Samui is a beautiful island in Thailand. It is located in the Gulf of Thailand. You can come to the island by boat but much faster and easier is to fly by airplane cause there is a very nice airport. On the island are many beaches. Most popular is Chaweng beach. I would recommend you Thongtakian beach if you like a little more peace.
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Samui airport is one of the most beautiful smaller airports. It is located at the northern part of the island, so it is quite near Chaweng Beach. The construction began in the year 1982 and it was officially opened in April 1989. Samui Airport is operated and privately owned by Bangkok Airways. But also Thai Airways began with flights to Samui in February 2008. Samui Airport is very nice designed in tune with its gorgeous natural surroundings. In the airport they have transport bus between gates, meeting area, check in counters, departure gate, ATMs, snacks, Internet, etc. . Everything is designed with the taste for beauty. A variety of transportation is available from and to the airport. Private car transfers and minibus tickets can be booked at the transport counter in the Arrivals area. Samui Airport has a good shopping area which is named Samui Airport Park Avenue.
Chaweng Beach is the longest and the most famous beach on Samui island. The sea water looks very clear because of white sand. There are many bars, shops, restaurants, discotheques, water sports and other. It is the main tourist centre and nightlife area on Samui Island. So if you want night life and more fun come to Chaweng Beach. But also on this beach you can find more peaceful places because beach is about five kilometres long. As the sun goes down, many of restaurants put out tables on the sand. There is a very romantic ambience when they light up candles and fairy lights. You can have a massage right on the beach, which is one of the great luxury for tourists. Most of the beach masseurs offer Thai or oil massages and also aloe vera body wraps for those that overdosed the sun.
Thongtakian beach is located on Samui island, between two most famous beaches there – Chaweng and Lamai beach. By my opinion it is the most beautiful beach on the Samui but it is important to visit this beach when is dry season. I was there in February and it was perfect but I saw some photos from December and it doesn't look nice. Thongtakian Beach is situated in a small bay with the beautiful white sand. At the beginning is shallow and it gets slowly deeper, so it is convenient for small children and for the one who just like to enjoy. The left side of the bay is better for swimming. There are also some big rocks like on Seychelles where you can snorkel just near the beach without need to use any boat or similar. So you can enjoy in watching the interesting underwater world, full of colourful fishes. This area is very peacefull, without any water sports like on the other more crowded beaches. You will have natural shadow from the trees, especially in the afternoon. The beach is not very crowded, here comes just few daily guests. There are only few resorts and as I saw I stayed in the best one named Promtsuk Buri Resort. They are the new brand resort, with beautiful green surroundings, marvellous view to the beach, so you can spend here days and days just drinking beer, coctails, reading books, looking fishes in the sea, eating good food and just relax. There is no night life (or very little at some bar) but there are peaceful and romantic restaurants from the resorts, just beside the beach
Ang Thong National Marine Park
Ang Thong National Marine Park is a wonderful park in Thailand. It is located on the north west of Koh Samui. This archipelago of around 40 small islands combines hidden lagoons, white sand beaches, sheer limestone cliffs and dense vegetation. The Ang Thong National Marine Park was established in the year 1980. The park encompasses 18 sq of islands, plus 84 sq km of marine environments. Most visitors come on day trips from Koh Samui to relax on the white sands, canoing around island's jagged coastlines, explore the lush forests and limestone caves and snorkel among the colorful fan corals. From Koh Samui a couple of tour operators run day trips to the park. Tours depart daily in the high season, less frequently in the rainy season. Koh Mae Koh or Mother Island is a must to visit. There is a swimming beach as well as the stunning Thale Noi, a wide turquoise lake bordered by sheer cliffs. This is the golden basin that gives the islands their name.
Na Muang 1 Waterfall
Na Muang 1 Waterfall is located about 10 km south from Nathon at Ban Thurian. The waterfall is a popular tourist attraction on Samui. Na Muang 1 Waterfall is easily accessible and can be reached by vehicle. From the parking area you need just to walk a little and you are there. It is 18 metres high. The waterfall is rated as one of the most beautiful on Koh Samui island. Waterfall is a popular destination for picnics. There is a large pool below waterfall where you can swim. Na Muang 1 Waterfall is the most spectacular in December or January at the end of the rainy season. You can visit the waterfall by yourself or with some of many organized tours. There is also the elephant trekking path in the river. In the nearness of the waterfall are restaurants and shops with souvenirs.
Na Muang 2 Waterfall
Na Muang 2 Waterfall is located 10 km south from Nathon at Ban Thurian on Koh Samui. Na Muang 2 can be reached by about 30 minutes of walking a little uphill but in nice surrounding. It is about 80 metres high. There is also some little pool below the waterfall where you can refresh. More bigger is Na Muang 1 Waterfall in the nearness, which can be reached by vehicle and it is 18 metres high. You can visit the waterfall with organized tour or by yourself. At the beginning of the footpath you can try some adrenalin things. There are shops and restaurants. Na Muang 2 Waterfall is the most spectacular at the end of the rainy season but also in February was nice when I visited it.
Koh Samui is a beautiful island in Thailand. The Samui Butterfly Garden is situated on the southeast coast of Koh Samui. It is just opposite of the Central Samui Village resort. The Samui Butterfly Garden is built on the hillside and it is covered with netting. The beautiful tropical park contains hundreds of butterflies, moths and some beehives and a display of insects. There are also some observation platforms and a hillside observatory which offers beautiful views to the coast. There is an Insect Museum which is featuring rare insects from Thailand and other countries and a bee house where you can observe the activities of bees. The garden is an ideal destination for a memorable excursion for children.
Hin Ta & Hin Yai
Hin Ta & Hin Yai or Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks are the famous rock formation on Koh Samui. The beachside rocks are located on the way between Lamai and Hua Thanon. There is a parking area. These rocks are one of the most popular tourist attractions on Samui despite by my opinion I prefer waterfalls. Two rocks look like male and female genitalia. They are located not far away from each other. A small souvenir industry has grown up around Hin Ta and Hin Yai so you have a lot of choices to buy something. At the stalls they sell also postcards, clothes, drinks and snacks. For these unusual rocks there is no charge, so it is free to visit that place. But be careful on the rocks, because they can be a little slippery.
The Mummified Monk is located at Wat Khunaram complex, between Ban Hua Thanon and Ban Thurian. The monk, Luang Phaw Daeng, has been dead over two decades but his corpse is still preserved sitting in a meditative pose. Mummified Monk is a popular tourist attraction on Samui. There is no admission to the temple but guests should be dressed in modest clothing. You don't need to come there in organized tour to see Mummified Monk. There are two temples. The Mummified Monk is located in a smaller specially constructed building. The bigger temple is a very beautiful building. Inside the temple you can see the statue of Buddha and the ball made from stone with a name Nimid.
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