Ang Thong National Park
Ang Thong National Marine Park is a pristine archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand. The islands are very close to each other and are all different shapes and sizes which provides a breathtaking panorama when sailing around the park whether it be by Sailing boat or Speed boat. Most of the islands are covered with tropical forests and are home to a rich variety of exotic wildlife and sea creatures. Snorkelling, hiking, sea kayaking, diving, sailing and simply relaxing on one of its idyllic beaches are the main activities to enjoy on Ang Thong.
The best way to see the jungle for folks who don’t fancy trekking on foot is to drive an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) in the jungle. Hours of fun to be had driving through mud and forestland with the reward of some of the most spectacular views on Samui otherwise inaccessible to most visitors.
Wat Phra Yai is a Buddha statue over 12 metres high; you may have seen it on your arrival into Samui from the airplane and is well worth a visit. It was built in 1972 and is Koh Samui’s most famous temple located on a small island connected to Samui by a bridge. Please dress appropriately as this temple is an important Buddhist symbol for Thai people.
The Butterfly Garden is a beautiful tropical garden with hundreds of colourful butterflies along a charming garden trail. Visit a bee house overlooking the garden, and an insect museum of rare and wonderful insects. The garden also offers stunning views of the sea at several observation decks. This is a great place to spend an afternoon or morning.
For adrenaline junkies, Samui Bungee Jump is western managed and operated and available all year round in Chaweng. Go ahead and jump from a platform 50 metres above the ground!
Koh Samui offers one 18-hole course and two 9-hole courses designed to challenge golfers of all levels.
A visit to this rum distillery, owned by a French couple, is a great way to meet some Samui people and taste some pretty good rum. The sugar cane used is from Thailand and the rum is offered in lemon, orange, coconut, pineapple and natural flavours. Be prepared to enjoy a few mojitos and have some fun.
Koh Samui has many temples that are worth visiting. Plai Laem is in the north of the island and is considered to be the most decorative temple. It features many large and colourful statues representing various gods and a lake where you can feed the fish. Please go ahead and ask your Villa Attendants for their recommendations.
Luong Por Daeng was a highly respected monk who devoted the latter part of his life to monkhood. He was renowned for his meditation practice and also predicted his own death in 1973 when he was 79 years old. To day, he can still be seen in the exact same meditative position he was in when he passed away.
Walking streets take place in several areas in Koh Samui, on certain days and are essentially colourful markets selling everything from street food & drinks to arts & crafts, clothing and souvenirs.
|Tuesday Walking Street||Chaweng|
|Thursday Walking Street||Maenam|
|Friday Walking Street||Bophut (Fisherman’s Village)|
|Saturday Walking Street||Chaweng|
|Sunday Walking Street||Lamai|
We highly recommend visiting Fisherman’s Village on any night for great restaurants and ambience but Friday is particularly good.
Stunning waterfalls are located within 10 km south of Nathon, the main administrative area in Samui and also home to the main ferry terminal. All waterfalls are 35km drive from Samujana. Na Muang Waterfall 1 – is about 80 metres high. You have to be prepared for a walk to get here. Rocks can be slippery so adequate footwear is advised and not ideal for elderly or people with restricted mobility. Na Muang Waterfall 2 – Close to Na Muang Waterfall 1 and just a short walk from the car park. Rocks can be slippery so adequate footwear is advised and not ideal for elderly or people with restricted mobility. Hid Lad Waterfall – Located about 2 km south of Nathon. Enjoy a 2km hike through the jungle to the waterfall. Suitable for all ages apart from people who are less mobile.