Six reasons to visit Koh Samui | Private jet charter
Koh Samui offers visitors much more than just palm-fringed, sun-kissed beaches. An abundance of wildlife – both on land and sea – dense jungle, relaxing spas, world-class snorkelling and diving, as well as the finest Thai cuisine, are just some of Koh Samui’s blessings.
Angthong National Marine Park
A collection of 42 islands located in the Gulf of Thailand, Angthong National Marine Park is unmissable: vertiginous limestone outcrops, dense jungle, white-sand beaches, coves, waterfalls and lakes. It is also home to a multitude of wildlife and a superb venue for hiking, diving and snorkelling. Charter a boat from Koh Samui or join a day trip. Visitors also have the option of staying overnight in bungalows or tents.
Hin Ta and Hin Yai
You’ll find these amazing his-and-hers rock formations – known as Grandpa and Grandma – on the east coast of Koh Samui at Lamai Beach. A popular tourist attraction, there are various myths as to how these very human-like formations were formed. Stand on the rocks and you’ll get wonderful views across to nearby islands. The waters here are crystal clear so marine life will be visible without getting your feet wet. The traditional Muslim fishing village of Hua Thanon is nearby and worth exploring.
Na Muang Waterfall
Two spectacular waterfalls cascade down these striking purple-coloured rocks providing a beautiful backdrop to relaxation and swimming. Located just off Route 4169, midway between Lamai and Nathon beaches, Na Muang falls are set in lush jungle – the paths can be slippery so pack suitable footwear. A delightful alternative to the beach, you can easily spend the day here hiking, swimming or just daydreaming in beautiful surroundings.
Secret Buddha Garden
Tucked away in the hills of Koh Samui, to the north west of Lamai Beach, the Secret Buddha Garden offers visitors an extraordinary collection of Buddha statues among lush gardens with streams and waterfalls, and beautiful views over this hilly region. The creator of this haven was fruit farmer Nim Thongsuk whose statues depict animals, humans and deities – and even one of Thongsuk himself. Hire a 4WD or join a day trip.
Big Buddha Beach
Located in the north of Koh Samui, Big Buddha beach is ideal for singletons and families, and offers great views of the 12-meter-high Golden Buddha, as well as the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan which you can reach via small ferry boats. From cheap beach huts to luxurious five star hotels, all set alongside a beautiful beach and vibrant nightlife at nearby Chaweng, Big Buddha beach has it all.
Samui Thai Cooking Lessons
Thai food is one of the most popular – and delicious – on the planet so it’s no wonder there are a plethora of cooking schools to savour on Koh Samui. Learn to cook your favourite dishes such as phad thai, stir fries, curries and salads. Classes usually involve a trip to the local market to buy the fresh veggies and can last from a few hours to a whole week. Contact the Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts on Chaweng Beach for information.