Refreshing coconut juices, blissful beaches and soaring culture – Koh Samui is an island where you can leave it all behind. Thailand’s second-largest island invites you to sink into indulgent wellness spas, and lounge on pristine beaches, Or, head out on enriching explorations among golden pagodas, elephant sanctuaries and rushing waterfalls.
With its silky-smooth sands, and irresistible sapphire-coloured seas, Chaweng Beach is one of the island’s most popular, offering shallow turquoise water, perfect for swimming. Head to an opulent resort to soak up this dream setting in style. Lamai is another white sand option, where you can lie back and listen to the sounds of the waves gently folding onto the shore. Or indulge in a Thai massage before settling into waterfront bars and restaurants. Reefs nearby offer exciting snorkelling adventures, spotting colourful fish life swirling below the waves.
A ramp of 73 steps leads up to The Big Buddha statue, sitting in a contemplative, peaceful pose. Buddhist worshipers come here to give their offerings of fruit and flowers. Familiarise yourself with the locals’ religion and customs, before catching the dazzling pinks and fuchsias colours of sunset - watching on as the last of the sun’s rays fall over the beautiful sea and beaches.
With its many palm trees rustling in the gentle breeze, it’s no surprise that Koh Samui is said to have the best coconuts in Thailand - so this is a perfect place to try the exotic refreshment of sweet coconut water or a cocktail. Seafood is also particularly revered here, try tom yum a spicy soup of shrimps, lemongrass, and a hearty squeeze of lime juice.