Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui's most famous stretch of sea and sand, is a firm favourite with visitors - and it's not hard to see why. With something for everyone, this vibrant resort attracts visitors from all walks of life and all over the globe. Affluent professionals, honeymooning couples and families with children flock to Chaweng for its signature blend of relaxation and excitement.Even at first glance, Chaweng Beach's six km of sparkling white sands and clear turquoise waters make for a picture perfect backdrop. As tropical beaches go, you can't do much better than one with lush green palm trees for shade and a gently shelving shoreline that makes for safe swimming and bathing.However, Cha...Читать дальше
вторник, 2 сентября 2014 г. 20:45:21 Europe/London
суббота, 16 ноября 2013 г. 17:22:04 Europe/London
Koh Samui airport is many travellers' first glimpse of their holiday island paradise, and we can honestly say that it lives up to expectations. Also known as Samui International Airport, its architects clearly appreciated that for most people arriving in a new destination, first impressions really do count. Designed to blend with its surroundings, the few buildings make use of locally-sourced natural materials. Wooden interiors are elegant and welcoming, and worlds apart from the functional but unattractive concrete constructions you'll encounter in many other locations. Here you'll find low level buildings, lush local foliage and even open air passenger terminals, making for a relaxed stop ...Читать дальше
вторник, 11 июня 2013 г. 18:06:52 Europe/London
The island of Koh Samui, Thailand’s Jewel as it is sometimes referred to, features endless tropical beauty surrounded by many peaceful shores and calm Gulf of Thailand waters. Once a sleepy fishing island and later a haven for backpacking youngsters, the small island has become a favourite resort destination, as it is large on activities on sea and land.
Now home to a diverse expatriate population as well as many native Thai people, Koh Samui has over 63,000 residents, but draws over 1.5 million tourists annually. The number of actual residents varies a bit by season: during the short rainy times, there are a few less residents. But, most of the year sees a constant flow of visitors to the is...Читать дальше
вторник, 23 апреля 2013 г. 16:55:47 Europe/London
There are 2 Namuang waterfalls in Koh Samui. Muang in Thai means purple and is named so because of the purple rocks that form the falls.
Namuang Waterfall 1 is a beautiful 18m high waterfall and easily accessible by a short walk into the jungle from the parking area nearby, making it a great place to stop off for a quick photo. There is a lovely pool formed at the foot of the waterfall where you will find tourists and locals alike jumping off rocks and taking a dip to cool off. As with any tourist attraction in Ko Samui, the pathway to the attraction is lined with stall sellers selling a range of arts and crafts and traditional Thai food.
Namuang Waterfall 2 is much more impressive gushing fro...Читать дальше
пятница, 12 апреля 2013 г. 16:53:57 Europe/London
Koh Samui’s Mummified Monk at Wat Khunaram is an unusual sight yet it offers a unique insight into Buddhist and Thai culture.
The monk Luong Pordaeng died in 1973 in a seated meditative position, and ever since his body has been on display in an upright glass case at the temple. Remarkably, even more than 30 years on the monk’s body shows little sign of decay. For some visitors, having a dead man in full view might be a shocking sight, but for Thais it is something to reflect upon and revere.
Far from being frightened by death, most Buddhist Thais are highly accepting of the end of life as the natural order of things and they view death as an opportunity to be reborn into a better place, one s...Читать дальше
вторник, 2 апреля 2013 г. 16:46:05 Europe/London
The Secret Garden, otherwise known as the Magic Garden or Secret Buddha Garden can be found in the hills of Koh Samui and was built by a local Samui fruit farmer, Nim Thongsuk, starting it in 1976 when he was 77 years old.
The Secret Garden is a beautiful landscaped garden featuring flowers and trees native to Koh Samui and Thailand and many Buddha statues with different meanings arranged in scenarios representing different ideals, which your tour guide will explain to you. Winding through the garden is is a little stream and a series of miniature waterfalls.
The only way to get there is through the jungle, rivers and mountains by 4x4. The roads leading through the hills is impressive but sti...Читать дальше
суббота, 30 марта 2013 г. 16:44:01 Europe/London
Hin Ta and Hin Yai are located along Koh Samui's eastern coastline of Lamai and are coincidentally right next to each other. These rude rock formations have been naturally formed over 1000's of years most likely due to glacial deposition and coastal erosion of the granite boulders. There is a beautiful view stretching along the coastline of Koh Samui and out to sea that is worth a photo. The market lining the path to the rocks is somewhat unique being one of the few places on Koh Samui to sell a traditional Thai sweet called galamae, made from caramelized coconut.
The Grandfather & Grandmother Rocks are some fascinating rock formations on Koh Samui’s south coast, have been a source of mirth ...Читать дальше
суббота, 30 марта 2013 г. 16:37:05 Europe/London
See Big Buddha, Koh Samui's most famous landmark; a beautiful 12m gold buddha statue in the grounds of Wat Phra Yai temple. Situated on the small island of Koh Fan off the north east coast of Koh Samui, the statue is large enough that it is visible from several kilometers away and aby flights arriving to the island.
Wat Phra Yai on Koh Fan is accessible via the short connecting road built over to the island from Koh Samui. Inside Big Buddha's temple, there are many different shrines and other smaller ornate Buddhas. Surrounding the temple are various market stalls and shops selling a wide range of souvenirs and gifts, as well as several bars and restaurants.
The Big Buddha sits in the Mara pos...Читать дальше