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HERE'S A KOH SAMUI SNAPSHOT
Koh Samui is Thailand’s second largest island after Phuket with a population of over 60,000 which of course is significantly increased by the huge number of tourists who take advantage of its great beaches, coconut plantations, and stunning coral reefs. At its widest it only measures 25 km and is surrounded by a number of smaller islands totaling over 60 which include the Ang Thong Marine National Park and other top tourist destinations such as Ko nang Yuan, Ko Tao and Ko Pha Ngan. The exterior of the island is easy to get around by road but the central portion is a different matter altogether with a high tropical jungle and the mountainous peak of khao Pom rising over 600 metres, quite a contrast!
Koh Samui continues to attracts tourists
Koh Samui has been a tourist destination for longer than most and much of the tourist infrastructure reflects this success with numerous luxury resorts, exclusive villas and vintage residences spread around the island. But look a little deeper and you can still find glimpses of its former self with side-street food stalls, backpacker shanties, secretive Buddhist temples and family run Samui seafood restaurants selling the freshest food imaginable.
There's many tourist attractions to enjoy and one of the most adored is the strange rock formation known as Hin Ta and Hin Yai, they are probably one of Koh Sumui most photographed places, these natural carved rocks remarkably resemble those of both male and female reproductive parts. There's also many impressive temples well worth exploring and the 12 metre gold statue of a seated Buddha at Wat Phra Yai is one of the most visited landmarks on the island with stunning vistas all around. At WatmKir Wongkaram you will find the extremely well-preserved mummified body of Loung Por Ruam a Buddhist monk who was placed here in his display cabinet a quarter of a century ago.
Where's best to go?
The majority of tourists visit Koh Samui to drink in the stunning natural beauty on offer including spectacular waterfalls Namuang and Hin Lad, especially impressive just after the rainy season (late October to mid December). The Ang Thong National Marine Park is a real gem of an attraction with 42 islands located in the Gulf Of Thailand; here you will find towering limestone mountains, dense tropical jungle, pristine white beaches, hidden coves, lakes, waterfalls and fertile mangroves. It's also home to a stunning exotic ecosystem with a diverse wildlife and amazing marine creatures.
Things to do in Koh Samui
The area itself is a fabulous location for activities such as kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, diving, sailing, hiking or simply kicking off your flip flops and relaxing on the idyllic beaches. Easily reached by one of the numerous boat tours on offer the Ang Thong National Marine Park area is the ideal island paradise but with 42 islands to discover most struggle to cram them all in to one holiday. With that in mind one of the 'must see' island tours goes to Koh Mae here you will find an inland saltwater lagoon known as Emerald Lake, a stunning beach and majestic views looking out across the island from the peak of a popular nearby mountain.
Koh Samui is famous for its sandy white beaches so if you are after a lazy break away then there really is no need to seek out alternatives. Some of the most popular and striking beaches include Bophut a 3 km stretch of beach offering plenty of leisure facilities. Other stretches of beach to enjoy include Chaweng Beach, Maenam Beaches and Lamai Beach.