Monday, 30 April 2012

All Aboard the Koh Samui Ferry

Breath-taking sunset from Koh Samui ferry (Photo Courtesy of 

For most vacationers, the easiest way to gain access into Koh Samui in Thailand is through the island’s international airport. While hopping aboard a plane and soaring through the sky is both traditional and convenient, did you know that you can enter Samui through passenger vessels and speedy boats as well?

Samui is dotted with several ferry points, particularly in the mainland area. The nearest point to the mainland is the port at Donsak, which is roughly 50 kilometres from Surat Thani. Since this is the closest port to the mainland, it is also the busiest next to the island.

But while hustle and bustle is the port’s middle name, it is also the best place to get a ferry ticket if you haven’t bought one in advance. The high season for tourism in Koh Samui is from November to April. During these months, ferries and boats depart every hour, with some even leaving for Koh Tao and Koh Phan Ngano.

Nothing beats a ferry ride to Samui, especially when the day is clear. Place yourself on the ferry’s deck, and let your senses soak in the warm sunlight and fresh ocean breeze. You’re also in for an eyeful, you can expect to see white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and Samui palm trees as the ferry cruises along. A plane can’t give you that kind of treat.

Travelling from Don Sak to the port in Nathon roughly takes about two and a half hours. If you prefer to enter Koh Samui through another port, alternative ports are available at Ban Don and Tha Thong.

If you’re more of a night person, don’t fret. For those who prefer to travel under the stars, passenger ferries are also available at night. The ferries depart from the port at Ban Don at 11:00 PM. The travel time is about six hours, so you should get to Samui at around 5:00 AM. The ferry is equipped with basic bunks where you could lie down and get some sleep for the night. This is a suitable option if you want to save some bucks.

Veer from the traditional method when you plan to visit Koh Samuiby taking the route by the sea instead of the sky through the ferries and catarmans. Be ready for an entirely new experience that will surely be memorable.  

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Enjoy a breath-taking view in Koh Samui

There are several places in Koh Samui where you can go to get an unforgettable view of the island. (Photo Courtesy of

You will never run out new experiences when on vacation at a tropical island and indeed, there are many things to do in Koh Samui, the beautiful Thai isle along the Gulf of Thailand. The stunning island is surrounded by many other islands and pristine beaches ideal for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. Koh Samui has several popular dive sites to choose from that vary in depth and beauty.

From the depths of the Thai seas to the top of the hills, Koh Samui is a remarkable place that provide you with white sand beaches, tropical trees aligning the shores, exotic plants and animals, cheerful locals, luxurious and charming resorts and mouth-watering cuisines from all over the globe. One can swim in the water of one of the crystal clear beaches, trek the jungles on top of an elephant, visit beautiful temples, meditate in secret gardens, get up close and personal with a tiger and enjoy a breathtaking view of Koh Samui and its neighbouring islands spurting amongst the calm blue ocean.

Yes, one of the things to do in Koh Samui that should not be missed is to reach the peak of a mountain and take in the awesome scenery. The journey to the top is in itself an experience, trekking through the jungle and seeing plants and animals you have never seen before and might never see again will be a unforgettable experience. Everything is pure and natural- an adulterated beauty.

As sight- seeing is one of the most fascinating things to do in Koh Samui, it is important to know the different viewpoints on the island. Among these are Chaweng; Beverly Hills located between Lamai and Chaweng; National Marine Park; Samui Everest, Woodland Park View; Samui Gallery Hill; View Top; Best Mountain View Point; Samui Bayview over Chaweng from Samui Bayview Villa and several other mountain views along the island. Most of these viewpoints can only be reached by a professional hiker or via a 4X4 vehicle.

To make your journey to the top more enjoyable, taking a safari tour that has the view of the whole island as its last stop might be a good thing to consider trying. A safari tour usually includes a trek through the jungle, a stopover at the Buddha Secret Garden, Namuang Waterfalls, the temple of the mummified monk, the Grandfather and Grandmother rocks and other stops. But the view is of course the most rewarding experience and must not be excluded from yourl list of great things to do in Koh Samui. 

