Turquoise blue sea, great range of islands and sandy beaches, fabulous lifestyle and shores lookalike a range of golf course, there is no possible better way to define the mesmerizing land on the gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui. Among the most famous beaches in the region, Koh Samui is featured with tropical bewitching beauty blended with thriving modern lifestyle at one place offering a perfect option to spend nostalgic holidays in Thailand.
When to Visit Koh Samui
Unlike most of the south-eastern islands, Koh Samui is a year-round destination keeping the climate almost same throughout the year giving a perfect and ideal atmosphere to enjoy the fabulous beaches and delightful islands. January to April is the peak season for resorts when it is hard to find a suitable place to stay at the resorts due to heavy incoming of visitors from rest of the world.
May to September is the season to enjoy some regional festivals, good weather and calm areas when the flood of visitors gets low on the island. October to late December is the season of rain and it drizzles occasionally with some fair hours of heavy rain. Though only this season offers some of the magical moments that are really stunning and mesmerizing.
Places to Visit in Koh Samui
Being a tropical island, the city offers a wide range of natural sites and outdoor attractions including various beaches and islands to enjoy the marine as well as beach fun in Koh Samui. The most famous and best places to enjoy in the day time are easy to find including Koh Tean, Koh Mudsum, Lamai Beach, Hin Yai & Hin Ta, Angthong National Marine Park and many others.
Koh Samui is not about only beaches or geological formations, but the flip side of the city is equally amazing as the beach life. The wealth of religious, cultural and historical sites of this isle is also fabulous and one can witness the cultural aspects of this civilization at these places including Wat Plai Laem, Big Buddha Temple, Wat Kiri Wongkaram, Wat Samut Tharam and many more.
Places to Eat in Koh Samui
Being situated with marine life and close to the coasts, the lifeline of Koh Samui is connected with the ocean and is visible in the culinary as well. The southern style of Thai food is really spicy, healthy and at the same time holds a wide variety in the menu. Some of the must try dishes are Tom kha gai, Pad Thai Spring Rolls, duck dumplings, Kao Pad Tom Yum, soft shell crab and red snapper.
The city is quite gracious to show their affection towards tourists and there are plenty of places where one can have and enjoy the delight of spicy, healthy and delicious food of Koh Samui. Some of the preferred places to find great restaurants are Lamai Beach, Bophut, Chaweng, Big Buddha, Southeast Coast, West Coast and Maenam.
Places to Shop in Koh Samui
Though Koh Samui sprawls something for everyone but when it comes to shopping at the island, one must be precise about the preferences and must make deep search for shopping in Koh Samui as the city is not good for shopping like Bangkok. Apart from Tailor shops at every area of the island, it is hard to find special shops for anything in Koh Samui.
One can travel to Bangkok for some serious shopping in the span of holidays in Koh Samui and witness the contrast of Thailand on the way to Bangkok and can enjoy some amazing shopping at shopper’s paradise in Asian continent.
Specialties of Koh Samui
Koh Samui is a pleasuring place for marine life and partying all the time at the versatile beaches. One can never miss the beaches, archipelago, reefs and other aspects of underwater flora and fauna present in the Gulf of Thailand. All night beach parties and friendly atmosphere are the specialities of Koh Samui to enjoy some extravagant excursion in Thailand.
Festivals in Koh Samui
Whether it is an event, cultural festival, Western festivals or any other day, Koh Samui celebrates every occasion with maximum excitement and fun. The celebrations of festivals are unaffected from religion, discrimination or impurities. Festivals that one can surely love to witness in Koh Samui are Loy Krathong, Songkran, New Year, Buddha’s Birthday, King’s Birthday, Makka, Christmas, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day and many more.