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An island blessed with stunning natural beauty, Koh Samui is a palm-fringed burst of rainforest. It’s Thailand’s second largest island and part of the Ang Thong National Maritime Park. Snorkel in the pristine waters, kayak along the coast or get around on two wheels to explore more of the island. Mostly populated by local fishermen, who have lived and worked in the same way for generations, the island has developed with relatively little communication with the mainland. As such, it makes a unique destination that gives another look at traditional Thai life. In recent years, it has become very popular with backpackers looking for an alternative experience of dazzling lagoons and tranquility.
Nathon - The main port and administrative area of the island, this might not be the most tourist friendly place but it’s a valuable access point to the island
Laem Yai - A secluded beach on the northern tip of the island, this beautiful spot has much to appeal to visitors, and overlooks the islands of Ang Thong.
Bophut - This small fishing village is a growing stop on the backpacker trail, with a real laid back charm and relaxed atmosphere.
Chaweng - The most popular and well developed beach area on the island, this is the place to go if you’re looking for a spot of luxury.
Ko Pha Ngan - A nearby island that has become the focal point of the backpacker scene, complete with late night parties and hippy vibes.
Visit the Ang Thong National Marine Park, a pristine archipelago of islands complete with limestone mountains and rainforests. Lounge on the white sand beaches here or discover hidden waterfalls. Visit the Big Buddha shrine on the northern tip of the island, the island’s best known landmark. Pick from a selection of stunning beaches to explore or relax and cool off in the Namuang Waterfall. For a more curious attraction, check out the Mummy Wonk at Wat Khunaram, where the body is displayed in a glass case. If you want to get up close with nature, the Samui Aquarium and Tiger Show presents some of the country’s most beautiful animals.
Check out a cabaret show at Chaweng Beach or explore the Secret Buddha Garden in the hills of Samui. Enjoy your chance to meet some of the island’s slipperiest creatures at the Snake Farm at Baan Taling Ngam. Or, if you’re in a more active mood, snorkel or kayak your way around the island’s stunning coastline. Take a boat tour to see more of the island from a new perspective or learn how to make exquisite Thai meals on a cooking course.