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Pet and Take Amazing Photos with Tigers in Koh Samui

Pet tigers and get up close and personal with them in Koh Samui. (Image courtesy of

Koh Samui is indeed a very interesting destination. Tourists are lured to this place because there are so many great things to do on the island, there’s the beach, and tons of other fun-filled activities. There are plenty of things to do in Koh Samui. Aside from being able to stroll around at numerous fine-sand beaches and catching the biggest fishes you have ever seen in your entire life, you can also explore the diversity of wildlife at Koh Samui.

Samui is home to the planet’s most amazing plant and animal life. One of the best things to do in Koh Samui is to visit the tigers. The Samui Tiger Zoo is the best place to check out these amazing creatures. The zoo allows visitors to get to know the very regal Bengal Tigers and leopard cubs. This is a lot different from other Koh Samui attractions, but for animal lovers out there and those who have kids, this is bound to be a hit.

The zoo offers a very convenient aquarium type area where visitors can watch these mighty creatures which roam freely in their own natural environment. It’s a rare opportunity to get to see tigers this up close and personal, so you’ll probably always remember your visit here. There is something absolutely disarming about these creatures frolicking and strolling in a relaxed manner---without the restrictions of very tight cages and other constricting boundaries. The good thing is that, visitors can also take pictures to take home as souvenirs.

Tigers are highly held creatures here in the island and so if one wants to try some unconventional things to do in Koh Samui, visiting the zoo is a very good idea. Individuals out there who are extremely brave can even go inside the cages and take pictures right next to baby tigers and fully grown tigers. If you are game, then make sure to bring your own camera. Professional photographers can also take photos for you can your loved ones for an inexpensive rate.

The Samui Tiger Zoo is not exclusive to tigers and leopards. Since it shares the same complex with the Orchid Zoo, there is a large variety of creatures one can see here too. There is a giant aquarium where one can get to know local marine life like turtles, sharks, and a number of rainbow coloured tropical fishes. If you have kids with you, make sure that you include the visit to the zoo in your list of things to do Koh Samui.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

An Ang Thong Adventure

Amazing view from the Ang Thong National Marine Park (photo courtesy of

Ang Thong National Marine Park is one of the most beautiful and thrilling Koh Samui attractions. Take a boat from Koh Samui, which is 28 kilometers away, and you will arrive at Ang Thong, which has pristine beaches and an amazing view. There are so many things to do while at Ang Thong.

Of course, you could spend the day getting a golden tan while reading your favorite book and enjoying the sound of the waves but Ang Thong, as it is one of the most exciting Koh Samui attractions, has so much more to offer. You could hike along the island's steep limestone steps, reach the peak and take in Thailand's beautiful scenery from above, while capturing a memorable photo. 

Ang Thong has safe mountain trails with seasoned hiking guides. 'Ang Thong' literally means 'Golden Basin' and it refers to the beautiful topography that has formed due to the numerous erosion that has taken place in the area over the years. Ang Thong is comprised of 42 different islands and to attempt to explore everything would take a few weeks. But of course, you could always visit only the main attractions.

Ang Thong has an amazing wildlife and this is one of the more thrilling Koh Samui attractions. Get up close with a variety of fascinating creatures such as pythons and other species of snakes, iguanas, langurs, white bellied sea eagles, otters and other reptile and bird species.

Koh Mae or the "Mother Island" boasts of a gorgeous beach and its inland salt water lagoon called is called the Thale Nai or "Emerald Lake". Nearby is Koh Sam Sao or the "Tripod Island" that has a coral reef and great hiking grounds perfect for divers and hikers. You may also choose to take a snorkeling tour around the islands and be enthralled by a variety of sea creatures. You could also rent a boat and go sailing or do some Kayaking.

Ang Thong is able to maintain its beauty because it has been greatly protected since its establishment in the 1980s. The place has gained widespread popularity when it was mentioned in Alex Garland's novel 'The Beach' which was then made into a film starring Leonardo Di Caprio. The movie however was not filmed on Ang Thong.

