Bucket List #23784 – Koh Samui, Thailand
Islands! Like we mentioned in a previous post, islands have always given us the sense of “wow”. We just love them! The idea of relaxing on the cool fresh sands, hearing the meditating sounds of the waves, feeling the touch of the breeze on the soft skin of the face, and accepting the awesome energy of that shiny ball called the Sun. And as we are in Cambodia for the past 3 months, we are already planning our next move of the chessboard called Asia. We know that our next destination will be either a great beach or an awesome island. We are hungry for these feelings I had described and we want to be there soon.
Considering Koh Samui, Thailand
Though we are not sure which way we will be heading, we already took our “rusty” bathing suits out of the bottom of our backpacks so that they can see some daylight. On one hand, we have considered heading south of Cambodia to see what is the fuss about Sihanoukville, and the close by beaches. On the other hand, we have heard so many great stories about the many islands of south Thailand, especially about islands like Koh Samui. From my understanding, in relation to south Cambodia; Koh Samui is more developed, more touristic, and one can easily book Koh Samui packages or many deals online.
Though we mainly prefer budget traveling, the island has many activities to offer its visitors. Keep in mind that some of the sites are more tourists than others, and if you’d rather stay off the really beaten paths; you’ll most likely pay less and feel less crowded.
Food in Thailand
In general, the food in Thailand is great, and you can find almost anything on skewers. The Thai just love skewers. In Thailand, you will find on skewers fruits, meat, vegetables, sea food and you name it. Here is a great movie I found on YouTube to demonstrate Thailand’s island cuisine.
Tips For Enjoying Koh Samui
So if you arrive to island for five days, or even five weeks; here are a few things you might find helpful to cover some of your days:
1. Enjoy a cool ride on a songtaew -which is Thai taxi-truck.
2. Explore Koh Samui’s forest on the back of an elephant.
3. Watch an elephant show. Sounds really cool.
4. If you prefer the roar of the motor, try to discover the island by 4X4 vehicle. Though it is more costly than the elephant ride, you may get a faster-paced adrenaline rush.
5.Rent a moped and drive to Big Buddha which located at the North Coast Koh Samui.
Two Other Places You Don’t Want To Miss
Magic (aka Secrete) Buddha Garden
The Secret Buddha Garden is hidden away high in the hills of Koh Samui’s interior, offering majestic views and an unusual collection of statues amid lush jungle surrounds. The gardens are a creation of an old Samui fruit farmer, Khun Nim Thongsuk, who in 1976 began erecting several statues and temples around his family’s verdant land. The statues depict a number of animals, deities and humans in various poses, including one of Khun Nim himself, in a relaxed position sitting on a rock. Khun Nim continued to work developing his garden until his death at the age of 91.
AngThong National Marine Park
Only 28 kilometers from Samui, AngThong National Marine Park is a pristine archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand with towering limestone mountains, thick jungle, white-sand beaches, waterfalls and hidden coves, and lakes to explore. Within sight of Koh Samui, AngThong park is a protected area of more than 100sqkm of land and sea, and home to a rich variety of exotic wildlife and sea creatures.
And so, we’re debating where we are going next. This island, that one. Koh Samui may be it. Have an island advice to give us? We’re happy to learn from those who have been there before us. And, like we always say, no matter where you roam, remember:
Four three images courtesy of Witthaya Phonsawat and worradmu / FreeDigitalPhotos.net