If you are thinking of heading to Koh Samui, then you have made an excellent choice of Thai destination. This lesser known island offers a fantastic experience to all who stay there. Here are five reasons why you should definitely visit this magical place. Miles of stunning sands Chaweng Beach is a picture postcard beach. Almost too perfect the images look drawn by a top artist. Thankfully for visitors, there is an authentic beach in Koh Samui. It has the softest, whitest sand, and the waters are crystal clear and inviting, who wouldn’t want to idyl away a day soaking up the amazing location while topping up the tan. A short hop by car or bike away you will discover private coves and beaches for those who want a little bit of seclusion. Shop until you drop There is something quite mesmeric about the cacophony of colours and noises that await at the Fisherman’s Village Walking Street. Each week on a Friday evening you will discover a vast range of market-style stalls each selling something unique and pleasing to the eye. From street food to hand carved soap, clothing to memorabilia there is something for everyone in this amazing event. On Thursday evenings check out Maenam Walking Street, and open all hours there are stalls and shops at Chaweng Walking Street, Lamai Night Plaza and Bophut Plaza. If you have travelled all that way but still want high street favourites from home (we don’t understand) but you will find them at Central Festival Samui Unique sights As you might expect Koh Samui has a rich history and some of that can still be seen today. Perhaps the most famous is the 12 metre tall, impressive golden Buddha. Somewhat lacking in imagination he is affectionally known as Big Buddha and sits at the top of a seemingly endless staircase, but the photo opportunity at the top makes it all worth while. While in Koh Samui you might also want to find time to check out the Na Muang Waterfalls which are not only breathtaking and awe-inspiring but steeping in history too. Thai food Well, maybe that is obvious, but the fact remains that although Koh Samui is often an overlooked destination with travellers favouring the likes of Phuket and Bangkok, however, do not confuse this for “not as good”. Tourists may have a blind spot on the location, but the locals sure can cook up a Thai storm. Unless you are in the minority of hometowns that have a truly authentic Thai restaurant prepare to be blown away. This does not resemble English takeout food in any way, but it is absolutely stunning and delicious. Overeating during your stay is a given. Relax and unwind Also on this glorious island, you will find a myriad of yoga retreats and detox centres as well as some amazing day spas. Why not indulge yourself in a little ‘me time’ and take a class or enjoy a traditional Thai massage to cure what ails you. If you are staying in a luxury private villa, you won’t even need to leave home! Kerrie Potts is CEO at Exclusive Private Villas Limited. Exclusive Private Villas offers exquisite, handpicked luxury villas around the world. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.
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