It has attractions within it and has something for everybody. Experiencing these Koh Samui attractions makes it not only a fun vacation, it makes it a journey. 

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Best Spa and Resort in Koh Samui

The best place to get some spa treatment and unwind is without a doubt the ShaSa resort (photo courtesy of   

Koh Samui is a paradise island. Tourists flock to the island basically all year round to enjoy the beauty of the beach and the island’s serene ambience. Many people go here for some R&R and they are never disappointed. Spas are among the best excuses to visit Samui. There is nothing like a great dose of pampering while here at the tropics. Resorts usually have their own spas, making it more convenient for tourists. There’s the ShaSa Resort and the Anantara to name a few.

Here’s a list of the top three best spa and resorts in Koh Samui.

ShaSa Resort

ShaSa Resort is a 5 star hotel which offers the most breathtaking view of bright crystal clear water. It is a very popular choice among couples who are on a honeymoon, because it is a romantic place set amidst one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The most luxurious accommodations can be found here. Located at the hillside, it offers a very good panoramic view of the most amazing sights in Samui. ShaSa Resort is famous for its hydrotherapy pool---a popular choice for those who place a great value in wellness. The ShaSa Resort spa offers the most exotic body treatments and soothing massages, perfect to tone the body and relieve stress effectively. There are so many resorts and spas in Samui, but the ShaSa Resort is still undoubtedly the best.


The Anantara Bophut is another world-renowned resort in Samui. It is also a popular tourist choice, as it features some of the best amenities. Known for its water sports and soft white sand, one can really have a great Samui experience in this resort. One can absolutely enjoy a host of activities here in Anantara. There’s yoga, reiki, wind surfing, sailing, and tennis. There is also an Infinity edge pool, Jacuzzi, and fitness centre. Those who are looking for top class treatment will love it here for sure.

Melati Beach Resort

Melati Beach Resort and Spa features traditional Southern Thai style architecture that is sure to wow tourists from all over the world. It has 77 villas and suites and has accommodations for all sorts of tastes and preferences. Melati is known for its sophisticated pampering. The Melati Spa is situated near a pond and a waterfall, for a more relaxing and soothing experience.

If wellness and turquoise blue waters are on top of your list of vacation must haves, then Samui is the perfect place for you. 

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Why You Should Vist Hua Thanon

This a beautiful view of a Hua Thanon beach (photo courtesy of
Hua Thanon is area of Koh Samui that is home to fascinating rock formations. The natural geological formations called Hin Ta and Hin Yai rocks resemble the male and female genitalias. When you come to see these rocks, you should find out about the interesting legend behind them too.

Hua Thanon is a Muslim village that boasts of white sand, pristine turquoise beaches and is home to a number of Koh Samui attractions. Both backpackers and luxurious travelers will love Hua Thanon. 

One could meet the fishermen about to set sail in their colorful and artfully painted kor lae boats that resemble the village's equally colorful fish market. Authentic Samui cuisine, usually made up of fresh seafood, can also be found at numerous restaurants by the beach. 

You can choose to lounge on the beach all day with your favorite brand of cocktail or if you are staying at the ShaSa Resort, enjoy a day in the spa and feast at the resort's famous Beyond the Sea restaurant. But if you are wishing to experience more of the Koh Samui attractions, there are a number of fantastic things to do and see while on the island.

Enjoy the day snorkeling or diving and if you want to "get into the wild" you could visit the Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo and enjoy a wide variety of wild and exotic animals. You can have your photos taken with those fierce, striped tigers and get up close with other creatures such as manta rays, leopard sharks, nurse sharks, monkeys and sea turtles.

One of the more famous Koh Samui attractions is the main show at the zoo by the Bengal tigers and leopards that demonstrate an exciting display of their strength, speed, agility and naturally intimidating beauty. These live shows are conducted by professional animal trainers so they are safe.

