The beautiful island of Koh Samui has it all. With white sandy beaches, breathtaking sunsets, and clear oceans, it really is an idyllic island paradise. It is a lesser known holiday destination, but is one of Thailandís secret havens: it was only discovered by tourists in the last 20 years and since then has grown in reputation as being a really fabulous island destination.
Weíve taken a look at some of the natural wonders that are a big part of what makes this island so special, and the places that youíll want to visit whilst youíre there.
Na Muang waterfalls
The beauty of these two waterfalls is not to be missed. Twin waterfalls are carved naturally into the rocks in the shady forested area of the island, and tree roots help channel the water into the depths of the pool at the bottom. You can swim in the pools here, making for an incredible experience, and you can also head here to start an adventure elephant trekking around the island. If you take a short ten minute walk up a rocky path, you will reach the second largest waterfall on the island, so this whole area is well worth exploring.
The southern peninsula
The whole southern area of the island is really spectacular in terms of natural beauty, with huge spans of untouched forest, clear stretches of coconut palms all the way to the sea and hidden bays and beaches that provide relaxation and escape from the more popular spots.
Hin-Ta and Hin-Yai
These two stones, Grandmother and Grandfather, are famous. Naturally crafted by the elements, they closely resemble male and female genitalia. These stones are famous among locals and tourists alike, and many Thai people visit them from the mainland. There are some great shops nearby in the area selling wonderfully authentic Thai produce, including beautiful bowls and vases made from coconut palm wood, and a selection of sweets and local delicacies.
Traversing into the centre of the island is more than worth the walk. If you are itching to explore a bit more of the incredible landscape, you can enter the interior of the island either from just south of Nathon, or from Maenam. In Samu youíll find a wide range of rental accommodation, so finding somewhere to stay in this area to suit your requirements and budget shouldnít be a problem.
High above Lamai, the cliff top has a precarious yet breathtaking overhanging stone, and if you make it all the way there you are rewarded with a beautiful view of the island, plus a chance to experience first hand the immense natural beauty of this geographical marvel.
Mark Cox is Director at Samui Island Villas.