Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Ko Samui is the second largest island of this exotic holiday destination in Southeast Asia, and it has got all the ingredients for an amazing tropical island stay. From the rich local culture and the temples to delicious Thai food and crescent, Samui has got is all! There are plenty of ways to enjoy Koh Samui, but these 5 are our favourite:
- Stay in a private pool luxury villa
Kick off your holiday in style with an amazing stay in a private pool luxury villa. There are tons of great villas around for everyone’s liking and every budget. You can start your holiday nice and easy in the exclusive company of your loved one(s), sipping cocktails, swimming in the pool, exploring the surroundings and settling into the holiday relaxation mood. One of the best places to book a private pool villa is Chaweng, a popular beach resort destination featuring a 7-kilometer palm-fringed beach, plenty of shops, beach bars and restaurants as well as local markets, temples and villages.
- Ang Thong National Marine Park
Not too far from Chaweng, you will find the Ang Thong National Marine Park, an archipelago of 42 gorgeous little limestone islands. This is a wonderful place where you can spend the whole day hopping from island to island. You can go sea kayaking, swimming, snorkelling and diving. The turquoise waters are breathtaking and the marine life is rich and colourful. Don’t miss out.
- Thai Cooking Class
Certainly, visitors to Samui Island will be munching on the delicious local food. Thai curries, fresh seafood, pad thai and Tom Yum, these are the things you will be missing the most once you have arrived back home safely but you don’t necessarily have to miss out on it. With a traditional Thai Cooking Class, you will learn all the secrets, tips and tricks of authentic Thai cooking. What spices to use and how a little bit of this and a little bit of that creates a delightful Thai dish. You will be able to cook up some great traditional Thai food in your own home, impressive friends and family. Check out Island Organic Cooking Class in Chaweng or Thai Cooking Koh Samui in Lamai.
- Rent a scooter and go explore
Nothing more appealing than exploring Samui Island on a scooter. You get to see so much more of the island than travelling by car and apart from that it is good fun too! Just take it easy, drive slowly and take in the beautiful surroundings! You can rent a scooter almost everywhere. Make sure to wear a helmet and sunblock, pack your bathers and sunglasses and off you go on a wonderful trip, discovering desolate beaches, gorgeous temples such as Wat Plai Laem and the Na Muang 2 Waterfall. You are free to go anywhere you like, so you decide.
- Get a Thai Massage
You are holidaying in Asia where spa treatments and massages are part of the local culture and traditions. A good Thai Massage can do magic on your body and it has been used for health reasons and healing practices for centuries passed on from generation to generation. Your Samui holiday is not complete without a visit to one of the local spas and experiencing a muscle-felt treatment by one of the local ladies who know exactly how to get out every bit of tension in your body. No need to worry – you can always tell them to take it easy, ensuring a perfectly relaxing massage to calm your being.
Written by Stephanie Peeters of Villa-Finder.com