A cross between Phuket and Pattaya, Samui or better known as Koh Samui is a holiday paradise for those who enjoy a quiet holiday or a smashing wild time. They are extremes on both ends of the holiday spectrum; you can get lost in a private beach or be the one to litter the beach after a wild hangover party. Backpackers out for a good time will not be disappointed and for the more sedate tourist you can alwaysstay away from the crowd in the more secluded beach front resorts. Even adventure goers will have a field day in the jungle interiors of the island, but forget about that pirate’s gold stash; it has long been discovered on Chaweng Beach! The only gold you will find there is the entertainment hub of the island in the form of a cold liquid golden brew to wash down your thirsty throat! The laid back lifestyle of Samui is where you can even see people walking down to a 7-11 in their pajamies which attest to the casual lifestyle of the island. Red lobster colored tourists can often be found flaunting their new skin colors and getting even redder or almost cooked to perfection by the sun along deck-chaired beaches. Sun, surf and turf is the main menu of the island and by that it does not refer to the food menu.
Samui is an eclectic mix of experiences for those who want more than just parties and burning their skin on the beach. There is also more than just fish in the sea to experience and one of it is to dunk your feet into a glass aquarium for the fish to give your feet a beauty treatment. Notably, the tourist population out numbers the locals making this the second most popular island destination after Phuket. Samui is a place that has that happy-go-lucky feel to it and is a laidback island lifestyle for those who want to throw a stressed life out the window, making it one of the most attractive islands for a care-free holiday!
Top 10 Destinations of Koh Samui
“You Should Have Seen The One that Got Away!” Fishing Tours On Samui
For the angling enthusiast the most common line we hear is about the one that got away. Hands outstretched to incredulous sizes it can be doubtful! Taking a fishing tour in Samui is one way to dispel that myth and at least make it sound credible to those tall tales. Rolling on the waves with rod, hook, line and sinker you at least have a chance to brag those words. Then again, it can make you seem like a hopeless fisherman! Land one of those sizeable beauties swimming out there just might make it more believable!
Samui Discovery On An Elephant With Koh Samui Island Safari and Elephant Ride
Relive your storybook adventures of riding on elephants right in Samui. Plod along on the back of a huge elephant with a great view from the height that you only get if you are on a bus. Wonder around the island and jungle like Mowgli in Jungle Book but remember to bring some treats along for your “ride companion” who will surely chomp it all down. Hint..favorite food …bananas! Their sheer weight and size will make you a very safe passenger as you take in the sights of the villages you pass, the natural beauty and culture! Don’t even think of bringing one home! The Mummies Of Samui at Wat Khunaram You do not need to go to Egypt to see the mummies of lost Kings. In Samui you can see them at Wat Khunaram but not of Kings and rather revered monks! Actually it is not only in Samui you can see this but all over Thailand. If you happen to be in Samui, this is a good place to go see some. The mummies here are incredibly preserved without the usual white bandage wrappings and dressed in the traditional monk robes. There is nothing like in the movies where they are expected to pop out at you and nothing to be afraid off. For those with a touch of morbidity in their taste, they will find this rather interesting. Themummified remains of Monk Luang Phaw can even be seen seated in a meditative pose and looks verylife-like with a pair of sunglasses!
Walking In Buddha’s Footsteps at Buddha Footprint
Having heard numerous times on findings of imprinted footprints for many things this one is rather supernatural. It is larger than life-like and fills almost the size of a room. Believed by the religious to represent the footprint of Buddha it is venerated by the Buddhist worshippers. So if you by chance are interested to visit this place, first thing off is no loud talking, eating or drinking here! Have a look around and wonder at the enormous size of this footprint that is also believed to be more than a hundred years old and contemplate the possibility of it! Even if you are not religious, there is no harm in going to see something that is rather extraordinary but then again, the Thai people are rather a superstitious lot! Anything unusual always has a mystical explanation!
Nature’s Study Of The Human Gender at Hin Ta and Hin Yai
If you are not shy and want a good giggle, go to Lamai Beach, where the Hin Ta and Hin Yai boulders are located. Yes there are loads of boulders there that litter the beach but these particular two boulders are hilariously like the male and female genitalia. “Hin Tai” in Thai means grandfather and “Hin Yai” means grandmother. If you visit when there are a bunch of tourist, you can’t help hearing a raucous of laughter from the visitors as they take a look at these two rock formations. One might think that Mother Nature has a naughty side to her earthly sculptures as these two rocks look very like the real thing down to the last minute detail! We dare you to not be shy and take a picture right next to Grandpa, the unusually large and erect phallus! As usual, the Thai people have a story behind each unusual sight in Thailand and there is no difference with this. Chew out the story of Grandfather and Grandmother rock while striking your best and funniest pose for unusual bragging rights to the picture!
