When I started preparing my trip to Thailand, I was looking for a quiet island, but that I had the sufficient size and the sufficient leisure offer so that something more than a week in it did not make me something monotonous. Diving on the internet I managed to find out the many things to do in Koh Samui, which, in the end, would make me my winner among the best islands of Thailand.
And is that Among the best places to see in Koh Samui you find a bit of everything: beaches, jungle, marine reserves, bars, temples, waterfalls, aerial views, Buddha statues ...
I spent seven nights on the island and the truth is that I didn't get bored at any time.
The best way to explore Koh Samui is by motorcycle. In fact, renting a motorcycle in Thailand is totally the order of the day and you will find countless really cheap rental stores. You will not spend more than 6 or 7 euros per day, counting gasoline.
Although the island can be explored almost completely on a well-spent day, I recommend that you do it in two and enjoy each place better than seeing in Koh Samui. Take it easy, that's why you're on vacation.
Among the best things to see in Koh Samui, I keep the following
1. Angthong National Park
No doubt the Angthong National Park It is number one of the best places to see in Koh Samui.
During my travels, I've always liked nature and outdoor life more What to explore modern cities. For this reason, the truth is that I have seen almost everything: jungles, coral reefs, mountains, rivers, lakes ... Of all colors and classes. However - and I give thanks for that - I continue to be surprised with every new place I visit.
Yes, I never expected Angthong National Park to be as beautiful as what I found.
In a protected area that barely exceeds 225 square kilometers, an archipelago of 42 islands displays before you a beauty that is difficult to classify. The water has several different shades of blue and is completely clean. Under its surface, life explodes in the form of corals and fish of all colors, shapes and sizes.
The islands are rock boulders that emerge from the water like statues of Hercules fully covered by vegetation. In some of them, a small tongue of golden sand forms a beach that reminds you of the idyllic dream that Leonardo Di Caprio and the rest of the community of "The beach". In fact, Angthong National Park first achieved worldwide fame by being named in the Alex Garland novel that inspired the film.
Others show saltwater lagoons among the vegetation.
The only way to visit Angthong National Park It is with an organized tour and I booked mine through the Spanish company Civitatis. The truth is that it was great, combining the panoramic boat ride, a bit of kayaking between the islands, diving and trekking to a viewpoint that takes away the meaning.
Also, they fed us like kings. It was a good idea to do it.
If you want to live a somewhat more intense and less touristy experience in Angthong National Park, I recommend you spend some night on the only inhabited island of the archipelago. There are bungalows for about THB 500 (about € 13) per night and when all the tourists of the day have left, you are practically alone with this incredible masterpiece of nature.
2. The Big Buddha Temple
Temple of the Great Buddha
Although the vast majority of the best things to see in Koh Samui have Mother Nature as protagonists, the hand of man has also left some monument worth visiting.
This is the case of the Temple of the Great Buddha, located in the northeast part of the island.
Known in the local language as Wat Phra Yai, it is a temple whose central pillar is a seated Buddha statue about 12 meters high that was erected in 1972.
The truth is that it impresses with its size and golden color, but I liked it more from a distance than when I was in front of him. Maybe it was because it came from happening 3 weeks in Myanmar in which you see many more Buddha statues than you would in a lifetime if there were a fair cast.
A ladder that resembles a dragon leads to the platform on which Buddha rests and there are two other somewhat smaller statues. At the base of the stairs there are a good number of stalls to buy souvenirs, food, soft drinks and other trinkets.
Thai tourists and local people of the island come every day to pray to the statue and make offerings of flowers, fruits or incense, which gives it a lot of vidilla.
3. The Fisherman's District of Bophut
Bophut Fisherman's Quarter