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Koh Samui is Thailand’s second largest island and an idyllic island retreat. Koh Samui, or ‘Samui’ as the locals simply refer to it, is a location packed with both adventure and relaxation. Just about every type of activity is available in a tour form, including snorkelling, diving, 4WD tours, elephant rides and cultural sightseeing. Catering for every type of traveller, Koh Samui will fit in with your mood and surprise you with its array of attractions.
Koh Samui Dining
It’s not surprising that such a magnificent destination is decorated with quality restaurants. But what is surprising is that you can experience many different cuisines in different settings. If you’re after a lavish affair, Zazen Restaurant in Bophut is a treat. Traditional Thai food presented in a fine dining atmosphere and prepared by a French chef is definitely something to be savoured if you’re in town. Otherwise, Red Snapper is a more laid-back option on Chaweng Beach, with Mediterranean-influenced meals.
The second busiest resort beach of Koh Samui is Lamai Beach, a beach lover’s paradise. Numerous resorts call Lamai Beach home and the beach itself is a relaxing and tranquil stretch of sand. While you’re lying on the sand, why not enjoy some grilled sweet corn and Thai papaya salad from the numerous beachside vendors. Plenty of temples and natural attractions are waiting to be explored if you can manage to leave the beach!
Nu Muang Waterfalls
An inland wonderland, the Nu Muang Waterfalls are two separate waterfalls reached by walking uphill through the park. Both are easily accessible by vehicle, but the second waterfall is only reached by walking 30 minutes up a steep hill. The surrounding forest and walking trails are popular with tourists who describe this region as one of Koh Samui’s best kept secrets.
The Big Buddha
One of Samui’s most famous landmarks, the Big Buddha statue was built in 1972 and is at the north of the island. The 12 metre tall, gold structure is visible kilometres away and attracts many sightseers.