For a more peaceful and less heart pounding adventure, Hua Thanon is home to the Butterfly Garden, a famous Koh Samui attraction. Discover different species of some of the most beautiful butterflies in the world. Walk into the stony steps while being surrounded by these lovely fluttering creatures and if you are lucky, they might even land on your hands. The Butterfly Garden will surround you with both beautiful butterflies as well as blooming flowers. 

Sunday, 15 April 2012

The Best of Koh Samui Architecture

The Big Buddha Temple is a must see sight during your stay in Koh Samui (photo courtesy of

Koh Samui is known for its fine white sand, clear waters, and amazing sunsets. More than that, Koh Samui architecture is distinct and high in flair. There are numerous Koh Samui attractions which are famous and well-known all over the world.

Some of the most famous Koh Samui attractions are referred to as wat, meaning temple. There are a number of beautifully created temples in Koh Samui. In fact, these temples are the best testaments to Koh Samui architecture. The most famous of these temples is The Big Buddha Temple or Wat Phra Yai. This temple is among the tourists’ most favourite Koh Samui attractions. This temple features a colourful staircase and a giant golden Buddha. Found at the north coast of Samui, this seemingly modern structure remains to be one of the most photograph structures in the country.

Wat Plai Laem is also one of the most beautiful Koh Samui attractions. It is a Buddhist temple found in the north-east coast of Samui. It features a very impressive 18-arm image of Guanyin, known as the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. Guanyin is very popular, as she is believed to be the provider of unconditional love and serves as the protector of the people. One of the key areas of this place is the ceremonial hall, which is set amidst the lake. Koh Samui’s strong Chinese heritage is also very obvious here, making it a mirror of the island’s rich past and amazing culture.

The Laem Sor Chedi is another one of the must see Koh Samui attractions. This ornately designed pagoda is one great excuse to visit Samui. It sits at the rocky waters edge, and is such a majestic sight to behold. It features traditional Thai architecture and is postcard perfect in all angles. Koh Samui is an island that serves as a melting pot to different cultures. Some proofs of this are the Chinese temple (Maenam), and Masjid Nurulihsan---the only mosque in Koh Samui.

The ancient house, located at Ban Thale is also worthy of a visit. It is the oldest house in the island, and is a representative of the island’s ancient architecture. It is around 150 years old, and is one of the island’s key attractions.

Koh Samui features rich and stunning architecture. It boasts a lot of temples and gigantic structures that will surely leave one in awe. Not only is this island rich in natural resources, it also has abundance of man-made structures that are worth seeing at least once.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Learning about the Koh Samui Airport

The Koh Samui airport is very easy to get to and is considered one of the top airports in Asia (photo courtesy of 

Despite the fact that the airport hasn't undergone any recent renovations, the Koh Samui Airport, still remains one of the world’s most notable airports. Hailed as one of the most beautiful airport in the world, it’s no surprise that tourists and locals who came to visit are in awe of this magnificent modern structure that combines contemporary and traditional decor.  Koh Samui Airport is a low-rise structure with charming thatched roofs, tall fine pillars made of palm tree, wooden and rattan walls that allow the breeze in its cool open structure. It’s not only spectacularly beautiful, it is eco-friendly too. It is cool inside, even without air-conditioning.  Built Ritta Co Ltd, designed it in such a way so that it would have the vibe of a lush tropical resort haven.

Located at the northern part of the island, it was officially opened to the public on April  1989. It is the located at close to the island’s most amazing landscapes and spectacular sceneries. Koh Samui Airport is a privately owned airport and is run by Bangkok Airways. In fact, most flights are handled by Bangkok Airways.  In February 2008, Thai Airways  started to operate at the Koh Samui Airport as well.

Aside from its impressive structure and interior, the Koh Samui Airport is also an ideal place to shop and dine. There is a collection of top quality brands at the airport’s shopping area. There’s a skin care shop, a Swatch store, and plenty of souvenir shops where you can buy some locally made items. Family and friends will love all the trinkets you can buy here for all of them. There’s something for everyone!