Be Tarzan For A Day At Nam Tok Na Muang
Cool off like a scene from the Leonardo DeCapprio movie in an emerald green pool at the base of a thundering waterfall. If you go when there are other tourists then it would not be as romantic but nonetheless it is still a great way to chill out and cool off at the Nam Tok Na Muang waterfall. If you tire of soaking in the water and coming out all wrinkled then take a walk to the entrance way and try the “skyfox” zip-lining adventure. If you are not afraid of heights or want to show how macho you are, then this is the adventure for you. Many seem gung-ho before their adventure but once at the top and on their way down, they howl even louder than any monkey or gibbon in the area! If you want something that does not require you to hike uphill and climb tall trees, then settle for the lovable elephant treks through the jungle. You still get a great eye view without needing to exercise those leg muscles as there are four massive legs on an elephant to help you do that while you ride comfortably on their back. Remember to buy a snack or two for these lovely elephants on your way out after the ride and you just might get an elephant kiss for it!
4WD Adventures Into The Hidden Jungles Of Samui With Koh Samui 4WD Jeep Jungle Tour
Craving for more adventures in Samui since you feel like there are ants in your pants and you can’t sit still? The Samui 4WD Jeep and ATV adventures should satisfy you as you slide and bounce all over the interiors of the secluded jungles in Samui. One thing is for sure, don’t expect to see any wild animals with the ruckus you make but expect great views and some unusual flora sceneries as they have to remain where they are, lacking the legs to run off like their fauna brethrens!
Savor The Elixir Of Life In The Five Islands Tour Samui And Ang Thong National Marine Park
Go exploring and discover a special kind of gold in the islands around Samui! These little gemlets are worth more than their weight in gold in the international health cuisine market and can be seen where they originate from if you take a tour of islands around Samui and a tour of the Ang Thong National Marine Park. Of course there is more than just this savory “gold” such as the type that live under the sea. This edible “gold” is none other than the much sought after bird’s nest! Reputed for their rejuvenating properties, this elixir made from the saliva of the swiftlet bird is not only difficult to get but also highly risky to get at! The nooks and crannies of the island caves are the gold nest of these birds where you can intrude a little to watch. Other than that a tour of the marine park is also a great way to discover hidden lagoons, isolated beaches and see the exotic marine life under the waves. Make sure you did not have that full a meal before going on board if you are the type prone to seasickness, if not you will be feeding the fish in no time! If you have your “sea legs” about you then this is one adventure you will truly enjoy!
The Mummies Of Samui at Wat Khunaram
You do not need to go to Egypt to see the mummies of lost Kings. In Samui you can see them at Wat Khunaram but not of Kings and rather revered monks! Actually it is not only in Samui you can see this but all over Thailand. If you happen to be in Samui, this is a good place to go see some. The mummies here are incredibly preserved without the usual white bandage wrappings and dressed in the traditional monk robes. There is nothing like in the movies where they are expected to pop out at you and nothing to be afraid off. For those with a touch of morbidity in their taste, they will find this rather interesting. The mummified remains of Monk Luang Phaw can even be seen seated in a meditative pose and looks very life-like and kind of cool with a pair of sunglasses!
Be A Thai Chef For A Day At The Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts
You have had your chance to gorge on all that wonderful Thai food and where there are Thai people; food in abundance is ever present. The aromatic smells tempt you to eat more and sometimes once you start it is very hard to stop especially when it is so flavorful. You wonder to yourself, how can I bring this home? Well, well, well …guess what? You can go to a Thai cooking class for half a day in Samui and learn how to cook some of your favorite Thai dishes! You can learn from some of the great chefs at the Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts, provided you can remember all the ingredients. Fret not, they have notes prepared for you and even how to look for the spices and ingredients once you are back home so you can cook and eat all you want once you have to leave Thailand!
Get Pampered Thai Style At A Spa In Samui
What can be greater than a holiday in an exotic destination, right by the blue sea and white sandy beaches with a great time being pampered by aromatic oils and a great massage? We all dream of just such a holiday and there is no greater place than Samui to experience a super Thai style spa until you feel like you just don’t want to go home! While you are enjoying an exotic herbal spa, why not also try the unusual fish spa? You can go and feed the fish, not with fish food but with the dead skin from your feet! Sounds gross…on the contrary! These little “doctor” fish are very effective skin cleansers working much like the sucker fish for aquariums and the feeder fish that stick onto sharks and whales. Notice how clean those two species are and what these “doctor” fish can do for your skin! You will have a tough time refraining from giggling if you are the ticklish type as the nibble on your feet!