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What to Do on Koh Samui
Samui has lots to offer visitors and if you like lazing on the beach,
then there are more than a few to check out with white powdery fine sand, coconut palms and a turquoise ocean just tempting you to dive in.
Chaweng is one of the livelier beaches on the island filled with holidaymakers seeking action and excitement, the place to go if you like water sports such as jet skiing, water skiing, speedboats, parasailing and banana boats.
If you yearn for something quieter then you might prefer a quieter location away from the crowds and no-one to bother as you lounge on your sunchair with a favourite book in hand.
A popular day trip is to charter a boat and spend the day exploring the best snorkelling sites and coral reefs amongst the nearby tropical islands. The Koh Samui archipelago has more than 60 islands to discover and many of them are uninhabited.
On the island itself you could try your skills at the shooting range, or go-carting – if you want to get the blood racing then bungee jumping is an extreme sport that will test your courage. Relaxing activities include a sedate horse ride along the beach, or there are more than a few first-class golf courses around the island. The international standard Santiburi Country club is of an international standard with an 18 hole course set in the hills behind Mae Nam Beach.
The fertile sultry jungles found inland on Samui can be explored on foot or by bicycle, or follow the coast road that runs right around the island, it’s the perfect way to get a first hand look at the difference between the southern part of the island inhabited by locals and the busier tourist areas in the north.
There are lots of organised activities for those looking to fill up their days, including many that let you find out more about local culture and island wildlife, if you want to get the most out of your day then consider signing up for a tour which will show you the best sights of Samui in one day.
Visit the Big Buddha temple with its 15m high buddha looking out to sea, or the quirky Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks located south of Lamai Beach. Namuang waterfalls and the town of Nathon are other interesting places to check out.
Some tours have a particular focus that introduce you to the local culture and food, discover the monkeys who are trained to climb the tall coconut palms and collect coconuts, go for a ride on an elephant, admire waterfalls and take photos of the local fauna including butterflies, snakes and crocodiles.
The evenings are cooler in Koh Samui and perfect for sitting under the stars feasting on seafood caught fresh that day and cooked over an open fire. If you prefer French or Italian cuisine then it’s available too, and for local Samui cuisine make your way to Huathanon Seafood in Fisherman Village at Bo Phut Beach.
Only a small section of Samui offers busy bars and clubs at night, if you prefer peace and quiet then opt for a stroll along the beach or visit a quiet restaurant. Of course if dancing and partying is why you’re here then Chaweng’s Beach Road has everything you need. For the hardcore party goers you can catch a boat to Koh Pha Ngan nearby and the famous full moon party.
Choosing your accommodation on the island you can opt for simple or first-class, cute beach huts with thatched roofs and seaview balcony or lavish 5-start resorts, Koh Samui hotels has it all and Chaweng has numerous quality hotels to fit all tastes and budgets.
Choosing koh Samui as your holiday destination means leading the kind of life you generally only wish for. Book your dream holiday today and prepare yourself for total bliss.
By Simon S Coleman Submitted On December 14, 2010
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