Koh Samui also spelled Ko Samui (notably without the “h”) is the second-largest island in Thailand. It’s located in the Chumphon Archipelago and is in the province of Surat Thani. Around 63,000 people live on the island of Koh Samui, which is quickly becoming one the top tourist destinations in the country of Thailand. It’s home to beautiful beaches, a number of interesting things to do, and has a beautiful tropical jungle – one that’s been completely unspoiled by man – at its center. Really, it’s no wonder that everyone wants to visit Koh Samui. Let’s go over some the many other reasons why this island is one of Bangkok’s top tourist attractions.
You Can Ride Through the Jungle on Top of an Elephant
One of the most interesting things to do in Koh Samui is traveling through the pristine tropical jungle located at the center of the island. Rather than make this trek on foot, you can actually travel on the back of an elephant. These trained elephants are outfitted with comfortable seating that holds two people. A guide is included, so you won’t be traversing the jungle alone. This prevents you from getting lost.
There are Crocodile Shows
If you’ve never been to a crocodile show, then there’s no better time to see one than when you’re in Thailand, staying on Koh Samui. These shows include performances where trained professionals actually put their heads in the crocodiles’ mouths. That sounds scary – and it is – but even the caimans have been trained to behave. You’ll also get to see a number of related creatures, such as snakes, lizards, and monkeys. All of this can be found at the aptly named Crocodile Farm.
The Beaches are Pristine and Filled with Beautiful Scenery
Koh Samui is ringed with beautiful beaches. The scenery around the island is incredibly beautiful and unspoiled. If you truly want to relax, there’s nothing like spending some time on the beach staring out at the water. Some of the top beaches include Lamai, which is known for its water sports; Chaweng, one of the largest and most popular; and Choeng Mon, which has a rocky outcropping off to one side and a “secret” islet that’s reachable by kayak. In all, there are ten great beaches on this island, ranging from those that are popular with tourists (Bophut, Lamai) to those that are off the beaten path (Bang Por, Taling Ngam).
The Nightlife is Incredible – and so Are the Peaceful Locations
If you’re staying in one of the more populated areas of Koh Samui, then you’ll have plenty of nightlife activities to pick from. You can go to a cabaret show, visit a nightclub, spend some time at a beach front bar, or even check out a local restaurant. Depending on where you’re located, the party won’t stop until you want it to. Of course, if nightlife isn’t exactly your thing, you’ll find plenty of quiet places on this island. Just seek out a less touristic spot, and you’ll find the isolation that you desire. That’s the best thing about Koh Samui; there’s so much to do (and so many things for everyone) located on the same island.
There Are a Number of World Class Accommodations
As Koh Samui grows in popularity, the number (and class) of the accommodations available changes as well; over time it went from basic backpacker fare to luxury level rooms. Many of the new resorts are four and five-star places complete with comfortable rooms, excellent scenery, and great service. They tend to have spas, pools, water access, and in some cases, private beaches. If you really want to stay in the lap of luxury, then you’ll have no problem finding a place on Koh Samui.
There’s an Extensive List of Outdoor Activities
If you like water-based activities, then you won’t be bored on Koh Samui. You can charter a fishing boat, go windsurfing, and even spend some time kayaking. There’s also snorkeling, scuba diving, kite surfing, swimming, and more. On top of that, there are outdoor land activities, such as driving go-karts and going off-roading. If all of those sound too adventurous, then you can just dine outdoors on one of the many beaches. Really, there’s no shortage of things to do.
Cultural Activities are Everywhere
Koh Samui is more than just a tourist locale; it’s also the home to many years worth of cultural and religious institutions. You’ll find interesting Buddhist temples and shrines located around the island. There’s also a mummified monk at Wat Khunaram that you can visit and pay your respects to. Although these activities won’t appeal to every tourist, if you’re seeking out a quiet activity and some cultural experiences, then you will find them on Koh Samui.