Koh Samui


General characteristics


Koh Samui is Thailand's third largest island (229 km2). Its length and width is approximately 25 km. The island has more than 50,000 residents. It is one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand and also one of the favorite targets of tourists coming into the country. It is very easily accessible via the international airport and a number of shipping lines.

 

Used to be a decisive incomes of local people planting coconut. From the 80th he began to be known worldwide and due to its idyllic setting has been rightly called the island of love. Kilometer long white beach lined with palm trees, crystal clear sea water and exotic tropical nature is ideal to relax and unwind. At the beginning of the 21st century becomes a place of rapid development of mass tourism, and today there are about 300 hotels and resorts, and excellent infrastructure including a number of large department stores.


To Koh Samui after the New Year or the summer!


The main tourist season is in most destinations in Thailand 1 November to 31 March. Caution! On the east coast - Ko Samui, Ko Tao and Ko Phangan, it's different. There are two periods of dry weather: July to August and January to April. Completely ignored the stay in the area in the summer. Can it get extremely cheap flights and there is not as many tourists in the high season in winter. More weather


BEACHES


Chaweng Beach


It is the most famous beach on the island. It is 7 km long and is located on the northeast coast. The beach is wide, white and very shallow sea. In the northernmost part has passed the cliffs stretching to the nearby island. Along the beach is crowded largest number of hotels and resorts in all price categories. In high season there is of course a lot. Just behind the hotel zone is a huge number of shops, restaurants and entertainment opportunities. It's a beautiful place, but quite busy.


Lamai Beach


The second prettiest and most popular beach is located on the southeast coast. It is not the opposite of Chaweng. It is much quieter and more romantic. Grow the new hotels, but not in such concentration. In walking the distances (about 1 km) is a small resort with shops, restaurants and lively nightlife opportunities.


Bophut Beach


2 km long beach in the northern part of the island to the left of the Big Buddha temple, close to the airport. It is a place of the original fishing village with lots of traditional houses and renowned local restaurants. Recently, there has grown a number of new hotels, which are cheaper than the previous beaches. The quality of the local beaches and purity of water with them but not at all comparable and in some months is very problematic.


Mae Nam Beach


7 km long beach in the north-eastern tip of the island. Previously, almost desolate area of ​​shore lined with coconut trees. Now attracted investors with plenty of hotels and plenty of cheap accommodation categories for the independent traveler. The beach is clean, but the sea is often clouded. For shopping and entertainment, you can not walk away. Ideally rented motorcycle.


Tourist attractions


A number of excursions we recommend in particular: SIGHTSEEING TOUR around the island, waterfall Namuang temple Wat Khunaram, fishing town of Nathon with a statue of the Great Buddha, butterfly farm, a remarkable "sexual" rock formations Hin Ta and Hin Yai, contests, water buffalo, a trip to one of the surrounding islands (especially Ko Pha Ngan, famous for its full moon parties) or the marine National Park Ang Thong. In the evening you can sit in one of the many eateries and seafood or traditional Asian cuisine.


Big Buddha


Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai) is pohlednicovým symbol of the island. It was built in 1972 on a promontory north of the island near the fishing village of Bophut. Its dominant feature is a giant 15 meters high statue of a seated Buddha at high large terrace, which offers a beautiful view of the surroundings .


Wat Plai Leam


It is a temple complex near the Big Buddha. It's new, build began in 1984. It is for foreigners unique blend of traditional Buddhism and Chinese elements. Among the many buildings on artificial islands in large lakes dominated by two: Guanyin - osmnáctiruká Handed Goddess of Mercy and the second was dominated by the same Chinese giant sitting Buddha smiling.


Hin Ta a Hin Yai


At the southern end of Lamai beach are an almost obligatory stop for all trips phallic rock formations Hin-Ta and Hin-Yai, dubbed the grandfather and grandmother. According to legend, long ago washed up bodies of two elderly parents, who were on the ship went to groom her daughter and is surprised by a violent storm.


Namuang Waterfall


There are actually two waterfalls numbered 1 and 2 In that first grew a huge amusement park with an elephant, snake and monkey show and the possibility to ride on elephants as well - perhaps to the base of the waterfall. In it, you can also swim in the cool water. The output of the waterfall # 2 is a bit more challenging.


Wat Kunaram, mummified monk


Temple on the way from Lamai into hiding for European Naton little morbid attraction - in a glass case sitting mummy local renowned monk who died in 1973 at age 79. Legend has it that accurately predicted the day of his death and his body after it refused to break down, which is considered a miracle and mummy is highly revered.


National Marine Park Ang Thong


an area of ​​250 km2, of which one fifth is land, located 30 km west of Samui and consists of 42 islands. Some of them have bizarre names as Ko Wua Talap, the "Island of sleeping cows" or Ko Pray, "Economic island".
While the larger of which covers the forest, where you can also find rare white orchid, others are nothing more than limestone cliffs reaching a height of 369 m on the island of Ko Wu Talap, where it has its registered office fleet management, you can get up to the top and admire the local white beach. In the middle of the island of Ko Mao find emerald lake Talay Nai, underwater tunnel connected with the sea. The park hosts excursions travel agency to Ko Samui.


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1085 - National parks of central Thailand, Koh Samui


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