Koh Samui Travel Guide

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Koh Samui Local History

Koh Samui's history is that of a wonderful, secluded tropical island. The sparkling beaches and fresh water have long been inhabited by fisherman and a house on the south part of the island is believed to be over 150 years old. The "discovery" of Koh Samui's can in some ways be accredited to a group of backpackers in search of a tropical paradise in the 1960's, who told their friends and the word was spread about the island.

Koh Samui Attractions

Top Attractions

Hin Lad and Namuang Waterfalls - it is quite a hike to get to the Hin Lad waterfall but the beauty of the falls and the pool at the bottom make the trip worth it. Namuang actually has two waterfalls and is more easily reached. The swimming hole at the bottom is exceptionaly lovely.

The Big Buddha Temple - this Temple with its 12 meter tall, golden seated Buddha statue is the island major landmark and is not to be missed.

Nathon - the only official town on Koh Samui, Nathon, has a ferry pier with boats to the mainland and this is where you will find amenities like banks, shops and restaurants.

Anthong National Marine Park - an incredible archipelago of 42 tiny islands. A boat leaves regularly in the morning from Nathon and returns in the afternoon. A great trip for diving and snorkeling or just enjoying the sparkling lagoons and cozy deserted beaches.

Samui Monkey Theatre - offering daily shows, you can get to know these cheeky creatures that pick coconuts from palm trees on the island.

Dr Frogs Italian Thai food, located cliffside at Chaweng Noi, great food and ambience. Stunning view of Chaweng beach, fantastic cocktail list.
submitted by Tom, 24/06/08

Coco Blues Excellent Cajun food and live blues in authentic New Orleans style setting.
submitted by Arthur Smith, 04/03/07

Poppies This is in Chewang and is in the Poppies hotel. It is without doubt one of the best restaurants ever in the world! I would go back to Koh Samui simply for a meal there!
submitted by Mary Thorpe, 27/07/05

Tan & Shop at the same time! In Koh Samui the shops comes to you! Just head for the beach, grab your deck chairs and park for the day. Hundreds of peddlers will stop by to offer you their wares - everything from fake Diesel T shirts to games for your playstaion!- watchout for the games though - I bought, 20 only to find out that they dont work on my UK console :(
submitted by Justin, 26/02/05

Koh Samui Shopping

The three shopping areas in Koh Samui are the Nathon, Chaweng and Lamai markets. The souvenirs to pick up at the markets nclude Mut Mee and Khit Silk, beautiful gem and jewelery made with precious stones and pearls that are farmed in the south.

If you have ever dreamed of having a tailor made suit, Chaweng and Nathon town are the best places to go to have custom made clothes made from imported linens, print cottons and Thai silk.

Koh Samui Activities

Snake Farm - shows feature snakes indigenous to koh Samui. Shows daily 11am and 2pm.

Butterfly Garden - view a wide variety of butterflies, as well as a bee house which lets visitors see the activities of the bees. The insect museum displays rare insects from Thailand and the rest of the world.

Magic Buddha Garden - an enchanting hidden garden built in the Koh Samui hills with Temples, waterfalls and statues.

Koh Samui Beaches

Big Buddha Beach - a quiet 2km long beach fringed with palm trees. The water here is calm and shallow making it a great place to swim.

Chaweng Beach - the most popular beach on Koh Samui with its 7km long sandy white beach. The warm waters make this an ideal swimming and watersport spot. The beach road also has many cafe's , restaurants and clubs.

Lamai Beach - Home to a few health spa's this 5km crescent shaped beach, lined with palm trees is a beautiful place to visit. There are also some interesting rock formations on the southern end of the beach.

Koh Samui Restaurants and Bars

Thai cuisine is a wonderful blend of flavours and dishes are usually quite spicy. Most dishes are accompanied by rice or noodles. Some specialities of Koh Samui are there succulent seafood dishes, particularly the seafood coconut curries such as prawns in red curry sauce. Another dish to try is braised fish with pepper and garlic.

Those with a sweet tooth can try sweet sticky rice with mango or a platter of mouth watering tropical fruits.

Koh Samui Restaurants

Big John Seafood - located in Nathon. Watch the setting sun while enjoying a plate of fantastic seafood.

Drop In - located in Chaweng. This is an extremly popular restaurant that offers a huge, varied menu, wine list and great seafood.

Spice Island - located in Chaweng. If wonderful traditional Thai food and a laid back atmosphere are what you are looking for, this is the place for you.

Pizza Garden - located in Lamai. The best pizza place on Koh Samui.

Koh Samui Bars & Clubs

Sweet Soul Cafe - located in Chaweng. Playing laid back, mellow R 'n B and soul tunes.

The Green Mango - located in Chaweng. A popular night club where you can dance the night away.

Y Not? Pub - located at Big Buddha Beach. Lively bar with great live music.

Full Moon Party - located in Koh Phangan. An unbelievably unique experience. Take a boat to Koh Phangan and party the night away under the full moon.

Koh Samui children's activities

Snake Farm - shows feature snakes indigenous to koh Samui. Shows daily 11am and 2pm.

Butterfly Garden - view a wide variety of butterflies, as well as a bee house which lets visitors see the activities of the bees. The insect museum displays rare insects from Thailand and the rest of the world.

Magic Buddha Garden - an enchanting hidden garden built in the Koh Samui hills with Temples, waterfalls and statues.

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