There is also an impressive array of dining options at the airport. There’s the Gourmet Food Park which features a wide-selection of international cuisine.  There’s also a coffee and tea house, a cocktail place, and internet cafe, and other great dining places for some travelling alone or with their entire family.

One of the best things about this airport is the efficient service. Your baggage can be quickly picked up and right outside the airport are several means of transportation including vans and taxis, which aren't that expensive. Everything is very convenient here.  The meeting area is cozy and spacious and has a homey feel to it. It’s no surprise that Koh Samui is one home to one of the world’s most beautiful airports.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Big Game Fishing in Koh Samui

Don't be surprised if you catch the biggest fish of your life during your stay in Koh Samui 

It’s a given that Koh Samui is a beautiful island, where people go to relax and chill out next to breath-taking beach. However, the fun does not stop there. It is true that this island is known for its powder-fine white sand, fresh clear waters, and spectacular sceneries. But, there’s more to Samui than the passive enjoyment of lying down on the beach and getting a tan. One of the best things to do in Koh Samui is fishing.  You read it right---fishing in Koh Samui.

Fishing is one of the most exciting attractions in Koh Samui---both by tourists and locals. The water and warm tropical weather makes it very ideal to go fishing in Koh Samui generally all year round, except during the rainy season.

The great thing about fishing in Samui is that you need not bring some fishing equipment with you. When you ride a fishing vessel, all the equipment will be provided for you. So all you basically need to do is to hop on and get ready for the greatest catch of your life.

The best way to go fishing in Samui is to ride a fishing vessel. Here, you’ll be at the company of a Captain and his experienced crew. In a fishing vessel, catches are never small. Prepare to be shocked as fishes like Barracuda, Shark, Mackerel, Sailfish, Snapper, Grouper, and Trevally are caught before your very eyes.

Fishing is one of the best things to do in Koh Samui because the of water in the area and the species of fish one can catch here is immense. Both men and women alike happen to enjoy big game fishing as it is an experience unlike any other. Sure, you can go fishing anywhere. But there are only a few places in the world where you can catch fishes this big. This island is one of those rare places.

If you are planning to stay in Koh Samui for vacation, the ShaSa Resort is definitely a place you should consider. The location is ideal and the accommodations are impressive. 

Monday, 2 April 2012

Breath-taking Lipa Noi

Mesmerizing sunset at Lipa Noi (photo courtesy of 

Your stay at a Koh Samui beach is bound to be very memorable and exciting. One of the most popular beaches is Lipa Noi. Located at the west coast, this Koh Samui beach is known for its unspoilt beauty, crystal clear waters, and breathtaking sunsets. People from all over the world go to this magical place to relax and enjoy some water activities such as snorkelling.

The uninhabited beach of Lipa Noi makes it seem like a private Koh Samui beach. The beach stretches without obstruction---no rocks and corals, just fine white sand and clear turquoise waters, making it a safe pick for families to bring their kids to. The water is also very shallow.

This beach is very easy to get to. Lipa Noi is very close to the pier, so people who are coming in from the mainland consider this area as the point of entry to the Island of Samui.

The resorts surrounding this place exert lots of effort to preserve the beauty of the area, all the while catering to the needs of their patrons. One such resort worth staying at is the ShaSa Resort. This place is the perfect venue to watch the breathtaking Samui sunset  and enjoy some of the most amazing foods offered on the island.

Lipa Noi is a tropical paradise. Aside from actually being in the water, one can just unwind while doing other things. The beauty of the place is enough to make one forget about the problems in your life. One can take a peaceful stroll at the shore, sip tropical drinks while gazing out at the water and shop for souvenirs.  If you came here for wellness and spiritual renewal, you won’t be disappointed. This is a place where the best spas are located. Have a traditional Thai massage or some native body scrub.

Lipa Noi also boasts about its food. Being surrounded with water, one can expect top quality seafood at this place. Taken fresh out of the water, your taste buds will surely enjoy all the island’s offerings.