Here are 5 must do things in Koh Samui, Thailand for every type of visitor.
This is the best waterfall on Koh Samui. There are actually two waterfalls right next to each other. They are simply named Na Muang 1 and Na Muang 2. I recommend going to number 2 as it is more beautiful, less crowded, and you can hike to the top for a fantastic view of the forest. The waterfall itself is free, but you do have to pay for parking. At the base there is a café selling a delicious sugarcane drink for 20 baht. You can read my article, How To Visit Na Muang Waterfall In Koh Samui to learn more.
These are affectionately called Grandfather and Grandmother rocks and I’m sure you can guess why by looking at the pictures. Yes, the rocks are in the shape of human genitalia, and are quite a popular place for tourists. You can get there easily enough, and past the parking lot there are tons of quaint little shops selling souvenirs and the like. You can even hike down from the rocks to a little wading pool with 1 foot deep water and tons of marine life. We didn’t see any other tourists going down, but we asked a shop operator if it is allowed and he said yes. The rocks are nature smoothed granite boulders, and are an absolutely beautiful backdrop for pictures. Nearby the rocks is a reggae themed café which makes strong drinks and decent food.
Even though we had a great private pool at our villa in Bang Por, we decided to get a day pass at one of the hotels on Chaweng Noi for an afternoon. Most of the hotels on Chaweng Beach offer day passes, and have bars and DJ’s playing music on set days. We went to one called KC Beach Club and Pool Villas. It was 500 baht per person, but included two drinks and use of the beach recliners and towers, which was definitely more than fair in Koh Samui, as we find it to be the most expensive of the large tourist islands. The pool has a great view and the drinks were strong. That’s all that mattered to us for this afternoon.
It can be difficult finding a place to see these majestic creatures in an ethical way, especially on Koh Samui. Many mainland Chinese tourists come to Koh Samui and do not care how the animals are treated, and this causes a plethora of unethical places for elephants. Luckily we did our research and found a fantastic sanctuary where we got to feed and bathe the elephants in an ethical way. It is called the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, and was the highlight of our most recent stay. You can read my whole report, An Ethical Elephant Sanctuary In Koh Samui, to find out more.
This is one of the most beautiful islands in the world in my opinion, and although it is becoming more and more touristic I still suggest people visit it. It reminds me quite a bit of Padar Island in Indonesia, although much smaller. It has a great short hike to the top of one of the hills that offers a great viewpoint for the entire island. Or you can snorkel in the bay and relax in the warm waters. The easiest way to get there as part of a tour group, which we gladly did for the convenience. To find out more read my article, A Day Trip From Koh Samui To Koh Tao And Nang Yuan.
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