Delightful Koh Samui, Thailand
That is the only description that comes to mind when someone mentions the island of Koh Samui. From its tropical beaches, its tropical jungle, its mountains to its luxury resorts and spas.
The island of Koh Samui truly is the place to be.
Where is Koh Samui Located?
Koh Samui is located in the Chumphon Archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand off the East coast of the Kra Isthmus. It is actually the third largest island in Thailand and is easily accessible by plane or boat from either Bangkok, Chumphon, Ko Tao or Ko Phagan to Koh Samui.
Why would I visit Koh Samui?
By the time I’m through with this article you will be longing to go on a vacation to the tropical paradise of Koh Samui right away. There are several factors to consider when picking a travel destination. These include whether it is within your budget, if the destination has beautiful attractions among many other factors.
Well, sit back and strap yourself in as I show you why you should take a trip to the beautiful island.
Attractions and Activities
There are several attractions and tons of activities to do.
The Ang Thong National Marine Park which covers a beautiful archipelagoof 42 beautiful islands with beautiful beaches, waterfalls, lakes, hidden coves and thick jungles to explore in. It is home to a wide variety of exotic wildlife and sea creatures in Koh Samui.
The Big Buddha Beach, which is home to Wat Plai Laem, a colorful Buddhist temple with a large white Chinese Buddha. It is also home to a gigantic 12-metre high golden Buddha which can be seen from many miles away in Koh Samui. The beach also has a market with numerous souvenir and food stalls.
Bophut’s Fisherman village in Koh Samui, which would please those with a passion for architecture since it features lots of rustic-style buildings in Koh Samui. The village is also a must stop for those who love to shop as it houses the Fisherman’s Village Walking Street Market and many boutiques.
Koh Tao, which means Turtle Island, is an island close to Koh Samui that is surrounded by crystal clear waters which making a very popular destination for scuba-diving. It also has coral reefs which are home to a wide range of colorful sea creatures.
The Secret Buddha Garden is located in the hills of Koh Samui. It features an unforgettable collection of statues smack in the middle of the jungle.
The Mummy Monk at Wat Khunaram in Koh Samui. Yes. You read right. Apparently it was the wish of a monk named Luang Pordaeng to be mummified and displayed in a glass case in Koh Samui as a visual reminder of Buddha’s teachings. His body has barely decomposed after 30 years.
Apart from these main attractions and activities on the island, there are many more, such as attending Ladyboy Cabaret shows and visiting the numerous waterfalls on the island of Koh Samui, especially the two Na Muang waterfalls.
Pocket-friendly Budget Holidays
Now that you’ve seen what the island of Koh Samui has to offer, can you afford a trip there? The good news is that through I Want That Room’s dedication to finding the the best deals online, you have a wide range of options to choose from when making a traveling plan, from booking flight tickets, travel insurance and hotel rooms to renting cars.
All this will determine how much it will cost you to visit the island of Koh Samui but that also largely depends on your luxury and lifestyle preference.
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Another determining factor on whether a person will visit a place is the culture of the destination. Are the locals friendly? What about their food? Are they hospitable?
Of the 62,500 people of Koh Samui, most of them are Buddhists with some Muslims and Christians. They are well-known for their openness and warmth towards tourists. The hotels of Koh Samui prepare a wide range of dishes like Chinese, Mexican, Italian, French, Indian and many other types that guarantee you will never feel left out or homesick. The natives also have a specialty on a wide range of seafood.
The people of Koh Samui also celebrate a wide variety of festivals such as;
The Chinese New Year in February.
Songkran (The Thai New Year) in April where families pay a visit to their local temples to share food. Later in the evening, they throw parties all over the island. On at least one day of the festival, the people of Koh Samui go out on the street and have a huge water fight!
The Loi Krathong (Festival of Light) in November where both natives and visitors alike purchase krathongs, which are small decorated boats containing three sticks of incense, a candle, a coin and other things. The candle is usually lit and the boat is placed in the waters of Koh Samui.
Temple Fairs that take place all year round and pass from village to village in Koh Samui.
Buffalo fighting is a very popular local sport. The fighting season varies but you can get lucky and participate in one if you visit Koh Samui at the right time.
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I also have great advice to all the travelers. You should always have travel insurance when traveling, be it for a vacation or for any other reason. It saves you a lot of time, hassle and anxiety. Think of all the benefits you can get from travel insurance in case of unforeseen circumstances such as medical emergencies or flight cancellations.
Travel insurance can help you reclaim your cancellation and rescheduled flight fees, get medical attention even when in remote areas, compensate for emergency accommodation in case of delays, replace your lost or stolen luggage and also give you the peace of mind you need when on vacation, especially when traveling with family as they will also be covered.