can enjoy the cool breeze, the sound of splashing waves and other melodious sounds of nature.

    A little bit of sand, cool waters and the lush greenery of towering coconut trees set the stage for your own Thai experience.


  • Wildlife

    The wildlife options in Koh Samui are surprising to say the least. Certainly not for the faint hearted, but a visit to any of the wildlife retreats in this beachtown is going to leave you mesmerised. From the beautiful butterfly garden to the exotic snake farm, a tryst with the nature’s creatures is certainly a memorable experience.
    The
    Samui Butterfly Garden houses innumerable species of butterflies and insects along with a unique bee house. The open air netted garden nestles within it these colourful inhabitants going about their daily business. Where there are butterflies, there are bound to be blossoming flowers. A riot of colours, thus, awaits you in this splendid garden. For the bug lovers, there is an insect museum nestling a rich variety of scorpions, spiders and leaf insects. Time spent in the company of these crawlies is certainly worthwhile. A glimpse into their world will take you away from yours for a precious few minutes.

    Dive into the clear blue waters, a few kms away from the
    Butterfly Garden and view the surreal coral reefs at Wang Bay. You can either choose to carry your swimwear and snorkel your way through or jump into the glass boat and get a dry view of the splendid underwater world.

    After a wonderful time in the midst of beauty, head to the
    Samui Snake Farm where the creepy reptiles will charm you with their slithering moves. A plethora of fascinating shows where the snake charmers display extraordinary skills in taming the animal. The show also includes a tryst with king cobra, the world's largest and most poisonous snake striking some elegant poses.

    Address: On Natien Beach
    Opposite Centara Villas Samui
    South of the island
    Koh Samui
    Surat Thani
    Thailand
    Telephone: +66-77-424020
    Timings: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

    Address: 88/2 Moo 4 Taling-ngam
    Along Route 4170
    13 kilometres south of Nathon Pier
    Koh Samui
    Surat Thani
    Thailand
    Telephone: +66-77-423247


  • Religious

    A little bit of rejuvenation and purification of the senses will do wonders for your perfect holiday. A sneak peek into the rich Thai culture with strong influences of Buddhism will show you another side of this beach town. With its myriad temples and wats, this spiritual hamlet takes you on to higher realms of reality. In the midst of pure beauty, a slice of religion will pamper your senses.
    The
     Big Buddha Temple and the Hin Lad Waterfall Temple and Wat Khunaram are some of the most revered religious sites in Koh Samui. Symbolising different aspects of the Buddhist culture, the sites give you a glimpse into the age old customs and present lifestyle in the beach town. Visit these sites for a little bit of magic, mystic and an enlightening journey back into history.


  • History and Culture

    Enveloped in a rich and enlightening history, this small town is bestowed with awe inspiring remnants from its past. Be it the striking influence of Buddhism in splendid statues and carvings or a visit to any of the majestic temples, Koh Samui is a fine example of its culture and traditions. The architectural splendor of the island will absolutely bedazzle you.

    To get a glimpse of Koh Samui’s vibrant past, you could visit the magical Secret Buddha Garden. Commonly known as
    Magic Garden or Heaven's Garden, it is perched on top of a hill. The road leading up to the garden is marked by a scenic and picturesque journey. Created by Nim Thongsuk, who erected several statues on his family land, finally opened the property to the general public. The statues and carvings represent Buddhist folklore, each offering an intriguing story. If you are on a guided tour to the garden, your guide will surely give you some insights about the various poses. The magical garden will amuse you with surprising carvings and statues, either hidden behind a tree or an unintended turn. With a gurgling stream flowing within the gardens, the scenic surroundings and artistic splendours, an enchanting experience awaits you.

    You could also head to explore the famous Buddha footprints close to the Butterfly Garden. Slightly tricky to locate, the Buddha Footprints are a breathtaking sight. Elegantly situated on a hill, the shrine bears four footprints engraved on top of each other. After tackling close to 163 steps, the spellbinding shrine and the gorgeous view of the landscape below will mesmerise you completing your artistic experience.

    Address: Secret Buddha Garden
    Air force Road
    Koh Samui
    Thailand

    Address: Buddha Footprints
    Route 4170
    2 km west of the turnoff for the Butterfly Garden
    Koh Samui
    Thailand


  • Nature Calls

    A day in the laps of nature is bound to be a memorable experience. The surreal beauty of Koh Samui will enchant and captivate you beyond belief. Visit the splendid Na Muang Waterfall and treat yourself to the wonders of nature. Reached by traversing through a craggy trail, the first waterfall, Na Muang 1 flows downwards into a mesmerising pool offering you a much needed break from the prickling heat. A further 30 minutes by foot would take you to Na Muang 2 or Namtok Na Muang. Also touted as ‘Purple Waterfalls’ due to the bright purple shadow from the rock faces.
    A relaxing swim in the pool or a thrilling elephant safari through the dense forest will add to your journey into the wild.

    Another enthralling spot on this beach island are the intriguing
    Hin Ta and Hin Yai, commonly known as the Grandma and Grandpa rocks. Shrouded in a fascinating story explained at the entrance of the rock, these rocks seemed to have formed on their own. 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.
    Indulge in some delicious thai cuisine from the street kiosks as the cool water plays hide and seek with your feet. A slice of history and a large helping of raw beauty, the perfect holiday, didn’t we say?


Too full a platter, isn’t it? Well, that’s Koh Samui for you. Offering you a memorable holiday, the town will take you away from the mundane daily routine and into a world of pure beauty, peace and serenity. Sit back and enjoy this exhilarating ride.

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