5 Awesome Ways to Enjoy Koh Samui with Friends
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Ko Samui is an idyllic island in the Gulf of Thailand, surrounded by paradise-like beaches, azure blue waters and smaller islands waiting to be explored. The mainland is home to waterfalls, mountains, forests and temples. There are quiet villages and buzzing beach towns, and everywhere there are gorgeous private pool villas where you can live the tropical luxury life for a while this holiday in Thailand. Rent that villa somewhere close to the beach and find out what this beautiful island has to offer for you and your friends to have an amazing island stay. What to do on the island? Here is some inspiration:
1. Explore the beaches and islands
The very first thing you will be doing upon arrival on Ko Samui island is hitting the beach. After all, those gorgeous white sandy, palm-fringed beaches bordering the azure blue sea are what you came for, right? Paradise-like places where you can swim, sunbathe, sip cocktails and coconuts and take the most instagrammable photos imaginable. The most popular beaches are found in buzzing Chaweng, quieter Lamai and the peaceful fishing town Bophut. Then, there are the islands, tons of small little islands surrounding mother island Ko Samui. Definitely check out Ang Thong Marine National Park where you can go sea kayaking, snorkelling and swim at desolate beaches – it is beautiful!
2. Party in Chaweng
Like I mentioned before, Chaweng is buzzing and happening night and day. It is the place to be for nightlife and beach parties. Along the Beach Road, there is an abundance of clubs, pubs, bars and cafes. Music, bright colours, cheap beers, cocktails, dance shows, cabaret, Thai boxing matches and the famous Full Moon Parties – you will find all of this in Chaweng, Samui’s party capital. Check out Soi Green Mango, Soi Reggae and Legends Bar for a great night out with friends.
3. Sniff up some culture
You can’t visit Thailand without going to see the beautiful red-golden ornamented temples and Buddha statues, sacred to the locals. The most famous temples on Ko Samui Island are Wat Phra Yai and Wat Plai Laem. Wat Phra Yai is also known as The Big Buddha Temple as it features a majestic golden 12-meter Buddha, watching over the small island Ko Faan just north of Bophut. Wat Plai Laem is another impressive Buddhist temple sitting on a freshwater lake on the north-eastern coast of Samui. This temple boasts a huge white statue of the 18-arm Goddess of Mercy and Compassion, Guanyin. Landward, surrounded by mountains, you will find the Secret Buddha Garden perched the hillside. It is not an acknowledged temple but is sure has a mystical ambience.
4. Rent a motorbike
The easiest and most fun way of exploring Samui Island with friends is by motorbike. Just ride with the wind to the gorgeous island scenery and stop wherever you like. This way, you can visit the island’s temples, the waterfalls, the viewpoints and discover hidden beaches. The freedom is priceless, and on top of that, it is lots of fun to cruise along the coastline and quiet roads of the mainland. Put on some sunblock, bring a jacket, wear a helmet, don’t speed and you’ll be fine.
5. Get a Thai Massage
Don’t leave the island without experiencing a traditional Thai massage! You can visit one of the many spas altogether or you can get spa therapists to come over to your abode for some in-villa pampering. Spoil yourselves with a 2-hour full body Thai massage and you’re bound to feel reborn again. Once you start, most likely you won’t get enough of it and it going to be one of the things you will miss most once you are back home.
Written by Stephanie of Villa-Finder.com